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Sunday, November 20, 2022

Dodgers have shed millions in payroll. Will they sign a star or try to reset the luxury tax?

Through the opening weeks of free agency, the team has largely shed payroll.

With the expiring contracts of Trea Turner, Craig Kimbrel, David Price and other free agents — not including pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who is expected to finalize a one-year contract next week to return to the team in 2023 — the Dodgers already had about $70 million coming off the books.

After declining Justin Turner’s club option and, on Friday, non-tendering former National League MVP center fielder Cody Bellinger, the team has freed up about another $30 million more for next year’s payroll.

The question now: What will the Dodgers do with their nine figures of financial flexibility? And how aggressive will they be in spending this newfound $100 million to build their 2023 roster?

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 20, 2022 at 11:49 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, Cardinals’ Alex Reyes lead list of non-tenders now on market

Arizona Diamondbacks: RHP Reyes Moronta
Atlanta Braves: RHP Silvino Bracho, OF Guillermo Heredia, RHP Alan Rangel, RHP Jackson Stephens, RHP Brooks Wilson
Baltimore Orioles: None
Boston Red Sox: INF Yu Chang, OF/1B Franchy Cordero
Chicago Cubs: LHP Brailyn Marquez, OF Rafael Ortega, RHP Alexander Vizcaíno
Chicago White Sox: OF Adam Engel, INF Danny Mendick, OF Mark Payton
Cincinnati Reds: OF Aristedes Aquino, OF Allan Cerda, RHP Kyle Dowdy, RHP Daniel Duarte, RHP Jeff Hoffman, RHP Derek Law, RHP Jared Solomon, RHP Art Warren
Cleveland Guardians: LHP Anthony Gose, C Luke Maile
Colorado Rockies: INF/OF Garrett Hampson
Detroit Tigers: 3B Jeimer Candelario, INF Brendan Davis, INF Harold Castro, INF Willi Castro, C Michael Papierski, RHP Miguel Diaz, RHP Kyle Funkhouser
Houston Astros: RHP Josh James
Kansas City Royals: LHP Jake Brentz, RHP Nate Webb
Los Angeles Angels: LHP Jhonathan Diaz, RHP, Touki Toussaint, RHP Nash Walters, LHP Rob Zastryzny
Los Angeles Dodgers: OF Cody Bellinger, INF Edwin Rios, OF/INF Luke Williams
Miami Marlins: INF/OF Brian Anderson, RHP Nick Neidert
Milwaukee Brewers: RHP Trevor Gott, RHP Jandel Gustave, RHP Luis Perdomo
Minnesota Twins: None
New York Mets: RHP Sean Reid-Foley, 1B/OF Dominic Smith
New York Yankees: None
Oakland Athletics: RHP Deolis Guerra, LHP Jared Koenig, INF David MacKinnon
Philadelphia Phillies: None
Pittsburgh Pirates: None
St. Louis Cardinals: OF Ben DeLuzio, RHP Alex Reyes
San Diego Padres: C Jorge Alfaro, RHP Efraín Contreras
San Francisco Giants: RHP Sam Delaplane, LHP Jarlín García, RHP Mauricio Llovera, Dom Núñez, Drew Strotman, C Meibrys Viloria, INF Jason Vosler, INF Donnie Walton, INF Colton Welker, LHP Alex Young
Seattle Mariners: C Brian O’Keefe, C Luis Torrens, RHP Luke Weaver
Tampa Bay Rays: LHP Ryan Yarbrough
Texas Rangers: RHP Nick Snyder
Toronto Blue Jays: INF Vinny Capra, OF Raimel Tapia, OF Bradley Zimmer
Washington Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde, RHP Tommy Romero, 1B Luke Voit

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 19, 2022 at 09:45 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers

Friday, November 11, 2022

Clayton Kershaw and Dodgers close in on one-year deal, another chance for second title - The Athletic

In a quiet moment, as his teammates showered, dressed and quietly left the visitors clubhouse at Petco Park in October, Clayton Kershaw sat.

