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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 646: 2015 Season Preview Series: Los Angeles Dodgers by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

Ben and Sam preview the Dodgers` season with Molly Knight, and Sahadev talks to True Blue LA`s Eric Stephen (at 32:54).
Via Baseball Prospectus
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers infield stocked for the future

With the season set to kick off exactly one week from today, on April 6, the roster for the Los Angeles Dodgers is pretty close to complete. There are still a few questions as to how things will look at the end of the year, though, with a number of Dodgers seemingly available for trade or a role adjustment. While teams like the San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox stole the headlines...
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

One Week To Go, Who Makes It To Opening Day?

I think I meant to do a roster prediction contest a few weeks ago. I think I meant to do a lot of things, if only I had the time. We’re now just a week away (!) from the Dodgers kicking off the 2015 season in San Diego, and that means it’s time to update the 25-man roster projection based on what we’ve learned. I did this nearly three weeks ago, and things have changed a little...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Roster Moves Worth Reporting But Aren’t Worth The 300 Words – Vol. 15

For Baseball Hot Corner’s articles to be recognized by Google, they put a requirement on all blogs that each post/article should be 300 words or more.  That’s usually not a problem for major breaking trades or free agent signing news.  But sometimes, there are trades and signings that do happen that are interesting, but might not need the requisite 300 word analysis.  Nevertheless...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Who is David Huff and why is he going to break camp with the Dodgers?

When the Dodgers signed David Huff to a minor-league deal, not a lot was expected. He was a journeyman relief pitcher with some success in the majors, but not a lot of it. Dodgers (ss) @ Giants Scottsdale, Ariz. CF Pederson 1B Turner RF Puig C Grandal LF Ethier 3B Guerrero SS Hernandez 2B Barney P...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Former Dodgers Farmhand Gets Second Chance After Two Tommy John Surgeries

It was Opening Night in the Pioneer League as the Grand Junction Rockies took on the Ogden Raptors on a cool, overcast evening at Lindquist Field. Both rookie ball teams were ready to begin the 2014 season. The ballpark was only half-filled on that summer night in the middle of June, and after six innings of play, the Raptors held a 7-0 lead over the Rockies. Right-handed pitcher...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Trying To Find A Winning Formula

As I drove through the Arizona desert, my mind began to drift towards what kind of lineup the Dodgers may put together; not just during my visit in spring training, but also when they take the field; against the revamped San Diego Padres, on April 6th. There were marquee subtractions in Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez, and Dee Gordon, but in return the Dodgers would replace them with...
Via TopSportsReport
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Yet Another Tough Spring Training For Zack Greinke

So now it’s Zack Greinke we’re worried about, as evidenced by not one but two articles about his start against the Giants: Greinke struggles, reaches pitch limit in 3 2/3 innings: Dodgers starter Zack Greinke hit his pitch limit after 3 2/3 innings. Two of the four runs Greinke allowed were unearned on an error by left fielder Carl Crawford, who earlier had an RBI...
Via Dodgers Digest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers’ Pitching Full Of Question Marks

Zach Greinke. Photo Credit: Reed Saxon/AP The Los Angeles Dodgers currently have the best pitcher in baseball as their number one starter. Reigning National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw may be the only member of the Dodgers’ pitching staff that the team doesn’t have to worry about. After his outing Friday, the Dodgers’ number two starter Zack Greinke...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Eyeing Trio Of Dodgers Lefty Relievers

According to a report by Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles, the Mets are keeping an eye on J.P. Howell, Paco Rodriguez, and Adam Liberatore from the Dodgers in case one of them becomes available. Howell, 31, is owed $4 million this season and the Dodgers hold a $6.25 million option on him for 2016, so not sure he’ll appeal to the Mets at that price. And as for the other two...
Via Mets Merized Online
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Hector Olivera Reportedly Dealing with UCL Tear; Dodgers Protected

The fact that the Dodgers were able to spend $62.5 million for a 30-year old Cuban infielder with a probable torn UCL shows just how flush with cash the organization is. There have been various reports — all denied — that recent Dodgers signee Hector Olivera’s elbow is a ticking time bomb. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported way back on March 5 that there was serious concern...
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Industry sources estimate TWC losing $100M a year on Dodgers

While the value of televised sports rights just seems to keep rising, those rights aren’t always ensuring a profit for broadcasters or translating into more access for fans. The most glaring case in point might be the debacle of Time Warner Cable’s acquisition of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ TV rights ahead of last season. Time Warner paid $8.35 billion to control those rights...
Via Awful Announcing
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jimmy Rollins speaks as only Jimmy Rollins can

