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Friday, January 11, 2019

Dodgers trading for catcher Russell Martin

Low cost (in talent) move for the Dodgers which allows them to wait for their fantastic catching prospects to be ready.

The Dodgers appear to have addressed their catching situation for 2019, as they have acquired Russell Martin from the Blue Jays via trade. Los Angeles also yielded cash considerations, while Toronto netted Minor League righty Andrew Sopko and Minors infielder Ronny Brito. Sportsnet’s Arash Madani was first to report the swap.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2019 at 03:12 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, dodgers, russell martin

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Dodgers get better of blockbuster deal simply by getting rid of Yasiel Puig - Los Angeles Times

OK, say I wanted to put together a new web site called the Anti-Athletic.com. The site would only employ axe grinding, angry writers. I start with Dan Shaughnessy and Bill Plaschke. Who else do I sign up?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2018 at 09:01 AM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yasiel puig

New Dodger Kelly eager for return to Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Kelly helped the Boston Red Sox win a World Series title. His next goal is to try to win one for the team he grew up rooting for and defeated this October.

The Dodgers on Friday officially announced signing Kelly to a three-year deal worth $25 million that brings the 30-year old right-hander back to Southern California. Kelly was born in Anaheim and grew up in Corona, where most of his family still resides.

“It is one of those things where I am at a point in my career where I have tons of family that is local. I also wanted to be on a team that wins year in and year out,” Kelly said during a conference call.

The good folk of Riverside will be happy, at least.

QLE Posted: December 22, 2018 at 08:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, joe kelly

Dodgers to trade Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds

We heard rumors of a deal like this brewing in the past several days, but now it’s happening: the Los Angels Dodgers have traded Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig and Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds. Jeff Passan of Yahoo was the first to report the deal was going down.

As previously rumored, Homer Bailey is going to the Los Angeles Dodgers as a means of offsetting some salary. The Dodgers will reportedly release Bailey once the deal is done, and will be getting prospects Jeter Downs, Josiah Gray and some international bonus pool money. They will send around $7 million in cash to the Reds.

What does one do with such money and such space? One suspects that one makes a run a Bryce Harper, who now would look really, really good in right field in Dodger Stadium.

 


Friday, December 21, 2018

Dodgers reportedly trade Kemp, Puig, Wood to Reds in massive payroll-clearing move

The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer to the Cincinnati Reds for a package including Homer Bailey, prospects Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray and possibly international bonus slots, multiple reports say.

The Dodgers are clearing money under the luxury-tax threshold. Even though Bailey’s salary and buyout will cost $28 million ($23 million for his salary, $5 million for buyout), the luxury-tax hit is just $17.5 million.

Bored Posted: December 21, 2018 at 05:12 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, reds, trades

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Dodgers announcer Steiner gets contract extension

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers have agreed to a contract extension with play-by-play announcer Charley Steiner, who will work a reduced schedule in 2019 at his request.

The team said Monday the deal extends through the 2021 season. Steiner, who is 69, is entering his 15th season with the Dodgers.

Follow him- to freedom!

QLE Posted: December 19, 2018 at 07:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, charley steiner, dodgers

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Dodgers don’t have general manager, but they have assistant general manager

LAS VEGAS — Farhan Zaidi left his job as the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers to become the president of baseball operations for the San Francisco Giants. While Dodgers president Andrew Friedman remains at the top of the baseball operations department, Zaidi’s departure has left the Dodgers without a general manager. It happens. It also happens that the Dodgers do not plan to replace Zaidi with a new general manager any time soon. They just said so last week.

They do, however, have an assistant general manager now. It’s Jeff Kingston, late of the Seattle Mariners, where he served as Jerry Dipoto’s assistant. Now he is an assistant with no one, nominally, to assist. Seems like some sort of dividing by zero error, philosophically speaking, but we’ll just assume it’ll sort itself out.

There’s no chance he’ll just spend his days in the office waiting for calls to come that never come, is there?

QLE Posted: December 11, 2018 at 04:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, general managers, jeff kingston

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

The Dodgers’ new hitting department – Dodger Insider

Interesting article.

