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Dodgers Lose Onelki, Add Lee, Schebler, Reed

This is one of those things you feel like you need to discuss more than really want to, but the Dodgers lost lefty reliever Onelki Garcia on waivers to the White Sox today. Garcia had a pretty weird and brief term with the Dodgers after being drafted in the 3rd round in 2012, reaching the bigs for three games in late 2013, but then missing basically all of 2014 after rehab from...
Via Dodgers Digest
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Weakness That Yasiel Puig Conquered

A month and a half ago, Yasiel Puig was struggling. In the playoff series against the Cardinals, Puig struck out seven times in a row at one point, and there was a pretty clear book on him: try to beat him with heat, away. He was having trouble catching up, so the Cardinals were having […]
Via Fangraphs
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers rumors: Shortstop edition

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in this awkward limbo at short stop. Hanley Ramirez, the Dodger’s shortstop for the past two and a half seasons, declined his qualifying offer and is now free to choose with any team. The Dodgers can still re-sign him, but that looks kind of unlikely. If Ramirez signs with another team, that team will give up their first round draft pick and the Dodgers...
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

2014 Dodgers in Review: IF Carlos Triunfel

PA AVG OBP SLG wRC+ HR WAR MiLB 321 .223 .256 .330 44 4 n/a MLB 16 .133 .188 .333 47 1 -0.1 What happened in 2014: Was bad at baseball. So, so bad. The brain works in mysterious ways sometimes, because I remember exactly where I was when the Dodgers acquired Carlos Triunfel. I have no idea why I remember that. There’s absolutely no reason for me to still remember it. And yet,...
Via Dodgers Digest
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dan Haren threatens retirement if traded from Los Angeles

Getty Images Dan Haren does not have a no trade clause but judging from the pitcher’s statements that he will retire if traded away from Southern California one could argue he does. Haren told ESPN Los Angeles that he would likely walk away and leave $10 million in salary if the Dodgers traded him anywhere outside of his former team in the Angels. “My signing with the Dodgers...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers should protect three prospects from Rule 5

The deadline for protecting players from the Rule 5 Draft is Thursday, and the Dodgers have a few players they will add without question. Unlike last year, there don’t appear to be any players who will surprise by being added. First, let’s look at the rules for players who need to be protected. “Players who were signed when they were 19 or older and have played in professional...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Hanley Ramirez's Explosive Sled Row

MLB infielder Hanley Ramirez is at it again—working out hard in the parking lot. Yesterday, Ramirez posted a video of himself performing five explosive sled rows. Ramirez makes it look easy, but
Via Stack
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers “aggressively pursuing” Alexei Ramirez

The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to swap Ramirez’s at shortstop. Considering it’s highly unlikely that Hanley Ramirez will be back in Los Angeles next season, the Dodgers are looking to another shortstop. Alexei Ramirez is at the top of the list for the Dodgers. Alexei, who has a year left on his contract had a very solid 2014 season, he had a batting line of .273/.305/...
Via On-Base Talk
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers add 4 more to front office staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have added four front-office hires as new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman continues to make over the staff. The new additions announced Tuesday are: David Finley, vice president of amateur and international scouting; Galen Carr, director of player personnel; Jeff Pickler, special assistant of pro scouting and player development; and...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Aggressively Pursuing White Sox Shortstop Alexei Ramirez

The Los Angeles Dodgers are are aggressively pursuing White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez in trade talks, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports. The Dodgers certainly have outfielders to move in any trade but have high a price tag on Matt Kemp, Nightengale adds. Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago reported last week, that the White Sox have heard from numerous major league clubs...
Via Mets Merized Online
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: Solving the outfield

My first article for Isportsweb was about the Los Angeles Dodgers’ outfield surplus. In that post, I wrote that there were three outfielders for four spots. If only it were still that easy. In June, as part of my trade deadline series, I wrote about the Dodgers’ outfield surplus, with six starting caliber outfielders vying for three outfield spots. Baseball season came and went...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Yasiel Puig has himself a game in Japan

Yasiel Puig had an impressive game in the five-game postseason tour in Japan, leading the M.L.B. All-Stars to a 6-1 victory. Puig had three hits and made a diving catch in rightfield. This is the M.L.B.’s first win of the five-game series. The series concludes on Monday with the Angels Matt Shoemaker taking the hill for the M.L.B. All-Stars.   Your browser does not support iframes...
Via Reading Between The Seams
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers’ Kershaw lands endorsement deal with Subway

