That little tidbit about the Dodgers releasing Pat Borders nearly five years after he last suited up for the organization piqued a good amount of interest here and elsewhere online. Dodgers communications veep Josh Rawitch explained what the deal was in an e-mail:
“He had voluntarily retired with us, so he was still in our organization,” Rawitch said. “He accepted a minor league coaching job in another organization, so we had to activate him and release him (per MLB) so he could sign his staff contract.”
The team for whom Borders will be coaching for has yet to be named publicly. Rawitch could not elaborate on how often this kind of situation comes up without us knowing about it.