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Dodgers pitcher Frankie Montas has rib surgery

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Frankie Montas will be out two to four months after having rib resection surgery on Friday. The team said Montas has a stress reaction in his right rib, and the procedure was done in Dallas. The 22-year-old pitcher will begin physical therapy next week at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona. Montas was acquired from the White...
Via AP on Fox
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

5-Tool Podcast Ep. 6: We Talked to Law and We All Won

In Episode 6 of the 5-Tool Podcast, we talked to Los Angeles Dodgers minor leaguer Adam Law, who played most of the 2015 season with the Double-A Tulsa Drillers. Adam is the son of former big leaguer Vance Law and the grandson of Cy Young winner Vern Law. We talked about growing up with the baseball bloodlines and discovered that baseball was not his favorite sport. We touched on...
Via Baseball Essential
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Brief look at the Dodgers’ defense via Inside Edge Fielding

Defensive metrics are far from a finished product. Looking at a player’s UZR/150 or defensive runs saved aren’t the only things defense should be evaluated on. So, let’s have a look at Inside Edge Fielding. Quick primer: Inside Edge Fielding “is a set of statistics that measures how often a player has made a defense play of a particular difficulty. There are six categories...
Via Dodgers Digest
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Alex Guerrero Needs a Fresh Start

Currently listed as the fourth option at third base for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Alex Guerrero is rightfully on the trading block. With a glut of infielders, the Dodgers are facing a sticky situation with the Cuban infielder, signed to a four-year deal in 2013. Prior to the start of the 2015 season, Guerrero exercised a clause in his contract that allowed him to block any demotion...
Via Baseball Essential
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rosenthal: Dodgers in talks to trade Alex Guerrero

The Los Angeles Dodgers' peculiar affair with Cuban slugger Alex Guerrero could soon come to an end.FOX Sports MLB insider Ken Rosenthal reports that that Dodgers are in discussions with multiple teams about dealing Guerrero, who has played in Los Angeles for the past two years.The 29-year-old Cuban signed a four-year, $28-million contract with the Dodgers in October 2013 with the...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Padres hire Hideo Nomo to boost presence in Pacific Rim

SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres have hired Hideo Nomo as an adviser to baseball operations to help expand their presence in the Pacific Rim. Nomo was the first Japanese player to permanently move to the big leagues, leading the way for more than 50 other players to follow. Last year, the Padres hired Moises Alou in a similar capacity, focusing on player development in the...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Corey Seager lands atop another Top 100, plus new names

Keith Law dropped his Top 100 prospects list today, and seven Dodgers made the cut — just not in the order you might expect. 1. Corey Seager 5. Julio Urias 51. Alex Verdugo 60. Jose De Leon 71. Grant Holmes 77. Yusniel Diaz 92. Cody Bellinger That makes three No. 1 overall rankings for Seager, who is looking like the consensus top prospect in the game. We’ll see where Baseball...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers pitching prospect Zach Lee not ruling out return to football

If Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect Zach Lee's professional baseball career doesn't pan out how he hopes it will, there's a good chance he would trade the diamond for the gridiron.A two-sport star athlete at McKinney High School in north Texas, Lee had a scholarship offer to play quarterback at LSU, and planned to attend the SEC powerhouse and continue playing baseball there...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Joel Peralta and Mariners agree to minor league contract

SEATTLE (AP) Relief pitcher Joel Peralta has agreed to a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners and will report to big league spring training. The 39-year-old right-hander has spent parts of 11 seasons in the major leagues with six clubs. Peralta was 3-1 with a 4.34 ERA in 33 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, spending two stints on the disabled list with...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Yulieski and Lourdes Gurriel Have Defected From Cuba and the Dodgers Should Be Interested

Yesterday morning began with some big, big news in the international baseball community: the Gurriel brothers (Yulieski and Lourdes, previously known as Yulieski Gourriel and Lourdes Gourriel before losing an o) have defected from Cuba and are seeking major league contracts. The Gurriel brothers have long been considered to be two of the best international players not currently playing...
Via Dodgers Digest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB reportedly close to rule preventing collisions at second base

