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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Ethier must prove his worth in crowded outfield | MLB.com

When was this?

Eighteen veteran outfielders with salaries of more than $5 million changed teams in the offseason, going to 16 different teams, and that list doesn’t include the likes of Wil Myers, Jonny Gomes, Ichiro Suzuki, Seth Smith, Matt Joyce and Heisey. Yet there was no market for Ethier, who not so long ago was viewed as a possible free-agent prize for teams like the Red Sox and Cubs.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 08:06 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: andre ethier, dodgers

Monday, March 02, 2015

Guerrero believes he can help contribute to Dodgers now | dodgers.com

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2015 at 10:27 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: alex guerrero, dodgers

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Dodgers going organic this season

“We are the healthiest team in pro sports,” was written across the top of the menu at Camelback Ranch Thursday. That day’s lunch was organic seared pork chops, free-range herb seared chicken, organic baked potatoes and organic sautéed asparagus. Not exactly low-calorie, but fortifying and low on toxins.

Because nothing says healthy like pork and potatoes.

 

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 28, 2015 at 06:01 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Friday, February 27, 2015

Juan Pierre officially announces his retirement

Juan Pierre, who sat out last season after struggling for the Marlins in 2013, has officially decided to retire at age 37.

A delayed goodbye from one of the game’s fastest men.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Keep an Eye on Korean Baseball

Not Carlos Correa, South Korea.

Putting a blanket statement on the level of talent in the KBO is an unwinnable situation.  Both Nitkowski and Sadowski said that while there are guys there who could not crack a Double-A roster in the U.S., there are players, such as Ryu, who clearly have the talent to be difference makers in the majors.

“I don’t know that there’s a Triple-A team that could roll in and necessarily beat the Doosan Bears,” Nitkowski said. “Even to say that it’s Triple-A, I don’t think that’s necessarily fair. Maybe the rosters don’t run as deep. Maybe they don’t have Triple-A players one through nine, but one through six, one through seven, a lot of teams are really good. I really hesitate to put a number on it or a level on it.”

Sadowski echoes this view, citing Americans who go to Korea as they come down from the peak of their career with no major league teams willing to keep them.  “It’s really hard to compare because those guys had major league tools at some point,” he said. “When teams get hurt and their replacements come in, they’re not being replaced by a Triple-A player or a guy who could play in the big leagues. They’re getting replaced by a younger guy who has only been playing two years of professional baseball or may be short on tools.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2015 at 09:47 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hyun-jin ryu, korean baseball, kyeong kang

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Report: Dodgers sign Brandon Beachy

The contract is a one-year deal with a club option for 2016.

I’ll have to see how much money this is for before I can say whether or not I approve.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 21, 2015 at 12:54 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Why Is Julio Urias So Awesome? - Minor League Ball

What’s the fuss about Julio Urias?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, julio urias

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ranking the teams: 6 through 1

6. Seattle Mariners

Probably unintentional, but the number 6 meme lives!

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: February 13, 2015 at 06:52 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, indians, mariners, nationals, pirates

Monday, February 09, 2015

THE TOP 10 MLB LINEUPS FOR 2015

2. Blue Jays: Were Dalton Pompey more established, Michael Saunders and Justin Smoak more reliable and second base not such a worry, I’d strongly consider the Blue Jays for the top spot on this list. Alas, those are, of course, all big questions.

Still, there is a lot to like about a lineup that begins with Jose Reyes, Russell Martin, Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion. Those are five steady on-base presences and a middle of the order that can straight-up mash.

There are big questions to be answered in Toronto, but you’d be hard-pressed to find (on paper, at least) a lineup with a better top five.


Friday, January 30, 2015

Puig says Cardinals are Dodgers’ biggest adversary

Yasiel Puig is really close with a particular family in Los Angeles, and that family has a 10-year-old Cardinals-loving boy who has made it his mission to exasperate the Dodgers’ eccentric outfielder….

“His mom calls him ‘The Cardinal,’” Puig deadpanned. “We don’t even know his name anymore. … I take him to the stadium, I put the tickets under my name, I introduce him to all of my teammates, and he shows up with a Cardinals shirt. He’s driving me nuts. I can’t win with him. His cousins all have [Dodgers gear]. Not him. We have to do something. I have to make him change his mind. We won the second game and that’s it. He cried, and after that, he started laughing at us again.”...

Puig spoke highly of the Cardinals, how great their team is and how smart their manager is. He thanked them for teaching his team the proper way to play baseball and said they’ve become the Dodgers’ truest adversary, more so than even the defending-champion and division-rival Giants.

Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: January 30, 2015 at 09:45 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, dodgers, yasiel puig

BILL JAMES ON FIELDING, PART 7

My locker was back-to-back with Campy’s. I came in one day with a New York paper and showed Campy the box score. “This says Erskine losing pitcher,” I said. “Shouldn’t it say Campanella losing catcher?” He just smiled and said, “You can always shake me off.” But if you shook off Campy, you had to explain it to Walter Alston, the manager.

cardsfanboy Posted: January 30, 2015 at 04:21 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

More cerebral LA development camp features top prospects | dodgers.com

This is Kapler’s debut camp and it is intentionally being run differently than previous ones. He said instead of splitting time on the field and in the classroom, this year’s camp will be overwhelmingly cerebral.

