Source: Sox consider trade for Matt Kemp

He has had debilitating ankle and shoulder injuries that have limited his play the last two seasons, is still owed roughly $118 million on a contract that runs through 2019, and has a mixed reputation as a clubhouse presence, but the Red Sox are considering making a move for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, according to a club source. With the Sox in need of more offensive production...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pressure is on the Dodgers in Weekend Series Against the Giants

I have maintained throughout the first four months of the season that the San Francisco Giants have over performed. That the total of their success does not match the sum of their parts. But so far that hasn’t stopped them from winning baseball games. The fact that the Giants 2014 performance has exceeded expectations is a credit to the players and to Manager Bruce Bochy; this...
Via The Giants Cove
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Is It Time To Tune Up the Dodgers’ Motor?

You walk into your garage and view your beautiful 250 million dollar sports car and cannot wait to take it out for a drive. You look at its luxurious trimmings, powerful engine, and slick body parts. It makes your heart race an extra beat a minute just by laying your eyes on it. You get in, put your key in the ignition, and start it up.The engine roars with each press of the gas...
Via TopSportsReport
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Prospect Watch: Trade Deadline Stars

Each weekday during the minor-league season, FanGraphs is providing a status update on multiple rookie-eligible players. Note that Age denotes the relevant prospect’s baseball age (i.e. as of July 1st of the current year); Top-15, the prospect’s place on Marc Hulet’s preseason organizational list; and Top-100, that same prospect’s rank on Hulet’s overall top-100 list...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Top-10 MLB Prospect Watch: Dodgers Joc Pederson, Twins Byron Buxton

This week in Minor League Report: Top Prospects, FFLockerRoom Fantasy Sports takes a look at some of the movers and shakers, top prospects and perhaps even guys most likely to be called up in the short term. If you’re curious about a player not profiled in this week’s report, you can access our previous Minor League Reports at Keep in mind that research has...
Via FF Locker Room
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers' OF negative trade value makes Joc Pederson more valuable

There's a certain cognitive dissonance a lot of baseball fans feel between the value to the team of players' on-field contributions (almost always positive) as compared to the value minus the cost (not necessarily positive).When considering possible trades, you're not trading for just the player -- you're also trading for the contract. In baseball, you can cut a guy...
Via Feelin' Kinda Blue
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Cardinals July 20, 2014: Joc Pederson And The 25 Man Roster

As the Dodgers struggle and as their untenable center field situation marches on, Joc Pederson‘s name gets mentioned a lot, and rightfully so. It’s not a guarantee that he will immediately help the Dodgers, but it’s starting to look like a pretty good bet. But is there actually room for him on the roster? Dodgers Cardinals 5:05 p.m. PT St. Louis,...
Via Dodgers Digest
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Second Half Issue: Dan Haren Wants That Vesting Option

We all think the Dodgers are going to add another starting pitcher sometime before the trading deadline, but while the popular thought is David Price — the Dodgers being one of the few teams with the prospects to get him, the bankroll to afford him, and a playoff run to make it worthwhile — that’s potentially not the right direction. Another top ace would certainly be fun...
Via Dodgers Digest
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Dodgers Emerge As Suitors for Papelbon

According to Mark Saxon from ESPN Los Angeles, the Dodgers reportedly are expected to pursue Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon, 33, is owed the remainder of his $13 million in 2014 and then $13 million in 2015, with an attainable vesting option for 2016 if he reaches 55 games finished in 2015 or 100 between 2014 and 2015. Despite his velocity dipping once again in 2014, Papelbon has a...
Via Phillies Nation
13 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Triple-A All-Star game: Joc Pederson and not much else

This is the deadest time of the year in sports. None of the Big 4 sports are playing, as MLB games don’t resume until Friday. But, there is the Triple-A All-Star game I’m sure everyone — or no one — is looking forward to. PCL IL 4:00 pm PT Durham, N.C. CF Orlando CF Carrera RF Pederson 2B Pirela SS Taylor RF Souza...
Via Dodgers Digest
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Midseason Los Angeles Dodgers’ Top 25 prospects

It’s the All-Star break, and while Yasiel Puig is participating in the Home Run Derby tonight, I know you really just want to read about Dodger prospects. So, here is my midseason Top 25 prospect update. Just a heads-up: the write-ups aren’t as in-depth as the ones I did in the preseason. I just try to point out what the players have done so far this season and what the next...
Via Dodgers Digest
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Path To Joc Pederson

So here’s what we know, right now: Matt Kemp is not a center fielder, no matter how much he wants to be. Andre Ethier is not a center fielder, though he admirably did his best to make it work. Carl Crawford is not a center fielder, because he hasn’t played there in a decade, has a terrible arm, and actually has less experience there than Ethier does. Yasiel Puig is not a center...
Via Dodgers Digest
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers well-represented on BA and BP midseason Top 50 prospects list

If you needed any reassurance the Dodgers have a top-heavy farm system with impact potential, then Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus have it for you. Both publications ranked the Dodgers’ consensus Top-3 prospects — Julio Urias, Corey Seager and Joc Pederson — in their respective Top 50s, but each player is ranked in the Top 20. Player Baseball America Baseball Prospectus...
Via Dodgers Digest
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Mailbag No. 7: David Price, relievers, Colletti, Kershaw nickname

