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Yasiel Puig smuggler sentenced to prison, house arrest

MIAMI -- A businessman who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig get out of Cuba to sign a rich American baseball contract was sentenced Friday to a month in prison and five months' house arrest for violating U.S. immigration laws. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola on Friday gave Gilberto Suarez, 41, less than the one-year maximum partly because his main role in the 2012 smuggling...
Via AP on Fox
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

What Can Statcast Teach Us About the Dodgers?

Sabermetrics, at their core, should always be changing. A few years ago we were using VORP, win shares, and the like. Most stats we used 10 years ago are gone or obsolete. A lot of the posts at Dodgers Digest will have obsolete statistical lingo down the road. We still have to use the best tools available at the time, but there is always room for innovation and refinement of knowledge...
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Finding Andre Ethier a Home

The Dodgers are (reportedly) willing to pay half of Andre Ethier‘s contract! As Dave Cameron pointed out, he seems a bit superfluous to the current state of the Dodgers. Now that he’s only going to cost a team around $28 million over the next three years, can we find him a home? Last year, Ethier […]
Via Fangraphs
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Florida man faces sentencing in smuggling of Dodgers' Puig

MIAMI (AP) A South Florida businessman is set to be sentenced for illegally helping finance the smuggling of Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig out of Cuba. Gilberto Suarez is likely looking at a prison term of up to a year at Friday's hearing before U.S. District Judge Robert Scola. Prosecutors say Suarez has cooperated extensively in the investigation. Investigators say Suarez...
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9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Current & Future Cuban All-Stars, Part 1

In 2014, 25 Cuban-born players played in the majors which goes to show that they’re developing quite the stature amongst teams and fellow players. Organizations keep lining up to invest heavily in Cuban talent and the pipeline is far from ever drying up. There’s even talk that MLB could play spring training games again on the island which may ignite the island’s passion for...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kershaw efficient in spring debut for Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Clayton Kershaw retired all six batters he faced in his spring debut, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago White Sox 6-1 on Thursday. Kershaw struck out three, including White Sox slugger Jose Abreu looking on a slow curve. ''It felt good. The first one is just good to get out there and make sure you feel good physically,'' Kershaw said. ''The results...
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Dodgers eye Starling Heredia as potential big July 2 signing

The rumors of the Dodgers going all-out on international prospects gained a little more validity on Monday when Kiley McDaniel of FanGraphs named a prospect he heard the Dodgers are looking to sign for the next international signing period. Starling Heredia is a 16-year-old center fielder from the Dominican Republic who is among the best available prospects for July 2, and the Dodgers...
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Have the Los Angeles Dodgers fixed their bullpen?

It’s hard to put into words just how disappointing the Los Angeles Dodgers’ bullpen was in 2014. The bullpen’s ERA last year was 3.80, ninth highest in baseball and second highest among teams that made the playoffs (Thanks, Tigers). The bullpen WAR was 0.7, which put the Dodgers in a three-way tie for the seventh lowest in baseball. Yet, it was still better than that of the...
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The Top-Five Dodgers Prospects by Projected WAR

Earlier today, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the Los Angeles Dodgers. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not L.A.’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the Dodgers’ system who are most ready to produce […]
Via Fangraphs
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Evaluating the Prospects: Los Angeles Dodgers

Evaluating the Prospects: Rangers, Rockies, D’Backs, Twins, Astros, Cubs, Reds, Phillies, Rays, Mets, Padres, Marlins, Nationals, Red Sox, White Sox, Orioles, Yankees, Braves, Athletics, Angels & Dodgers Top 200 Prospects Content Index Scouting Explained: Introduction, Hitting Pt 1 Pt 2 Pt 3 Pt 4 Pt 5 Pt 6 Amateur Coverage: 2015 Draft Rankings, Top 2015 July 2 Projected...
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Andre Ethier Is Officially Untradeable

When camp kicked off last month, I noted, with some surprise, that Andre Ethier was still around. Shocking, wasn’t it? It feels like we’ve been talking about how the Dodgers seemed to be trying their hardest to trade Ethier for years. Or longer. And yet, there he was, still wearing Dodger blue, still talking about how he wanted to start somewhere. That the team had been unable...
Via Dodgers Digest
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Dodgers will have a tough time dumping Andre Ethier

There’s no place in the Los Angeles Dodgers outfield for Andre Ethier, even after the trade of Matt Kemp. Los Angeles has reportedly been looking to move Ethier all offseason, and according to CBS’s Jon Heyman, they’re willing to eat half of the $56 million over three years left on his deal. Naturally, they’ve had no success. The Dodgers have offered to pay down ...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers will have a tough time dumping Andre Ethier

