Here’s Your 25-Man Dodger Roster

Via press release, the Dodgers announced their 25-man Opening Day roster. As we discussed yesterday, Clayton Kershaw‘s trip to the disabled list removed any remaining intrigue, since removing him and Jose Dominguez opened up two necessary spots. For posterity, here it is: Pitchers (12): Zack Greinke Dan Haren J.P. Howell (L) Kenley Jansen Brandon League Paul Maholm (L) Chris Perez...
Via Dodgers Digest
21 days ago  |  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...
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March 04, 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

Funniest and Best Fantasy Baseball Team Names 2014

Your mom during her glory days Photo Credit: CAVE CANEM   Let’s face it, really hilarious fantasy baseball team names are difficult to come up with. So rather than waste precious time trying to come up with names yourself, why not let your boy Dudley Do Work do it for you? Below are the best fantasy baseball team names for the 2014 season. They are also the funniest...
Via Sons of Roto
January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers finalize deals with 3B Uribe, three relievers

The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen on Tuesday, announcing deals with J.P. Howell, Chris Perez and Jamey Wright. They also brought back third baseman Juan Uribe. Howell returns to Los Angeles for a two-year contract that includes a third-year vesting option. He held opponents to a .193 batting average last season and had a 2.03 ERA, both career bests. Howell, who went...
Via AP on Fox
December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers sign 3 relievers, 3B Uribe

The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen on Tuesday, announcing deals with J.P. Howell, Chris Perez and Jamey Wright. They also brought back third baseman Juan Uribe. Howell returns to Los Angeles for a two-year contract that includes a third-year vesting option. He held opponents to a .193 batting average last season and had a 2.03 ERA, both career bests. Howell, who went...
Via AP on Fox
December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers work on bullpen with 3 signings

The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen on Tuesday, announcing deals with J.P. Howell, Chris Perez and Jamey Wright. Howell returns to Los Angeles for a two-year contract that includes a third-year vesting option. He held opponents to a .193 batting average last season and had a 2.03 ERA, both career bests. Howell, who went 4-1 in 67 appearances in his first year with the...
Via AP on Fox
December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers to re-sign J.P. Howell to surprisngly reasonable 2-year deal

J.P. Howell was supposed to break the bank (for him and lefty relievers) this winter, but he didn't. He is reportedly set to re-sign with the Dodgers for two years and $11.25 million. There's also a mutual option of $6.25 million for 2016 that vests with 120 appearances in 2014-15.Howell has made 122 appearances the last two seasons, so if he pitches enough for his option...
Via Feelin' Kinda Blue
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers close to a two-year deal with left-hander Howell

The Dodgers are close to re-signing left-hander J.P. Howell to a two-year, 11.25-million contract, according to a person who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal hasnt been finalized. The prospective deal would include a 6.25-million option for a third year. Howell posted a career-best 2.03 earned-run average in 67 appearances with the Dodgers this year. He will...
Via Fox Sports West
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers to Re-Sign J.P. Howell

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached and agreement with left-handed reliever J.P. Howell and will re-sign the 30 year old to a two-year, $11.25 million guarantee along with a $6.25 million vesting option for a third year if he pitches 120 innings in the first two season of the deal according to Ken Gurnick of Howell made $2.55 million last year on a one year deal...
Via Baseball News Source
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

J.P. Howell set to return to the Dodgers; adds plus lefty relief arm, plus-plus beard

J.P. Howell will return to the Dodgers in 2014 on a two-year, $11.25 million deal with options and bonuses, according to Ken Gurnick of The Dodgers are nearing agreement on a multi-year deal with southpaw reliever J.P. Howell, reports Ken Gurnick of According to Gurnick, the deal contemplates a $11.25MM guarantee for two seasons. It would also contain a $6.25MM...
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers and J.P. Howell closing in on two-year deal

getty images The Los Angeles Dodgers wanted to bring back left handed reliever J.P. Howell. They are close to doing so. Howell would be guaranteed $11.25 million on a recent two year offer made by the Dodgers, with a $6.25 million salary in 2016 if he makes 120 appearances the first two seasons. The team would not confirm the agreement to’s Ken Gurnick but it  is believed...
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers and JP Howell close to an agreement

The baseball sources are at it again... Dodgers and reliever J.P. Howell closing in on a multi-year deal, according to baseball source. More soon on — Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) December 17, 2013 This is excellent news. The Dodgers need to sign a lefty for the bullpen to compliment Paco Rodriguez and fee agent pickings are slim out there...
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December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

