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Report: Dodgers’ Carl Crawford available for trade

The Los Angeles Dodgers, looking to get their payroll closer to $200 million, have made outfielder Carl Crawford available for trade, according to Jon Heyman of Crawford, 34, was acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox after the 2012 season and since joining the Dodgers, he has been a disappointment, given […]
Via Baseball Essential
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Gabe Kapler Praises Ex-Red Sox Teammate Dave Roberts In Handwritten Note (Photo)

Gabe Kapler lost out to Dave Roberts for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ managerial job, but he doesn’t have any hard feelings for his former teammate. The Dodgers officially named Roberts as their next manager Monday after it was widely believed the job would go to Kapler. But Kapler took to Twitter on Monday to congratulate his fellow former Boston Red Sox outfielder with a handwritten...
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Looking at some fastball-slider lefty options

The term “lefty specialist” has a certain connotation to it. That is, it’s a lefty who has a nasty breaking pitch (usually a slider) that is hard for opposing left-handed hitters to contact. Also, they don’t typically throw that hard, but there are some who do. The Dodgers traded Paco Rodriguez in the Hector Olivera deal. When they did so, they traded their best left-handed...
Via Dodgers Digest
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Will David Price’s Handedness Scare Away the Dodgers?

Now that the Los Angeles Dodgers have hired a manager, they can turn their full attention to bolstering their starting rotation. With 2015’s Cy Young runner-up, Zack Greinke, testing the free agent waters after opting out of his contract, the Dodgers currently have four experienced starters they are expecting to be healthy come spring training: Clayton […]
Via Baseball Essential
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Legendary 2004 Yankee dream crusher to manage Dodgers

Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer Who in Red Sox Nation does not know who it was that turned the ship around in the 2004 ALCS?Remember that series?The New York Yankees were three outs away in the top of the ninth inning from eliminating the Red Sox in a sweep of the 2004 ALCS.Kevin Millar drew a leadoff walk from legendary closer Mariano Rivera and was pinch-run for by Dave Roberts...
Via RedSoxLife
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Dave Roberts hired as Dodgers manager

Not waiting too long after letting Don Mattingly go, the Los Angeles Dodgers have decided on Dave Roberts to take over the managerial reigns. After a lengthy, but generally undistinguished playing career (outside of one extremely important stolen base), Roberts began his coaching career with the San Diego Padres in 2011 as their third base coach. He quickly moved up the ranks to...
Via The Outside Corner
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Yasiel Puig: Huge Price Tag, Huge Potential, Huge Risk

“The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.” The biggest story in baseball this past weekend may have been the ill-advised comments by ex-Mariners coach Andy Van Slyke, the father of Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke, who took to the airwaves to rip Robinson Cano and then implied that Clayton Kershaw recommended to management that Yasiel Puig be traded. Imagine the awkward...
Via Mets Merized Online
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Dodgers to hire Dave Roberts as manager

Jake Roth-USA TODAY SportsThe Los Angeles Dodgers will hire former player Dave Roberts to replace Don Mattingly as the team’s manager, reports the Los Angeles Times. The 43-year-old Roberts, a former outfielder, will be the first minority manager in the franchise’s history. His father is African American and his mother is Japanese. Roberts served as a Padres’ bench coach...
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Report: Dodgers agree to terms with Cubans Yusniel Diaz and Omar Estevez

It’s Sunday and there’s news! No, not of a managerial hiring. That should come tomorrow. Today, the Dodgers, reportedly, continued their gradual takeover of Cuba. Sources: Dodgers agree to $15.5 million deal with OF prospect Yusniel Diaz & $6M deal with INF Omar Estevez. Check — Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) November 22, 2015 Oh, that’s nice...
Via Dodgers Digest
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Dodgers expected to make managerial decision by Monday

    The Los Angeles Dodgers managerial vacancy, the only one currently in the MLB, could be filled in just a matter of hours now. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported on Sunday that a hiring decision is expected to be made by no later than Monday. Sources: A decision on the Dodgers' managerial hire is supposed to come down no later than Monday. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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How the Los Angeles Dodgers Will Try to Get Better This Offseason

The Los Angeles Dodgers had an up-and-down season in 2015, eventually (but belatedly) finishing off the rival San Francisco Giants and winning the National League West before falling to the eventual National League champion New York Mets in the National League Division Series, two games to the Mets’ three. It was a disappointing end to [&hellip The post How the Los Angeles...
Via No Coast Bias
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Yasiel Puig, Clayton Kershaw and a game of chicken

Everything coming out of the Dodgers’ front office so far this winter has pointed to reducing player salaries and building around young talent. This doesn’t mean the collective wallet will be closed. I still think the Dodgers end up with Zack Greinke or David Price. But if they don’t, their best and most attractive trade chip to get a replacement is Yasiel Puig. Dealing him...
Via Dodgers Digest
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Report: Giants could rival Dodgers for Zack Greinke

