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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Dodgers add Maddux, Ibanez to front office

Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux and 19-year Major League veteran Raul Ibanez have been named special assistants to Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and the baseball operations department.

The Dodgers announced Tuesday that in their roles, Maddux and Ibanez will assist in all aspects of baseball operations, including scouting, player development and working with the club’s players, both at the Major League and Minor League levels.

The Dodgers are going to have to rent out a convention center for their front office meetings… Two great additions though IMHO.

eddieot Posted: February 02, 2016 at 10:13 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Friday, January 29, 2016

Dodgers re-sign Howie Kendrick | MLB.com

The Dodgers have a two-year, $20 million deal with free-agent second baseman Howie Kendrick, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported Friday.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2016 at 09:55 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, free agents, howie kendrick

Mariners farm director Andy McKay believes improvement between the lines has to start between the ears | The Seattle Times

“While Andy’s history as a mental-skills expert, of sorts, is a great advantage, it won’t define who he is,’’ Dipoto said. “He’s a farm director and a baseball man first.”

McKay doesn’t actually mind being typecast as a mental coach, because he firmly believes the basis of all baseball success is between the ears. In fact, his conviction that baseball is “100 percent mental” is at the core of his entire team-building philosophy

“You can’t separate the two, the mental and the physical,’’ he said. “It’s a misunderstanding. To say someone’s a mental coach, you’re already contradicting the basic concept, which is that your physical breakdowns are always preceded by mental breakdowns.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2016 at 06:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Monday, January 18, 2016

Japan Times: Aoki eyes big impact on return to American League

It’s always good to have goals.

Outfielder Norichika Aoki said Sunday he wants to return to the American League with a bang this year.

“I want to win an individual title this year, either a batting or stolen base crown,” the 34-year-old Aoki said after training in Tokyo.

 

vortex of dissipation Posted: January 18, 2016 at 10:58 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: boundless optimism, japan, mariners

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Dodgers, Yaisel Sierra agree to 6-year deal

The deal, which is either six or seven years for around $30 million is fairly remarkable. At first glance, it seems to resemble the deal that the Dodgers agreed to with Kenta Maeda. That being said, no incentives have been announced yet. At the very least, the deal’s annual average value is worth $4.3 million. Farhan Zaidi and Andrew Friedman could be finding the next market inefficiency, and found a new way to flex the Dodgers’ wealth-muscle.

Most recently, Sierra spent 2012-2014 with Sabuesos de Holguín—more commonly just Holguín—of the Cuban National League. In the 199.2 innings pitched with them, Sierra allowed seven home runs, and struck out 159 batters. However, Sierra’s issues seem to stem from walks. In the same time frame, Sierra allowed 119 batters to reach base on balls.

The 25-year old pitcher didn’t make a single start in his last season, but appeared in 36 games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 12, 2016 at 02:06 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, dodgers, yasiel sierra

Mailbag: Brandon McCarthy

What was Tommy John surgery like?  – Andrew

I was asleep, so I don’t know. I assume it was gross….

If you could go back in time and take back one pitch you threw, which would it be and why?  – Sal

Probably the one that was hit back at my head and required lifesaving brain surgery. If you still need to know why, please reread the previous sentence.

I’m a big Dodger fan. Have you had a chance to sit down and talk with Sandy Koufax at all since joining the team? What can you share about that experience?  – David

First off, he looks about 25 years younger than he is, so my first thought was to ask him about his skin care regimen. Deciding that was too personal, I said something like, “Crazy weather we’re having,” because it was overcast in Arizona. He might have said something in response, but I forget what it was, and honestly it’s not relevant to my story.

Sensing that he was dealing with a social dunce, he asked me about my curveball grip. I showed him, and he quickly showed me a much better way to hold it. My instincts to talk about the weather almost kicked in again before he continued talking about how important the grip is and how he used to hold his depending on what type of curveball he wanted to throw. We talked about the curveball for about half an hour even though I was cold, because it was overcast in Arizona. It will forever be one of my favorite career experiences

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 12, 2016 at 11:30 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, dodgers, players tribune, tommy john surgery

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Piazza, Mike | Baseball Hall of Fame

It doesn’t look like Piazza will be going into the Hall as a Dodger.

Hat tip to MetsMerized.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hall of fame, mets, mike piazza

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Los Angeles Dodgers hire former Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos for front office

The smartest front office just got smarter. Now they just need to actually win something more than their division.

