Found August 19, 2013 on
New York Yankees
Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers
Boston Red Sox
The Los Angeles Dodgers recently tried to acquire a second baseman, but it wasn't the New York Yankees' Robinson Cano.
No, the Dodgers' target was the Los Angeles Angels' Howie Kendrick, and the two sides held extensive trade discussions before the July 31 non-waiver deadline, according to major league sources.
The Angels proposed a deal that included one of the Dodgers' top pitching prospects, Double-A right-hander Zach Lee, sources said. One source said the talks went right down to the deadline. It is unclear which team blinked.
The trade would have been a stunner. The Los Angeles teams haven't completed a deal since the Dodgers sent outfielder Orlando Alvarez to the Angels for catcher Ellie Rodriguez in March 1976, according to STATS LLC.
Kendrick, 30, can't block a deal to the Dodgers. His contract includes a 12-team no-trade list for the 2013 season, but the Dodgers are not on that list, a source said.
The Dodgers could revive their pursuit of Kendrick in the offseason rather than attempt to sign Cano, a potential free agent who might command a contract of more than $150 million.
Indeed, the Dodgers' mere pursuit of Kendrick indicates they might not be a player for Cano, a development that would increase the Yankees' chances of re-signing their homegrown second baseman.
The Dodgers are trying to sign left-hander Clayton Kershaw to an extension and also might want to extend shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Both are free agents after the 2014 season.
Kendrick is signed through '15, earning $8.75 million this season, $9.35 million next season and $9.5 million in '15. Mark Ellis, the Dodgers' current second baseman, is a potential free agent.
Ellis, 36, is batting .278 with a .698 OPS this season. Kendrick is batting .301 with a .778 OPS, and might have made the American League All-Star team if he had not been stuck behind Cano and the Boston Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia.
Lee, 21, was the Dodgers' first-round pick in 2010, and entered the season as the team's fifth-best prospect, according to Baseball America. He is at Double-A Chattanooga, and is 9-9 with a 3.19 ERA.
The Angels badly want to add starting pitching and discussed trading either Kendrick or shortstop Erick Aybar at the deadline to address that need.
The team placed Aybar on revocable trade waivers on Monday but would prefer to trade Kendrick, believing a shortstop would be more difficult to replace, sources said.
BEST OF MAXIM
Is this a warning sign of more issues to come with Yasiel Puig? I certainly hope not. The Dodgers are right fielders are no strangers to controversy, just ask Raul Mondesi.
It was reported that Dodgers outfielder, couldn’t quite make it on time to the ballpark in Florida. His teammates were already dressed and ready, but Puig was nowhere to be found. Puig apparently was staying...
And you thought the Dodgers' season was already crazy.
Things became even a bit wackier Monday when the Dodgers activated eccentric reliever Brian Wilson and added him to their 25-man roster.
The Dodgers elected to at least temporarily go with 13 pitchers, sending human yo-yo Scott Van Slyke back to triple-A Albuquerque. Expect Van Slyke to return to the Dodgers for a fifth...
Yasiel Puig has helped transform the Los Angeles Dodgers from last-place calamity to World Series favorite. He's the biggest breakout star in baseball this year, a viable National League MVP candidate, a certifiable Hollywood attraction. Personally, I love to watch him play.
But if I were a Dodgers fan, I'd be nervous about Puig in October. He's as likely to cost the...
Matt Kemp's injured ankle has prevented him from taking part in full baseball activities up to this point. The Los Angeles Dodgers' outfielder has been able to jog in a straight line, shag fly balls, and take batting practice, but he has not been able to make hard turns - like a player would when rounding the bases. Fortunately, he is now starting to jog with slight turns...
Electic Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder, Yasiel Puig, was disciplined by the team after showing up late to Tuesday night’s game against the Marlins. Puig is also not in the line-up for the game, although Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that had nothing to do with Puig showing up late for the game.
Don Mattingly had this to say about Puig, “We don’t have any problems...
Brian Wilson was expected to be activated yesterday, but the Los Angeles Dodgers decided to hold off on pulling the trigger. The veteran closer has been performing well in his rehab appearances and for all intents and purposes, he looks ready. The Dodgers may not be ready for another couple days, though.
Ned Colletti on our show today: "Brian Wilson will be activated...
Yasiel Puig made news again today, not for what he did on the field, but because of a alleged clash with the media and an article by Jon Paul Morosi about how he needed to be benched and disciplined for his mental mistakes.
The fan reaction to both have been deservedly harsh, but I think the tone and approach of the media’s moralizing tends to cause fans to block out any relevant...
The Los Angeles Dodgers are baseball darlings. The Big Blue had won 10 games in a row before losing to the Phillies on Sunday. No big deal though, because following the lost, the team headed off to Miami to face off against the Marlins this afternoon. However, Sunday night’s in Miami means one thing, “Club Liv.”
Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford hit up LIV Nightclub...
Yasiel Puig‘s shooting star may be crashing back down to earth.
The young Dodgers star who dazzled in June and July has hit a skid — he’s gone just 2-for-17 at the plate in his last four games, and was noticeably absent from the Dodgers’ roster for their game against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. To add insult to injury, Puig was slapped with a fine by manager Don Mattingly...
The Los Angeles Dodgers couldn't extend their impressive win streak last time out.
Manager Don Mattingly's club could have a hard time bouncing back against 21-year-old phenom Jose Fernandez, who has been nearly untouchable over the last month.
In a matchup of star rookies, Hyun-Jin Ryu takes the mound opposite Fernandez as the visiting Dodgers open a four-game set against...
Tuesday began with Dodgers manager Don Mattingly hoping to teach Yasiel Puig, his young, brash, agressive phenom, a lesson about being a professional.
Judging by the way it ended, Mattingly either got his message across in record time, or may have a serious problem on his hands.
After Puig showed up late to Marlins Park in Miami, the Dodgers skipper had a closed-door meeting with...
Philadelphia Phillies (53-69) vs Los Angeles Dodgers (72-50)
Cole Hamels (5-13, 3.65 ERA) vs Ricky Nolasco (9-9, 3.62 ERA)
Time: 1:35, Citizens Bank Park
TV: PHL 17
Weather: 84, rain possible
Media: Twitter and Facebook
The Phillies have yet to score a run under new manager Ryne Sandberg as the Dodgers have shut them out in consecutive games and won another series to continue...
It’s no secret that the New York Yankees recent surge has been attributed to the revamped and finally Major League caliber lineup they’ve been running out there every day. Who has this benefited the most? Without a doubt it’s Robinson Cano.
For Cano, this couldn’t have come at a better time. Heading towards a monstrous contract regardless, finishing the season on a tear is...
The August 20th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Moreno talks about the state of the Angels, Pujols officially done for the season and much more...
The Story: Jason Vargas and Erick Aybar were both placed on revocable waivers yesterday.
The Monkey Says: This is standard procedure, but it does mean that if a trade is going to happen, it will...