January 8, 2000 |
Hoping to diversify and strengthen their bench, while avoiding arbitration with a current pitcher, the Dodgers signed two players Friday. F.P. Santangelo, a free-agent utility player, and starting pitcher Darren Dreifort signed two-year and one-year deals, respectively. Santangelo will earn a guaranteed $1.6 million, with a possibility to get as much as an additional $900,000 in incentives, and Dreifort will make $3.7 million. The switch-hitting Santangelo, 32, hit .
March 2, 1995 |
Dodger pitcher Darren Dreifort, the No. 1 pick in the 1993 draft, was told Wednesday that he must have season-ending reconstructive elbow surgery. The decision to have Dreifort undergo the procedure that helped Tommy John resurrect his career, a high-ranking Dodger official said, was made after he experienced pain pitching in front of coaches and staff members Wednesday. Scott Boras, Dreifort's agent, confirmed the decision. "It's upsetting to all of us, particularly Darren," Boras said.
June 23, 2001
It's possible that the worst contract in a long history of stupid Dodger big-money contracts going back to Dave Goltz and Don Stanhouse was not given to Carlos Perez or Devon White. No, I believe it was given to Darren Dreifort. Just what were Kevin Malone, et al, thinking when they shelled out an unfathomable $55 million to this whiny career underachiever? Tuesday night, Dreifort was so totally outclassed and outperformed by Randy Johnson that it was embarrassing. The Unit was poised, focused and determined in his attack of batters.
July 11, 2001 |
Dodger starter Darren Dreifort is expected to miss most of the 2002 season after undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery for the second time in six years Tuesday. Team physicians Frank Jobe and Ralph Gambardella performed the 1 1/2-hour procedure at Centinela Hospital Medical Center in Inglewood, repairing a 90% tear of the right-hander's medial collateral ligament in his pitching elbow and reattaching a muscle.
November 8, 2000 |
Rick Down, a Dodger manager finalist, was hired Tuesday as batting instructor for the Boston Red Sox "They stepped up with a great offer," Down said of the Red Sox. "I was obviously disappointed that I didn't get the Dodger job--it would be silly to say that I wasn't disappointed--but I think this is a great opportunity for me."
October 30, 2000 |
Dodger right-hander Darren Dreifort plans to file for free agency today, beginning a process that might make him one of baseball's highest-paid pitchers. Despite a career record of 39-45, Dreifort, 28, is considered the third-best starter available in a pitching-thin market behind only left-hander Mike Hampton of the New York Mets and right-hander Mike Mussina of the Baltimore Orioles.
October 24, 1993 |
Darren Dreifort, the Dodgers' $1.3-million draft pick, left the Instructional League in Arizona on Friday because of tendinitis in his elbow, according to his father, John Dreifort. Dreifort hasn't pitched in a game for a couple of weeks. Dreifort, who was examined by Dr. Frank Jobe last week in Los Angeles, had intended to leave camp this week anyway to attend the Golden Spikes Awards in New York, where he will be a finalist.
July 15, 2000
Wow! Angel outfielder Darin Erstad had an absolutely sensational first half of the 2000 season. He led the league with 144 hits, batting .384, with 17 home runs and 66 RBIs. It's about time the Angel front office starts thinking about trading him. JOE LYOU, Gardena After studying the Dodger almanac printed [July 8], I have finally figured out how the Dodgers can be assured of a winning season: Simply play only extra-inning road games against NL Central teams with right-handed starters on artificial turf at night!
August 18, 1993 |
With only six days left for the Dodgers to sign their number one draft pick, a contingent of club officials including Executive Vice President Fred Claire will travel to Wichita, Kan., today to meet with the parents of right-handed reliever Darren Dreifort. The Dodgers must sign Dreifort before he returns for his senior year at Wichita State on Aug. 23, or they will lose their rights to him.
September 1, 1993 |
After talking it over with Fred Claire, the Dodgers' executive vice president, Darren Dreifort on Tuesday decided to accept the club's offer of $1.3 million. Dreifort, a right-handed reliever, was the second pick in the June amateur draft. He has spent the last couple of weeks trying to decide whether to sign with the Dodgers or return for his senior year at Wichita State. "I was pretty much tired of sitting around and waiting for things to happen," Dreifort said.