Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers designate Justin Sellers for assignment

The Los Angeles Dodgers needed infielder Justin Sellers to hold things down at shortstop to start the 2013 season because of the thumb injury Hanley Ramirez sustained during the World Baseball Classic. Though he started the season with the big league club, he ended up only playing 27 games for the Dodgers before spending the bulk of the year in Triple-A.

Now that the Dodgers have added Cuban shortstop prospect Erisbel Arruebarrena to the mix, they do not have a place for Sellers, whom they designated for assignment this weekend (per Steve Dilbeck of the LA Times):

One year you’re the opening day starting shortstop. The next you’re designated for assignment.

Welcome to the world of Justin Sellers, who was DFA’d on Saturday when the Dodgers officially signed Cuban infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena.

Sellers could field but not hit (.199 in parts of three seasons), and the Dodgers currently have their share of slick-fielding, questionable-hitting infielders, beginning now with Arruebarrena. And they just invested $25 million in him.”

Sellers should still find work somewhere and will likely journey to a number of teams over the course of his career, following the model of a guy like Nick Punto. If he can improve on his career .199 average he might find a bigger role, otherwise, he can settle into the life of a slick fielding utility player.

Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Justin Sellers Los Angeles Dodgers