The Dodgers’ 111-win season had been reduced to a first-round exit. The postseason run Kershaw came back for ended far sooner than anticipated. So the franchise’s most iconic face sat in his blue hoodie. He sipped on a beer.

While he offered encouraging words about coming back for 2023, he was hardly absolute. After all, he said, who’s to say what a winter with his thoughts would do to change what is now a year-to-year decision about whether to keep going?

“We’ll see what happens,” Kershaw said before sitting back at his locker with his beer. “Going home and being around and being a full-time dad changes your perspective on things. But as of right now, I’d say I’ll play again.”

Now it seems clear: The only man with more strikeouts than Sandy Koufax and Orel Hershiser and Don Drysdale and Don Newcombe and Don Sutton in a Dodger uniform will don the threads once again in 2023.

jimfurtado Posted: November 11, 2022 at 07:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers

Monday, November 07, 2022

Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten backs Andrew Friedman, Dave Roberts - Los Angeles Times

The Dodgers don’t need to change; their fans need to chill out.

Kasten emphasized that the team would spend whatever it deemed necessary to improve but noted that this offseason could be a little different.

“If money is what is needed, we’ll certainly do that, as we’ve shown time and time again,” he said. “[But] if we think we have kids who need time to play up here, I’m sure we’ll do that as well.”
...
He strongly supported the two most visible — and criticized — people in that championship effort, manager Dave Roberts and baseball president Andrew Friedman.

“Everyone who is a sports fans think they could a) run a bar and b,) be a manager, and it’s just not true,” he said. “It’s hard, man, it is hard. Every time they don’t win, they think of something we could have done better, and they may be right at various times ... [but] we’re talking about the [manager] that maybe right now has the greatest lifetime record ever?”
...
As for Friedman, he said: “We disagree plenty, but we talk through all of those things. Andrew, Mark [Walter, chairman] and I have developed a rhythm that is extraordinarily productive.”

In general, Kasten said he is sold on the club’s leadership.

“I’m very happy with all the things that are currently in place with the Dodgers,” he said. “Andrew is on his way to the Hall of Fame, probably so is Doc. ... We are very fortunate to have both of them here.”

I tell Kasten that many fans aren’t going to like hearing some of these quotes. They want open anger. They want radical change. They’re no longer simply cherishing the summer journey. They want October satisfaction.
...“I’m so proud we have an ownership group that has lived up to all the things we committed to. It’s rare, you know, it really is,” he said. “We sell about 4 million tickets a year, and these people aren’t here because we might win or lose the last game of the year. They’re here because every night is worth coming to. ... They’re going to be entertained, they’re going to engage, they’re going to enjoy it. ... You can enjoy the whole year without just focusing on the last game or games of the year.”

jimfurtado Posted: November 07, 2022 at 07:40 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, stan kasten

Monday, October 24, 2022

Could Betts move to 2B if LA signs Judge?

According to sources, the Dodgers could become serious players in this offseason’s Aaron Judge sweepstakes, a move that would potentially result in a position change for Betts, a six-time All-Star outfielder.

Should the Dodgers decide to let the likes of Trea Turner, Justin Turner (club option), Craig Kimbrel and Joey Gallo (among others), leave as free agents, they could have roughly $100 million coming off the payroll, giving them ample space to make a bid for Judge.

Judge started 74 games in center field, 54 in right field and 25 as a designated hitter this season, but he has spent the vast majority of his time in the Majors playing right field. While Judge—who turns 31 in April—could potentially take over in center field and play next to Betts, it seems unlikely that he would do so for more than a year or two given the toll the position can take physically.

Betts has been the Dodgers’ everyday right fielder since he joined the team in 2020, but the 30-year-old was drafted as a second baseman and, according to a source, would be open to a move back to the infield at some point during his career.

If the Dodgers were to sign Judge, that could hasten such a move.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 24, 2022 at 05:57 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, dodgers, mookie betts

Inside the Dodgers’ collapse: Why baseball’s winningest team isn’t in the World Series

And of all the things that doomed the Dodgers to another October faceplant this year, situational hitting — specifically, a five for 34 mark (.147 average) with runners in scoring position — tripped them up most once again.

