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Giants beat Dodgers in 12-inning thriller

As the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers counterpunched past midnight into Wednesday morning at AT&T Park, Hector Sanchez's mother sat in a car in the player's parking lot for three hours, eager for the game to end. The backup catcher's daughter was waiting too, for a famous father who needed to drive her to school in the morning. Sanchez will make that drive on little...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dee Gordon Making It Interesting As Alex Guerrero Shows Power

Dee Gordon, it must be said, has been outstanding over the first two weeks of the season, hitting .400/.457/.525. He hit a homer off of Max Scherzer. He has four walks. He stole four bases on Sunday alone, leading the big leagues, and also leading to Jeff Sullivan dedicating a post to his speed at FanGraphs. He’s just a hair behind Jason Heyward for being the most valuable baserunner in...
Via Dodgers Digest
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 1

I’m going to try to focus on players who are less than 30% owned, with maybe an exception here or there. If you are in a shallow league, there may be better bets out there, so be warned. Outfielders Melky Cabrera One of my big targets this year. Or more accurately, I didn’t realize how many folks wrote him off until I started getting him late all over the place. Cabrera had a...
Via Obstructed View
13 days ago  |  Discuss

National League West Preview

The Diamondbacks added Mark Trumbo during the offseason and will look to dethrone the Dodgers in 2014 (via zimbio) It looks like the NL West will be a powerhouse this season as each team is hoping to build a competitive lineup and a rotation that will knock each other off the boat. While the Los Angeles Dodgers have been favored to stand on this division’s top rung, baseball has...
Via Grandstand University
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Tough Decisions Remaining For Dodgers’ 25-Man Roster

As you no doubt heard already, Carl Crawford has been re-added to the active roster following the birth of his son over the weekend, and Alex Guerrero has been sent to Triple-A Albuquerque. Absolutely none of that is a surprise — we’ve expected Guerrero to be in the minors for some time — and it’s been reflected on the depth chart. But what you may also notice on the depth...
Via Dodgers Digest
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Announce Australia Travel Roster

(via) The Dodgers are leaving for Australia tonight and the opening day roster is starting to take shape. The team has announced the 30 players who will be travelling with the team. In a prelude to announcing the travel roster, Justin Turner was added to the 40-man roster this morning. Turner was probably the best utility infielder candidate coming into the spring, and he secured...
Via Dodgers Digest
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Chone Figgins likely going to Australia & other notes

“He’ll be on the plane, as of right now.” (By: Dustin Nosler) GLENDALE, Ariz. — Not much is happening early at Camelback Ranch this morning, as the players aren’t taking batting or fielding practice. They only just came out to stretch and play some catch. Rockies Dodgers 1:05pm PT Glendale, Ariz. LF Blackmon RF Puig CF Barnes ...
Via Dodgers Digest
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers Rumors: Brandon League on the way out?

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in quite the predicament.  The team is flushed with a fantastic array of arms in their bullpen.  However, there's one arm that doesn't seem to be pitching well & is owed a lot of money.  Brandon League is owed $17 million for this season & 2015.  From Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times:"if he doesn't turn it around early...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Mattingly Offers Minor Clues to Australia Roster

Who will be on the Dodger flight to Australia on Sunday? Don Mattingly said this morning that “we’ve pretty much made that decision,” but isn’t prepared to divulge it yet, and likely won’t until the end of the weekend. Paul Maholm will, along with fellow starters Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-jin Ryu, but whether Dan Haren will remains to be seen. We can say with good confidence...
Via Dodgers Digest
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers could eat $17 million to cut Brandon League

This time last year Brandon League had just signed a three-year, $22.5 million contract to become the Dodgers’ closer and now he’s in danger of not even making the team out of spring training. League was awful last season, losing the closer gig and being demoted to a mop-up role while posting a 5.30 ERA in 54 innings, and if there’s one team that won’t base a roster decision...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon League Isn’t Making Any New Friends

It’s probably not fair to just talk about Brandon League. But it sure is fun. Not as much fun, I imagine, as Josh Donaldson had when he saw this fat pitch: GIF Link League entered today’s game having allowed 6 of 12 previous spring batters to reach, and then he immediately walked old friend Nick Punto. That was followed by the Donaldson blast and… well, look, I say all the...
Via Dodgers Digest
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Spring Training Preview: Relief Pitchers

(via) Age   IP K/9 BB/9 ERA FIP xFIP WAR Kenley Jansen 26 2013 (Dodgers) 76.2 13.03 2.11 1.88 1.99 2.06 2.2 ’14 ZiPS 70.2 13.82 2.72 1.91 1.96 - 1.7 ’14 Steamer 65.0 12.21 3.11 2.18 2.65 - 0.8  Brian Wilson 32 2013 (Dodgers) 13.2 8.56 2.63 0.66 2.02 2.82 0.4 ’14 ZiPS 38.1 9.24 3.37 3.05 3.02 - 0.4 ’14 Steamer 65.0 8.87 3.72 3.29 3.46 - 0.4 J.P...
Via Dodgers Digest
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Relief Pitcher Primer

Dodgers’ closer Kenley Jansen didn’t have the job for the full season last year and still wound up as one of the league’s best (Photo: Lynne Sladky/AP). Don’t chase saves and it is as simple as that. Or, spend a premium tie your wagon to top tier options and prey they keep their job and stay injury free. Many will fret over getting low ratios and worry about closers who strikeout...
Via Fantasy Sports Locker Room
February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Is It Possible To Trade Brandon League?

I was browsing over at River Ave. Blues a while back, and came across a post about whether the Yankees would be able to find a trade match for Ichiro Suzuki. And why not? Ichiro was once the best player in baseball, but he’s now 40, he’s got a .302 OBP over the last two years, and he’s still owed $6.25 million in 2014. The Yankees don’t want to cut him out of respect, but...
Via Dodgers Digest
February 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers pitchers Brandon League and Zach Lee aiming to get back on the mound Wednesday

Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Brandon League is taking his time in recovering from a lat strain, but the right-hander is hoping to be back on the mound by Wednesday. That's according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, who also spoke to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly about the health of League and prospect Zach Lee."We don't think it's anything serious," Mattingly said...
Via Sports Injury Alert
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Looking at the Dodgers' numerous bullpen options for 2014

The Dodgers have a LOT of guys who are viable bullpen options, not even counting starting pitchers who are biding time. It's likely all these guys see action at some point during the year, but what should the pecking order should be?I looked at the peripheral stats for all the guys and projected how I think they'll do this year. The rigorous approach led to some surprises...
Via Feelin' Kinda Blue
February 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Projection Systems Don’t Like Chris Withrow, Should We Be Worried?

(via) Chris Withrow had a surprisingly good season in 2013. After being stuck in AA for over three years, he managed to make an impact at the major league level, which was far beyond what we expected. Withrow’s season came out of nowhere, but it was not without its warning signs. As a result, all four major projection systems that have been released see Withrow taking a major step...
Via Dodgers Digest
February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Jansen, Dodgers agree on $4.3 million, 1-year deal

Pitcher Kenley Jansen and the Dodgers agreed Tuesday on a $4.3 million, one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration. Jansen had 28 saves with a 1.88 ERA last season after he took over the closer's role from Brandon League. He had been seeking $5.05 million. The Dodgers offered $3.5 million. Said Jansen: ''It's kind of a relief that it's over now. I tried...
Via AP on Fox
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

So, So Many Dodger Pitchers In Camp

We’re pretty sure he’s going to be on the roster… right? Baseball is happening! Pitchers and catchers — most of them, anyway — are already in Dodger camp, ready to get to work. But maybe that should say “pitchers and pitchers and pitchers and catchers,” because with Paul Maholm now in the mix… good lord, that’s a lot of pitchers in camp. 32, to be exact, and while...
Via Dodgers Digest
February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Player Profile #89: Kenley Jansen | RP | LAD

Last season was a prime example of money talking. The Dodgers had 2 relievers, one making a lot of money, and another with elite skills. The Dodgers made the wrong choice and began the year with Brandon League as their closer. It only took Kenley Jansen 34 IP to wrestle the closer job away from League and it doesn’t look like he’ll be giving it back anytime soon. Jansen had one...
Via Baseball Professor
February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Is There Any Hope For Chris Perez Or Brandon League?

Will he improve? (via) The Dodgers have been relatively quiet this offseason, except in the bullpen. The most confusing signing of the bunch was that of Chris Perez, which doubled their number of “closers who lost their job last season because they were awful.” Brandon League also fits into that category, and probably isn’t going anywhere since he’s still owed 15 million...
Via Dodgers Digest
January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The Dodgers and Astros had a similar, yet vastly different, bullpen strategy

It's not too often when someone talks about the high-spending Dodgers and thrifty, rebuilding Astros in the same sentence. Los Angeles has thrown around money like it's going out of style under their new ownership group, while Houston is investing heavily in younger talent at the expense of their major league rosters. It's rare to see teams to go the extremes that each...
Via The Outside Corner
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Rosenthal: Dissecting the many dilemmas for the Dodgers

How odd that the most expensive team in the majors also faces more unresolved issues than any other. But as we begin 2014, such is the state of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It would be premature to call the Dodgers a powder keg, seeing as how the team won 92 games and reached the National League Championship Series while confronting many of the same problems. Still, the potential for...
Via Fox Sports
January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Rosenthal: Dissecting the many dilemmas for the Dodgers

How odd that the most expensive team in the majors also faces more unresolved issues than any other. But as we begin 2014, such is the state of the Los Angeles Dodgers. It would be premature to call the Dodgers a powder keg, seeing as how the team won 92 games and reached the National League Championship Series while confronting many of the same problems. Still, the potential for...
Via Fox Sports West
January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

2013 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Review: Relief Pitchers

Kenley Jansen Since debuting in 2010, Kenley Jansen has been one of the game’s truly elite relief aces, and 2013 was his best showing yet. Kenley began the year as the set-up man to Brandon League after League was gifted a ridiculous three-year deal, and though the cries were numerous and persistent to not give Brandon high-leverage situations over Kenley, it could have been an...
Via ChadMoriyama.com
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

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