The Dodgers had a budget of $2,020,300 to spend, the fourth-lowest in the game. On Thursday alone, they signed two players who would have busted that budget by themselves, and a third who would have come close: Cuban right-hander Yadier Alvarez signed for $16 million, while Starling Heredia and Ronny Brito agreed to bonuses of $2.6 million and $2 million, respectively. What’s even better about all this is that the Dodgers signed nine players total, but we don’t yet know the bonuses for four of ...
He’s seasoned enough that he fields one question before it’s asked: “If anybody asks me about longevity, I would say I have my mother’s genes, and she lived to be 97. So that’s the only idea. I mean, I don’t have any secrets like, ‘Well, I’ve lived this long because I eat tapioca every day.’ No.” He’s seasoned enough that he once played center field in a Fordham-Yale game during which George Herbert Walker Bush, who turned 91 this month, played the opposing first base. ...Read More...
I don’t know what Mattingly is on about. Puig had a 159 OPS+ in year 1, 143 last year, 141 so far this year. His K-rate has improved every year (16.5% in this year’s small sample), the walk rate is high. OK, he probably won’t see that first-year HR rate again but in the article, Mattingly says he’s not a HR hitter anyway. Puig’s 1200 PA into his career and if pitchers haven’t found the solution yet ...
The latest Robothal.
Brett Anderson has made 15 starts without exploding!
Brett Anderson tied a career high with 10 strikeouts and allowed only one fly ball in seven innings Friday night to help the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-1 victory over the Miami Marlins, who lost their fifth straight game.
Giancarlo Stanton may be hurt, though.
Stanton winced as he swung and missed for strike three in the ninth. He said he hurt his hand earlier in the game, and the injury progressively became more painful.
Chris Perez, former All-Star closer for the Indians, was charged with misdemeanor drug possession back in 2013 when a package of marijuana turned up at his house in Ohio addressed to his dog.
Perez is a free agent now, having been released from the Brewers’ Triple-A team in late April. But the 29-year-old right-hander just got popped again for drugs.
Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson doesn’t like the Texas heat.
“No clue why you would ever want to pitch for the Rangers,” he tweeted on Wednesday. “The climate is beyond awful.”
The lack of a retractable roof at Globe Life Park is the one big issue that could force the Rangers to seek out a new home, whether in Arlington or elsewhere.
The Dallas Morning News spins the pitcher’s comment toward the factor that may make the Arlington ballpark “obsolete” after just 20 years: no AC.
Oddly ...Read More...
So, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about in two sports.
Just call them the New England Cardinals … or maybe the St. Louis Patriots … or maybe just call them phonies in the wake of a New York Times report that they are being investigated by the FBI for hacking computer networks and stealing information about the Houston Astros.
Includes a link to Vin Scully’s call of the last three outs.
He won’t be a free agent for another 3.5 plus seasons. This speculation is more than a little premature.
The bullpen was the Dodgers’ biggest problem last year? Why hasn’t anything been done about that?
Actually, quite a bit has been done. Including the playoffs, the 2014 Dodger bullpen threw 498 innings. Pitchers who threw 236 of those innings — 47 percent — are not with the team in 2015.
OK, but the bullpen is still a huge Achilles heel. Why isn’t it any better?
Actually, it is better. Even before Friday’s game (2 1/3 innings, two unearned runs, three hits, no walks, five ...
Jonah Keri looks at Don Mattingly in Los Angeles.
Four skunks, reportedly two adults and two children, were trapped by Dodger Stadium workers under a photographer’s well inside of the visitor’s dugout Friday night. After a “skunk whisperer” (who identified as a bee wrangler) and local animal control failed to wrangle the critters away, it was decided to leave them trapped in the dugout during the game, and to capture them afterward using fresh salmon as bait. Not the canned stuff. And not Tim Salmon, either.
Looks like the road woes followed ...Read More...
