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Chen and Thurston Clear Waivers
2005-01-25 09:24
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Chin-Feng Chen and Joe Thurston cleared waivers, meaning that no team felt that they were so unfairly buried in the Dodger organization that they wanted to take a flyer on them. As a result, the duo will go to Vero Beach and try to win a job with the Dodgers in Spring Training. Another season in Las Vegas may well be in store.

The full list of Dodger non-roster invitees to Spring Training:

P Buddy Carlyle
1B-OF Chin-Feng Chen
OF Mike Edwards
P Aquilino Lopez
IF Jose Flores
1B James Loney
OF Tydus Meadows
1B-OF Brian Myrow
C Mike Rose
P Ryan Rupe
IF Tony Schrager
OF Henri Stanley
2B Joe Thurston
P Mike Venafro
OF Jon Weber
P Kelly Wunsch

The potential available slots include one spot at catcher if an in-house alternative is needed for Dave Ross, and as many as two slots on the bench if Jason Grabowski struggles and the Dodgers carry 11 pitchers. As for the pitchers, there's always the possibility of grabbing a spot in the back of the bullpen. Injuries could open up even more opportunities, and of course, trades can still be made.

Update: Commenter Icaros reminds me to mention Scott Erickson - who I appoint this year's occupant of the he's-so-done chair occupied in 2003 by Wilson Alvarez and 2004 by Jose Lima.

Too much to ask for a third successful reclamation, right? It doesn't always work. For example, we had a successful 2004 Over the Hill Third Baseman Makes Comeback as Valuable Part-Timer in Olmedo Saenz, but 2003 was a bust with Ron Coomer.

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