What happened in 2014: Was advertised as being an all-glove, no-bat infielder, and proved to be exactly that.
In each of the last two spring trainings, Ned Colletti talked up how impressed he was with the glove of Miguel Rojas, who had joined the organization in the winter of 2012-13 after...
Now that Hanley Ramirez has signed to play left field (oy) in Boston, the Dodgers have a massive, gaping hole at shortstop (and in the lineup). One could argue that the hole at short is greater than the one behind the plate.
There are a couple internal options to fill the void for 2015 – Erisbel Arruebarrena and Miguel Rojas. But let’s be real. Arruebarrena is coming of a less...
My least favorite subject.
Everyone knows that the Los Angeles Dodgers have an abundance of outfielders. Three are young, inexpensive and talented (Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson and to a much lesser extent, Scott Van Slyke). Two are older, expensive, and their value isn’t exactly high (Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford). And then, there’s Matt Kemp.
Kemp is somewhere in the middle...
With free agency well underway, Hanley Ramirez gone to the Red Sox, and fans buzzing about when the Dodgers are going to do something, it seems like as good a time as any to address what insiders think the Dodgers will do in free agency.
Unfortunately for those sitting on the edges of their seats waiting for the Dodgers to make a big splash this off-season, the overwhelming sentiment...
Juan Nicasio will no longer be wearing a Rockies uniform, but he still might be a familiar sight on the mound at Coors Field.
Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired the 28-year-old right-hander, whom the Rockies had previously designated for assignment, for a player-to-be-named later or cash. Nicasio will reportedly ostensibly be competing for a back-end spot in Los Angeles...
Another team has been added to the discussion about left-handed ace Cole Hamels. The Los Angeles Dodgers are now one of the teams talking to the Phillies about a possible deal, according to Bob Nightengale at USA Today.#454475560 / gettyimages.comThe Los Angeles #Dodgers now also in pursuit of #Phillies ace Cole Hamels, joining #Redsox and others.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale...
The Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers have announced an agreement to exchange right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio to LA in exchange for cash considerations, or a player to be named later, according to the Rockies communication department on Twitter. #485933473 / gettyimages.com The #Rockies have traded RHP Juan Nicasio to the Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named...
Yesterday, I replied to a comment on my last bullpen story and said this.
After Wade Davis struggled badly as a starter for two years, they moved him to the bullpen and he did fairly well. Then another year as a starter with an ERA over 4, followed by an unbelievable year last year out of the bullpen. Don’t think too many people saw him being one of the best relief pitchers in...
The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The trade is official and has been announced by both teams through their social media accounts.
Nicasio, 28, is coming off his third straight season with an ERA of over 5.00, this time making close to half of his...
Last month, writing primarily about Dan Duquette’s Orioles, Jeff Sullivan observed the strong correlation between a team’s success and that same team’s ability to avoid players who produce negative WAR figures. As early as 2010, in fact, Jeff Zimmerman addressed a similar concept with also similar findings. The conclusion of both pieces: avoiding blatant weakness/positional […]
For the better part of a decade major league baseball teams attempted to use Jamey Wright as a starting pitcher. Then one day someone had the idea to place the right hander in the bullpen, and finally he began to thrive.
A former first-round pick, Wright has found success in the bullpen even as he had to accept minor league deals and pitch his way onto rosters during spring training...
The Los Angeles Dodgers are drawing significant trade interest in outfielder Matt Kemp, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. Originally, the report was that the Dodgers would much rather keep Kemp over Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier. However, the 30-year-old may be the most likely to be dealt away.
Kemp has five-years, $107-million remaining on his contract, which extends through...
The Los Angeles Dodgers have a logjam in their outfield. They have been making it known that trading any one of Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, or Carl Crawford is very much in play. It was initially believed that the Dodgers preferred to trade Ethier or Crawford, or possibly both, but that may be changing as they field more calls on Kemp. #456813730 / gettyimages.com Jon Heyman of...
One of Andrew Friedman’s main tasks as Dodgers president of baseball ops was to remake a bullpen that had consistently been a disappointment. In 2014, the Dodgers pen had a 3.80 ERA, and totaled just 0.7 fWAR in 489 2/3 innings. Taking dominant closer Kenley Jansen out of the situation, those numbers fall to a ghastly -1.3 fWAR and a 3.97 ERA in 424 1/3 innings. However, Friedman...
A month and a half ago, Yasiel Puig was struggling. In the playoff series against the Cardinals, Puig struck out seven times in a row at one point, and there was a pretty clear book on him: try to beat him with heat, away. He was having trouble catching up, so the Cardinals were having […]
The Los Angeles Dodgers are in this awkward limbo at short stop.
Hanley Ramirez, the Dodger’s shortstop for the past two and a half seasons, declined his qualifying offer and is now free to choose with any team. The Dodgers can still re-sign him, but that looks kind of unlikely. If Ramirez signs with another team, that team will give up their first round draft pick and the Dodgers...
MLB infielder Hanley Ramirez is at it again—working out hard in the parking lot. Yesterday, Ramirez posted a video of himself performing five explosive sled rows.
Ramirez makes it look easy, but
The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to swap Ramirez’s at shortstop. Considering it’s highly unlikely that Hanley Ramirez will be back in Los Angeles next season, the Dodgers are looking to another shortstop. Alexei Ramirez is at the top of the list for the Dodgers. Alexei, who has a year left on his contract had a very solid 2014 season, he had a batting line of .273/.305/...
Last season, when I came up with my first Kyle Davies and Dan Meyer Award winners for 2013, a comment accused me of focusing too much on the negative. It was a fair enough comment since the awards go to the worst players in a particular baseball season. There is just something that fascinates me about players that do not succeed in such a spectacular fashion. The world focuses...
The Los Angeles Dodgers have four outfielders that are capable starters, and they could look to move one of them this winter. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Dodgers are “aggressively” trying to trade Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford or Andre Ethier. They are reportedly not interested in shopping Yasiel Puig. If the Dodgers...Read More
Hanley Ramirez might have found a way to generate some more interest on the free-agent market.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday that the free-agent shortstop would be willing to change positions if he signs with a new team. According to Heyman, Ramirez is willing to play “wherever there’s a need.”
The most logical option for Ramirez would seem to be third base. Ramirez...
Hanley Ramirez is one of the biggest names on the free agent market this winter. Ramirez, one of the best hitting shortstops in baseball, is reportedly open to changing positions if need be. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Ramirez has told interested teams that he is willing to play “wherever there’s a need.” Teams...Read More
Andrew Friedman has his new GM in Los Angeles. His choice for the position is former A’s assistant Farhan Zaidi, a 37-year old with a degree from MIT and a PhD in economics from Cal-Berkeley. THE NERDS ARE TAKING OVER!
Dodgers will name Oakland's Farhan Zaidi the new general manager later this week, according to baseball source.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) November 5, 2014...
In a perfect world, Vin Scully would be the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers forever. But Scully is 87 and human, and eventually, it will be time for Dodger baseball with someone else behind the mic. We have no idea who will take over, and when the change will be made, but Scully is willing to mentor a successor, just like he was mentored by the legendary Red Barber.
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The Dodgers finally demoted Ned Colletti as GM on Tuesday and announced that former Tampa Bay Rays executive Andrew Friedman was taking over as president of baseball operations. Even though the announcement of Colletti’s demotion was not made until this week, it seems like the Dodgers knew this was a direction they were heading. According...Read More