Dodgers Rumors & News

  • 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 "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

  • Dodgers formally announce Kenley Jansen signing, designate Micah Johnson for assignment

    Hardball Talk "After nearly a month, the Dodgers made the signing of closer Kenley Jansen official on Tuesday. To create roster space on the 40-man roster, the club designated second baseman Micah Johnson for assignment, per Eric Stephen of SB Nation’s True Blue LA. Jansen, 29, agreed to a five-year, $80..." January 10

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Dodgers Avoid Arbitration With Vidal Nuno

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have avoided arbitration with lefty Vidal Nuno, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). He’ll earn $1.125MM in the deal. Nuno, 29, had been projected by MLBTR and contributor Matt Swartz to earn $1.1MM in his first season of arbitration eligibility. He landed in Los..." January 10

  • Dodgers are considering Neftali Feliz

    Hardball Talk "Despite tying up a significant portion of their payroll in Kenley Jansen last month, the Dodgers are still looking for bullpen help. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the club is reportedly considering free agent right-hander Neftali Feliz among other late-inning candidates. Feliz, 28,..." January 07

  • Dodgers agree to minors deal with Bobby Wilson

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran catcher Bobby Wilson has agreed to a minor league deal with the Dodgers that comes with a $1MM base salary should he make the big league roster, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Spots (via Twitter). The 33-year-old Wilson, a client of Jet Sports, split the 2016 season between the Tigers,..." January 06

  • Braves could be 'stealth landing spot' for Dozier

    Hardball Talk "While they seem like a basic part of our world now, years and years ago, back when the earth was young, there were no trade rumors about Brian Dozier. It’s hard to picture that world, but carbon dating and ice core samples have established it as fact. In our current world, Brian Dozier rumors..." January 06

  • Report: Dodgers ‘heavy favorite’ to acquire Brian Dozier from Twins

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers are still aggressively pursuing improvements, and they have one target in mind. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Dodgers are regarded as the “heavy favorite” to acquire second baseman Brian Dozier from the Minnesota Twins, but the cost will be steep. De..." January 05

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces? "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • Don’t expect a sophomore slump from Corey Seager

    Fanrag Sports "Corey Seager packed a lot of achievement into his first full season in the majors. He won the National League Rookie of the Year Award, sweeping all 30 first-place votes, and he took home an NL Silver Slugger Award. As a 22-year-0ld, he appeared in his first All-Star Game. Seager also provided one..." January 04

  • Dozier talks expected to resolve soon

    Rotoworld "This comes a few days after La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that the Twins have asked teams interested in Dozier "to step up with their best offer in the coming days." Morosi confirms that the Dodgers are still one of the teams in talks with the Twins. They are..." January 04

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Dodgers Match Up Well For Jarrod Dyson Deal

    Fox Sports "The Royals are rumored to be open to trade either Lorenzo Cain or Jarrod Dyson due to a surplus of outfielders. The Los Angeles Dodgers are the best match for a Dyson deal. Though the Kansas City Royals are willing to listen on both Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson, most pundits believe Dyson is..." December 24

  • Dodgers officially sign Turner to 4-year, $64M deal

    Orange County Register "Third baseman Justin Turner’s $64 million, four-year contract with the Dodgers was made official on Friday. In a back-loaded deal, Turner gets a $4 million signing bonus, payable Dec. 31, and salaries of $12 million next season, $11 million in 2018, $18 million in 2019 and $19 million in..." December 24

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • Dodgers could trade away starting pitchers for other needs

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers have had a busy winter -- albeit mostly through free-agent retention. Already, the Dodgers have signed left-handed starter Rich Hill, third baseman Justin Turner, and closer Kenley Jansen to new contracts, with each deal occurring after the trio hit the open market. To..." December 20

  • Record 6 MLB teams to pay luxury tax

    Chicago Tribune "A record six teams are paying baseball's luxury tax this season, led by the Los Angeles Dodgers at $31.8 million and the New York Yankees at $27.4 million. Boston ($4.5 million), Detroit ($4 million), San Francisco ($3.4 million) and the World Series champion Chicago Cubs ($2.96 million) also..." December 17

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17

  • Dodgers Have “Shown Willingness” To Include Jose De Leon In Brian Dozier Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "There have been plenty of rumors connecting the Dodgers to Twins second baseman Brian Dozier over the past several weeks, and Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reports today that the Dodgers have now shown a willingness to include top pitching prospect Jose De Leon in a theoretical Dozier swap (Twitter links)...." December 16

  • Angels pitcher Huston Street: Rookie dress-up is a healthy team-building ritual

    New York Daily News "First off it is literally impossible to answer this question without someone getting offended, but I am going to try and take an objective approach. I am not arguing for bullying because that’s not what this is. I’m not arguing for purposely offensive behavior because that’s not even close to..." December 15

  • Only one MLB owner voted against the new CBA

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the new collective bargaining agreement was officially ratified on Tuesday night, meaning there's no threat of a work stoppage in baseball for the next five years. An interesting tidbit? The owners vote was 29-1. One team was not in favor of the..." December 14

  • The best trade partners for rebuilding White Sox's top players

    CBS Sports "At the Winter Meetings last week, the White Sox finally took the plunge and decided to become sellers. GM Rick Hahn was given the green light to trade veterans for prospects, so he traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in separate deals that landed the ChiSox their Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10 prospects,..." December 14

  • Owners ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement 29-1

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press is reporting that baseball owners have ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a 29-1 vote, conducted over telephone. No official announcement of the vote has been made and no public confirmation of the breakdown of the vote should be expected, but the AP’s..." December 14

