Dodgers add two, subtract one

December, 6, 2012
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Rule 5 draft, otherwise known as the final bell for the winter meetings, is typically a low-impact affair. Every once in a while, a team finds a hidden gem. Josh Hamilton, Johan Santana and Joakim Soria all were Rule 5 picks early in their careers.

Maybe Thursday's draft will prove more meaningful than we all realize. The Dodgers lost one player in the major-league phase Thursday, Triple-A outfielder Alfredo Silverio to the Miami Marlins, and added a couple of players to their Triple-A roster: infielder Elevys Gonzalez from Pittsburgh's system and right-handed pitcher Hector Nelo from Washington's Double-A club.

Silverio, once one of the Dodgers' brighter prospects, missed all of 2012 after a January car accident in the Dominican Republic. He had ligament-replacement surgery on his elbow in May.

He hit .306 in Double-A in 2011. If the Marlins don't keep him on their major-league roster all season, the Dodgers could reclaim him.

The Dodgers figured Gonzalez was worth a pick based on his 2011 season, when he batted .322 with 83 RBIs in Single-A Bradenton. He struggled last season, batting .206 between Bradenton and Double-A Altoona. Nelo, 26, had a 2.73 ERA in 47 relief appearances for Double-A Harrisburg last year.

In the Rule 5 draft, teams are able to select players not on other teams' 40-man rosters.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Clayton Kershaw
WINS ERA SO IP
14 1.86 174 145
OTHER LEADERS
BAY. Puig .312
HRA. Gonzalez 17
RBIA. Gonzalez 83
RD. Gordon 69
OPSY. Puig .909
ERAC. Kershaw 1.86
SOC. Kershaw 174