Dodgers Rumors & News

  • A new season means a new role for Howie Kendrick

    Los Angeles Times "Howie Kendrick has played 9,402 career innings at second base, six at third base. He was the Dodgers' starting second baseman last year. Yet, had he insisted on the same role this year, the Dodgers might not have brought him back. In the last two weeks, with no club willing to surrender the..." February 04

  • Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

    ESPN "The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts. Here's a look at the players who are closest to some historic achievements. Though Ichiro isn't the hitter he once was, he..." February 04

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    Teams that inquire about Yaisel Puig_and not Ethier_are being told by the #Dodgers that he is not available, at least not now.

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #Whitesox still would like offensive upgrade, and the #Dodgers would love to move Andre Ethier, but no signs of potential match.

  • Big spenders: MLB teams exceed $4.5 billion in FA signings

    The Score "Major-league clubs spent over $4.5 billion on free agents during a record-setting winter that saw both David Price and Zack Greinke receive history-making contracts. While the usually deep-pocketed Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were among the big spenders, the Chicago Cubs, Arizona..." February 04

  • Ranking the 30 best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball for 2016

    CBS Sports "We've made our way through the position player and DH rankings (previous rankings: C | 1B | 2B |SS | 3B | LF | CF | RF | DH), and now it's time to give the starting pitchers their due. As was the case with previous rankings, let's keep these things in mind: 1. We are ranking the players..." February 03

  • Giants sign catcher Miguel Olivo to minor-league deal

    McCovey Chronicles "Miguel Olivo is a lot of things. He's a 37-year-old catcher who will turn 38 during the season. He's a catcher who used to be good for 15 to 20 homers per year with a lousy on-base percentage, and then he got sucked into the Safeco death fog, never to recover. According to Baseball America's..." February 02

  • After microfracture surgery, Justin Turner expects to be 100% ready for opening day

    True Blue L.A. "Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said on Saturday that he has had no setbacks in recovery from his left knee surgery in October, and expects to be 100-percent ready for opening day. Turner had the procedure on Oct. 22 in Los Angeles, with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache performing the..." February 02

  • Yasmani Grandal says he's ahead of schedule in shoulder rehab

    True Blue L.A. "Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal is done with the rehabilitation portion of recovery from arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder, and is now focusing on building up strength, and on Saturday said he was ahead of schedule. Grandal has been working out at the club's facility at Camelback Ranch..." February 02

  • Dodgers add Maddux, Ibanez to front office

    The Score "The Los Angeles Dodgers added two recently retired stars to their front office Tuesday, hiring four-time Cy Young award winner Greg Maddux and one-time All-Star Raul Ibanez as special assistants to president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and his department. Maddux, who was inducted..." February 02

  • Groundhog Deals: Do-overs shadow GMs "The film "Groundhog Day" is not just a comedy classic, but its premise -- which involves Bill Murray's character living the same day over and over -- has also become a cultural metaphor. So beyond just the thought of a rodent sticking its head out of the ground to provide a long-term weather..." February 02

  • MLB owners take a look at issues involved with tanking

    ESPN "The question of whether some teams are intentionally building bad rosters in order to improve their standing in subsequent drafts -- tanking, to borrow the parlance of the NBA -- was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources. The January discussion in..." February 02

  • Yasiel Puig is getting a fresh start, say the Dodgers

    Hardball Talk "This is a little bit Best Shape of His Life, a little bit all-purpose pre-spring training story. It’s from Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, keeping us up with the Days of our Puig. The BSOHL part: the Dodgers apparently asked Puig to slim down from last year and he now looks good, down..." February 01

  • How the Los Angeles Dodgers Won the Offseason

    Baseball Essential "After a disappointing end to the season, Los Angeles Dodgers fans wanted the front office to make moves that would push them from their usual first-round exit from the playoffs to World Series champions. The team with the highest payroll in Major League Baseball by an astounding amount, still has..." February 01

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    Phil Rogers @philgrogers

    Not clear if there's a match but #WhiteSox are exploring #Dodgers Andre Ethier. His 2.7 WAR in '15 would be 4th best in their lineup.