“If you were to boil it down to its simplest form, in the regular season, we led baseball in every statistical category with runners in scoring position,” Friedman said. “In the series, we were not good.”

Sometimes, the problem appeared to be with their approach.

In the third inning of a 2-1 loss in Game 3, for example, the Dodgers stranded two on base after Betts chased a 3-and-1 fastball out of the zone for a lineout, and Trea Turner whiffed on two curveballs in the dirt before taking a called third strike at the knees.

In other cases, they simply failed to capitalize on hittable pitches.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 24, 2022 at 12:15 PM | 24 comment(s)
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Friday, October 21, 2022

The Cody Bellinger conundrum – Dodgers Digest

First time I saw Bellinger was in a Spring Training game. I saw him CRUSH a few balls and proceeded to pick in him in every fantasy and sim league where he was available. He then helped me win a few championships. I haven’t drafted him a couple of years in my fantasy league but have kept him in my main OOTP dynasty league (which is tethered to real baseball).

My league mates have been complaining about him being much better in the game than in real life. I keep explaining that OOTP depends a lot on projections (which would still be good based on his previous play) and that his past success pushes OOTP’s development engine to move his ratings toward his in-game potentials. The explanation is correct but not satisfying to them.

While all this is going on, I’ve been watching him play with the Dodgers, who I watch often. My eyes have been telling me the same thing the metrics have been saying…he just doesn’t hit the ball as hard as he used to hit them. At the same time, his approach at the plate looks lackluster. It’s like he’s just expecting his performance to self-correct.

I don’t know what the Dodgers will do but when faced with protecting him for my league’s recent Expansion Draft, and despite a very reasonable contract, I exposed him to selection where he was picked 4th overall. It was a sad day because I appreciate all he’s contributed to my past success in our alternative baseball universe.

He might be one of those guys who needs different voices in his ears.

That has been part of his problem. He also isn’t hitting the ball as hard as in previous years. After topping out at 91.1 MPH average exit velo in ’19, he has averaged 89.3 MPH over the last three seasons. It’s been consistent, but below his capability and just slightly above league-average. His maximum exit velo has been 107.4 and 107.3 MPH the last two seasons after being a consistent 110+ MPH guy. His average launch angle increased over the last two seasons — 22.2 degrees in ’21, 20.3 degrees in ’22 — after being between 16.2 degrees and 17.9 degrees for the other four seasons of his career. Decreased exit velocity and a higher launch angle is going to mean more outs … when contact is made.

jimfurtado Posted: October 21, 2022 at 12:49 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Column: Friedman must understand change is needed for Dodgers - Los Angeles Times

CHANGE!! MAKE CHANGE!!

His pride wouldn’t allow him to admit he made any mistakes, which made him an unsympathetic figure Tuesday but not necessarily irredeemable. More important is whether he’s admitted to himself that something has to change, that he isn’t just getting unlucky every October, that there’s a reason the only championship he’s won came in a pandemic-shortened season in which the playoffs were most like the regular season.

jimfurtado Posted: October 19, 2022 at 07:24 AM | 62 comment(s)
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(129) Failure? Andrew Friedman Full Press Conference Today on Dodgers elimination from postseason

This is a very interesting news conference. Rabid, moronic fans who clearly don’t understand how baseball works are calling for CHANGE. SOMEBODY HAS TO PAY! Craziness.

Be careful what you wish for, sometimes you’ll get it.

jimfurtado Posted: October 19, 2022 at 07:14 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, video

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Column: Dodgers at some point must figure out what to do with Cody Bellinger

In 2019, Bellinger was the league’s most valuable player, and its leader in WAR, with a 1.035 OPS. In the postseason, he batted cleanup.

In 2021, he batted .165, with a .542 OPS. Of the 132 NL players with at least 300 plate appearances that season, he ranked 131st. He struck out more than ever. When he hit the ball, he hit it hard less than ever.

