DODGERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Reports: Dodgers, Hill close to multiyear deal

The Dodgers are close to re-signing left-hander Rich Hill, one of the top free-agent starters on the market this offseason, according to multiple reports.
Via Dodgers.com
5 hours ago

Dodgers rumored to have 3-year deal with Rich Hill in place

Rich Hill may already be back with the Dodgers on a three-year deal, at least if rumblings Nick Cafardo and Peter Gammons have been hearing ring true. It’s nice to be Hill these days because he’s the best starting pitcher in free agency. Hill would love to come back east and pitch for the Red Sox, Yankees, or Orioles, but the Dodgers want him back and there are rumors that they...
Via Dodgers Digest
9 hours ago

Winter Meetings preview: Dodgers focused on maintaining what they have already built

The Dodgers might re-sign Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner. But the odds are against it. They might trade for Chris Sale or Justin Verlander. But they probably won’t. They might sign Aroldis Chapman and trade for Andrew McCutchen. But probably not....
Via The OC Register
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Rumors: Expectation Remains Kenley Jansen May Sign 5-Year Contract

Coming off a postseason in which closers and high-leverage relievers took center stage, timing broke in Kenley Jansen's...
Via Dodger Blue
10 hours ago

Dodgers Lineups: Better Leadoff Options Should Exist in 2017

(Photo Credit: mlb.com) Depending on how the dust settles on all of the Dodgers‘ trade ventures at the end of the winter, Los Angeles should have at least several viable options to hit at the top of the batting order in 2017, creating more mathematically favorable alternatives when writing out the lineup cards. Things were extremely blurry at the beginning of last year’s campaign...
Via ThinkBluePC
11 hours ago

2016 Dodgers in Review: RP Adam Liberatore

IP K% BB% HR/9 ERA FIP xFIP WAR MLB 42.2 26.7 9.7 0.42 3.38 2.89 3.96 0.6 What happened in 2016: Set a Dodgers franchise record for scoreless appearances before injuries derailed his season. Adam Liberatore began 2016 in Oklahoma City, but was called up just a couple of weeks into the season. Liberatore made thirteen appearances with no earned runs allowed before giving up two runs...
Via Dodgers Digest
13 hours ago

Dodgers tender six, non-tender Coleman

The Dodgers announced Friday that they did not tender a contract to right-hander Louis Coleman, but all the other players on the 40-man roster without pre-existing contracts were tendered for 2017.
Via Dodgers.com
1 day ago

Dodgers Tender Contracts To Yasmani Grandal, 5 Other Arbitration-Eligible Players

The Los Angeles Dodgers tendered contracts to Luis Avilan, Josh Fields, Yasmani Grandal, Vidal Nuno, Darin Ruf and...
Via Dodger Blue
1 day ago

Will the Dodgers Spend or Won’t They?

There seems to be a prevailing thought amongst Dodgers fans that the team is not going to spend money and remain as is, missing out on re-signing big players again. The new CBA agreement has put a serious hit on the Dodgers’ payroll budget, unless they want to add to their spending by paying a bunch of taxes. Which, presumably, they would not want to do. So what would the team...
Via ThinkBluePC
1 day ago

Dodgers, Latin American players losers in MLB labor deal

NEW YORK (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers, Latin American teenagers and Cubans approaching their mid-20s were losers in baseball's new labor contract, which includes stiffer penalties for high-spending teams and a hard cap on signing bonuses for international amateurs. The Oakland Athletics also came up short, with the team's ability to receive revenue-sharing money to be trimmed...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers agree to 1-year deals with Van Slyke and Hatcher

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have agreed to one-year contracts with first baseman-outfielder Scott Van Slyke and pitcher Chris Hatcher, avoiding arbitration. Van Slyke's deal is worth $1,325,000 and Hatcher's contract is worth $1.25 million. Van Slyke was limited to 52 games last season because of persistent low back irritation. He hit .225 with seven RBI and one home run and...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

When Will Dodgers Begin to Resolve Critical Roster Issues?