On Wednesday, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw became the youngest pitcher to win three Cy Young awards and the following day was named NL MVP for the first time in his career.Off the field, Kershaw lives with his wife, Ellen. They have a charity, Kershaw’s Challenge. Although it wasn’t in the form of an award, Kershaw’s 2014 season led to another achievement. According...
Via On-Base Talk
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw wins NL MVP

Apparently, the MVP is not a hitter’s award. Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Clayton Kershaw hit .175 this year, with three RBIs, 24 strikeouts and a stolen base. However, for the first time since 1968, a pitcher has been named the National League’s most valuable player. There isn’t much that I haven’t said about Kershaw since April. His pitching stats are incredible. The...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw and the Others

I understand why the BBWAA announces finalists for awards before it announces the winners — they’re trying to build some suspense, some anticipation, and, okay, that’s fine, even if the finalists don’t tell us much we couldn’t predict. For example, we’ve long known the AL Cy Young was going to come down to Felix Hernandez […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jack Nabors: the anti-Clayton Kershaw

Last season, when I came up with my first Kyle Davies and Dan Meyer Award winners for 2013, a comment accused me of focusing too much on the negative. It was a fair enough comment since the awards go to the worst players in a particular baseball season. There is just something that fascinates me about players that do not succeed in such a spectacular fashion. The world focuses...
Via The Flagrant Fan
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers invite military for Veterans Day batting practice (Video)

The Los Angeles Dodgers did their part to honor our nation's military members on Tuesday by inviting veterans and their families, along with 300 active service members, to take batting practice at Dodger Stadium. This is the fourth year that the Dodgers are conducting their Veterans Day festivities, and it's clearly a huge hit.H/T BLS. This post appeared first on Holdout...
Via Holdout Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Josh Beckett a Hall-of-Famer?

When Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, a biography was released and several biopics were put into production. One of the films, penned by wordsmith Aaron Sorkin, is set to unfold in three acts, focusing on the launch of the original Macintosh, NeXT, and the reveal of the iPod. Sorkin’s belief is that rather than telling an origin story following Jobs’ life and...
Via The Sports Post
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers looking to trade one of their expensive outfielders

The Los Angeles Dodgers have four outfielders that are capable starters, and they could look to move one of them this winter. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Dodgers are “aggressively” trying to trade Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford or Andre Ethier. They are reportedly not interested in shopping Yasiel Puig. If the Dodgers...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Hanley Ramirez willing to change positions

Hanley Ramirez might have found a way to generate some more interest on the free-agent market. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday that the free-agent shortstop would be willing to change positions if he signs with a new team. According to Heyman, Ramirez is willing to play “wherever there’s a need.” The most logical option for Ramirez would seem to be third base. Ramirez...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The new Dodgers GM is Farhan Zaidi

Andrew Friedman has his new GM in Los Angeles. His choice for the position is former A’s assistant Farhan Zaidi, a 37-year old with a degree from MIT and a PhD in economics from Cal-Berkeley. THE NERDS ARE TAKING OVER! Dodgers will name Oakland's Farhan Zaidi the new general manager later this week, according to baseball source. — Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) November 5, 2014...
Via The Outside Corner
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Vin Scully is willing to mentor his successor

In a perfect world, Vin Scully would be the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers forever. But Scully is 87 and human, and eventually, it will be time for Dodger baseball with someone else behind the mic. We have no idea who will take over, and when the change will be made, but Scully is willing to mentor a successor, just like he was mentored by the legendary Red Barber. Steve Dilbeck...
Via Awful Announcing
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Dodgers prevented Ned Colletti from making trades

The Dodgers finally demoted Ned Colletti as GM on Tuesday and announced that former Tampa Bay Rays executive Andrew Friedman was taking over as president of baseball operations. Even though the announcement of Colletti’s demotion was not made until this week, it seems like the Dodgers knew this was a direction they were heading. According...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 15, 2014  |  7 Comments

Report: Yasiel Puig's lack of effort upset teammates

The 2014 NLDS is a series that Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig would probably like to put behind him. Striking out in key situations and going 3-for-12 at the plate (with a .357 on-base percentage) isn't Puig-like by any means. And after being benched in the pivotal, "must-win" Game 4--in which he would later enter in the ninth inning, as a pinch-runner--pundits...
Via The Sports Daily
October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

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