Found June 29, 2012 on Fox Sports:
The Dodgers, trying to add a big bat, are in discussions with the Astros about a trade for first baseman Carlos Lee, according to major-league sources. Lee, 36, would need to approve the trade -- the Dodgers are one of 14 teams that cannot acquire him without his permission, according to sources with knowledge of his contract. The Dodgers, who are using Juan Rivera and James Loney at first base, rank next-to-last in the National League in OPS at the position. They currently are playing without their 2-3-4 hitters -- second baseman Mark Ellis, center fielder Matt Kemp and right fielder Andre Ethier -- and fell out of first place Thursday for the first time since April 11. Lee is owed just under $9 million for the rest of the season, after which he will become a free agent. Players normally require a financial inducement to waive no-trade protection. But for Lee, playing in a pennant race might amount to the same thing, enabling him to raise his value on the open market. The Dodge...

Carlos Lee, Jed Lowrie Could Help Solve Dodgers' Offensive Problems

It's no secret that the Dodgers are in the market for a hitter. Los Angeles ranks 22nd in the majors in runs scored and has been shut out in four of its last five games, including all three in a sweep by the Giants at AT&T Park earlier this week. That was enough to drop the Dodgers out of first place in the National League West for the first time since April 10. Now, with...

Astros' Lee still mulling over potential trade

CHICAGO (AP) -- Houston Astros first baseman Carlos Lee remains undecided on whether he will accept a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lee says he doesn't know when a decision will be finalized. After Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Cubs, Lee said he would talk it over with his wife and "probably" have a decision by Sunday. The veteran slugger, who is in the final...

Dodgers Hot Stove: Edwin Encarnacion

It's no secret the Dodgers are looking to upgrade their corner infield positions this summer, offensively speaking. Though the Dodgers are one of the best defensive teams in the league, as they currently rank 7th overall in Defensive Efficiency Rating (DER). Offensively, I'll be nice and just say there is room for improvement. They tend to hang in the middle of the...

Terms Of Onelkis Garcia Signing Announced

On June 17, I updated the list of draftees that had been signed by the Dodgers. More notably, Onelkis Garcia. The terms of that deal have been announced, The Dodgers have officially signed their third round selection for an under-slot $382K, reports Jim Callis of Baseball America. The Dodgers also signed eighth rounder Scott Griggs for $135K, reports Callis. The UCLA right...

Dodgers closing in on record deal with Cuban prospect Puig

The Dodgers new owners, who signed Andre Ethier to an 85-million contract extension earlier this month, are on the verge of making what could be their most significant statement to date. The team is closing in on a deal with Cuban defector Yasiel Puig, a 21-year-old outfielder, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the contract...

Mattingly upbeat as Ethier's injury looks minor

The Los Angeles Dodgers received an optimistic evaluation on Andre Ethier when manager Don Mattingly announced that the star outfielder's oblique injury should not keep him sidelined for an extended period of time and will continue to be evaluated on a day-to-day basis. "Still calling it a strain in here, but it's in the better side for us, for a lefthanded hitter,...

Report: Dodgers Sign Cuban Prospect Yasiel Puig to Record Seven-Year, $42 Million Deal

We've recently seen teams gamble on Cuban defectors Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler. Now, the Dodgers are getting in the mix and rolling the dice on Yasiel Puig. The Dodgers have reached an agreement with Puig on a record seven-year, $42 million contract, according to Puig's deal is reportedly pending a physical exam, but it would be the largest dollar figured given...

Puig deal signals bright Dodger future

So, a reporter asked Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, what do you hear about the team's new $42 million man, Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig? "He can fly," Mattingly said. "But I don't think they expect him to be here tomorrow or anything like that." Seeing as how the Dodgers had just been shut out three straight games in San Francisco, falling into a first...

Astros' Altuve won't be back before Sunday

Houston Astros manager Brad Mills adjusted his outlook on the return of second baseman Jose Altuve from a right hamstring injury. "He hasn't had a setback, but I probably was too optimistic hoping for Saturday," Mills said Thursday before the Astros' 7-3 loss to the San Diego Padres. "And like I said, it's not a setback. Nothing is wrong with him. It...

Kid attending Padres-Astros game snags foul ball with popcorn bucket (video)

A young man sitting in the stands munching on some popcorn utilized the container that held his buttery and salty snack to snag a foul ball hit in his direction during the 8th inning of the San Diego Padres-Houston Astros tilt at Minute Maid Park on Thursday night. Your browser does not support iframes. Nicely [...]

Dave Clark: Third Base Coach Cup Check

Baseball comedy or baseball horrow show? Houston Astros third base coach, Dave Clark, took a throw to the groin by the Padres rightfielder last night.  Chris Denorfia made the offending throw, and Chase Headley failed to block the ball at third base.  Clark, uh, took it like a man? It’s not really where he got hit, it’s his dramatic reaction.  The good news is that moments...

Around The Web: MLB’s Blackout Policy, Worth Of The Slide Step, Nerdy NL All-Star Roster

Yahoo! Sports: Jeff Passan writes about MLB‘s ridiculous blackout policy. I wrote about my issues with it here. —– FanGraphs: Dave Cameron‘s “Stat Nerd NL All-Star Roster” includes A.J. Ellis and Clayton Kershaw, but Andre Ethier just misses. —– Baseball Prospectus: Doug Thorburn dissects the slide step and doesn’t think it’s worth implementing. It is

Mets 9, Dodgers 0

LOS ANGELES -- R.A. Dickey needed little run support on Friday night but the New York Mets provided it anyway, drubbing the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 at Dodger Stadium for their third straight win. Dickey (12-1) pitched eight scoreless innings and allowed just three hits to become the first pitcher in the major leagues with 12 wins. Dickey walked one and struck out 10, the fifth...
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