Van Scoyoc would move on from playing baseball, his final days occurring at the community college level, but he wanted to stay in the game. He developed an insatiable thirst for knowledge about hitting, studying swings and the analytics of the game. He became an assistant of private hitting instructor Craig Wallenbrock, who is widely known in the industry for his work and results with professional baseball players. Van Scoyoc calls Wallenbrock one of the most brilliant hitting minds on the planet.

Brown also at one point worked as an assistant to Wallenbrock.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2018 at 08:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hitting mechanics, hitting philosophies

Monday, December 03, 2018

Manager Dave Roberts agrees to 4-year contract | MLB.com

On Monday, the two sides put pen to paper. Roberts inked a four-year extension that runs through 2022, the team announced, adding three years onto the contract he was already guaranteed.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2018 at 05:49 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dave roberts, dodgers

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Prized hitting guru Robert Van Scoyoc, 3 others join Dodgers coaching staff for 2019

LOS ANGELES—Robert Van Scoyoc, the 32-year-old cutting-edge hitting instructor who helped turn J.D. Martinez into a superstar, was announced as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ new hitting coach on Wednesday.

The Dodgers have hired four new coaches to work under manager Dave Roberts, who is currently under contract for only the 2019 season. Dino Ebel will be the new third-base coach, a role he handled with the crosstown Los Angeles Angels for nine seasons. Chris Gimenez, fresh off a 10-year career as a big league catcher, will be the new game-planning coach. And Aaron Bates will be the assistant hitting coach after spending the past four seasons working with Dodgers minor leaguers.

But the Van Scoyoc hire commands the most intrigue.

When the coaches are getting younger than you are….

QLE Posted: November 29, 2018 at 07:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching staffs, dodgers, robert van scoyoc

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Heyman’s Latest: Mets, Machado, Red Sox, Dodgers, Marlins

Jon Heyman of Fancred hears that the Mets have decided they’d rather spread their money around to various areas than splurge on Machado.

Oh good, more mid-tier free agents.  THAT IS WHAT THEY ALWAYS DO AND FAIL.  A 3 WAR player isn’t an “impact bat.”  It’s a supporting cast member.

Adam Starblind Posted: November 18, 2018 at 06:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, dodgers, mets, red sox

Friday, November 16, 2018

How Kevin Brown Became Baseball’s First $100 Million Man

Twenty years after he declared himself “the new sheriff in town,” ex-Dodgers general manager Kevin Malone wants to emphasize one fact about the contract that permanently changed Major League Baseball: the charter plane trips for Kevin Brown’s family were not his idea.

“Everybody criticized us for granting a charter plane to fly Kevin’s family from Georgia for his starts,” Malone, the first general manager to sign a free agent to a nine-figure contract, states. “The Rockies offered the same thing.”

Whether Colorado offered Brown the luxurious accomodations or super-agent extraordinaire Scott Boras tricked Malone in order to extract more amenties for his client, the Dodgers signed Brown, a 34-year-old starting pitcher, to a seven-year, $105 million contract in December 1998. The deal included 12 roundtrip charter flights from Georgia to Los Angeles so Brown’s family and his young children could watch him pitch, a plush bonus during a chilly era between front offices and free agents.

The story of a contract, and, with it, much of the recent economic history of Major League Baseball.

QLE Posted: November 16, 2018 at 04:26 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, dollah dollah bills, y'all, kevin brown, kevin malone

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Dodgers Rumors: All signs pointing to J.T. Realmuto being a Dodger

...Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto has become a popular candidate for Dodger fans to get excited over. Realmuto reportedly wants out of Miami and the Dodgers have space for him now behind the plate.

These Dodgers rumors have now picked up steam with MLB Network’s Peter Gammons reported on Tuesday that the Dodgers are the most interested team in the Miami Marlins catcher. No longer is this something to merely get excited about but an actual possibility that the front office could make come into realization.

If such a trade happens, where does Grandal sign?

Nasty Nate Posted: November 14, 2018 at 12:37 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Document prepared for potential investors says Dodgers plan on staying under luxury tax threshold - Los Angeles Times

More info in the article.

Under the projections prepared for potential investors, the Dodgers would spend $185 million in 2019 and 2020, $191 million in 2021 and $196 million in 2022.

