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Friedman finally gets freedom, Dodgers finally get a bargain

Frankly, it's about time the Dodgers got with the program. If you're going to spend freely to get the best players, why not do the same to get the best general manager? Mind you, I don't know what Andrew Friedman will be paid to be the Dodgers' president of baseball operations. But I'm confident that whatever the price, it will produce a far better return than...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers hire Andrew Friedman to head Baseball Operations

The Los Angeles Dodgers made their first significant move since their disappointing playoff ouster at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals, as the team announced in a press release today the hiring of Andrew Friedman to the newly created position of President, Baseball Operations. The club also announced that Ned Colletti, the team's former General Manager, will remain with the...
Via The Daily Sports Herald
11 days ago  |  Discuss

A capsule look at Cardinals-Dodgers playoff series

A look at the best-of-five National League Division Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers: --- Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Friday, at Los Angeles (6:37 p.m.); Game 2, Saturday, at Los Angeles (9:37 p.m.); Game 3, Monday, at St. Louis (TBD); x-Game 4, Tuesday, at St. Louis (TBD); x-Game 5, Thursday, at Los Angeles (TBD). (All games on FS1 or MLB Network...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Are The Dodgers Primed For An October Run?

#456237452 / gettyimages.com As leaves turn from green to brown and chilly nights replace those hot summer nights, the Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves again, National League Western Division Champions. It has been a long and tiring marathon to get there, but they have managed to survive a disappearing offense, imploding bullpen, and injuries to some of their starting rotation...
Via TopSportsReport
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Another Reason To Not Worry About Dodgers Bases Loaded Troubles

In the aftermath of Wednesday’s ludicrous extra-innings loss to Washington that was terrible for all the wrong reasons, I wanted to write about the ongoing Dodger problems with the bases loaded. It wasn’t the only reason they lost that game — see Kenley Jansen blowing the save, Justin Turner‘s big error, Don Mattingly‘s ludicrous decisions, Brandon League‘s inability...
Via Dodgers Digest
September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Nationals hit 4 homers, beat L.A. in battle of NL's top two teams

  Denard Span hit two of Washington's four homers, Gio Gonzalez got his first victory of the second half and the Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 Monday night in a matchup of division leaders. The East-leading Nationals (78-58) own the National League's best record, while the Dodgers (77-61) are atop the West and close behind in pursuit of the top seed, despite...
Via AP on Fox
September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon League And Symmetry

One story we have been tracking for most of the season at Dodgers Digest is the resurgence of Brandon League. I wrote a story about him being actually useful in late May, which was a complete surprise at the time. Mike followed up in mid-July, and at that point he was still pretty good. Not elite, but better than most other options in a frustrating bullpen. Given what he was last...
Via Dodgers Digest
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the NL West in Less Than 3,500 Words

We last checked in on the National League West as a whole just after the Kentucky Derby in early May, where we found the San Francisco Giants out to a quick division lead thanks to a sparkling 20-11 start and the (surprising) Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers set up in good stalking position just a couple of games off San Francisco’s hot pace. The San Diego Padres were hanging...
Via Padres Public
August 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers 5, Cubs 2: Hanley Ramirez Walks Off

A marathon game that frequently teetered on the edge of bitterly disappointing finally tilted in the Dodgers’ direction after twelve innings, leading to a 5-2 victory. We’ll talk about Hanley Ramirez’ heroics in a second, but let’s talk about the stuff that is likely to get overlooked first. Hyun-jin Ryu was great, again. He pitched seven innings, allowed two runs, struck...
Via Dodgers Digest
August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Should We Be Frightened About Ned Colletti Trading For A Reliever?

This Dodger bullpen, it is, well, not good. Kenley Jansen isn’t the problem, of course, and neither is J.P. Howell. We’ve talked a few times about how Brandon League is at least adequate; Brian Wilson has been up and down, but obviously isn’t going anywhere with that 2015 player option. Chris Perez has been awful. Paul Maholm hasn’t been much better. Jamey Wright is striking...
Via Dodgers Digest
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon League, Valuable Major League Reliever

One of the least-remembered parts of last night’s 1-0 win over San Diego is going to be that Brandon League got through the seventh inning on only seven pitches, keeping a scoreless game tied until the Dodgers could put a run on the board in the ninth. It’s the 32nd scoreless outing he’s had in 37 appearances this year, and his turnaround from last year, when he was essentially...
Via Dodgers Digest
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers 7, Rockies 2: Gordon’s Great Day Wakes Up Offense

Eddie Butler is one of the best prospects in the Rockies’ system, and tonight was his major league debut. The Dodgers spoiled his party, winning by a score of 7-2. Butler was very reliant on the fastball, which touched the upper 90s at times. However, he appeared to be too dependent on the pitch at times, and the Dodgers made him pay. He only struck out two batters in his 5-1...
Via Dodgers Digest
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers take John Richy, Jeff Brigham, Jared Walker in rounds 3-5 of 2014 MLB Draft

The Dodgers selected RHP John Richy, RHP Jeff Brigham, and 3B Jared Walker in rounds 3-5 of the 2014 MLB Draft. All three are projected to be Hall Of Famers down the road for the Dodgers and win a combined 30 World Series, IMO. ===== With the No. 98 pick (3rd round) in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Dodgers selected RHP John Richy, a junior out of UNLV. Richy was a starting pitcher for...
Via Dodgers Digest
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Time To Step It Up, Dodger Bullpen

What’s the best way to evaluate a major league bullpen? There’s not really an obvious answer in the way that I would go to WAR or wRC+ for hitters, or FIP or xFIP for starting pitchers. It sure as hell isn’t wins, obviously. ERA really doesn’t work there, either, as we saw just a few days ago when Brian Wilson was atrocious and the runs were all charged to Hyun-jin Ryu. It’s...
Via Dodgers Digest
May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon League Is Good Now, Apparently

Brandon League has been one of the most unlikely success stories on the Dodgers this year. Not unlike Juan Uribe last year, he’s doing his best to make fans forget about previous terrible season(s) and a dubious contract. League has a 1.35 ERA and hasn’t given up an earned run since April 15th or any runs since May 1st, despite his best efforts on Friday night. Remember when...
Via Dodgers Digest
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers still project to win NL West comfortably, despite slow start

Preseason, I felt confident the Dodgers would run away with the National League West. Partially because they have so much talent, and partially because nobody else does. But the Giants and Rockies are off to great starts, the Dodgers are showing some holes and the Dodgers are in (gasp!) third place as of the morning of May 5. Do we expect a real race from either of these teams?Well...
Via Feelin' Kinda Blue
May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Extra Innings: Manager's Choice and Pitcher Use

Last season Major League Baseball set a record for games that went to extra innings with a mark of 239. The previous record was set just two seasons before that when 237 games were decided in extras. By my count there have already been 39 games through the first full month of the season that have required extra innings. So when it comes to those, how does a manager typically manage...
Via The Sports Post
May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers 4, Twins 3: That Was So, So Horrible Even Though It’s A Sweep

This post was going to be about Red Patterson, who struggled through his first major league inning (two hits and a walk on 31 pitches) before giving the Dodgers decent baseball into the fifth. It wasn’t always pretty, and in fact it was just about never pretty, but for an emergency one-shot call-up making his debut in frigid Minnesota temperatures, I think that’s about as much...
Via Dodgers Digest
May 02, 2014  |  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
March 28, 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

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 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
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