Former Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos has been hired to play an unspecified role in the Dodgers’ front office, according to ESPN sources and multiple reports.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 06, 2016 at 06:41 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, dodgers

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

538 / Ben Lindbergh: Mike Piazza Was More than Just a Big Bat

Next week, Baseball Prospectus will release its latest catcher defense ratings, derived from a mixed model that apportions credit for certain outcomes — called strikes, passed balls, stolen bases — to all the participants in a play, controlling for factors like count and batter/pitcher handedness. These stats will allow previously off-limits assessments to be mined from pre-PITCHf/x eras. BP’s new arm ratings, for example, go back to 1950, while estimated blocking and framing ratings, based on ball and called-strike rates, extend to the dawn of pitch-by-pitch record-keeping in 1988 — well before the advent of PITCHf/x data made the first wave of pitch-framing estimates possible. Piazza’s revamped ratings paint him as a net-positive fielder, despite his poor throwing and middling ability to field batted balls.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: January 05, 2016 at 12:53 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hall of fame, mets, mike piazza

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Dodgers have gone from potentially fabulous to probably flawed | FOX Sports

Exhibit 73243: great reporters aren’t great analysts.

The expectations probably were unfair, but they existed nonetheless: When the offseason began, the Dodgers were supposed to re-sign Zack Greinke and lure David Price to L.A. with an astronomical offer, creating a rotation for the ages.

The Dodgers seemingly had operated without a budget since Mark Walter purchased the team in 2012. Why start now?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2016 at 08:21 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Thursday, December 31, 2015

MLBTR: Dodgers To Sign Kenta Maeda

The guy’s a righty? Well, so much for the VLHC…

The Dodgers have reached agreement on a deal with Japanese righty Kenta Maeda, Christopher Meola reports on Twitter. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has confirmed the signing via Twitter.

Updated report:
Reports: Maeda, Dodgers agree to 8-year deal

The Dodgers apparently followed up the signing of Scott Kazmir by reaching an agreement Thursday with Japanese free-agent starting pitcher Kenta Maeda, as reported by Christopher Meola and confirmed by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

8 years?

JEe (Jason) Posted: December 31, 2015 at 05:40 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, free agent, jon heyman, kenta maeda

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Dodgers Sign Scott Kazmir - MLB Trade Rumors

Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that Kazmir’s deal is for three years and $48MM total (Twitter link). Jon Heyman of CBS Sports adds a very interesting wrinkle, however, reporting that Kazmir receives an opt-out in his contract after the first year of the deal, allowing him to re-enter the market in a pitching-depleted 2016-17 free-agent class if he remains healthy this year

Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2015 at 03:43 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, scott kazmir

Monday, December 28, 2015

Why Mariners need to boost payroll to keep up with baseball’s runaway spending | The Seattle Times

Geoff Baker wants the Mariners to break open the piggy bank.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2015 at 07:13 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Q&A: Dodgers president Stan Kasten values flexibility

Stan Kasten is a very smart guy.

Some people seem stumped as to why a team with your revenue wouldn’t guarantee a sixth year for a pitcher that good. Can you explain?

Kasten: We evaluate stuff very carefully, from performance to contracts to physical conditions to the arc of performance over various ages. We value productivity levels in free-agent contracts. All things factored in, we could not get to a point we felt hamstrung down the road. Having said that, we went beyond what we felt was strictly prudent because it was Zack, who we valued so highly. But we were prepared to move on once it went another direction.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 27, 2015 at 10:40 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Monday, December 21, 2015

Ten most notable MLB storylines to watch in 2016

This never would have happened if baseball had a salary cap.

The current deal between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association expires in 347 days, and there are plenty of issues that must be resolved by the time the current deal runs out next Dec. 1, including the length of the schedule, draft-pick compensation and qualifying offers, and roster size.

The players are making more than ever and so are the owners, apparently, so for now, there is little indication that a work stoppage might be on the horizon. But there is one situation worth watching in particular: The growing discontent of small-market owners over what they perceive to be increasing disparity between themselves and the big-market teams.

This clash has the potential to be cancerous, as history shows. It was the fight between big-market and small-market teams that effectively led to the devastating players’ strike of 1994-1995, and some increased revenue-sharing that followed in subsequent collective bargaining agreements.

Small-market teams are certainly capable of profiting very well under the current system, by drawing revenue from baseball’s central revenue stream as well as handouts from the most well-to-do teams and maintaining a modest budgets. The Marlins are the best example of this.

But for some owners, the frustration over the perceived disparity seems to be shifting from an issue of money to a question of on-field competitiveness. Some leaders of small-market teams feel that not only should they have a chance to contend against teams like the Dodgers, Yankees and Red Sox, but that for the sake of the larger business of baseball, it’s better that they have a legitimate shot—and that their ability to compete is waning because of the cost of retaining stars like David Price.


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Whicker: Dodgers’ Friedman is becoming a divisive figure in LA sports

Build long-term and go for it at the same time! Sign those high-cost free agents and maintain flexibility in future years!