MLB rumors: Rockies making 'real progress' with J.P. Howell

The Colorado Rockies are targeting late-inning reliever J.P. Howell, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Renck says the Rockies are hopeful they can sign Howell, adding that they feel they've made "real progress" in negotiations with the left-hander.JP Howell is the #rockies' target. They are hopeful can get him signed. Have made real progress— Troy Renck...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Nationals interested in several lefties for bullpen

The Nationals' top priority during the Winter Meetings is to improve their bullpen from the left side. They continue to have interest in several lefties -- Oliver Perez, J.P. Howell, Boone Logan and Scott Downs, according to a baseball source. All four lefties were successful in getting lefty hitters out. Howell was the best against lefty hitters, who had a .164 batting average...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Is JP Howell targeted by the Nats?

Any day now, the Dodgers roster will start to firm up. They will make moves official and us fans can begin to truly get pumped for the 2014 season. The current topic is the bullpen. More specifically, middle relief. Yesterday, it was being heavily reported that the Dodgers were close to an agreement with Brian Wilson who stated he was ok with being the setup guy for...
Via The True Blue Crew
December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

The terms of Brian Wilson’s rumored return borders on fan fiction + Dodgers in on J.P. Howell

I’m not sure this could go any better if I planned it myself. But here goes… —– The Dodgers are close with Brian Wilson… Dodgers and Brian Wilson appear to be getting close on a contract agreement. — Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) December 3, 2013 …but HE only wants a one-year deal… The #Dodgers and free-agent closer Brian Wilson are talking only about a one-year deal...
December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers should re-sign J.P. Howell, even if it requires a 3-year deal

When the Dodgers signed J.P. Howell to be the primary left-handed option out of the bullpen, some folks were skeptical. I, on the other hand, was pretty happy about the deal.He signed for $2.85 million. This winter, he's going to hit the jackpot.The Angels just signed Joe Smith to a 3-year, $15-plus million deal. You're probably saying, "Who?" You're not wrong...
Via Feelin' Kinda Blue
November 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Deep southpaws: Much to like among lefty relievers

There's an old joke that says all you need to have a long career in baseball is to pitch with your left hand and have a pulse. It's a big-league exaggeration, of course, but the best lefties in the business are right on the pulse of what makes playoff contenders successful. During this year's Hot Stove season, teams looking for lefty relievers are in luck. There is...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

J.P. Howell Sets Record Straight On Alleged Bullying of Yasiel Puig

  J.P. Howell On Friday morning, Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times published a piece about Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher J.P. Howell and his efforts to combat bullying. One particular passage quickly became the focus of intense Internet discussion – specifically, Howell’s claims that fiery Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig was bullied in the team’s clubhouse earlier this season...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

J.P. Howell clarifies comments, says Yasiel Puig was not bullied by teammates, and I believe him

So I was wrong about the Yasiel Puig bullying comments by J.P. Howell just going away, as they got picked up by some national outlets and then reporters started asking questions. As it turns out, Howell was not talking about Puig being bullied by teammates, but just bullied by others that don’t know him. “Dude, I don’t know how it happened,” said Howell, who said an interview...
November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Howell Clarifies Comments on Puig Bullying

Wow. I literally just finished writing about JP Howell claiming that he saw Puig bullied. Well, clarification has come out via Ken Gurnick of "Dude, I don't know how it happened," said Howell, who said an interview he gave while making a Thursday appearance has spun out of control. "Not in the clubhouse, never by teammates," he...
Via The True Blue Crew
November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

J.P. Howell feels Puig was bullied

No doubt everyone has heard about the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin bullying drama. The entire story paints a very muddy scenario involving two grown men who play a very violent, aggressive, no nonsense game that clearly do not understand how to communicate with each other. Inappropriate and vulgar words were exchanged, and in the mind of Jonathan Martin...
Via The True Blue Crew
November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig Was Bullied in Dodgers’ Clubhouse This Season, According to Pitcher J.P. Howell

Bullying is no joke. And as the whole Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin saga continues to unfold, we’re left with the realization that bullying is very much an issue in sports — even at the professional level. Dodgers pitcher J.P. Howell recently discussed the topic of bullying with Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. Howell, whose wife produced an anti-bullying book for children...
November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers pitcher: Yasiel Puig bullied by teammates

It appears that not everyone in the Dodgers clubhouse was a fan of Yasiel Puig. In a story by the Los Angeles Times on Friday, relief pitcher J.P. Howell admits seeing Puig, the rookie phenom from Cuba, bullied by teammates. Howell, however, would not discuss who was involved, or the outcome. "The guy (Puig) is such a champion," Howell told Bill Shaikin. "He has...
Via Fox Sports West
November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

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