  • Padres Claim Zach Lee

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres have claimed righty Zach Lee off waivers from the Mariners, Seattle announced. He had recently been designated for assignment. Once considered a top-100 prospect leaguewide, Lee’s star has waned in recent years. He was acquired last year from the Dodgers in the deal that sent..." December 13

  • 2017 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the order of the competitive balance component of the 2017 draft, per’s Jonathan Mayo. That establishes a new overall draft order, though remaining outcomes on players who declined qualifying offers will serve to modify the final slate. As Mayo explains,..." December 13

  • Dodgers may still be in running for Brian Dozier

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers appear to be in can’t stop, won’t stop mode. Even after they agreed to re-sign closer Kenley Jansen and, more relevantly, infielder Justin Turner on Monday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that there’s “no indication” the Dodgers are out of the running for Minnesota..." December 13

  • MLB's new anti-hazing policy bans dressing players as women

    CBS Sports "An overlooked aspect of the new collective bargaining agreement was the formation of an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy. For the most part, nobody knew what that policy entailed. Now, thanks to an Associated Press report on Monday night, we have a better idea: The policy, obtained by..." December 13

  • Dodgers Close To Deal With Kenley Jansen

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers are close to a deal to bring back closer Kenley Jansen, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). It would seem that Monday has the makings of a big day for the Dodgers and their fans, as multiple reports today have indicated that the Dodgers are also progressing toward a..." December 12

  • Dodgers' Justin Turner: Agrees to four-year deal with Dodgers

    CBS Sports "Turner agreed to a four-year, $64 million contract with the Dodgers on Monday, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. Turner has been worth 12.9 wins above replacement (according to Fangraphs) over the past three years, but he is also entering his age-32 season, so this seems like a fair deal for..." December 12

  • Kenley Jansen agree to five-year deal worth $80 million

    SI "The Los Angeles Dodgers and reliever Kenley Jansen have agreed to a five-year deal, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. The deal is reportedly worth $80 million, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden. Jansen finished last season with a 1.83 ERA, 47 saves and 104 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings..." December 12

  • Dodgers Becoming More Confident In Re-Signing Justin Turner

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers are becoming more confident that they can re-sign third baseman Justin Turner, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney (Twitter links). The two sides have been in talks on a four-year contract recently, Olney adds. Turner, who turned 32 three weeks ago, has been one of the Dodgers’ top..." December 12

  • 9 MLB contenders that still have glaring holes on their rosters

    Fox Sports "The Winter Meetings featured a flurry of activity, but the trip to Maryland wasn’t one-stop shopping for every major-league team. Unlike holiday shoppers -- who are down a dozen shopping days until Dec. 25 – MLB teams still have about two months before spring training. Therefore, there is..." December 12

  • The win-now Nationals are hunting for a new closer and Jansen may be the solution

    CBS Sports "The Washington Nationals have had an eventful week. General manager Mike Rizzo traded for Adam Eaton on Wednesday, then traded away Danny Espinosa on Saturday. Now Rizzo is hunting for a new closer. The Nationals have been tied to Chicago White Sox fireman David Robertson and Tampa Bay Rays..." December 12

  • Nationals making push for Jansen

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rival executives don’t expect the Dodgers to match the Marlins’ offer, per Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times (Twitter link). The Nationals are now “making a push” for Jansen, reports FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal (Twitter links). However, the Nats are “uncomfortable” with the financial..." December 08

  • Dave Roberts not putting the hard sell on Dodgers’ free agents

    Fanrag Sports "Dave Roberts was the National League Manager of the Year in his first year on the job. However, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ skipper is not attempting to become NL Salesman of the Year this winter. The Dodgers won their fourth consecutive NL West title in 2016 after Roberts replaced Don..." December 07

  • Marlins To Sign A.J. Ellis

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins have agreed to a one-year, $2.5MM deal with veteran backstop A.J. Ellis, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney (on Twitter). Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald had just reported that the Marlins appeared to have a “good shot” at landing Ellis to be the new backup catcher in Miami, where he’ll be..." December 07

  • 2016 postseason playoff shares announced

    Hardball Talk "There used to be a time when postseason money was bigger than most players’ actual salaries. Winning a pennant in baseball’s Golden Age was great for its own sake, but if you were one of the guys who hung around with, say, the Yankees for a long time like Frank Crosetti, the money was basically..." December 07

  • Jose Bautista draws interest from L.A. Dodgers

    Toronto Star "A source indicates that free-agent outfielder Jose Bautista and his camp have been contacted by the Los Angeles Dodgers regarding a potential contract, but that those talks are on hold until the major-league trade market further plays itself out. Bautista, 36, in the spring was reportedly..." December 06

  • Kenley Jansen? Wade Davis? Cubs Keeping an Open Mind For the Ninth Inning

    CSN Chicago "The San Francisco Giants had been three outs away from forcing an elimination game that Johnny Cueto would have started at Wrigley Field – and five different relievers couldn’t protect a three-run lead against a Cubs team that made a stunning comeback. That October crash reverberated throughout..." December 06

  • Jimmy Rollins hopes to continue playing in 2017

    CBS Sports "Former NL MVP Jimmy Rollins is not ready to hang up his spikes. Rollins, who turned 38 last month, hopes to continue playing next season. He was released by the White Sox on June 15 this past season and did not hook on with another team. Prior to being released Rollins .221/.295/.329 (74 OPS+)..." December 06

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

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