Dodgers Rumors & News

  • McCarthy was involved in failed Puig-Braun trade

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "When the Milwaukee Brewers came close to sending Ryan Braun to the Los Angeles Dodgers last Aug. 31, there was a general perception that he would be traded over the off-season when no deadline clock was ticking. But there Braun was Saturday morning, reporting to the Brewers’ spring camp as..." February 19

  • Kershaw to start 7th straight Opening Day for Dodgers

    ESPN "- In one of the more obvious decisions of the 2017 major league season, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts on Saturday officially named Clayton Kershaw as his Opening Day starter. Kershaw will make his seventh consecutive Opening Day start when the Dodgers begin the season at home April 3..." February 19

  • Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez: To shut down swinging for two weeks

    CBS Sports "Gonzalez will take two weeks off from swinging due to experiencing elbow inflammation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. Coming off his 11th consecutive season of registering at least 600 plate appearances, it appears Gonzalez will be forced to take things slowly in spring..." February 17

  • Kenley Jansen turns down record deal to stay with Dodgers

    USA Today "Even as they were starting to build their current stretch of four consecutive NL West titles, the Los Angeles Dodgers were dogged by reports that they had a toxic clubhouse mix. That was one of the issues president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman wanted to address when he joined the club..." February 16

  • Clayton Kershaw shares modest goal for 2017 season

    Larry Brown Sports "Clayton Kershaw has been one of the best pitchers in baseball for the past several years, so no one would call him overly ambitious if his goal for the 2017 season was to win the N.L. Cy Young Award. However, the left-hander is focused on something a bit more simple — staying on the field. On..." February 15

  • Dodgers' TV blackout for thousands of fans to enter fourth season

    Los Angeles Times "For the fourth consecutive year, the Dodgers’ television broadcasts could go unseen by a majority of fans in the Los Angeles area. Charter Communications said Monday it does not anticipate reaching agreements with DirecTV or any other cable or satellite provider to carry the Dodgers-owned..." February 14

  • Chase Utley once dressed up like a batboy to discreetly speak with the home plate umpire

    Hardball Talk "In an article published on Monday, Peter Gammons provided some interesting anecdotes about second baseman Chase Utley, who recently returned to the Dodgers on a one-year, $2 million deal. Phillies fans are very familiar with Utley’s personality and Dodgers fans have been getting acclimated with..." February 14

  • Dodgers re-sign Chase Utley and add outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on one-year deals

    Los Angeles Times "When the Dodgers acquired Tampa Bay second baseman Logan Forsythe in January, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman was asked about the dwindling likelihood of re-signing veteran infielder Chase Utley. “You never say never with a guy like Chase,” Friedman said, “just because of the..." February 11

  • Utley deciding between 4 contending teams

    Fox Sports "Longtime Philadelphia Phillies second baseman, Chase Utley, appears to be being courted by the American League Champions. After a decently productive 2016 campaign, the six-time All-Star has proven himself capable of a starting role. Ideally, Chase Utley will find himself in a situation much..." February 10

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • Brian Wilson mulling MLB comeback as knuckleballer

    Sportsnaut "He’s back! Well, he might be. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports three-time All-Star pitcher Brian Wilson could be returning to Major League Baseball. And he plans to return as a knuckleballer. Brown’s article mentions the 34-year-old recently threw some pitches on a mound at USC, and..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Want to own a share of the Dodgers? This could be your chance

    Los Angeles Times "The Dodgers’ owners are interested in selling a small share of the team and have retained an investment banker to solicit bids. There is no timetable for a possible sale, said the banker, Sal Galatioto. He added that Mark Walter would remain the Dodgers’ controlling owner, with his partners..." February 08

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Sergio Romo signs with the Dodgers

    Hardball Talk "It was rumored to be close over the weekend, but now the deal is in place: the Dodgers have acquired reliever Sergio Romo. Ken Rosenthal reports that it is a one-year, $3 million deal. Romo, 33, has pitched for the Giants for the last nine years. " February 06

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Dodgers likely for Romo, but mystery team still bidding

    Fanrag Sports "While it appears reliever Sergio Romo is likely headed for the Los Angeles Dodgers at some point, there is nothing official with no agreement yet. A mystery team is still involved in the bidding, and one Dodgers person said “it’s not done yet.” Romo is currently pitching in the Caribbean..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Dodgers discussing Blanton, Romo and other free-agent relievers

    CBS Sports "Between bringing back free agents Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen and Rich Hill along with trading for second baseman Logan Forsythe, the Dodgers have been active this offseason. Still, they could stand to add some setup help in front of Jansen. And they are looking at adding one via free agency,..." February 03

  • Puig welcomes 2nd son, Daniel

    UPI "Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig welcomed the birth of his second son Thursday. Puig, 26, posted a photo on social media from the hospital. "Introducing to the world my big boy Daniel Sebastian Puig! Thanks God #puigbabyboy #puigyourfriend #babypuig," Puig wrote." February 03

  • Dave Roberts calls Chase Utley his ‘favorite player of all time’

    Sportsnaut "When Chase Utley arrived in Los Angeles, he was reunited with Jimmy Rollins who spent time as Utley’s partner-in-crime in the mid-infield in Philly. When they were in Southern California, Utley grew accustomed to working with 2016 Rookie of the Year Corey Seager, and it seemed to work well for the..." February 02

  • Dodgers trade Carlos Frias to the Indians

    Hardball Talk "The Cleveland Indians have acquired righty Carlos Frias from the Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Frias was designated for assignment by the Dodgers last week to clear a 40-man roster spot for Brett Eibner, who himself is likely to be organizational depth, so it’s..." January 31