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The Dodgers’ payroll projections are not binding. One high-ranking team official called the figures a “forecast,” and another said he would be “shocked” if the player payroll did not top $200 million next season.

The luxury tax would be assessed on any team that spends $206 million in 2019, $208 million in 2020, and $210 million in 2021. The 2022 threshold has not been set.

...

The document was prepared before the 2017 postseason, when the Dodgers generated additional revenue by advancing to the World Series for the first time in 29 years.

For the 2017 season, the Dodgers paid $290 million to cover payroll and the luxury tax.

Nonetheless, in their 2018 payroll, the Dodgers hit the $195 million targeted in the document, enabling them to avoid paying a luxury tax for the first time in Guggenheim’s six full seasons of ownership. The Dodgers lost at least $100 million in each of the first four full seasons under Guggenheim, including a $200-million loss in 2015, according to the document.

The document showed potential investors how management intended to reverse the team’s financial course, including by reducing payroll below the level of those first full seasons. The projections call for the Dodgers’ revenues to increase from $591 million in 2019 to $695 million in 2022.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2018 at 11:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Which free agents might fit with the Dodgers? – Dodger Thoughts

The Dodgers have been in the playoffs the last six years, including the World Series the last two. The last thing they need to do is to change what they are doing to placate crazed fans who lack perspective.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 04, 2018 at 07:20 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Friday, November 02, 2018

Clayton Kershaw contract news

Clayton Kershaw reached a three-year, $93 million contract extension with no opt-outs with the Dodgers on Friday shortly before he was eligible to end his current deal, according to a source.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2018 at 04:51 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Dodgers have become baseball’s version of the 1990s Buffalo Bills

“The makeup of the teams is even similar. The Bills were loaded with stars and future Hall of Famers in quarterback Jim Kelly, running back Thurman Thomas and defensive end Bruce Smith. Is that much different than the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner?”

Lest we forget Posted: October 31, 2018 at 02:52 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: buffalo bills, dodgers

Monday, October 29, 2018

Red Sox homer their way past Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers for World Series title – Orange County Register

Just listened to Bill Plunkett on with the Mad Dog. Dodgers fans are lucky neither of these two guys are running the Dodgers.

My favorite part of the interview was Russo asking, “Will the Dodgers, upstairs in their front office, will they recalculate a little bit, realizing that this interchangeable two-team match-up approach may not necessarily be the best way to go if you want to win the whole thing? Will this loss make them look at that?”

Plunkett replied, “I doubt it. I’ll put this gently. There is a certain arrogance about that front office. They do believe that they have, that they know more than anyone else, just by a hair. They don’t lord it over them or anything, but they think they have figured out the right way to go about this, and I don’t think they are going to deviate from it. I honestly don’t. I think they’ll look at this year and they will say, ‘Ya, know, we almost did it again, even though we lost our best player, one of our two best players, Cory Seager for the year in May. Even though we started the season without Justin Turner, our other best player, for the first forty games. Overcame injuries that had the entire starting rotation on the DL at one point. Ah, ya know, put things together and overcome other stuff along the way.’ I think they will look at it that way and say the plan is not the problem. That it just didn’t work out this year for those other reasons.”

“Yeah, that’s a stupid approach,” was just the beginning of Russo’s response where he also suggested a 22-YO front-office employee, who rides his bicycle to the park without socks, was responsible for Kiki batting third, which was another of the Mad Dog bones that he couldn’t let go.

Honestly, the conversation made my head hurt.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 29, 2018 at 01:45 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, world series

Price silences October critics while Kershaw gives more fuel to his

No two pitchers of this generation have carried more of a burden from their postseason travails than Kershaw and Price. The dissection of their performances and the myths that have risen from such autopsies have never been fair. There have been disappointments, to be sure. There also have been enough successes to suggest that either star lefty has some innate flaw that prevents them from succeeding in October is madness.

Nevertheless, the baggage that accumulates from such tales piles up over the years. It’s heavy. It’s cumbersome. The questions never cease, the curious inquiries looking for an explanation that mostly doesn’t exist. The only one that makes any sense is that all along, it’s only been baseball and the guys on the other side are pretty good too.