The Dodgers had reason to hope Bellinger’s 2021 was an aberration.

He started the season late as he recovered from shoulder surgery, then spent time on the injured list because of calf, hamstring and rib injuries.

The calendar turned to 2022, and to spring training. The games did not count, but the signs were not good. Bellinger batted .139 last spring, with no extra-base hits and 18 strikeouts in 36 at-bats.

In the regular season, the Dodgers gave 500 at-bats to five players. The other four — Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Will Smith and Trea Turner — each were at least 20% above league average, according to the OPS+ statistic. Bellinger was 20% below league average. He struck out even more often than he had in 2021.

The Dodgers hope to push off talk of the future, at least through the end of the month. At some point, the Dodgers will have to decide whether to retain Bellinger — his salary next season is estimated at $18.1 million, according to the MLB Trade Rumors projections — or consider ways to get more production out of the position.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 13, 2022 at 02:56 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

David Price to Retire After 2022 Season

I am not sure why I feel sad for David Price and his >$270 million in career earnings,  but somehow I do. A great career, with a lot of outstanding seasons, but still the sense that there could have been something more.

jobu Posted: September 20, 2022 at 02:56 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: david price, dodgers, rays, red sox, tigers

Sunday, August 28, 2022

These Dodgers are historically great; here are the records they could set in dominant 2022 season

Most wins in a season, Dodgers franchise: 106 in 2019 and 2021
This of course speaks to that recent dominance under Dave Roberts mentioned above. The 2022 Dodgers, as you would expect given their current pace, have a very good shot at toppling this particular mark. Down the stretch, they’ll need to go 20-17 in order to get to 107 wins during the current regular season, which would set the record. That’ll probably happen.

Most wins in a season, MLB: 116 by 1906 Cubs and 2001 Mariners
Obviously, this one will be a heavier lift for L.A. The 1906 Cubs, who were upset by the crosstown White Sox in the World Series, were helmed by legendary moundsman Three Finger Brown and also featured the Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance poetic muses afield. During the regular season they went 116-36-3, and they closed it out on a 48-6 magma-hot streak.

The last Mariners team to make the playoffs fell to the Yankees in the American League Championship Series in that 2001 season, but a lineup that featured Rookie of the Year and MVP Ichiro Suzuki along with the likes of Edgar Martinez, John Olerud, and Bret Boone ferried them to consistent excellence during the regular season. June and July tied for their “worst” month of the season, as they went 18-9 for each of those calendar pages.

In order to catch and pass the Cubs and Mariners with 117 wins, the Dodgers will need to go 30-7 the rest of the way. That means winning at a 0.811 clip over those 37 remaining games. That’s going to be exceedingly difficult, even for a great team like the 2022 Dodgers. On the other hand, prior to their loss on Saturday to Sandy Alcantara and the Marlins, the Dodgers had won 31 of their last 38. So, yes, they are factually capable of going 30-7.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 28, 2022 at 06:32 PM | 46 comment(s)
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Monday, August 22, 2022

Los Angeles Dodgers, Max Muncy agree to 1-year, $13.5 million extension

The Los Angeles Dodgers and two-time All-Star Max Muncy have agreed on a $13.5 million, one-year contract extension for 2023

The deal announced Monday includes a $10 million club option for 2024 with no buyout.

His option price can increase by $4 million based on plate appearances next year: $250,000 each for 50, 250, 300 and 350, $500,000 apiece for 400 and 450, and $1 million each for 500 and 550. He would get a one-time assignment bonus of $1 million if traded.

The 31-year-old outfielder has struggled this season. He’s hitting .190 with 16 homers and 47 RBIs while playing in 99 games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 22, 2022 at 11:46 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, max muncy

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Dustin May strong in return from Tommy John surgery

He’s a freak.

“Super exciting,” May said of the atmosphere surrounding his start. “Excited to be back. And I’m just glad to get the first one out of the way and know that the first one’s behind me and that I came out of it healthy and strong and ready for my next one.”

