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Sunday, January 25, 2015


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mariners notebook: Montero’s weight down; targeting another outfielder; four spots set in rotation

i bet he is in the best shape of his life.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 24, 2015 at 08:28 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Friday, January 16, 2015

Arthur Rhodes officially retires

MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that reliever Arthur Rhodes has officially retired from baseball.

Rhodes hasn’t pitched since 2011, but I think he still deserves a proper sendoff. 20 years, 900 games, 1,152 strikeouts, one All-Star berth, and two of the biggest earrings you ever saw.


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

Saturday, January 03, 2015

What the Padres Have, and Might Have, in Brandon Maurer | FOX Sports

Given that Maurer was all but finished as a starter in Seattle, there’s no guarantee he can start with San Diego. He might simply not be up for it, or he might simply not be able to achieve a sufficient level of consistency. If Maurer can’t start, he can relieve, and he can relieve well, in a prominent role. But if Maurer can start? The A’s didn’t think Ross could start. Ross is, today, a big reason why the Padres think they could field a 2015 playoff team. The Padres no longer had much of a use for Smith. They can use Maurer.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon maurer, mariners, padres

Friday, January 02, 2015

New Mariners’ outfielder Seth Smith knew a trade was likely | Mariners Insider - The News Tribune

Smith and Denorfia are good, serviceable players.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2015 at 07:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris denorfia, cubs, mariners, seth smith

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Padres, Mariners To Swap Seth Smith, Brandon Maurer

Brandon Maurer is the kind of name you’d expect in the movie “Rural Juror.”

The Padres and Mariners have agreed to a trade that will send outfielder Seth Smith from San Diego to Seattle in exchange for right-hander Brandon Maurer, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports (on Twitter). Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN in Seattle was the first to report earlier today that a trade of Smith to the Mariners was close.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 30, 2014 at 05:51 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon maurer, mariners, padres, seth smith, trade

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.


Are Mariners’ signings enough in face of surging baseball payrolls? | Mariners | The Seattle Times

Geoff Baker doesn’t think the Mariners have done enough this off-season.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2014 at 10:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

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

Don’t Nationals want to pay to play? | FOX Sports

This would have been a huge deal.

The Nats indeed are open to moving Zimmermann and Desmond, perhaps even in the same deal. They recently engaged in multiple conversations about both players with the Mariners, according to major-league sources. One of the many ideas the Nats proposed was Zimmermann and Desmond for right-hander Taijuan Walker and shortstop Brad Miller, sources said.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 15, 2014 at 09:33 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, nationals, trade rumors

Sunday, December 14, 2014


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

Dodgers Acquire Howie Kendrick

The Friedman train don’t stop y’all.

The Dodgers have acquired second baseman Howie Kendrick from the Angels, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.  According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Halos are getting back southpaw Andrew Heaney, who was just acquired by the Dodgers from the Marlins earlier today.

Kendrick has been a subject of trade rumors for much of the offseason, with teams such as the Orioles, Yankees and Blue Jays all connected to the veteran second baseman at various times.  In the end, however, Kendrick will move down the highway to Los Angeles’ other team.  Kendrick replaces Dee Gordon at second base, as Gordon was part of the package that went to Miami for Heaney as part of this incredible day of transactions for the Dodgers.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew friedman, andrew heaney, angels, dodgers, marlins

Jimmy Rollins traded to Dodgers

Rollins down the river.

Jimmy Rollins has been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, ending his 15-year stint with the Philadelphia Phillies, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

Jimmy Rollins, who has one year remaining on his contract, could provide the Dodgers with a short-term solution at shortstop until top prospect Corey Seager is ready for the majors.

It is unclear what Philadelphia acquired in exchange for the 36-year-old Rollins, a three-time All-Star shortstop who won the National League MVP in 2007.

The trade marks the end of Rollins’ historic run in Philadelphia, where he spent his entire career. Rollins is the franchise’s all-time leader in hits, at-bats and doubles, and was one of the key contributors to the Phillies’ World Series championship run in 2008.

The Dodgers had been seeking a veteran shortstop to replace Hanley Ramirez, who signed as a free agent last month with the Boston Red Sox, and bridge the gap until their top position prospect, Corey Seager, is ready.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 11, 2014 at 07:55 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, jimmy rollins, phillies

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