There’s no place in the Los Angeles Dodgers outfield for Andre Ethier, even after the trade of Matt Kemp. Los Angeles has reportedly been looking to move Ethier all offseason, and according to CBS’s Jon Heyman, they’re willing to eat half of the $56 million over three years left on his deal. Naturally, they’ve had no success. The Dodgers have offered to pay down “about...
Via Bloguin Best
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Dodgers willing to pay down Andre Ethier’s contract in trade

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY SportsLast month, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier said he’d prefer to be traded if he’s not a starter this season. The Dodgers are reportedly trying to entice teams to make a trade. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports the Dodgers are willing to pay “about half” of Ethier’s remaining salary in a trade. Ethier has three years, $56 million...
Via Sports-Glory
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Our Top Ten, On Your TV

Did you see today’s 6-4 Dodgers spring training loss to the White Sox? Probably not. I mean, it was on at noon on a Wednesday, and it was on SNLA, which few people actually get. So no, you didn’t see it. I didn’t see it. Thanks, day job. Some things happened, though. Joc Pederson got a single and a double, which was nice. O’Koyea Dickson hit a solo homer. Alex Guerrero got...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

White Sox @ Dodgers Mar. 4, 2015: Finally, Some (Kinda) Real Baseball-ish

Finally! Five months after the Dodgers’ early playoff exit, three months after they had their entire offseason in one day. A baseball game. Well, for some of us. SNLA is still blacked out? Come on. Instead of finding new ways to look at the same, static information, we get some new things to look at and over-analyze! For example, opening day starter Erik Bedard (sorry, had to...
Via Dodgers Digest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Dodgers prospects: 2018 Pitching Staff

This is the penultimate piece in my 2015 Dodgers prospects series. I look at how I think the 2018 pitching staff could shape up. There are a few Dodger pitching prospects who could crack the 2018 pitching staff, but if there is a big hole that can be filled with a big signing (specifically in the rotation), they’ll probably go that route. But having some young studs in the minors...
Via Dodgers Digest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers News: Jimmy Rollins to Bat Leadoff for L.A.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced this morning that newly acquired shortstop Jimmy Rollins will be the team’s leadoff hitter when regular season play begins on April 6. Eric Stephen of True Blue LA passed the news along via Twitter: Don Mattingly said Jimmy Rollins would bat leadoff this year. “We don’t truly have anyone else who fits in that role.” — Eric Stephen...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Trying to solve the Alex Guerrero problem

We’ve all seen it in various TV shows or movies; the main character is sitting on the floor of some room, surrounded by various pieces of hardware after being challenged to assemble some piece of furniture from vague and unhelpful instructions. And then, usually after a cutaway or some kind of time-lapse, we see the […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 111 – Spring training, Olivera, Urias

On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared Massey (Dodgers Nation) and I talk about the first week of spring training and our pending trips to Arizona. First off, we want to thank all those who donated to the Pateron. We are truly very appreciative of the generosity. Well, the Dodgers didn’t sign Yoan Moncada. We lament on that fact, but the “missed” opportunity wasn’t...
Via Dodgers Digest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Best Photos From MLB Team Photo Day

Brian Matusz of the Baltimore Orioles is all smiles for his big photo shoot, perhaps a new hat before Opening Day. View image | gettyimages.com Joel Hanrahan of the Detroit Tigers got a little hungry doing the shoot. View image | gettyimages.com Why Fernando Rodney, Why View image | gettyimages.com Melky Cabrera is either saddened by his new teammates or his...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers spring training position battles

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers will take the field against a different team for the first time since October 7, 2014. Spring Training begins for the Dodgers when they take on the Chicago White Sox. Erik Bedard will take the hill for the Dodgers on THIS opening day, and the Dodgers will have just over a month until their regular season opener against the San Diego Padres. While...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Surprise! Clayton Kershaw to start Opening Day for Dodgers

In perhaps the least surprising announcement in the history of Spring Training, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly today confirmed that reigning National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will start the team’s season opener on April 6. The news was passed along via Twitter by Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, and it came not from an official announcement...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw is Dodgers Opening Day starter

The Los Angeles Dodgers are preparing for Opening Day on March 4th against the Chicago White Sox, and they announced today that Clayton Kershaw will be their opening day starter. Obviously that isn’t much of a surprise, but this time of year is exactly when excitement begins rising about the upcoming baseball season. .@Dodgers announce @ClaytonKersh22 will start #OpeningDay...
Via Sports-Glory
4 days ago  |  Discuss

What to Expect from Yasiel Puig in 2015

There may not be a more polarizing player in Major League Baseball than Yasiel Puig. People love him. People hate him. People think he is amazing. People think he is a train wreck. And sometimes, all of those characteristics are said by the same person in a span of seconds. The characteristics made of Puig can be as impulsive as Puig’s actions himself. There is no question that...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss
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