A clearly amped-up May got off to a shaky beginning, laboring through a top of the first in which 14 of his 26 pitches went for balls. But May’s trademark velocity was very much there, with his sinker touching 98.8 mph and his four-seamer maxing out at 99.2 mph.

Edit: Ninja added.

jimfurtado Posted: August 21, 2022 at 09:55 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, dustin may

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Los Angeles Dodgers starter Walker Buehler will have season-ending elbow surgery next week

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ faint hopes of having Walker Buehler in their postseason rotation ended Monday, when it was announced that their ace pitcher would require season-ending elbow surgery.

The Dodgers were vague in their description of Buehler’s injury because an initial MRI did not provide enough clarity, a source with knowledge of the situation said. The Dodgers won’t learn the specifics until Dr. Neal ElAttrache conducts the procedure on Aug. 23.

What they do know, however, is that they will be without their most talented pitcher while in pursuit of a World Series title.

The Dodgers boast the highest winning percentage and the lowest ERA in the major leagues despite navigating an assortment of injuries to their staff, with 11 pitchers currently on their injured list. But Dustin May is expected to make his return from Tommy John surgery on Saturday, and the team is hopeful Clayton Kershaw, out since early August because of discomfort in his lower back, can still make it back in time to get built up for the playoffs. Capturing a first-round bye, awarded to the two teams with the best records in each league under the new format, would certainly help his cause.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 16, 2022 at 08:58 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, walker buehler

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Source: New York Yankees ship struggling Joey Gallo to Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired outfielder Joey Gallo from the New York Yankees on Tuesday, a source confirmed to ESPN.

The news of the trade was first reported by SI.com, which said the Yankees would be receiving Double-A pitcher Clayton Beeter.

Gallo, a two-time All-Star, including last season when he was acquired by the Yankees in a trade with the Texas Rangers, has struggled badly this season. While he has 12 home runs and 24 RBIs, he has a .159 average and has struck out 106 times in 233 at-bats.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2022 at 03:03 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, joey gallo, yankees

Monday, July 11, 2022

Dodger Stadium concession workers threaten strike ahead of All-Star Game

Dodger Stadium concession workers have threatened a strike in the days leading up to the All-Star Game.

Unite Here Local 11, the union that represents those workers, announced in a news release on Monday that “99%” of the employees voted in favor of going on strike, adding that one could occur “at any moment.” A representative for Levy Restaurants did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Dodger Stadium will soon host its first All-Star Game in 42 years, beginning with the Futures Game on Saturday, the Home Run Derby on Monday and the main event on Tuesday. The Dodgers will navigate a five-game road trip ahead of the festivities.

Dodger Stadium concession workers are employed by the Chicago-based company Levy Restaurants, which, according to Unite Here, employs nearly 1,500 food servers, bartenders, suite attendants, cooks and dishwashers at Dodger Stadium. Unite Here Local 11, which represents 32,000-plus hospitality workers in Southern California and Arizona, didn’t provide specifics on the workers’ demands, saying only that it is “seeking to negotiate a fair new union contract.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 11, 2022 at 08:23 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers

Saturday, July 02, 2022

Rosenthal: Fernando Tatis Jr. open to position change? Plus MLB trade notes - The Athletic $

What position, if any, will help keep him on the field?

“The plan so far is shortstop,” he said.

Could he play other positions?

Tatis laughed.

“Yeah, I could,” he said.

I then laid out why I was asking. Center field for the Padres hasn’t been great offensively. Ha-Seong Kim has excelled at shortstop defensively. Tatis could play center …

He laughed again.

“I like winning ballgames,” Tatis said. “If it means we’re going to win more ballgames like that, I’ll do it that way.”

Are you taking balls out there?

“I’ve been shagging, yeah.”

Some good comments about handling the metrics. A snippet here.

Turner said the idea of adjusting his game to improve his metrics is “kind of stupid,” while noting, correctly, that “Outs Above Average hates me.” But the Dodgers people say his defense in the last six weeks is noticeably improved, so clearly the change in positioning helped him.