Hey, it’s a mailbag! Remember to use the form submission in the right sidebar to send us you questions. Evan: I noticed that the Bleacher Report did a little mock trade scenario, with each GM played by a BR employee. They had each mock GM make their most likely (and best offer) they would trade for Price given their teams’ prospects, needs, surpluses in certain areas where...
Via Dodgers Digest
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Down On The Farm: 6/23 – 6/29 – Elbert close, Seager marches on, debuts

Scott Elbert is on the mend and believes he can help the Dodgers after the All-Star break, but Joc Pederson will now be missing from these updates for at least another week and possibly more after separating his right shoulder. Meanwhile, Corey Seager continues to excel, and Jose De Leon showed his promise. June 23 Hitter Of The Day: Corey Seager (A+) went 4-for-6 with his 27th double...
Via Dodgers Digest
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Injury Update: Prospect Joc Pederson exits Triple-A game early

Joc Pederson, a center fielder on Triple-A Albuquerque left the game with an apparent shoulder injury. He landed awkwardly on his right shoulder when he dove for Josh Vitters' of Triple-A Iowa's bloop since to right-center field. He got up, grabbed his arm, and left the field. Pederson walked off the field on his own. It was later indicated that the injury was not serious...
Via Sports Injury Alert
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Corey Seager, Julio Urias named to Futures Game, Joc Pederson hurt

Photo by: Dustin Nosler The Dodgers will have two representatives at the Futures Game this year, as Corey Seager and Julio Urias on Tuesday were selected to be on the U.S. and World teams, respectively. Ron Cervenka of Think Blue LA broke the news earlier today. Seager, 20, who many thought would be promoted to Double-A Chattanooga after the California League All-Star break, is...
Via Dodgers Digest
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Down On The Farm Update: Games Of 6/2 – 6/8 -

June 2 Hitter Of The Day: Pitcher Of The Day: Notables Joc Pederson (AAA) went 2-for-3 with two walks, including his second triple of the year. Miguel Rojas (AAA) has had a temporary power surge, slugging his third homer of the year. Darnell Sweeney (AA) went 3-for-5 with his 16th double. Alex Santana (A) went 2-for-4 with his 11th and 12th double. Chris Reed (AA) struck out nine...
Via Dodgers Digest
June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Deep Impact: AA Dynasty League Warm Bodies with “IBS”

…And by "IBS", I don’t mean irritable bowel syndrome. In this context, I mean BABIP verified by ISO and Spd scores. Two things induce my real life IBS: nutrition, and my high impact dynasty leagues. Consider this series your dynasty IBS treatment. BABIP has little face, so I use ISO (isolated slugging) and Spd (FG’s speed score) to verify the BABIP. Check out Part...
Via Razzball
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Rockies June 8, 2014: The Results of Coors Field’s Wrath

Photo by Daniel Brim As the Dodgers face the Rockies in a rubber game of a series behind the left arm of Clayton Kershaw, normally you can be be confident in the Dodgers’ chances. However, yesterday’s series of injuries has produced… this. Not exactly a stellar offensive lineup, is it? Miguel Rojas gets his first major league start this afternoon (Chone Figgins starts in...
Via Dodgers Digest
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 MLB Draft: Dodgers’ Big Board, v 3.0

Derek Hill is the best bat (for the Dodgers) on my board. This is the final installment of my 2014 MLB Draft Big Board for the Dodgers. There have been some changes after writing most of my draft profiles. I’m confident the Dodgers will take one of the 10 guys I have profiled (Davidson and Griffin profiles are coming). Previous Big Boards Version 1.0 (May 16) Version 2.0 (May 27...
Via Dodgers Digest
June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Deep Impact: Dynasty League Warm Bodies

On Razzball Radio last week, where you finally got to see my perfectly circumferenced face, that looks like almost any chubby latino catcher that you can think of (to name a couple: Ramon Castro, Josmil Pinto), I got into my win-now approach. I traded high impact prospects (Gregory Polanco and Anthony Rendon) for a more immediate influence, (Robinson Cano). I often wind up with...
Via Razzball
June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Dodgers Among ESPN’s Top 25 Prospects

I have to be honest: I don’t really look at the standings until July. All that matters is how the Dodgers do, because they have no control (other than head-to-head meetings) against what the other NL teams are doing. So yeah, it’s a bummer that they’re 7.5 games out in the West, but the Giants can’t play like this forever (um, probably) and either way, they’re tied for...
Via Dodgers Digest
May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: Three prospects that can make an impact this year

Last year, Yasiel Puig had a huge impact on the Dodgers. Last year, Yasiel Puig almost single-handedly turned the season around for the Los Angeles Dodgers. With a 23-32 record, the Dodgers called up the 22-year old outfielder and he made his impact immediately, turning the Dodgers from an expensive disappointment to a legitimate World Series threat. The Dodgers have plenty of highly...
May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Shuffling deck chairs in the Dodgers' outfield, featuring Matt Kemp

Earlier this year, I questioned if the Dodgers defensive weakness up the middle would work out. I looked at it in terms of offsetting factors that could make it work -- having good corner defense and getting good offense from the defensively questionable middle. Plus, while I accepted the gloves up the middle would be bad, I thought they'd be bad within the range of Major League...
Via Feelin' Kinda Blue
May 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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