  • Vin Scully announces that he won't be leaving California this season unless it's for the postseason

    Awful Announcing "As Vin Scully prepares to call his 67th and final season for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the American treasure has revealed his plans for 2016. He told those in attendance at the Dodgers’ annual FanFest that he doesn’t plan to go outside California unless the team makes the playoffs and he may not..." February 01

  • Baseball execs can't lose sight of the human element in making decisions

    Fox Sports "I need to get out more. Baseball executives need to get out more, too. On Friday night, I was in Toronto for "Pitch Talks," a speaker series about baseball, serving on a panel with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Rogers SportsNet. Midway through the session, a fan asked a seemingly..." February 01

  • Vin Scully plans to travel for final Dodgers series in San Francisco

    Orange County Register "If Vin Scully has his way, his final regular-season broadcast will come from the heart of enemy territory. The Dodgers finish their 2016 schedule with a three-game series Sept. 30-Oct. 2 against the Giants in San Francisco. Scully has traveled very little in recent seasons but said he might..." January 31

  • Yasiel Puig reportedly down to 7 percent body fat

    Los Angeles Times "lone television camera illuminated the face of Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke. His grin was sheepish. His tone was contrite. "Yeah," Van Slyke said. "That was a mishap." The spotlight shone upon Van Slyke thanks to a combination of his father's loose lips and the gravitational pull of..." January 31

  • Howie Kendrick and Chase Utley could be third basemen for the Dodgers in 2016.

    Inside Socal "The Dodgers’ decision to re-sign Howie Kendrick for two years and $20 million didn’t come as a surprise to Chase Utley. The front office acknowledged that possibility when it re-signed Utley to a one-year contract back in December. Utley said all the right things Saturday about getting Kendrick..." January 31

  • Scott Van Slyke denies role in rumor that Clayton Kershaw wanted Yasiel Puig traded

    Hardball Talk "You might recall that former major leaguer Andy Van Slyke went on a bizarre rant during an appearance on a St. Louis radio station in November, during which he spread some gossip that the highest-paid player on the Dodgers told the team to get rid out of polarizing outfielder Yasiel Puig. It was..." January 31

  • names Corey Seager as baseball’s top prospect

    Hardball Talk " has named Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager as the No. 1 prospect in the game, unseating Twins outfielder Byron Buxton. Buxton, who has held that distinction for the past two years, checks in at No. 2 on this year’s list. It’s no surprise to see Seager at the top. After a strong season..." January 31

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    Dylan Hernandez @dylanohernandez

    Yasiel Puig recently measured at 7% body fat, person close to him said. Was at 11% last year.

  • Andruw Jones Likely To Retire

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran outfielder Andruw Jones says he will soon announce his retirement, Cory McCartney of FOX Sports South tweets. In November, Jones had reportedly been hoping to sign with an MLB team, but it appears likely he’ll hang up his cleats instead. It’s been awhile since Jones has played in the..." January 30

  • Dodgers 'making progress' on deal with Kendrick

    The Score "The Los Angeles Dodgers appear to be closing in on a reunion with Howie Kendrick. Earlier Friday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported the Dodgers were considering bringing back Kendrick after a successful first season in Chavez Ravine, and Rosenthal followed up by saying the two sides are..." January 29

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Dodgers considering Kendrick. Not ideal fit with Kiké, Utley at 2B. Greater need for depth at 3B; Turner coming off knee surgery.

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Dodgers, Kendrick in agreement on two-year contract, pending physical.

  • MLB salaries will near record $4 billion

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball teams have guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion to free agents this offseason, shattering the previous record by more than half a billion dollars and continuing the distribution of record revenues that could soon approach $10 billion annually industry-wide. An analysis of..." January 29

  • Vin Scully Avenue? The street leading to Dodger Stadium may be renamed for the broadcaster

    Los Angeles Times "Dodgers fans soon might be able to drive to games along Vin Scully Avenue. Los Angeles City Councilman Gil Cedillo plans to make a motion Friday to rename Elysian Park Avenue after the Dodgers’ beloved Hall of Fame announcer. Elysian Avenue is the street off Sunset Boulevard that leads..." January 29

  • The qualifying offer is screwing up free agency again

    SB Nation "It's Jan. 28, but thanks to the qualifying offer, there are still free agents available who could help a team. And not like, help off the bench, or fill out the back-end of a rotation: there are legitimate starting players who could not only fill a hole but also produce at above-average levels..." January 28

  • Talking to Yasiel Puig weighs on the mind of Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts

    Los Angeles Times "he white Toyota 4Runner rolled into the parking lot at 4:03 p.m. on Tuesday, and from the passenger seat emerged Yasiel Puig. A small group awaited him near a soccer field packed with children. Puig smiled as a Dodgers official affixed a microphone to his neckline. He removed his sunglasses and..." January 27

  • MLB cranks up pace-of-game restrictions for Year 2

    New York Post "Major League Baseball officials and their union counterparts are closing in on agreements for further initiatives to improve the pace of the game, concerning both pitchers and managers, The Post has learned. The sides have been discussing two items in particular to try to make another dent in..." January 27

  • All 30 MLB teams' starting rotations, ranked

    USA Today "What follows here will probably prove very, very wrong in spots. Starting pitching, by nature, is a fickle thing: Sometimes great pitchers get hurt or suddenly prove ineffective, sometimes guys emerge as aces seemingly overnight. And there’s enough parity in Major League Baseball in 2016 that it’s..." January 26