  • Angels, Bud Norris Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels and right-hander Bud Norris have agreed to a minor league contract, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter). The Wasserman client will compete for a rotation gig in Spring Training, Passan adds. Norris, 31, pitched to a 5.10 ERA with 8.1 K/9, 3.9 BB/9 and a 47.6 percent..." January 30

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Yasmani Grandal expects to show up to spring training 10 pounds below playing weight

    Hardball Talk "We’re in “best shape of my life” territory. Per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal cut meat from his diet over the offseason. As a result, the backstop is expecting to report to spring training 10 pounds below his typical playing weight, and 20 pounds..." January 30

  • Bullpen remains Dodgers brass' big worry

    Orange County Register "The heavy lifting was done in December when the Dodgers were able to re-sign in-house free agents Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner and Rich Hill. Just this past week, the Dodgers front office concluded their winter-long search for a second baseman when they traded for Logan Forsythe. That leaves..." January 29

  • Despite trade rumors, Yasiel Puig hopes to remain with the Dodgers

    ESPN "A contrite Yasiel Puig expressed Saturday a desire to remain with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he put the blame for his turbulent 2016 season squarely on his own broad shoulders. Speaking to reporters at the team's annual fan festival, Puig was asked if he was surprised that he has remained..." January 29

  • Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill goes by no-failure, no-progress credo

    Los Angeles Times "Rich Hill gripped the podium and stared at the speech he’d spent the week writing. He operates without fear on the pitcher’s mound, but public speaking can still jostle his nerves. Before him sat hundreds of members of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce, who sipped orange juice and..." January 28

  • The Dodgers cut some ticket prices. Thank analytics

    Los Angeles Times "In a winter in which the Dodgers dramatically raised the price of season tickets, they extended a pleasant surprise to their fans when they put single-game tickets on sale Friday. They froze or cut the price on half of those seats, said David Siegel, vice president of ticket sales. The..." January 28

  • Dodgers To Sign Ike Davis

    MLB Trade Rumors "1:27PM: Davis will earn $1.25MM if he reaches the majors, and the contract contains an out clause, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman tweets. 8:03AM: The Dodgers have agreed to sign first baseman Ike Davis to a minor league contract, Baseball America’s Matt Eddy reports (via Twitter). Davis has been on..." January 28

  • Dodgers agree to minors deal with Morrow

    Los Angeles Times "The Dodgers have signed right-handed pitcher Brandon Morrow to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league camp, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Morrow will earn $1.25 million if he makes the club. Morrow, 32, has posted a 1.69 earned-run average for San..." January 26

  • Julio Urias may start the season in extended spring training

    Hardball Talk "Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said today that Julio Urias could begin the year in extended spring training in an effort to limit his innings. Urias, who is only 20, threw 122 innings last season between the big leagues and the minors It’s just one of a number of options on the table. Urias..." January 25

  • Longoria 'surprised and upset' by Rays' trade of Forsythe

    Tampa Bay Times "In admitting the pain of trading Logan Forsythe to the Dodgers on Monday night, Rays officials raved about how valuable he was hitting atop their lineup, playing a sturdy second base and providing professionalism and by-example leadership in their clubhouse. But, they insisted, the talented..." January 24

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • Dodgers, Rays swap 2B Logan Forsythe for Jose De Leon

    CBS Sports "The Dodgers have acquired second baseman Logan Forsythe from the Rays, in exchange for pitching prospect Jose De Leon. Forsythe, 30, hit .264/.333/.444 (113 OPS+) with 24 doubles, 20 home runs, 52 RBI, 76 runs and six stolen bases last season. A DL stint limited him to 127 games. He's served as..." January 23

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • The Dodgers are looking all over the place for a second baseman

    Fox Sports "The Dodgers’ pursuit of Brian Dozier isn’t dead and won’t be dead until another second baseman is in their uniform — and who knows, even then a trade with the Twins might be possible. The stalemate over Dozier, however, has prompted the Dodgers to cast a wide net in their search for a second..." January 20

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Kinsler 'possible fallback' if Dodgers can't land Dozier

    CBS Sports "Right now, the Dodgers are slated to open the 2017 season -- in which they'll aim for a fifth straight NL West title -- with Enrique Hernandez as their primary second baseman. Hernandez has his uses and is a useful player to have on the active roster, but he's stretched as an everyday player...." January 15

  • Carl Crawford might be ready to call it quits

    Hardball Talk "According to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, a Dodgers official believes that free agent outfielder Carl Crawford is ready to retire from Major League Baseball. Crawford, 35, was released from the Dodgers last June during his fourth year with the organization. Prior to his release, Crawford..." January 15

  • Dodgers trade infielder Micah Johnson to the Braves

    Fanrag Sports "As the MLB offseason focus shifts to free agency — or the bevy of teams and players avoiding arbitration by reaching deals — we have a trade that materialized on Friday: The Atlanta Braves acquired second baseman Micah Johnson from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named later..." January 13

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Friedman talks Puig's upside, LA's offseason

    MLB.com "With the offseason beginning to wind down, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman addressed some of the question marks surrounding his club on Wednesday at a news conference with free-agent signees Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner. Friedman said the Dodgers still don't know..." January 12

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • Dodgers talks with Twins about Dozier are at an 'impasse'

    CBS Sports "Over the last few weeks, no player has been featured in more trade rumors than Twins second baseman Brian Dozier. The Dodgers have been connected to him more than any other team, though the Giants, Cardinals, and Braves are reportedly in the mix as well. Despite weeks of rumors, trade talks..." January 10

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