August 14, 2007 |
Desperate to bolster their sagging offense, the Dodgers on Monday purchased the contract of a player who has been released by two teams this season: corner infielder Shea Hillenbrand. Hillenbrand, 32, signed a minor league contract last week and was assigned to triple-A Las Vegas, where he was seven for 13 in three games.
August 11, 2007 |
ST. LOUIS -- A day after trading for veteran pinch-hit specialist Mark Sweeney, the Dodgers on Friday signed infielder Shea Hillenbrand to a minor league deal and assigned him to triple-A Las Vegas. Hillenbrand started the season with the Angels but was released at the All-Star break after hitting .254 in 53 games with three homers and 22 runs batted in. He signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres less than three weeks later, but they let him go Wednesday after he hit .
July 10, 2007 |
The Angels, unable to trade Shea Hillenbrand in the 10-day period after he was designated for assignment June 29, had no choice Monday but to release the former designated hitter, who is now a free agent. In a similar position last season, after struggling pitcher Jeff Weaver was designated for assignment, General Manager Bill Stoneman was able to acquire a decent outfield prospect, Terry Evans, from St. Louis for the right-hander.
June 30, 2007
I'm shocked -- shocked! -- to find that Shea Hillenbrand was upset about something. Even though he was on a first-place team and had nothing to whine about, he was still a distraction. He may think he is, in his own words, a "quality player in my prime," but he's not hitting for average, he doesn't draw walks, and he's got a lower slugging percentage than anyone else in the starting lineup. The less Hillenbrand played, the more success the Angels had. He didn't put up, so he should have shut up. DAVID PENG Cerritos My wife and I are resurrecting an exchange from 2002: Her: "What's the score?"
June 28, 2007 |
Shea Hillenbrand vented his frustration about losing his designated hitter job Tuesday, saying he felt "pushed aside, put on a back-burner," and that if he wasn't going to play for the Angels, "give me enough respect to trade me or get rid of me." Wednesday, the Angels informed Hillenbrand he would be designated for assignment Friday, giving the team 10 days to trade or release him. Did Hillenbrand think his strong comments Tuesday led to his departure Wednesday?
June 27, 2007 |
Shea Hillenbrand wants out. Not because of the organization, the manager, the city, the stadium, the fans, the weather, his teammates -- all are top notch, the Angels' deposed designated hitter said. It's the situation.