He is a free agent at the end of the season. Teams will judge him according to his metrics. He was wise to make the change.


The Red Sox need to keep Bogaerts. They can’t let every homegrown star leave. When Mayers is ready, Xander can shift over to 3B. If Devers is still around, he can go to 1B.

Story, 29, missed time with elbow trouble in Sept. 2020, and was on the injured list from May 29 to June 10 last season with an elbow problem he said was a flexor strain. He might have fallen into some bad habits. He might still be regaining arm strength.

But here’s the question: If Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts opts out of his contract and departs as a free agent, would the team be comfortable with Story at shortstop, a position that requires a bigger arm than second?

jimfurtado Posted: July 02, 2022 at 09:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, fernando tatis jr., padres, red sox, trea turner, trevor story

Friday, July 01, 2022

Freddie Freeman clearly wanted Braves return over Dodgers deal

Then, after the lockout ended, Excel called the Braves on March 12 to give them a couple counteroffers, and let them know they needed an immediate response and needed to present their max offer, with the implication being that they were ready to move. That night, sources say Excel presented two options as “Braves prices,” which presumably meant a discounted deal for his favored team: $165 million for five years or $175 million for six. They also upped the urgency by telling the Braves they had exactly an hour to respond.

The Braves got back and said no thank you to Excel’s figures, but since they had to try something for an iconic Brave following the World Series win and end of the lockout, sources say they verbally upped their offer to $140 million for five. It wasn’t a huge increase for an iconic player, but Freeman’s reps could have countered at that point, and it’s hard to imagine the Braves wouldn’t have gone to at least $145 million considering his value to the franchise. Instead, sources say the talks appeared to end amicably, with the sides starting to talk about other Excel free agents, and the Braves believing the Freeman camp had something for $175 million-plus and were about to take it.

jimfurtado Posted: July 01, 2022 at 04:03 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dodgers, freddie freeman

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Dodgers’ Tyler Anderson loses no-hit bid with one out in ninth inning against Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels

Tyler Anderson left a cutter out over the plate and knew he had surrendered his first hit as soon as it left Shohei Ohtani’s bat. The resulting line drive traveled at 98.2 mph down the right-field line with one out in Wednesday’s ninth inning. Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts dove full extension, but to no avail. Ohtani had notched a triple, and Anderson’s impressive—somewhat improbable—no-hit bid had ended after a career-high 123 pitches.

“A nice gesture,” Anderson, speaking after the Dodgers’ 4-1 victory, said of Betts’ diving attempt. “But so far away.”

Anderson, the 32-year-old left-hander signed to a one-year, $8 million contract shortly after the lockout ended, reverted to an old changeup grip that makes the pitch travel more slowly and used it to induce nine of his 13 swings and misses on the night. He struck out eight batters and allowed five baserunners before Ohtani’s last plate appearance—two on walks, one on a hit by pitch and two on errors, on a near-collision between Betts and Cody Bellinger to begin the game and on Anderson’s own errant throw in the seventh.

Anderson became the first Dodgers pitcher to lose a no-hitter in the ninth inning or later since Rich Hill, who lost his no-hit bid in the 10th inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Aug. 23, 2017.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 16, 2022 at 10:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, no-hitter, tyler anderson

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Walker Buehler leaves start with right elbow discomfort

He hasn’t looked good in a while. This doesn’t sound good.

All the attention after the game was on Walker Buehler, who exited his start with right elbow discomfort after throwing just 70 pitches over four innings. Neither Buehler nor manager Dave Roberts wanted to speculate on the severity of the injury until the right-hander undergoes further testing on Saturday. But both acknowledged that there’s always a high level of concern when talking about an elbow injury.