Time running out for Dodgers after another World Series loss

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Major League Baseball’s World Series trophy was lifted triumphantly at Dodger Stadium for the second straight year on Sunday, but again the home team failed to get their hands on it.

Boston blasted their way to a 4-1 best-of-seven series victory this time around, while last year it was the Houston Astros breaking Los Angeles’ hearts in a Game 7 decider.

Dodgers’ losing pitcher Clayton Kershaw told reporters that the experience of losing out to Houston last year did not make defeat any easier to swallow on Sunday.

Wonder what Jerry Ragovoy thinks of this sentiment….

QLE Posted: October 29, 2018 at 01:33 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, the agony of defeat

Sunday, October 28, 2018


Dave Roberts ripped for pulling Rich Hill in Game 4, but turns out he had a good reason for it

The problem with such second-guessing from parties not in the know is they are, um, not in the know. After the game, Roberts provided the context:

“Before the top of the seventh was going on, it was a long sixth for us,” Roberts said. “I had a conversation with Rich, and we talked about it. He said, ‘Keep an eye on me. I’m going to give it everything I have. Let’s go hitter to hitter and just keep an eye on me.’ So right there, I know Rich did everything he could, competed, left everything out there.”

Essentially, it sounds like Hill was letting Roberts know his tank was nearly empty.

The post-game second-guessing was immediate and fierce, but if a pitcher tells his manager something like what Hill appears to have said to Roberts, then the manager has to make a move. Alexander and Madson and Jansen didn’t do their jobs, but that’s on those pitchers, not on Dave Roberts.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 28, 2018 at 02:45 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: dave roberts, dodgers, rich hill, world series

Friday, October 26, 2018

The Dodgers Are One Win Away From Triggering The Super Sports Equinox In LA

The city is only one Dodgers win from making another kind of history: The super sports equinox. If the Dodgers win just one of the next two games at home and force a Game 5, teams representing the city in all four major North American sports will be playing on the same day. And although World Series titles come and go, the super equinox has only happened once before in all of sports history — and LA’s super equinox would come with all its teams at home, which has never happened before.

Before 2015, there had only been 14 sports equinoxes ever, since it was difficult to find a Sunday or Monday (when NFL teams would be playing) late enough in the year to catch the start of the NBA season but early enough to overlap the end of the World Series.
But it’s been getting more and more common with the advent of things like Thursday Night Football and an earlier start to the NBA schedule. Since 2015, there has been a sports equinox every single year, with the potential for two in 2018. We’ve already seen one this year — back on Thursday, Oct. 18, when Game 5 of the ALCS coincided with Broncos-Cardinals, plus 12 other NBA and NHL games.

Seems like all of the sports are expanding their schedules. MLB with the later World Series due to playoff expansion, NFL has a Thursday game every week now (plus quite a few early Sunday games in London), NBA started their season 2 weeks earlier the past few years. NHL probably did something, but nobody noticed.

Greg Pope Posted: October 26, 2018 at 02:45 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: 4 major sports, clippers, dodgers, ducks, kings, rams

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman hasn’t let Hollywood go to his head or a bigger payroll change his winning formula

LOS ANGELES — Four years in, he still doesn’t show any signs of going Hollywood.

Clearly hasn’t upgraded from Gap chic to designer threads. Isn’t hobnobbing with the TV and movie stars who come to see his team, or at least to be seen. Still puts the job first and hours in, colleagues saying his claims of reduced intensity and increased maturity are a relative subject.

But the most impressive, and probably most important, thing that hasn’t changed about Andrew Friedman as he moved from heading baseball ops for the Rays to the Dodgers?

Mind you, why would celebrities hob-nob with a general manager? Do they really hang out that much with the people holding the equivalent roles in their actual fields?

QLE Posted: October 25, 2018 at 11:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, dodgers, general manager, hollywood

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts got burned by sticking with Ryan Madson again

A manager can make the right move and still lose. The Dodgers aren’t losing because of Dave Roberts. They are losing because their players aren’t playing as well as the Red Sox players.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:44 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dave roberts, dodgers

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