(Photo Credit: Kevin Sullivan/OC Register) Even though many of the finer details of the new collective bargaining agreement are still being disclosed and analyzed, the Dodgers may be on the verge of making several moves via the free agent or trade markets now that a set of regulations and guidelines has been established for the next five years. While it’s been heavily publicized...
Via ThinkBluePC
2 days ago

Why baseball's new CBA could ultimately hurt the players

An instant analysis of a new collective-bargaining agreement is as risky as an instant analysis of a trade involving prospects. In both cases, the outcomes are not always clear, the effects not always understood, until years later -- and a CBA is far more complex than a trade.That said, player agents raised immediate concerns about the long-term impact of baseball’s new five-year...
Via FOX Sports
2 days ago

Los Angeles Dodgers go inside Vin Scully’s final home broadcast

It still hasn’t sunk in to many that we won’t be hearing Vin Scully on Dodgers games next season. The true American treasure has provided plenty of joy to fans throughout his 67-year career as Voice of the Dodgers. As Scully turned 88 this week, the Dodgers and MLB Advanced Media produced a video showing the behind the scenes of Vin’s final home broadcast, a dramatic come-from...
Via Awful Announcing
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Dodgers’ Payroll Situation Is Far from Dire

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been incredibly successful on the field under the Guggenheim Group, winning four straight division titles and twice coming within two games of a World Series appearances. Not only does the club possess a massive television contract with Time Warner, but they’ve also drawn more than 3.7 million fans in every season under the current ownership group....
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Brett Anderson sends hilarious tweet about Cespedes’ new deal

Yoenis Cespedes opted out of the final two years of his contract with the New York Mets earlier this month, and that ended up being a sound financial decision. As Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson reminds us, it’s one that could put food on the table for more than just Cespedes and his family. Shortly after word surfaced that Cespedes has re-signed with the Mets on a...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: MLB tells Dodgers to cut debt after massive spending

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been willing to spend money under the current ownership. That changed a little bit in the 2015-16 MLB offseason. With the current hot stove season gearing up, MLB rules are forcing Los Angeles to be more conservative again. “The Dodgers, who have spent more than a billion dollars on player payroll in the first four seasons of Guggenheim Baseball...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

After spending more than a billion dollars, MLB making LA Dodgers cut debt

The Los Angeles Dodgers may be in a bit of trouble due to their spending the past few years. This is a mandate from Major League Baseball to reduce their debt in large amounts. Having spent nearly $300 million in 2015, it is expected that they will be reducing their payroll by $100 million to $200 million in 2018. The team said to the LA Times that the reductions are unrelated...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers to unveil Jackie Robinson statue on April 15

The Dodgers plan to unveil a finished Jackie Robinson statue at Dodger Stadium on April 15, 2017, a year to the day after they announced the project was in the works. The historic day also marks the 70th anniversary of Robinson’s major league debut...
Via The OC Register
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Obama trolls Jordan at Presidential Medal of Freedom Awards

This year’s Presidential Medal of Freedom Awards had a major sports component, with Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Vin Scully (whose reaction to learning about the medal was great) all among those recognized with the highest American civilian honor. That led to plenty of sports moments at the ceremony Tuesday, including President Obama noting that Jordan (who was again...
Via Awful Announcing
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers reportedly showing interest in Brian Dozier

Another day, another infielder the Los Angeles Dodgers are sniffing around. According to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Monday, the Dodgers are showing interest in Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier. Dozier is a powerful hitter who could help the reigning NL West champs solve their problems against left-handed pitching. Dozier, 29, was spectacular in 2016,...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Marlins make Kenley Jansen top free agent target

The Miami Marlins are aiming high with their top free agent target. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Marlins have made reliever Kenley Jansen their top target in free agency. With the team’s issue being their rotation and a lack of quality starting pitching available on the free agent market, the Marlins are considering creating something of a “super pen” to...
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Vin Scully’s reaction to earning Presidential Medal of Freedom

The news came out Wednesday that just-retired Los Angeles Dodgers’ announcer Vin Scully is one of this year’s 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (along with other sports figures like Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and plenty of other notables including Lorne Michaels and Bruce Springsteen), the highest civilian award in the United States. What’s even...
Via Awful Announcing
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Corey Seager named NL Rookie of the Year

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager has been voted National League Rookie of the Year, becoming the first player in two decades to win the award for the franchise that has historically dominated the honor.Seager is the 17th Dodgers player to earn Rookie of the Year honors -- easily the most of any team -- but the franchise hadn't had a winner since Todd Hollandsworth in 1996...
Via Associated Press
19 days ago  |  Discuss
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