Jimmy Rollins understands Philadelphia as perhaps no player in Phillies history can. When Jimmy Rollins buttoned up his number 29 uniform as a September call up on a Sunday afternoon in 2000, the Phillies grabbed a rare win in a season in which they lost 97 games. It was their 13th losing season in 14 years and they lost 90 or more games in six of those seasons. The Phils averaged...
Via PhilsBaseball
6 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Quick Hits: No room in L.A. for Olivera

As the Hector Olivera sweepstakes gathered steam this month, much speculation centered on how quickly he'd be in a major-league lineup. The Braves, for instance, presented a fine opportunity for Olivera to have near-term value in both real and fantasy baseball.  Now that the Dodgers have signed Olivera to a six-year, $62.5 million contract, where will he play? In the minors for...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Hyun-Jin Ryu to rest shoulder two weeks after MRI shows no change

  The Los Angeles Dodgers will rest pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu for two weeks to see if it helps ease the discomfort in his left shoulder. Ryu recently underwent a contrast MRI in Los Angeles that showed no change from the one he took in 2012. The plan is for him to go through rehabilitation before being re-evaluated. From there, the Dodgers will figure out a throwing program for Ryu,...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers win Hector Olivera sweepstakes with $62.5 million deal

Signing Cuban infielders hasn’t worked out terribly well for the Dodgers in recent years, as neither Alexander Guerrero nor Erisbel Arruebarrena has developed as hoped. Perhaps the third time will be the charm. The Dodgers are obviously hoping so, banking $62.5 million on infielder Hector Olivera, winning the latest bidding for a Cuban import. According to’s Jesse Sanchez...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers win Hector Olivera sweepstakes

After not making many big moves for most of the offseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed the second biggest Cuban prospect on the market in Hector Olivera. Source: Cuban INF Hector Olivera has agreed to a 6-year, $62.5 million deal with Dodgers. $28MM signing bonus. Check — Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) March 24, 2015   That seems like a big...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jimmy Rollins: Philadelphia ‘not conducive for a superstar’

There was once a time when Jimmy Rollins was a fan favorite in Philadelphia. The 2007 NL MVP won four Gold Glove Awards, made three NL All-Star teams and helped his team capture a World Series title in 2008. Then, the Phillies went down the tubes and Rollins went with them. Now that he has...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers reach $8 million agreement with Cuban pitcher Pablo Fernandez

Among Cuban prospects, right-hander Pablo Millan Fernandez has not drawn as much buzz as some of his fellow countrymen. The Dodgers apparently aren’t concerned about that, as they reached a minor league agreement with the 25-year-old pitcher on Monday worth $8 million. The deal was first reported by Baseball America‘s Ben Badler. However, Fernandez won’t be joining the Dodgers...
Via The Outside Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw hit in face by line drive, stays in game (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was hit in the face by a line drive during Friday's spring training game against Oakland, but stayed in the game.It happened in the third inning as Athletics batter Andy Parrino hit a soft comebacker off a broken bat. Kershaw tried to get out of the way but was hit in the cheek. Fortunately, however...
Via Holdout Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Clayton Kershaw takes line drive to the face

Your browser does not support iframes. The Los Angeles Dodgers received quite a scare on Friday afternoon when their ace, $215 million man Clayton Kershaw, took a soft liner to the face. Kershaw was pitching in a Cactus League game against the Oakland A’s when infielder Andy Parrino hit a line drive straight back to...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting lineup

With the season just a couple of weeks away, the Los Angeles Dodgers are beginning to send players down to the minor leagues and their final 25-man roster is beginning to take shape. Here’s my best guess at what the lineup will look like for the majority of the season with some random stat projections.   1. Jimmy Rollins- SS .260 average, .330 OBP, 11 home runs, 30 steals...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Tommy Lasorda sings, dances to ‘Turn Down for What’

Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda just will not turn down. The 87-year-old former MLB player and manager had some fun on Instagram on Monday, when he posted a video which showed him singing and dancing to Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What.” A video posted by Thomas Charles Lasorda (@tommy2lasorda) on Mar 16, 2015 at 7:42pm PDT   If only we could all move that well at...
Via The Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers will have a tough time dumping Andre Ethier

There’s no place in the Los Angeles Dodgers outfield for Andre Ethier, even after the trade of Matt Kemp. Los Angeles has reportedly been looking to move Ethier all offseason, and according to CBS’s Jon Heyman, they’re willing to eat half of the $56 million over three years left on his deal. Naturally, they’ve had no success. The Dodgers have offered to pay down ...
Via The Outside Corner
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Trying to solve the Alex Guerrero problem

We’ve all seen it in various TV shows or movies; the main character is sitting on the floor of some room, surrounded by various pieces of hardware after being challenged to assemble some piece of furniture from vague and unhelpful instructions. And then, usually after a cutaway or some kind of time-lapse, we see the […]
Via Fangraphs
28 days ago  |  Discuss

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