“We don’t want them ramping up in the middle of winter to impress physically,” he said. “We want them to be open-minded, nimble of thought and share experiences with a ton of interpersonal back-and-forth and talk shop.”

Kapler said player participants for the development camp were selected with different criteria than the past.

“We wanted the organization’s top athletes, but also wanted men open to help share the philosophy,” he said.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2015 at 07:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Monday, January 12, 2015

Dodgers finalize Minor League coaching staffs

We wondered how Guggenheim’s money combined with Friedman’s forward thinking would manifest itself in the organization. Maybe healthier training tables for minor-league players?

After radically reshaping the front office, the Dodgers announced their Minor League staff for 2015 with only a handful of personnel changes, including the addition of a third coach at all levels.

The Dodgers coaching staff runs almost a dozen deep, so why skimp out in the minors? I guarantee this is common practice throughout baseball within five years.
What else?

New director of player personnel Gabe Kapler said the added coach helps ensure at least one Spanish-speaking staff member on every affiliate.

This, too, is a move that seems so obvious - yet it’s 2015 and the Dodgers are making news by doing it.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

These three NL teams will make a leap in 2015. | SportsonEarth.com : Tracy Ringolsby Article

The Dodgers should be able to keep pace with last year. The Brewers, though, will probably be heading in the other direction.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2015 at 09:53 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers, marlins, predictions

Friday, January 09, 2015

Brandon McCarthy: PED users shouldn’t be kept out of Hall

The pitcher admits that he’s struggled with what side of the issue he falls on, calling it a “mess,” but writes that ultimately the Hall is better off creating a “comprehensive, all-encompassing look at the history of baseball,” one that includes PED users if they deserve to be enshrined on the merits of their play.

  From a historical perspective, both the good and the bad of the sport should be acknowledged. The rich tapestry of ups and downs, heroes and villains, scandals and rebirths gives baseball a depth unlike any other sport we have in this country. Because of this, writers should leave Hall of Fame voting to on-the-field accomplishments and let their words shape the stories and reputations we pass down to the next generation.

McCarthy also gave his picks for who should’ve been inducted to this year’s Hall of Fame class. In addition to those who were chosen (John Smoltz, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Craig Biggio), McCarthy says he would’ve voted for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mike Mussina, Curt Schilling, Tim Raines, Alan Trammell and Mike Piazza.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 09, 2015 at 06:22 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, dodgers, hall of fame, peds

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Gray Area: Inside the Mafia-Run World of Baseball Match-Fixing in Taiwan | VICE Sports

Is he worth signing?

Last week, reports surfaced that the Los Angeles Dodgers were close to signing Tsao, now 33, to a minor league contract—a transaction that would hardly be notable if not for the fact that Tsao hasn’t pitched professionally since that 2009 season in Taiwan, a result of having been named in a match-fixing scandal in his home country. Tsao was banned for life from the CPBL despite a Taiwanese court having acquitted him of any charges.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, taiwan

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Dodgers To Sign Taiwanese Pitcher Who Was Banned For Game-Fixing

Is that Tsao?

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers are close to signing 33-year-old pitcher Chin-Hui Tsao to a minor league contract. You may remember Tsao from his days as a top prospect in the Rockies’ organization (lol, sure), but what he’s most famous for is getting banned from baseball in Taiwan amidst allegations of throwing games.

Tsao was banned by the CPBL following the 2009 season, when an investigation into rampant game-fixing in the league revealed that he had accepted “unsuitable benefits” from a gambling ring led by a gangster known as “Windshield Wiper.” And what exactly were those unsuitable benefits? Sex, mostly.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 30, 2014 at 05:11 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: chin-hui tsao, dodgers, gambling, game-fixing, taiwan

Monday, December 29, 2014

Nine possible spots for Max Scherzer: Star FA without a team, or a rumor - CBSSports.com

Will Boras really be able to convince a team to go $200 million on Scherzer?

9. Yankees: Hal Steinbrenner has been weighing Scherzer for weeks, but in recent days indications are Steinbrenner still isn’t ready to dive in, and they’ve said as much. Many rotation question questions carry over from last season, and it appears that for now at least, talented youngster Nate Eovaldi is the answer to McCarthy’s departure. Their starting group could be very good, but there’s a lot of uncertainty, from Mashiro Tanaka’s elbow to CC Sabathia’s knee to Ivan Nova’s elbow to Michael Pineda’s ability to continue to perform. The issue is this: With a 50 percent tax for them, a $28 million salary for Scherzer would cost them $42 million, steep even by Yankees standards.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dodgers biggest spenders in payroll

The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees’ 15-year streak as Major League Baseball’s biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax.

RIP George Steinbrenner.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: December 20, 2014 at 01:32 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, yankees

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Matt Kemp’s arthritic hips hold up deal with Padres

UPDATE: John Heyman reports, “Holdup on Kemp deal was for SD to work out insurance. All good now.”
This could be a huge problem.