The Giants and Dodgers are huge rivals on the field, and now they could be going head to head for one of the prizes of the free agent market. Free agent pitcher Zack Greinke is expected to be courted by both teams this offseason. CBS Sports’s Jon Heyman reported Friday that the Giants are “very...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
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MLB moving closer to ‘Chase Utley Rule’ for slide plays

Major League Baseball is making progress on a new rule that would be aimed at making slide plays into second base safer for fielders. During his press conference to wrap up the quarterly owners’ meetings on Thursday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed speculation that the league is looking into a so-called “Chase Utley Rule.” According...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Greatest non-Cy Young seasons in history

Bryce Harper won the National League Most Valuable Player this season, and the vote was unanimous. Kris Bryant won the NL Rookie of the Year, and the vote was unanimous. Josh Donaldson‘s American League MVP victory wasn’t quite as clear-cut — 23 to seven over Mike Trout — and Dallas Keuchel‘s AL Cy Young even less so — 22 to eight over David Price. Still, most of the...
Via Fangraphs
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Scott Van Slyke's father infers Kershaw wants Puig traded from Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw (left) celebrates with Yasiel Puig after winning Game 4 of the 2015 NLDS. Elsa Getty ImagesThere has been speculation amid his attrition that the Los Angeles Dodgers should trade outfielder Yasiel Puig, a notion that is reportedly supported by ace Clayton Kershaw.During a radio interview with St. Louis' CBS Sports Radio 920, former major-league outfielder Andy Van...
Via Fox Sports
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Agent claims there is more interest in Chase Utley than you’d expect

Chase Utley is 36 years old and will be 37 by the time he reports to spring training in a few more months. The trajectories of the six-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger award winner have been well documented as he continues to age and his knees become more brittle by the day. Still, agents will be agents and Utley’s agent claims there are a handful of teams expressing...
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Report: Dodgers' managerial search down to two candidates

Gabe Kapler (left) and Dave Roberts are reportedly the two candidates remaining in the Dodgers' managerial search. Jason Wise, Ron Vesely Getty ImagesThe Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly very close to selecting a manager to replace Don Mattingly.According to ESPN, the Dodgers are conducting a second round of interviews with two candidates, Gabe Kapler and Dave Roberts, out of the...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 5 Free Agents the Los Angeles Dodgers Should Sign

The Los Angeles Dodgers had a payroll that exceeded $300 million dollars in 2015, and to say the expectations were high is a complete understatement. With two pitchers the likes of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke heading your rotation and a slew of highly-priced hitters, the sky was supposedly the limit. The Dodgers cruised to […]
Via Baseball Essential
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw isn’t the Clayton Kershaw of everything

I don’t know if Clayton Kershaw is going to win the Cy Young Award, but I know he deserves to as much as anybody else. Three years ago, he won the Cy Young by allowing a .521 OPS. Two years ago, he won the Cy Young by allowing a .521 OPS. This year, he might win the Cy Young after allowing a .521 OPS. Maybe he wouldn’t mind a loss so much; he’s already won three of these things...
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Dave Roberts could be favorite for Dodgers job

Dave Roberts’ next baseball job could be his biggest. The former big league outfielder is one of the finalists for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ managerial job, and Roberts is apparently being viewed as the favorite, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke. “Those kind of guys don’t come around every day? Well, one just did,” Plaschke wrote in a column earlier...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Detailing the Dodgers' shortcomings

It didn’t take long for Don Mattingly, former Los Angeles Dodgers manager, to find work. Almost two weeks after agreeing to part ways with LA, with whom he spent five years, he was officially announced as the next manager of the poorly-run Miami Marlins. As far as the Dodgers are concerned, moving on was probably the right call for both sides. But, were the shortcomings—most...
Via The Sports Post
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Zack Greinke officially opts out of contract with Dodgers

Zack Greinke officially is a free agent, but that doesn’t mean he’s going anywhere. The 32-year-old right-hander and National League Cy Young candidate opted out of his contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, just as he was expected to. However, all signs (for now) point to Greinke remaining in Los Angeles. Greinke was set to make $71 million over the next three...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

The best candidates to replace Mattingly as Dodgers manager

In the hours since the Los Angeles Dodgers and manager Don Mattingly announced they were parting ways, five names have emerged as potential replacements. The Los Angeles Times‘ Bill Shaikin lists Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez and former Padres skipper Bud Black, along with three who are currently in the Dodgers organization. Bench coach Tim Wallach and third base coach Ron...
Via The Outside Corner
October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

The high cost of the Dodgers' small mistakes

For an athlete, a constant struggle in decision-making exists between the body and mind. When presented with a choice, there are two routes a person can take. The most informed route, typically, is to hand over the keys to the mind. The mind can think logically and, with ample time and preparation — sometimes just a few extra seconds — the mind can parse out a number of options...
Via Fangraphs
October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

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