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Los Angeles Dodgers
A quick wrap-up of manager sessions from Tuesday.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Kemp is on track to be ready for Opening Day following shoulder surgery. The plan for Kemp calls for him to begin hitting again in late December or early January, and he's expected to be ready for the start of spring training in some capacity. Once he begins hitting again, it should become easier to monitor his progress as the procedure was on his left (non-throwing) shoulder.
Mattingly confirmed that Brandon League will open the season as the Dodgers' closer, citing his dominance in the second half and acknowledging that Kenley Jansen was dominant for most of the year as well.
?We know Kenley is a beast back there, but we still kinda think he's better set up for that seventh and eighth innings, knowing that he's going to grow into that other part of it, and there's going to be a day where he's the guy.?
If there was any confusion about League's role am...
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The Winter Meetings concluded in Nashville today and the Dodgers left with one less top prospect in the farm system. The Dodgers lost outfielder Alfredo Silverio to the Miami Marlins, and elected to not select a player in the Major League phase of Thursday’s Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings.
Silverio, considered one of the organization’s better outfield prospects a year ago...
I am excited. I am about excited as anyone else about what the Dodgers can potentially score this offseason. I am also a bit worried, so I guess that makes me anxious? Feelings aside, we have to examine if a spending a boat load of money is going to get the Dodgers into the post-season and a championship berth. That is the goal, isn’t it? The immediate goal appears to be showing...
Hanley Ramirez is officially switching back to shortstop.
After he moved to third base last season in Miami to accommodate shortstop Jose Reyes, the Dodgers are sliding him back to his original position. The club wants him to focus on his defensive shortcomings, which is why the Dodgers gave Ramirez permission to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic this offseason.
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that left-handed reliever Randy Choate and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $7.5 million, three-year contract.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement is subject to a physical before the deal can be finalized.
Choate had a 3.03 ERA and no record in 80 games this year, tying...
The Cardinals have signed the ultimate LOOGY and got Scrabble a playmate. Randy Choate is a Cardinal. And not only is the 37 year old going to be the other "left-handed specialist" for the St. Louis club for 2013, his contract is for three years. Now how can you call Choate the ultimate LOOGY? After all, there was Tony Fossas and Graeme Lloyd and Alan Embree that...
The Los Angeles Dodgers are “determined” to sign free agent
Zack Greinke, no matter the cost, and it’s pretty clear they are going to extend
the right-hander his largest offer of the winter, reports Jon Heyman of
But it seems pretty clear who is going to offer Greinke the
biggest deal. The Dodgers seem determined to sign him, no matter the cost.
It appears the Marlins aren’t the only team wary of issuing no-trade clauses this offseason.
The Los Angeles Times reports the Dodgers could be reluctant to offer that type of protection to free agents this offseason. It’s a philosophy that team president Stan Kasten embraced since his days with the Braves and Nationals.
But that position could prevent the Dodgers from luring...
A person familiar with the talks tells The Associated Press that free agent outfielder Shane Victorino and the Boston Red Sox are close to completing a three-year deal worth $39 million.
The person spoke Tuesday at the baseball winter meetings under condition of anonymity because the contract wasn't finalized.
Victorino hit a combined .255 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs last...
Victorino became the Sox 4th off season acquisition on Tuesday
The Red Sox made another move on Tuesday at the winter meetings, signing former Phillies and Dodgers center fielder Shane Victorino to play right field for the Sox next year. Victorino signed a 3-year, $39 million deal, identical to the one that first baseman Mike Napoli agreed to yesterday. “The Flyin’ Hawaiian”...
The ill-advised "mutli-year contracts to relievers" train continued to roll along on Wednesday, with the Angels signing Sean Burnett (last of the Nationals) to a two-year, $8 million deal and the Cardinals signing Randy Choate (last of the Dodgers) to a three-year, $7.5 million deal.
Both of these relievers owe Brandon League and Jonathan Broxton a fistbump for setting...
Shane Victorino has become the latest addition to the Red Sox as they look to rework their team after a failed season. According to MLBTR, Victorino has signed a three-year deal worth $39 MM dollars, pending a physical. He was previously ranked, on MLBTR, as their 12th best free agent this offseason.
The $13 MM per year surpasses the average that Angel Pagan got over his four year...
The Red Sox have found their right fielder for 2013.
Shane Victorino has agreed to a three-year contract with Boston, according to Alex Speier of WEEI. Victorino is expected to take over right field for the Red Sox, though he’s played the majority of his career in center.
Victorino has 90 career home runs in his nine-year career, with 409 RBIs and 201 stolen bases. He’s a career...
Joe Blanton's time in Los Angeles will not yet come to a close. However, he will be changing uniforms. Blanton has reportedly signed a deal with the Los Angeles Angels. He will move from Chavez Ravine to Anaheim.
According to both Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, Blanton has signed a two-year deal with the Angels.
blanton gets 2 yrs, $15M
The St. Louis Cardinals have signed left handed reliever Randy Choate to a three-year, $7.5mm deal, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports.
With the departure of Choate, the Dodgers will now need to look for a left hander for their bullpen as they have Paco Rodriguez who will probably be sent back to the minors for more seasoning and Scott Elbert who is recovering from offseason surgery...