Los Angeles Times "The Dodgers won 94 games last year, repeating as champion of the National League West. They could open the season with a new second baseman, shortstop, catcher and center fielder, with newcomers in 40% of the starting rotation and 50% of the bullpen. Are they better? Zack Greinke isn't buying..." February 01
Philly.com "Many of the Phillies' offseason moves, via trade and free agency, have addressed starting pitching. They added another arm to the mix Thursday when they signed veteran righthander Chad Billingsley to a one-year, $1.5 million contract. Billingsley, 30, has not pitched since 2013 after undergoing..." January 30
CBS Sports Fantasy News "Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez had an MLB-best 116 RBI in 2014, mostly batting in front of the likes of Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez. While both players are no longer part of the Dodgers' batting order, Gonzalez is not worried about lineup protection, per the Los Angeles Times. "I think..." January 27
Sources: Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada worked out for the Dodgers this morning. They remain a significant threat because of deep pockets.
Los Angeles Times "Former Dodgers starting pitcher Ted Lilly, who retired in 2013, has been charged with three felonies for allegedly filing a false insurance claim. According to the San Luis Obispo Tribune, the charges stem from a claim Lilly filed in regard to damage sustained by a recreational vehicle he..." January 25
In addition to veteran LHPs Erik Bedard & David Huff, #Dodgers also sign 3B Jarek Cunningham and RHP Ben Rowen to minor league deals.
Hardball Talk "Ted Lilly pitched in the bigs from 1999 through 2013 and made roughly $80 million in salary. So, if he got a $200,000 RV, he should’ve been able to afford insurance. And, even if he didn’t get insurance, if he damaged his $200,000 RV, he should have been able to cover it out of..." January 23
Hardball Talk "All last season, the only way you could see Dodgers games in the Los Angels market is if you were a Time-Warner subscriber, because that’s the only cable carrier in the area that carried SportsNet, the Dodgers TV network. Most people in Los Angeles are not Time-Warner subscribers, however, so most..." January 21
Dodgers sign LHP Erik Bedard to Minor League contract.
Source: #Dodgers aggressively pursued Yoan Lopez but came up short. Will now shift attention to OF Yoan Moncada. Expect a private workout.
Hardball Talk "On Saturday, we learned the Marlins were still hoping Dan Haren would agree to show up at spring training despite his preference to pitch near his home on the West coast. Their hope has been rewarded. Per a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Haren will indeed attend spring training with the..." January 14
True Blue L.A. "Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis avoided salary arbitration, signing a one-year contract for 2015 on Tuesday, worth $4.25 million, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and confirmed by Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Tuesday is the day for players to file for arbitration. The Dodgers also have Kenley Jansen, Justin..." January 14
Scouts I know liked Ogando's workout. Red Sox, Dodgers aggressive, know next week
MLB.com "Manager Don Mattingly said he's reached out to every player that has left the Dodgers since the season ended. He must have an unlimited talk-and-text plan. New management turned over half the roster, including the trade of Matt Kemp to division rival San Diego. But Mattingly said he's been..." January 09
Source: Market for free-agent RHP Chad Billingsley gaining momentum. Multiple offers.
MLB.com ""So this is how I'll walk in every day?" Jimmy Rollins asked as he stepped off the elevator on the ground floor of Dodger Stadium and encountered a wide hallway decorated by the franchise's entire collection of Gold Gloves. "This is it," Lon Rosen, the Dodgers' executive vice president and..." January 08
MLB.com "Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. The three pitchers were voted in on their first time on the ballot, while Biggio was selected in his third year. Johnson received 97.3 percent..." January 06
True Blue L.A. "The Dodgers on Wednesday made official the signing of Brett Anderson, inking the left-hander to a one-year contract worth a reported $10 million. The announcement comes over two weeks after the two sides reportedly came to an agreement, and 13 days after Anderson took his physical..." December 31
Deadspin.com "According to the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers are close to signing 33-year-old pitcher Chin-Hui Tsao to a minor league contract. You may remember Tsao from his days as a top prospect in the Rockies' organization (lol, sure), but what he's most famous for is getting banned from baseball in Taiwan..." December 30
Hardball Talk "If it seems like it’s been a while since the news of the Dodgers’ signing Brett Anderson broke, it’s because it has been a while — nearly two weeks, in fact. The deal is still pending a physical and consultation with medical specialists, but Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that..." December 28
Los Angeles Times "The Dodgers are close to signing right-hander Chin-hui Tsao, who has not played professional baseball since the Taiwanese league expelled him five years ago amid allegations of game-fixing. The Dodgers are expected to sign Tsao to a minor league contract. It is not clear whether he would get an..." December 28
Hardball Talk "The best things in life are free. But you can keep them for the birds and bees: Major League Baseball’s average salary shot up to more than $3.8-million (U.S.) this year following the steepest rise since 2001, putting big-leaguers on track to top the $4-million barrier for the first time in..." December 24
ESPN.com "(Hal) McRae was the most aggressive baserunner of the 1970s, a man who left home plate thinking "double" every time he hit the ball. The rule allowing the second base umpire to call a double play if the runner from first leaves the baseline to take out the pivot man is known informally as the..." December 23
Hardball Talk "In addition to trading Matt Kemp and Tim Federowicz to the Padres last week in exchange for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin, the Dodgers agreed to pay $32 million of the $107 million remaining on Kemp’s contract. Ronald Blum of the Associated Press has a breakdown of the payments..." December 23
dan haren said to be holding out hope for trade to angels or padres. why not? SD has acquired everyone else!