Los Angeles signed six future All-Stars in 1968 who would combine for 23 All-Star Game appearances, both Draft records. Washburn (Kan.) University outfielder Davey Lopes was a second-rounder in the January secondary phase, while California high school first baseman Bill Buckner (second), University of Houston outfielder/defensive back Tom Paciorek (fifth) and Alabama prep right-hander Doyle Alexander (ninth) were part of the regular June Draft. The cherry on top was a pair of college third ...
Ken Rosenthal explains why the Dodgers made the Uribe deal.
The reports of the death of Clayton Kershaw’s stuff have been greatly exaggerated.
Charter Communications plans to soon begin offering the Los Angeles Dodgers TV channel, SportsNet LA, in Southern California, breaking the year-long impasse that has prevented thousands of baseball fans from watching their favorite team on TV.
“We are going to get the Dodgers on,” Charter Communications Chief Executive Tom Rutledge said Tuesday morning in an interview with the L.A. Times.
“We want the Dodgers on every outlet and we are committed to making that happen,” Rutledge said....Read More...
Trade talks between the Dodgers and Braves regarding Alberto Callaspo and Juan Uribe fell apart Tuesday morning after Callaspo vetoed the transaction, but talks rekindled just hours later after Callaspo had a change of heart, and the two sides have reportedly reached a deal, pending approval from the commissioner’s office. The Braves will acquire Uribe and right-hander Chris Withrow from the Dodgers in exchange for Callaspo, right-hander Juan Jaime and left-handers Ian Thomas and Eric Stults.
He had a right to do it. That doesn’t mean he was right to do it.
A proposed multi-player trade centered around veteran infielders Alberto Callaspo of the Braves and Juan Uribe of the Dodgers fell through Tuesday morning and was not expected to be revived.
The deal died when Callaspo exercised his right to reject the trade, a person with the proposal said, confirming a FoxSports.com report. Callaspo, as a free agent who signed last winter, can’t be traded without written consent until after ...
Not exactly a buy low scenario.
Hamels’ average fastball velocity in May is 93.59 mph, a monthly figure he did not reach last season until August. His strikeout rate, over a full season, would rank among the best of his career.
His walk rate is dropping, and after allowing seven homers in his first three starts, his home run rate also is returning to normal. Hamels has allowed only one homer in his last seven outings, none in his last four.
Get him now, get him while he’s hot.
Time flies like an arrow—but Enrique Hernandez flies like a banana.
The Dodgers had not scored in 35 innings, their longest stretch of zeros in 53 years. Someone had to do something.
Enrique Hernandez decided to grab a banana.
Not to eat. To wave.
This was the fifth inning Friday. The Dodgers scored. Hernandez put down the banana.
Then came the eighth inning. Hernandez picked up the banana and waved it again. The Dodgers scored again. They won, 2-1.
“You can call it coincidence,” he said, ...
S ANGELES—Dodgers shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena has been suspended by the team for the remainder of the 2015 season “for repeated failures to comply with his contract,” the team announced on Thursday.
The infielder hasn’t played for any of the four Dodgers minor league affiliates currently in season, and was held back for extended spring training at the club’s facility at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.
“Erisbel is still a developing athlete. Our plan is to work with him in Arizona for a ...
Baseball players are paid too much! Argle-bargle!
But it’s the NBA that has the highest average per-player salary. At $4.6 million, the NBA ranks just ahead of India’s IPL cricket ($4.3 million) and MLB ($4.2 million).
The top three NBA teams are the Brooklyn Nets ($6.2 million per player), New York Knicks ($5.9 million) and Los Angeles Clippers ($5.3 million). The Los Angeles Dodgers ($8.0 million) lead baseball and the Royal Challengers Bangalore ($4.5 million) head the IPL list. Wondering ...
I’d say the clause in his contract which makes him a free agent in the event he’s traded hurts Guerrero’s trade value. Of course, more money has a way fixing such problems.
It’s just not the most efficient allocation of resources, which is why Friedman and his team figure to dangle at least one or two of those players—Guerrero will probably draw the most interest and Uribe is probably the most palatable to move—as part of the push to land a starting pitcher.
Veteran shortstop Rafael Furcal, who played seven games in the Royals’ minor-league system this year, announced Tuesday that he’s retiring from the game.
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