Found February 24, 2013 on Fox Sports West:
PHOENIX The Dodgers have talked to Manager Don Mattingly about a new contract, the team's chairman said Saturday. "We've talked to Don a lot about what he does and doesn't want right now," Mark Walter said. "I think you might see something come up before the end of the year." Walter didn't offer any details. Mattingly didn't either. However, Mattingly confirmed talks had taken place. Both parties were unclear about the seriousness of the discussions. Mattingly is in the final year of a three-year contract. Not wanting his lame duck status to adversely affect his players, he asked the Dodgers last fall to exercise his option for 2014. His request was denied. Mattingly will manage a team with a projected payroll of 230 million, which will be the highest in baseball history. The Dodgers started their exhibition season with a 9-0 loss against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch on Saturday. Walter was at the game, as were fellow owners...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Video of Dodgers' LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu's first spring training outing

Hyun-Jin Ryu made his Dodgers' debut on Sunday at Camelback Ranch. He threw one inning, allowed one hit and struck out Gordon Beckham on a changeup low and away -- Ryu's signature pitch. The hit he allowed was a triple to Dewayne Wise on a hanging curveball. Sandy Koufax worked with Ryu in a bullpen session a few days ago, but apparently Ryu hasn't yet mastered...

Making Moves: Matt Wallach, Sean White, and the World Baseball Classic

Matt Wallach has replaced Eliezer Alfonzo in major-league camp for Spring Training. Alfonzo, one of the tens of Spring Training invitees operating on a minor-league deal, is suffering from dengue virus (yes, really). Eliezer will report to the minor-league portion of Camelback Ranch when he’s healthy enough to do so. Nobody knows when that will be, but he was a long-shot to make...

Even gifting Andre Ethier his 35 hits probably wouldn’t exclude him from platoon questions

Andre Ethier is growing rather sick and tired of questions regarding his ability to hit left-handed pitchers and whether or not he’s going to be platooned, and he recently speculated that the difference between people nagging him about it or not is a “mere” five hits a year or so. It was only one at-bat, and it was only spring training. But it was Andre Ethier’s first at...

Dodgers injury news: Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp

The Los Angeles Dodgers are preparing to begin their exhibition season today, but outfielders Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford aren’t expected to make their spring debuts until the beginning of March, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Manager Don Mattingly said March 1 is the “very rough target date” for Kemp’s return, as he continues to recover from offseason...

The Dodgers Sent Me A Pair of Free Tickets For 2013!

I checked my mailbox a couple of days ago and found a most welcome surprise, with a return address of Elysian Park Avenue. Inside of the unassuming plain white envelope resided vouchers for two free tickets to a Dodgers' game in 2013!I had filled out a survey at the end of 2012 with the possibility of two free tickets coming my way. I actually had completely forgotten about them...

Kemp, Crawford miss exhibition opener

PHOENIX Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford won't be in the lineup Saturday when the Dodgers open their exhibition season against the Chicago White Sox. And they won't be in the lineup Sunday, either. Manager Don Mattingly said he doesn't expect the rehabilitating outfielders to play in Cactus League games until early next month. Kemp is recovering from a major shoulder operation...

Dodgers' Elian Herrera hit in the head

Being hit by a pitch is part of the game, but it doesn't always result in an injury.  When being hit by a pitch does result in an injury, it can be devastating to a team and a player.  Just ask Curtis Granderson.  However, there is nothing more frightening than a pitch that rides up and in and hits a player in the head.  That's what happened to Elian Herrera of the...

Meet John Traub, General Manager of the Albuquerque Isotopes

Often the last stop for a professional ball player on their road to the majors is with their Triple-A affiliate. Last year the likes of Luis Cruz, Ivan de Jesus, Elian Herrera, John Ely, Stephen Fife and many others all started the year with the Dodgers’ Triple-A ball club, the Albuquerque Isotopes. While it is often the players that fans pay attention to the most, it is important...

Dodgers get to know new lefty Ryu

Ryu Hyun-Jin has lost about 15 pounds since he reported to his first spring training with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a fact that didn't go unnoticed by a reporter who used a common Korean phrase to say the left-hander's face was half its previous size., http://juicedsportsblog.com/sports-news/news/dodgers-get-to-know-new-lefty-ryu

Phillies Sign Lancaster's Austin Gallagher, Despite Impending PED Suspension

Via Gallagher's Facebook Page Manheim High School's Austin Gallagher was recently cut by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization after receiving a 50-game suspension for taking a banned substance. Today, the Phillies picked him up, according to the Lancaster Sunday News. To make room in camp, the Phillies released infielder Andres...

Matt Kemp rallies from behind in Face of MLB contest

It was about 5:00pm yesterday afternoon when I was casting my votes away, in hopes of helping Matt Kemp rally from behind in his effort to beat Jayson Heyward. At this time, with less than 8 hours to go, Heyward had 62% of the votes, Kemp with 38%. This was a major deficit, though some ground had been made on 80 percent deficit Kemp faced earlier on in the day. The situation seemed...

Matt Kemp Versus Joey Votto

Later today, voting will begin to determine Major League Baseball’s Face of the MLB. It all started when MLB Network asked fans to choose who they felt was the face of their franchise. When each teams fans were finished speaking, the face of each franchise were put into brackets for a win-or-go-home heads-up vote against another teams representative, with the each league’s MVP...

Player Profile #68: David Ortiz | 1B | BOS

When Adrian Gonzalez first came to Boston at the start of 2011, one of the first things fans noticed was the effect he had on David Ortiz. Somehow in his 15th and 16th major league seasons, Ortiz put up his two best single-season strikeout rates, 13.7% and 13.3%, respectively. Whether or not that truly was Gonzalez’s doing is moot; the former slugger is now an all-around hitter...

New Life

VIDEO & FEATURE: Dallas McPherson returns to Los Angeles -- the same town where his once-promising career was derailed -- but with a different team, and a different outlook on his career and the game.

Globe Trotters

Cuban defector Yasiel Puig and South Korean transplant Hyun-Jin Ryu have quickly become part of the Dodger fabric during their first big league camp.
MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.