Sporting News "Major League Baseball and its umpires will maintain labor peace for the next few seasons. The sides agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement late Friday, The Associated Press reported. The current agreement was set to expire Dec. 31. The umpires and team owners will hold..." December 21
The #Dodgers have released Brian Wilson, whom they recently DFA'd.
It appears Dodgers and Padres have worked through lingering issues. They are all but done with the Kemp trade. Rollins coming from Philly.
CSN Philly "A week after striking a deal to send Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Phillies are still waiting to see what the return will be for the well-decorated veteran shortstop. The holdup continues to be a proposed trade that would send outfielder Matt Kemp from the Dodgers to the San..." December 18
Matt Kemp's agent, Junior Spivey, says of trade, "Everything is OK. We're just waiting on the final details. Should be good to go."
The holdup in Matt Kemp trade is because the physical revealed arthritis in both hips. The #Padres continue to consult medical experts.
This is getting weird. #Padres official: “Still inconclusive on Kemp.” Is trade in jeopardy? “Not yet.”
#Dodgers aren’t done. Per sources, talking to teams about Brandon League, willing to pay almost half of his $7.5M salary as part of deal.
Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17
Hardball Talk "The Matt Kemp-to-the-Padres trade is not yet official. Why? The results of the physical have not yet been approved or rubberstamped or whatever one does with the results of physicals." December 17
USA Today "The Los Angeles Dodgers, who set a major league record with a $241 million payroll last season, are showing little hesitation in swallowing even more money in 2015. The Dodgers on Tuesday designated relief pitcher Brian Wilson for assignment, which means they will eat the $9.5 million they owe..." December 16
Dodgers expected to designate Kyle Jensen for assignment to make room for Brandon McCarthy. Acquired Jensen from Marlins about a month ago.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with left-hander Brett Anderson, with $4m in possible incentives.
San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres have reached an agreement with the Dodgers that would send outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz to San Diego in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and a pair of pitching prospects, sources told the U-T. The Padres would also receive roughly $30 million to help offset the..." December 12
The Dodgers, who have baseball’s highest payroll, free up $107 million over next five years in Matt Kemp deal.
Hardball Talk "According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers are closing in on a four-year free agent contract with right-hander Brandon McCarthy. No word yet on any of the financial details. McCarthy has a rough-looking 4.24 ERA in 335 innings since the beginning of the 2013 season, but he finished..." December 11
MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers and Marlins have agreed to a deal that will send middle infielder Dee Gordon to Miami in exchange for left-hander Andrew Heaney, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports. The two sides are sorting through some final paperwork before it becomes official. " December 11
Sources: #Dodgers close to four-year deal with free-agent RHP Brandon McCarthy.
CBSSports.com "The Padres and Dodgers continue to work on a potential Matt Kemp blockbuster, and there appears to be some progress. "It has legs," said someone familiar with the talks, which have been going on for weeks. Catcher Yasmani Grandal would be the centerpiece of a trade if it is worked out. " December 11
The Marlins and the Dodgers are in serious talks about a deal that would involve Dee Gordon going to MIA, Andrew Heaney to LAD.
The Dodgers have acquired shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies.