Details of the contract were not disclosed by the team but the deal is reportedly just for one year worth around $8 million for the veteran infielder
who has played for the Cleveland Indians (2007 to 2014) and the Washington Nationals (2014).
charging ground balls, not allowing the ball to play them.
If you have an infielder
who is also a pitcher, you will have to adjust--based on when he last pitched and how many pitches he threw.
First, is the element of surprise: Defenses usually pull their infielders
back with two strikes and leave the infield open for a bunt.
There are two or perhaps three pretty standard ways to execute a rundown play and every infielder
has to be taught his role in each of them.
Every time a batter starts to move his feet and body to execute a drag-bunt and then holds up because the pitch is not a "good bunting pitch," he plants a seed of doubt in the minds of the infielders
(and the opposing coach or manager), and that doubt will be to the advantage of the hitter and his team.
The setting sun makes it nearly impossible for infielders
to get force plays at second base on balls hit to the left side of the infield when second basemen face west.
On regular pick-offs, the signal will dugout to the catcher, to the infielders
, and then to the outfielders.
So have catcher David Ross, infielders
Choi, Willy Aybar and Joe Thurston, and outfielders Jason Grabowski, Chin-Feng Chen and Henri Stanley.
The assistant coaches and spare pitchers can fungo balls to infielders
Roster moves: The Dodgers completed their roster expansion when they activated Jackson and brought up infielders
Antonio Perez and Joe Thurston and outfielder Chin-Feng Chen and purchased the contract of infielder
Since the middle infielders
have a better angle on the ball, the first and third baseman should shy away as soon as they perceive that the middle infielders
can make the play.