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As Chad Moriyama noted a while back, it’s not just the oddity of the collection of moves that could lead one to believe the new ownership group is looking at things more so from a PR perspective than from an on-the-field, performance-based one.The humongous trade with the Red Sox is a prime example. The Dodgers took on a quarter of a billion dollars in contracts – let that sink in for a moment – while also giving up a prime prospect (De La Rosa), a pretty good one (Webster), and another solid one (Sands). Even for a team flush with cash after a long period of operating under a broke and crooked owner, the combination of giving up prospects and taking on so much money is absurd and not smart business in the least.Where it becomes a PR move, in appearance, is two-fold. First, Dodgers’ owner Peter Guber said as much in early September:“You can’t tell nine days later. Look at it for a season. Not over three weeks. We did it to send signals, to the fans, to the media. You have to recog...
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Hanley Ramirez was once a stud shortstop (based solely on his bat, of course), a young player a franchise could build around. Fast forward to 2012 and Han-Ram was just a struggling player acquired by the Dodgers in an effort to upgrade at a position of need and make a run at 2012.
Acquired for Nate Eovaldi and Scott McGough, Hanley arrived as a third baseman swinging...
Clayton Kershaw fell well short of winning his second consecutive Cy Young Award on Tuesday as the Mets' R.A. Dickey was voted as the winner by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Dickey collected 27 of the 32 first-place votes. Kershaw garnered just two of those votes -- and two writers inexplicably left him off their ballots completely.
I'm surprised at...
I had the opportunity to speak with Chris Reed before his Nov. 8 Arizona Fall League game.
Edited for sanity, because nobody wants to read “uh” and “um” and laughs and transitions and crap.
Pitching in the AFL is always difficult, so are you making any conscious adjustments to that or is it just specifically working on things beyond results?
“Yeah, we’re working...
The trade of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee to the Los Angeles Dodgers could mean some big things for the Dodgers going into the 2013 season. He is one of the best pitchers in the game behind the plate and can add some needed fire power to a team that is in dire need of some revamps. While Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr states he has no intention...
The Dodgers are facing an interesting situation heading into the 2013 season — at least, the Albuquerque Isotopes and Chattanooga Lookouts are.
Following a Twitter exchange with Chris Jackson (@TopesWriter) and Evan Chavez (@newmexicofan), it occurred to me: The Isotopes and Lookouts are going to have some awfully crowded outfields — especially the ‘Topes.
The following outfielders...
In his introductory press conference with the Dodgers, Carl Crawford expressed regret for waiting to undergo Tommy John surgery.
As a member of the Red Sox, the left fielder attempted to play through the elbow pain. After playing in 31 games in July and August, he opted to shut his season down for the procedure before getting shipped to Los Angeles.
Despite the fact that Crawford...
Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Gorman Erickson talks about his experience at the Arizona Fall League, the Southern League, and more, in this one-on-one interview.
On this episode of "Dugout Blues," Jared Massey (L.A. Dugout) and I talk about the Hyun-Jin Ryu winning bid. We discuss his potential and what it might take to get him under contract. We also touch on free agent starting pitchers -- namely Zack Greinke and Hiroki Kuroda. It's safe to say, we're on the same page regarding these two. The Mark McGwire hiring is...
Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers checks in with FOX Sports NEXT's Inna Lazarev at the Arizona Fall League.
Flush with cash after the team's sale this year, the Los Angeles Dodgers are busy spending it on starting pitching.
The team introduced left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin (Ree-YOO He-YUN jin) of South Korea on Monday, making him the first player ever to go directly from the Korean league to the major leagues.
And he was just the setup man.
The Dodgers finalized a $147 million, six-year...
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Ryu Hyun-Jin grew up in South Korea dreaming of playing in his country's professional baseball league. Once he achieved that, he developed a new goal -- to pitch in the United States for a major league team.
Ryu's dream got closer to reality last week when the Los Angeles Dodgers submitted the highest bid for the right to negotiate with the...
Those dastardly Taiwanese animators are at it again. In their crosshairs, The Florida Miami Marlins (and former Montreal Expos) owner Jeffery Loria. In the high quality animation, Loria is shown to be a dastardly devil out of the Snively Whiplash mold, and is labeled to be worse that Frank McCourt. What more, Loria is shown giving the Expos [...]
Later tonight, the National League Cy Young Award winner will be announced. My own fake awards picks have already been made public, and I am sure everyone was thrilled to read them. The NL Cy Young gave me the most trouble. I ended up voting for the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, but I really wanted to cast my non-ballot for the Mets’ R.A. Dickey.
What’s not to like about R.A. Dickey...
A year after winning an undeserved award, Clayton Kershaw loses the Cy Young that should have been his.