Win the winter NOW, or else!!

Friedman envisions the Dodgers growing their own, with a harvest that will contend for years. That destination is fine. It’s the journey that’s losing us.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2015 at 08:56 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Dodgers hit with record $43.6 million luxury tax bill

Not that the Dodgers seem to mind. According to calculations by MLB, Los Angeles had a record payroll of $297.6 million this year — benefts included — which far exceeds the $189 million threshold. Any way you slice it, that’s a lot of money to have tied up in a baseball team, and a good chunk of that turned out to be dead money. As we noted after the Dodgers activity at the trade deadline, the team owed $87.5 million just to players who were no longer on the team. Another good chunk was tied up in players who were injured.

It’s not a new thing though under Friedman and Zaidi. The Dodgers exceeded the luxury tax the previous two seasons under Ned Colletti, paying a total of $38 million in luxury taxes.

Also worth noting, the Dodgers were far from alone this season. For the first time ever, four teams spent above the luxury tax threshold, bringing the overall total owed to $72.8 million. Of course, the New York Yankees are among them, paying $26.1 million this season. The Boston Red Sox owe $1.8 million and the San Francisco Giants will pay $1.3 million.

McCoy Posted: December 20, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, luxury tax, yankees

Friday, December 18, 2015

Mariners re-sign Hisashi Iwakuma to one-year deal with vesting options - CBSSports.com

It’s time for Plan D for the Dodgers.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hisashi iwakuma, mariners

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sports on Earth: Ten Years of Three Team Trades

The three-team trade is nothing new by any means, though it has become increasingly common in recent years. The first three-team deal on record came in 1904 when the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds all teamed up for a relatively tame three-player swap.

Three-team trades tend to be a bit more complex nowadays, as was the case Wednesday when the White Sox acquired slugger Todd Frazier from the Reds. In order to do so, the White Sox sent a package of prospects to the Dodgers, who, in turn, sent a trio of their own prospects to the Reds.

This marked the 17th three-team trade in the last 10 years, with the previous 16 producing various results. In some cases, it’s become obvious which team(s) got the better deal, while others proved to be relatively even and some still remain up in the air. The following is a look at each of the 16 three-team trades over the past decade:


Rosenthal: Dodgers might not be done with pursuit of Jose Fernandez | FOX Sports

Rosenthal speculates on some dream deals for the Dodgers.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, jose fernandez, marlins

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Reds trade Todd Frazier to White Sox | MLB.com

The White Sox have acquired All-Star third baseman Todd Frazier from the Reds as part of a three-team deal that includes the Dodgers, according to multiple reports.

None of the three clubs has confirmed the deal.

The Reds get prospects Jose Peraza, Brandon Dixon and Scott Schebler from the Dodgers in the deal while prospects Frankie Montas, Trayce Thompson and Micah Johnson go from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 16, 2015 at 12:38 PM | 85 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, reds, trades, white sox

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Mariners reach agreement on two-year deal with veteran reliever Steve Cishek | The News Tribune

Sources say the club reached two-year agreement with veteran reliever Steve Cishek for $10 million, pending completion of a physical examination, An official announcement could come as early as Monday.

The deal was first reported by ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick. It includes $3.5 million in performance bonuses each year based on games finished.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 12, 2015 at 11:03 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, steve cishek

Friday, December 11, 2015

Dodgers execs preach patience, say their focus is on April - The Orange County Register

You can understand Larry King’s urgency. He’s 82 years-old.

Larry King is upset. The former national TV host and avowed lifelong Dodgers fan made that clear on his Twitter account and in a USA Today article this week.

King is not alone. The dissatisfaction he expressed with the Dodgers’ front office this winter – particularly in light of the aggressive moves made by NL West rising power the Arizona Diamondbacks – is shared by many Dodgers fans.

Asked for a comment on this winter discontent, Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten referred to the calendar and warned against passing premature judgment.

“The big picture is not complete yet,” Kasten said as the Winter Meetings concluded Thursday morning.

Luckily for Dodgers fans, Friedman has a longer timeline.

After preaching sustainability and self-reliance in player development, would the Dodgers be willing to strip-mine their farm system to complete a blockbuster deal like that? Friedman answered with one of his favorite phrases.

“I think something we pride ourselves on is not having any hard-and-fast rules,” he said to the idea of having “untouchable” prospects or players. “We’re open-minded on having different conversations. It would certainly save us time to have set rules on certain things. But we’re open-minded and we feel that’s what allows for the best chance to arrive at the best possible outcome at the end of the winter.”

The winter isn’t over yet. But so far, the best possible outcome seems a distant target for the Dodgers.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 11, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

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