Kenley Jansen has been lights out for the Los Angeles Dodgers since returning from the Disabled List, with a 1.93 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 18.2 innings so far in 2015. (Mandatory Credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
As the Los Angeles Dodgers stormed out to an early season lead and a chokehold on the National League Western Division, they had two main forces to thank: A lineup...
Today’s biggest news is actually yesterday’s news, but with the holiday weekend we haven’t had a chance to write about it. Last night Brandon League, rehabbing from shoulder surgery, was designated for assignment. The move is a bit surprising for a few reasons. The first reason: League’s salary. The front office hasn’t shied away from killing sunk costs, which is great...
Brad Rempel-USA TODAY SportsThe Los Angeles Dodgers have announced they have designated right handed pitcher, Brandon League, for assignment.
League was in the final season of a three-year, $21 million deal. The Dodgers will pay League $7.5 million this season.
League, 32, has been on the DL all season with a shoulder injury. He was out of time on his rehab assignment so they had...
Brandon League’s rehab assignment is over, and likely so are his days as a Dodger. The team designated him for assignment on Thursday. They now have 10 days to trade, waive or release the 32-year-old right-hander. If the Dodgers cannot find a team to take him, they will owe him the remainder of his $22.5 million contract. He is in the final year of his contract.
League has not...
The Los Angeles Dodgers have designated relief pitcher Brandon League for assignment.
League was at the end of his rehab assignment when the Dodgers opted to cut ties with the 32-year-old right hander.
League had not pitched at the big league level but had appeared in 149 games since joining the team via a trade in the 2012 season.
Last season League appeared in 63 games posting...
PHOENIX (AP) **** Hernandez is one of the seldom-used Los Angeles Dodgers.
The backup outfielder took full advantage of a rare start and was the catalyst on offense for the Dodgers in their 4-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
The hustling Hernandez, seeing action for the first time in four games, tripled, doubled, scored twice and drove in a run to back...
Via AP on Fox
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Yesterday, I wrote about how Allen Webster was a highly-touted Dodger prospect who was traded to Boston for Adrian Gonzalez and friends, then went to Arizona in the Wade Miley deal last winter. Still young and talented, he’s yet to gain a strong foothold in the majors. On a completely unrelated topic, Rubby De La Rosa starts tonight for the Diamondbacks.
On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared Massey (Dodgers Nation) and I squeeze in the podcast recording just before the season finale(!) of Game of Thrones. #casualfans
Joc Pederson is amazing, and he saved the Dodgers’ proverbial bacon on Sunday with a ridiculous catch. He’s already a 3-win player in his age-23 season, 62 games into said season. He good.
The Dodgers had...
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 04: Pitcher Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Two of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers won the game 3-2. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
If the Los Angeles Dodgers want to keep their World Series...
In mid-March, I spent several days in Arizona covering Spring Training for Baseball Essential. In four days, I attended six games, including three as a credentialed member of the media. My second day there, I went into the Dodgers’ locker room at Camelback Ranch in Glendale. It was my first time in a big league locker room, and it was a little bit intimidating. I stumbled through...
The National League West has gone from being ignored on ESPN SportsCenter highlights to being one of the most competitive divisions in baseball. With San Diego’s offseason moves, as well as the blockbuster Dodgers, the defending World Series champs have some work to do to defend their title.
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Since Yasmany Tomas was called up last week, the Snakes have been...
It’s been a week of the new and… well, new Dodger bullpen, and so far, the returns haven’t been generating a ton of confidence. The second game of the season featured Chris Hatcher starting an inning that resulted in three runs. Yesterday featured Chris Hatcher entering an inning that resulted in four runs. Pretty much every second in between has been filled by people screaming...
Say this for the new front office: They do not mess around. After only three games (and one bullpen implosion), the Dodgers have apparently made a move, sending minor league catcher Chris O’Brien and reliever Ben Rowen to Baltimore for reliever Ryan Webb, minor league catcher Brian Ward, and a competitive balance pick, No. 74 overall in the upcoming draft, giving the Dodgers four...
I really don't want to do this. The Twins' pitching has been horrible for years, and even though it might be a little bit better it's still bad and it's also boring. I guess just dive right in? Yeah ok.Opening day starter Phil Hughes should be the ace. The Twins signed him prior to last season on the cheap, hoping he'd be a better pitcher getting out of Yankee Stadium and...
When the Dodgers signed David Huff to a minor-league deal, not a lot was expected. He was a journeyman relief pitcher with some success in the majors, but not a lot of it.
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So earlier today, I noted that the Dodgers would need to find some 40-man spots for Hector Olivera and (probably) Sergio Santos.
I focused on Darwin Barney, but, well...
Whenever it is that Hector Olivera‘s paperwork gets finalized, he’s going to need to be added to the 40-man roster. Assuming that at least one recipient of a minor league deal makes the team on Opening Day — probably Sergio Santos, particularly with Kenley Jansen, Hyun-jin Ryu, and Brandon League all likely to start the year on the disabled list — he’s also going to need...
Dodger pitchers are getting injured every single second. In the time it took me to write that, four more Dodger pitchers got hurt. It’s a fact! That’s just science. ESPN’s Mark Saxon has more:
Every day that goes by, the chances of the Dodgers trading for a starting pitcher seem to increase. Injuries are forcing the issue. On Friday morning, the team announced that Hyun-Jin...
Like it or not, saves are a category in most fantasy baseball leagues. While I wouldn’t be the first team to draft a relief pitcher (sorry, Chapman and Kimbrel), I still want three RPs to my roster.
When it comes to making the decision on who to choose, there are three main factors that I look for…
1. High K/9 – People will argue that closers are pointless because they only...
It is something that all pitchers strive for, but rarely accomplish. San Francisco right-handed pitcher Matt Cain is one of the few that is able to say he has tasted perfection, tossing a perfecto on June 13, 2012. After an injury plagued 2014 season, a simple start in his Cactus League debut may be nearly as sweet.
Cain, who underwent season-ending elbow surgery on...
The National League West might just be the most interesting division in baseball.
Actually, there are a bunch of interesting divisions in baseball, especially in spring training. But the NL West features four franchises with overhauled front offices (the Padres, Dodgers, Rockies, and D’Backs), the defending World Series champions (the Giants), two of the busiest teams this...
The drop in offense in MLB is a wide topic of discussion. Across baseball, teams scored an average of 4.07 runs per game in 2014, the lowest level since 1981. While some don’t necessarily mind the decline (myself included), new commissioner Rob Manfred seems to be interested in increasing offense to make baseball appealing to a larger audience. This started out poorly, as Manfred...
Just recently the 2015 PECOTA projections were released, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are projected to not only be juggernauts of the National League, but all of Major League Baseball. PECOTA predicts they will win 97 games, the most of any team in baseball and six games better than the second-best team (the Washington Nationals). Someone mentioned to me on Twitter how crazy it is...
Ahh, the Top 30. There prospects are now legitimate, and some have even already debuted in the major leagues.
For the Top 30, I’ve included Overall Future Potential grades and risks. For example, if a guy gets a “50 low,” he’s basically a sure thing to be an average player at his position. If a guy gets a “55 high,” there’s a good chance he won’t reach that ceiling...
When I saw Baseball America‘s Matt Eddy tweet that the Dodgers had signed pitcher Ben Rowen and infielder Jarek Cunningham to minor league deals, my first reaction was “who?” followed quickly by “ha, ‘Jarek’ sure is a name.” With no inclination to worry about either, I quickly moved on. But then I started thinking that I knew Rowen’s name for some reason, and after...