The San Diego Padres are trying to decide whether to finalize or void their blockbuster trade for Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp after his physical revealed severe arthritis in both hips, a person familiar with the diagnosis told USA TODAY Sports.

The person spoke to USA TODAY only on the condition of anonymity since he was not authorized to discuss the medical issue.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2014 at 10:14 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, padres, trade rumors

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

L.A. Times: Dodgers designate Brian Wilson for assignment

Chavez Ravine largesse for everybody!

Think it’s not a very different world under the Dodgers’ new management team? Then you’d better hitch up the britches and get ready for an entirely new kind of wild ride.

Tuesday the Dodgers designated Brian Wilson for assignment.

That would be the right-handed reliever who is owed $10 million next season. This after the Dodgers sent $10 million to the Marlins to cover Dan Haren’s salary, $32 million to the Padres for a portion of Matt Kemp’s obligation and $2.5 million in the deal for Dee Gordon.

That’s $54.5 million now being paid to opposing players. Yep, a very different world.

TerpNats Posted: December 16, 2014 at 04:50 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dodgers sign Brett Anderson for $10 million

Having paid the Marlins to take right-hander Dan Haren off their hands the Dodgers have replaced him in the rotation with left-hander Brett Anderson.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com it’s a one-year deal worth $10 million in guaranteed money, plus $4 million in potential incentives. Haren had one year and $10 million remaining on his contract when the Dodgers shipped him and the money to cover his entire salary to Miami.

Wow, a million dollars per start?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 15, 2014 at 05:26 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: brett anderson, dodgers, free agents

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Gamble: Jimmy Rollins To Spend His Last Days Waking, Baking And Chasing C’hips In The LA Sun

Latest Gamble huff: Philadelphia freedom.

They need to tweak a few things within their mental makeup. The way they are internally wired isn’t conducive to playing up to standards in the postseason. Nobody on the squad—not even Mr. Cy Young/MVP Clayton Kershaw –has that next killer gear. The blonde bombshell spit the bit twice in the playoffs in huge situations.

That’s why the Dodgers, having had their fill of fluff piece performers and now desiring a chiseled baseball veteran, traded for a former MVP (2007) and WS champ (2008) like Jimmy Rollins .

In his prime, Rollins was considered a Top Five player in the game and is easily one of the most multi-faceted second baseman to ever play the game. The trade will be a breath of fresh air for “J-Roll” who has been wasting away in Philly like a rabid dog waiting to be shot and put out of its misery.

...Yeah…A solid, on-field extension for Don Mattingly’s principles, because sometimes it seems like there’s a real disconnect between Donnie Baseball and the players on his team.

It’s an ideal fit because Rollins’ swag and flair fits with LA’s Hollywood Squares roster. The difference is, Rollins is the consummate pro and knows how to back up his tough talk. Maybe he can teach Yasiel Puig a thing or two about playing with class, respecting the game and being a silent assassin when necessary.

...Check the stats. Rollins is a special player. He may be in his twilight years, but LA is the perfect final resting place for a fringe Hall of Famer who plays baseball like a rapper spitting 100 bars in a battle for $100,000 greenbacks.

With all of the mega contracts being thrown around to guys like Giancarlo Stanton ($325 million) this offseason, I maintain that by October 2015, the Dodgers decision to bring the Cali-bred J-Roll back home for one last run will be considered the move of the summer.

Repoz Posted: December 11, 2014 at 04:12 PM | 171 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, phillies

Sources: Padres, Dodgers agree on Matt Kemp trade | UTSanDiego.com

BOOM!

The Padres have reached an agreement with the Dodgers that would send outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz to San Diego in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and a pair of pitching prospects, sources told the U-T.

The Padres would also receive roughly $30 million to help offset the cost of the remaining five years and $107 million on Kemp’s eight-year, $160 million contract.

According to sources, the Padres are packaging Grandal with right-hander Joe Wieland and another arm, likely right-hander Zach Eflin.

The deal, which is pending physicals, is likely to be finalized Thursday before the conclusion of the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Because of the money involved in the trade, it a

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2014 at 07:56 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, matt kemp, padres, tim federowicz, winter meetings, yasmani grandal

Brandon McCarthy, Dodgers ‘close’ to 4-year deal, per report

The Dodgers have reportedly maxed out their frequent shopper card at the winter meetings on Wednesday, closing in on yet another transaction. The team is close to a four-year contract with starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and confirmed by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

McCarthy had a sneakily good season in 2014, the first fully healthy campaign of his career. The right-hander was 10-15 with a 4.05 ERA between the Diamondbacks and Yankees. His peripherals were much better, with 175 strikeouts and only 35 walks in 200 innings. McCarthy ranked 35th among 88 qualified starters in MLB with a 3.55 FIP and ninth with a 2.87 xFIP.

Four years is a long time for the 31-year-old McCarthy, who has averaged 24 starts and 154 innings in the last four seasons. In addition to suffering a skull fracture from a line drive off his head that knocked him out of the final 26 games of 2012, it’s McCarthy’s right shoulder that has been the brunt of the problem.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, dodgers, free agents

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