Found June 13, 2012 on
Feelin' Kinda Blue:
In this episode of "Dugout Blues," Jared Massey and I discuss the Dodgers' recent road trip success. In the previous episode, we thought a 5-5 record on the 10-game trip would suffice. But the Dodgers went 7-3, which is awesome.
I had been on the "sign Jorge Soler" bandwagon for months and the Dodgers were reportedly one of the final teams in the bidding. Alas, they lost out to the Chicago Cubs, which signed him to a 9-year, $30 million contract.
We also discuss the return of Juan Uribe -- briefly, Alex Castellanos getting demoted, my trip to see the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in action last week and our recap of the Dodgers' 2012 MLB Draft.
My latest piece is up at Chad Moriyama. Here's an excerpt:
"Someone break up the Quakes. Rancho Cucamonga went 7-0 this week, thanks largely in part to my attendance on Tuesday and Wednesday. All kidding aside, the Quakes got some great pitching ...
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Andre Ethier had leverage and he knew it.
The Dodgers had new owners who were under pressure to sign him. He was one of the Dodgers' most popular players and one of only two dependable hitters in an uneven lineup. He was less than five months away from entering a thin free agent market.
Ethier could have sparked a bidding war among teams reluctant to pursue Josh Hamilton, a...
Nearly four weeks ago, Mark Ellis was injured so badly that he had to have emergency surgery to relieve the pressure that had built up in his left leg. But Wednesday was his second day of taking grounders at Dodger Stadium, and he will likely take batting practice by the weekend.
"To be where I'm at now is definitely a positive," Ellis said Wednesday. "I've...
The Dodgers own the best record in baseball. They have one of the best pitchers in baseball in Clayton Kershaw. They have one of the best players in baseball in Matt Kemp, and he's signed through 2019. His fellow All-Star outfielder teammate, Andre Ethier, was signed this week to an $85 million extension through 2017. A new ownership group is in place. There are legitimate reasons...
The Los Angeles Dodgers have called a 1PM (PDT) press conference to announce the signing of All-Star outfielder Andre Ethier to a contract extension. Ethier, batting .287 with 10 home runs and a National League leading 53 RBI, would have become a much sought after free agent this winter.
Fans will soon find out how much longer Andre Ethier will be swinging for the Dodgers.
Word broke during Monday night's game the Dodgers and Andre Ethier had reportedly agreed to a 5-year, $85 million contract extension.
The deal also includes a vesting sixth-year option. Here's the year-by-year breakdown:
2013: $13.5 million
2014: $15.5 million
2015: $18 million
2016: $18 million
2017: $17.5 million
2018: $17.5 million ($2.5 million buyout)
Andre Ethier had a lot on his mind Monday night. He was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in a 3-2 loss to the Angels, extending his slump to 5-for-43 (.116) since Matt Kemp was put on the disabled list on May 31. There was also the matter of his five-year, $85 million contract extension, which became official on Tuesday. "It's been a long day," Ethier said after Tuesday...
It doesn't look like Andre Ethier is coming to the East Coast any time soon. ESPN.com reports that the Dodgers outfielder has agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $85 million that would keep him in Los Angeles through the 2017 season. There's also reportedly a club option for an additional year that would be worth $17.5 million. "I have been instructed that...
Andre Ethier was fixated on having a good at-bat rather than the pressure of the moment when he came to the plate with the Los Angeles Dodgers trailing by a run in the eighth inning.
Former Angel Juan Rivera hit a three-run home run and Ethier added his 500th career RBI, helping the Dodgers rally to beat the Angels 5-2 Tuesday night and end their 10-game road winning streak.
Adam Kennedy‘s error that led to the first run. Ugh. Dee Gordon made the error that led to the second run, and while he should have caught it, why the hell did Kennedy go to second with the pitcher running? Ugh. The Dodgers own Bermuda Triangle in their infield! Aaron Harang, Juan Rivera, and Kennedy
Pretty much all I got from the Ace Ventura sequel was a hilarious scene with a robotic rhino and what guano was. Jim Carrey is such a teacher.
Just as Ace Ventura cornered the pet detective racket, so has Dr. James Andrews the Tommy John surgery profession. Chris Capuano is due to receive a free ligament replacement on his Andrews Clinic punch card after receiving two procedures...
Veteran infielder Aaron Miles has decided to retire according to Matthew Pouliot of NBCSports. Miles, 35, played only 18 games with the Dodgers' Triple-A team in 2012 before deciding to retire. In 75 plate appearances this season, Miles hit .235/.297/.338 with 1 HR and a .636 OPS.
In nine years in the Majors with the White Sox, Rockies, Cardinals, Cubs and Dodgers, Miles hit...
At age 24, Clayton Kershaw has already won a Cy Young Award with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
If 23-year-old Chris Sale continues to pitch the way he has for the Chicago White Sox this season, he could be a serious contender for the same honor.
Two of the majors' best young left-handers match up Friday night when these first-place teams open a weekend set at Dodger Stadium.
Joe Torre is making a return to managing. Sort of. Major League Baseball announced Thusday that the longtime Yankees manager, who now works for MLB, will be the manager of Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Torre, who last managed in 2010 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, has been serving as the executive vice president for baseball operations for Major League Baseball since...
Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness: Mike Petriello once feared the exact deal that Andre Ethier signed, and while he holds some concerns, he finds it hard to argue against the deal. What interests me more right now is trying to figure out just how much a big 2012 could enhance Ethier’s value on the market, because