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Grantland: Part 1 of Jonah Keri ranking the 50 best players in terms of trade value. No Dodgers here yet, but Carlos Santana finds a spot at #43.
The other two catcher rankings are the ones likely to elicit the most hate mail. In the first draft of this list, I had Santana considerably higher. Twenty-six-year-old switch-hitting catcher, career .806 OPS, signed for peanuts at four years, $18 million with an affordable $12 million option that would keep him in-house through 2017. By any objective standard, that would seem to make him a monumental bargain. Except the Lords of the Realm might not agree. There are the obvious concerns, such as Santana’s subpar defense, which (along with a semi-platoon designed to get him more at-bats) contributed to his playing 66 games at first base in 2011, with 21 at first and 27 at DH in 2012. Then there’s baseball’s continuing bias against low-average, high-walk hitters, even when we thought that was all behind us. The early buzz around Nick Swisher...
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The Dodgers are telling teams shortstop Dee Gordon is available, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Yep, the Dodgers former top prospect is officially on the trade block.
Gordon, 24, had a very strong debut in 2011, but failed to live up to expectations in 2012 being outplayed by fellow Dodgers Elian Herrera and Luis Cruz. Gordon hit just .228/.280/.281 in 330 plate appearances...
Show me the money. Or at least that is what the Dodgers are telling FOX.
Earlier this week, it was reported the Los Angeles Dodgers were going to receive $6 billion over 25 years from FOX Sports for local cable television rights. FOX’s current deal with the Dodgers, which amounts to about $40 million per year, expires after the 2013 season. The belief was FOX wanted to ink...
The Winter Meetings are almost upon us, as the Dodgers prepare for their first Winter Meetings under the Guggenheim era. The Dodgers are expected to be busy and ready to spend big.
On the free agent market after being non-tendered by the Giants earlier this week, Brian Wilson, who has said his first preference is with the Dodgers. This rumor could definitely gain some momentum...
Word broke earlier today from Mark Saxon and Buster Olney of ESPN and Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness that the Dodgers and Pirates have talked about a deal that would send left-hander Chris Capuano to Pittsburgh for right-hander Joel Hanrahan.
This potential deal makes a ton of sense for both sides, but particularly for the Dodgers.
As solid as Capuano...
Will things ever look up again for Hanley Ramirez? Image courtesy of Brothm. I was having a conversation with a friend and league-mate recently and he was talking about who he was thinking about keeping. One of the names he mentioned was Hanley Ramirez. I have to admit that I was a little surprised at that, as Hanley has lost a lot of luster over the last few years. Still, he justified...
Things look to be moving in the right direction for the Los Angeles Dodgers as it pertains to their offseason prospects. Just this last week they set up a meeting with star pitcher Zach Greinke and the meeting reportedly went well. While it is anything but a done deal, picking up Greinke could make the Los Angeles Dodgers sure fire MLB picks going into the much anticipated 2013...
Hey Colletti! You better not let this happen!!
Yes, we all know Brian Wilson wants to pitch for the Dodgers, but why would we want him in Dodger blue? It’s not because of his beard, you know the one that goes far beyond ridiculous. It’s not because he is coming off a 48 saves season, that was 2010. Sure he had 36 in 2011, but he also missed a big part of the season due to injury...
The Dodgers met with Zack Greinke this week, according to a person familiar with the situation who wasnt authorized to comment on the matter.
Greinke is the top starting pitcher on the free-agent market and is expected to sign a nine-figure contract, something the Dodgers have the wherewithal to offer him.
The Dodgers are also interested in Anibal Sanchez.
If the Dodgers fail...
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The Cleveland Indians' starting catcher, Carlos Santana, is working on staying sharp in the Dominican Winter League. He is playing for Leones del Escogido. He was involved in a minor scare yesterday when he had to be removed from the game.
According to Buster Olney of ESPN, it was for precautionary reasons. He should be fine.
Carlos Santana fouled a ball off his...
As most everybody knows by now, the Dodgers are in on Zack Greinke and desperately want him to be a part of the club.
Dodgers executives met with Zack Greinke in Los Angeles yesterday, Yahoo’s Tim Brown reported last night.
The Dodgers view Greinke as critical to their pitching staff, Brown reports. Greinke is believed to have enjoyed pitching for the Angels during the second half...