  • MLB plans to play first regular-season games in London in 2017

    The Comeback "Major League Baseball is looking to expand its horizons, particularly overseas. Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that the league is hoping to play it’s first regular-season games in London in 2017. The move would be congruent with other international moves by the league, such..." January 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says likely no DH in NL for “foreseeable future”

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak created quite a bit of a chatter last weekend when he said that there has been “more momentum” in discussions with other general managers and owners for the designated hitter to come to the National League. That “momentum” might have been overstated. In..." January 26

  • Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Yahoo! Sports "Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo Sports, Manfred reflected on the big issues of his first year (Pete Rose and recapturing the youth market), looked at the game’s future (expansion,..." January 25

  • Mets to retire Mike Piazza’s No. 31 in July ceremony

    Hardball Talk "Mike Piazza will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 24 in Cooperstown, New York and one week later the Mets will retire his No. 31 at Citi Field, the team announced today. Piazza’s jersey will be retired on July 30 and there’s also a Piazza bobblehead giveaway scheduled for July 31...." January 25

  • MLB open to expansion, relocation possibilities, Manfred says

    Sporting News "Baseball fans in cities without a major league franchise might still get a team to call their own — just not anytime soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred touched on possible expansion and relocation as part of a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports and sounded as if he's keeping an open mind on both..." January 25

  • Anthopoulos: Blue Jays are going to be 'really good' this season

    The Score "Almost three months have passed since Alex Anthopoulos turned down a five-year contract extension from the Toronto Blue Jays, and the expert prevaricator (and now deposed GM) has yet to offer an explanation for his departure beyond vague statements about Toronto no longer being "the right..." January 24

  • Will Dodgers trade Andre Ethier before he earns 10-5 rights in April?

    Los Angeles Times "ndre Ethier, still here. What’s an exciting Dodgers’ off-season without some Ethier trade speculation? Predictable as packed health clubs after New Year’s Day. Only this year, it is a tad different. This year, the cries to unload Ethier are less because he was unproductive and looked headed..." January 24

  • High expectations only make Urias work harder "The acquisitions of veteran starting pitchers Scott Kazmir and Kenta Maeda were clear signs from Dodgers management that Julio Urias mania will be contained a little longer. But named Urias the best left-handed pitching prospect in the game on Wednesday, so there's only so long..." January 21

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #MLB trading deadline has been moved to Aug. 1 instead of July 31, since July 31 is a Sunday

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #Dbacks are active in trade talks trying to move a 2B, which could clear room to sign FA Howie Kendrick

  • The Definitive Case for Universal DH

    Sports On Earth "Arguments for and against the designated hitter in Major League Baseball are as old as the position itself. And by now, those arguments are well established and, frankly, very, very tired. We know one side likes added offense, the other added strategy. We know one side is tired of watching..." January 21

  • Howie Kendrick and Dexter Fowler are still free agents for some reason

    SB Nation "Dexter Fowler isn't the best outfielder around, especially since there are questions about just how well he can handle center field. Even considering that, though, his bat is legitimate -- Fowler has hit .270/.367/.420 for a 110 OPS+ over the last five seasons -- and he's been at least an average..." January 21

  • Dodgers’ Julio Urias Named Top Left-Handed Pitching Prospect For ’16

    CBS Los Angeles "Before’s Top 100 Prospects List of 2016 is released at the end of January, the website released it’s rankings for the top prospects at each position on Wednesday. Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias was named the best left-handed pitching prospect in the minor..." January 21

  • Source: Antonio Bastardo’s Market Heating Up; Four Teams Interested

    Baseball Essential "The market for free agent reliever Antonio Bastardo is beginning to heat up, with the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets all interested, according to a league source. Bastardo’s market has been somewhat quiet this offseason, but with it heating up, he..." January 20

  • MLB agrees to offer single-team streaming to settle class-action suit

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball on Tuesday reached a deal with fans to settle an antitrust class action lawsuit over how out-of-market game broadcasts are sold, reported, adding that the side settled only moments before the trial was due to start in Manhattan. Under the agreement, MLB will..." January 20

  • Dodgers To Sign Joe Blanton

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have struck a one-year deal with righty Joe Blanton, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports on Twitter. " January 19

  • Will changes to 2B slide rule come at upcoming owners meetings?

    Fox Sports "As Major League Baseball owners prepare to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Coral Gables, Florida, consensus with the players’ union remains elusive on slides at second base. MLB officials raised the possibility of a rule change in the aftermath of Ruben Tejada’s broken leg suffered in the..." January 19

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