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Josh Beckett has endured a lot of bad press over the last two years, and he’s to blame for pretty much all of it. The good news for bargain-hunting fantasy managers is that all the talk about his bad attitude, poor conditioning, and general selfishness might do wonders for his average draft position. According to Mock Draft Central that hasn’t been the case so far, but I find MDC to be a rather poor representation of what’s actually happening in fantasy leagues. For the most part people draft players in accordance with their pre-draft rank, and MDC mistakenly has Beckett ahead of Jordan Zimmermann, Matt Garza, and Adam Wainwright just to name a few.
That said, Beckett did impress after the Red Sox pretty much gave him away to the Dodgers. In 43 innings with LA he posted a 2.93 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 7.95 K/9. The ERA was a bit lucky given the small sample size (3.82 FIP with the Dodgers), but his strikeout rate was back to pre-2011 levels, which, as you may recall, was the beginning of...
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The Dodgers have invited 13 prospects to their annual Winter Development Program, which begins next week at Camelback Ranch.
The camp is usually held at Dodger Stadium, but as Ken Gurnick wrote, the stadium is undergoing major renovations, making it unavailable for use.
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Despite all the denials, Andre Ethier‘s name continues to come up in trade rumors, and given what I’ve heard, I don’t think it’s just noise. The latest has him heading to the Mariners, and it’s via ESPN‘s Jason Churchill (1, 2, 3).
Hearing Mariners have progressed in trade talks for a hitter. Indications it’s Ethier. Multiple players involved.
@nbynwms very possible...
Well, well, well, apparently Andre Ethier isn't as unavailable as previously expected. The Dodgers, despite reports from some in the national media, have been talking to other teams about the outfielder -- specifically, the Seattle Mariners.
Jason Churchill of Prospect Insider and ESPN tweeted the news on New Year's Eve.
"Hearing Mariners have progressed in trade...
The Los Angeles Dodgers, continuing to bolster their bullpen, are on the verge of announcing a deal with free-agent left-hander J.P. Howell, major-league sources say.
The contract will be for one year and $2.75 million, according to a source, who confirmed a report by the Los Angeles Times, which first said that Howell and the Dodgers were closing in on an agreement.
Adam Kennedy, who spent much of his career playing for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim/Anaheim Angels, is all but retired from Major League Baseball. Kennedy has not announced his retirement, but he is moving on with his life and focusing on teaching baseball.
According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Kennedy is set to open a baseball academy in the Anaheim...
The Los Angeles Dodgers are nearing a one-year deal with left-handed reliever J.P. Howell, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reports.
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The Dodgers add another arm to the pen with the Howell signing.
The Dodgers have agreed to sign J.P. Howell on a one-year deal worth $2.75 million, with performance bonuses that can take that higher.
J.P. Howell agreed to terms with the Dodgers. A left-hander for a very deep bullpen.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 5, 2013
Howell gets a one-year deal with LAD, for just under $3 million in base salary, and performance bonuses.
After a collection of Redlegs Review writers voiced their opinion on the matter, and cast their vote, RR is prepared to endorse both Craig Biggio and Mike Piazza for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Both men have an outstanding resume and are deserving of the honor.
Here is how the vote turned out:
Redlegs Review Balloting
Mike Piazza (77%)