“I’ve had Tommy John surgery, so I think [the level of concern] is a little bit heightened,” Buehler said. “It is what it is. That happens in this game. A lot of guys in this clubhouse have dealt with stuff with their elbows. It’s part of this game. I have all the faith in our medical staff and whatnot. But before we kind of dive into that, we need to know what we’re dealing with.”

jimfurtado Posted: June 11, 2022 at 10:40 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, walker buehler

Sunday, June 05, 2022

Los Angeles Dodgers open with $310 million payroll, set to pay record $47 million tax bill

The Los Angeles Dodgers opened the season with an all-time-high $310.6 million payroll for purposes of the luxury tax and are on track to pay a record tax of nearly $47 million, according to figures compiled by Major League Baseball and obtained by The Associated Press on Friday.

Five teams exceeded the $230 million threshold as of Opening Day, which if unchanged by the season’s end would be one shy of the most, in 2016.

After adding Freddie Freeman and reaching a big one-year deal with Trea Turner, Los Angeles was the only team to exceed the new fourth threshold, the so-called Cohen Tax named after New York Mets owner Steven Cohen. But the Dodgers’ payroll would drop by about $28.1 million if the domestic violence suspension of pitcher Trevor Bauer is upheld by an arbitrator. The Dodgers’ payroll included $34 million for Bauer, the average of his $102 million, three-year contract.

The Mets, in their second season since Cohen bought the team, were second at $289.3 million—$667,278 below the Cohen Tax. That left them on track for a tax payment of just under $22.5 million after adding pitcher Max Scherzer, center fielder Starling Marte, outfielder Mark Canha and All-Star infielder Eduardo Escobar.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 05, 2022 at 11:48 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, luxury tax

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

L.A. Times: The Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw, Tim Tebow and Jesus Christ

Kershaw is a devout Christian, though unlike Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, he is hardly in your face about it. Kershaw and Tebow are two highly famous young professional athletes who outwardly approach their strong faith in markedly different ways.

If there is a showy, look-at-me aspect to Tebow and his kneeling in prayer on the football field and near zeal off it, Kershaw is more understated in his approach, if no less sincere.

I’ve never heard him bring up God in postgame interviews or seen him point to the sky after a big strikeout. Yet, I still have a clear understanding of his commitment.

“I think everybody has different approaches to it,” Kershaw said. “For me, everything I do has a purpose to it beyond what’s in this lifetime. At the same time, on the field I have a job to do and that’s what I’m focused on.

“I guess you could say I’m a little more understated than Tim is. Not to say either one is wrong, that’s just kind of my personality a little bit.”

Indeed, even if it’s not exactly his way, Kershaw admires Tebow for using his high-profile platform to bring attention to his faith.

“I have a lot of respect for Tim,” Kershaw said. “I don’t know him personally, but I think what he’s doing is special. I think what he’s trying to do should be recognized, in whatever way that you try to do it. He’s playing football but I think there’s more to it than that.

Tripon Posted: January 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rockies

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

L.A. Times: Helping baseball’s scouts in a post-‘Moneyball’ world

In the front offices of major league clubs, the statistics-vs.-scouts debate ended long ago. No club today could imagine winning without tapping the resources of the increasingly sophisticated statistical tools available as well as the experience of scouts trained to look at a kid today and project his tomorrows.

Yet that debate was very much alive in 2003, sparked by the book “Moneyball,” and by author Michael Lewis’ portrayal of how Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane and assistant Paul DePodesta challenged the hegemony of the scouting community.

“Billy had his own idea about where to find future major league baseball players: inside Paul’s computer,” Lewis wrote. “He’d flirted with the idea of firing all the scouts and just drafting the kids straight from Paul’s laptop.”

The response from some owners was all too predictable. The A’s won, at less cost, with fewer scouts. In the winter following the publication of “Moneyball,” 103 scouts lost their jobs, according to veteran baseball executive Roland Hemond.

There was some small consolation in the timing. Hemond was among several baseball lifers concerned about how the sport treated scouts — the talent seekers living in chain hotels and eating fast food all summer, for wages so low that a savings account might be an extravagance.

Tripon Posted: January 14, 2012 at 05:20 AM | 11 comment(s)
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