The moment Chase Utley took out Ruben Tejada with a hard slide into second base during the Dodgers and Mets’ NLDS series, you had to know baseball would take a long look at rules governing such slides. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, MLB and the players union are making substantial progress in reforming the rules regarding takeout slides. In the ongoing talks between the...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers' Pederson had a great view of Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is a Northern California guy, based in Palo Alto - so naturally he found his way into some pretty choice seats at Levi's Stadium for Super Bowl 50. He was sure to share it all on his Instagram page so others could enjoy his solid view: 
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Dodgers Top 100 Prospects: No. 40-31

Here we go with the next set of prospects. We’re getting to the guys who might actually have a decent chance of seeing the big leagues one day. There are international signings (low- and high-priced), over-slot draftees and a couple of later-round draftees in this group of 10. Previous entries in the series: Introduction 100-76 75-51 50-41 Editor’s note: I am not a scout (#notascout...
Via Dodgers Digest
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Freddy Garcia to retire from baseball

Freddy Garcia will retire from baseball after playing in the Caribbean Series championship game this Sunday. The 39-year-old Garcia has not pitched in the majors since 2013 when he was with the Braves. A 15-year veteran of the majors, Garcia was the runner up for the 1999 Rookie of the Year award and went on to win 156 big league games and a World Series ring with the 2005 White...
Via Tireball.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig ready to embrace fresh start with Dodgers

Yasiel Puig is ready to put a rocky 2015 season -- which was full of controversies and injuries -- behind him. For the upcoming season, he's hoping to exceed expectations the Los Angeles Dodgers have for him.With a newfound focus, and better physique to bring to the playing field for the Dodgers, Puig hopes to play in all 162 games. He missed 83 regular seasons games last year."I...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Interview with Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger

After a breakout season with the High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in 2015, Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers was ranked as the number-seven prospect in the team’s farm system. Even after the breakout season, Bellinger set out on a mission to improve his body and nutritional health. Bellinger’s agents at the Ballengee Group put together a “detailed eating/nutrition”...
Via Baseball Essential
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Signing Howie Kendrick the latest move in the Dodgers’ winter of depth

The Dodgers have opted to go for depth rather than flash this offseason, building a roster that can compete in the NL West and hopefully withstand the rigors of a full season instead of spending big on a name. It’s a calculated strategy that the Dodgers hope will give them one of the strongest all-around teams in the league. That strategy was on full display when Los Angeles brought...
Via Bloguin Best
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Signing Howie Kendrick the latest move in the Dodgers’ winter of depth

The Dodgers have opted to go for depth rather than flash this offseason, building a roster that can compete in the NL West and hopefully withstand the rigors of a full season instead of spending big on a name. It’s a calculated strategy that the Dodgers hope will give them one of the strongest all-around teams in the league. That strategy was on full display when Los Angeles brought...
Via The Outside Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Yimi Garcia’s Hidden Regression

Yimi Garcia is an extremely interesting pitcher. As a result, we write about him a lot. Early last year, he looked like one of the very best relievers in baseball. He has the highest spin rate on his fastball (despite having below-average fastball movement). As the bullpen is currently constructed, he will be slotted in as a high-leverage reliever, as well he should be. However...
Via Dodgers Digest
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Kendrick and Dodgers finalize $20 million, 2-year contract

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers finalized their $20 million, two-year contract with free-agent Howie Kendrick on Thursday, bringing back the second baseman in part because of his willingness to play multiple positions. Kendrick had turned down a $15.8 million, one-year qualifying offer from the team in November. That rejection left the Dodgers as the only club that could sign the...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers announce signing of free agent Howie Kendrick

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have announced the signing of free-agent second baseman Howie Kendrick. He agreed to a $20 million, two-year deal last week after it appeared Kendrick would not be back, having turned down a $15.8 million, one-year qualifying offer from the team in November. That rejection left the Dodgers as the only club that could sign the 32-year-old infielder...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Searching for the 2016 Dodgers’ leadoff hitter

With Howie Kendrick back (almost), the Dodgers’ roster is pretty well set, aside from your multiple-time-a-year Andre Ethier and/or Carl Crawford trade rumor. There is a question about the lineup, though: Who’s going to hit leadoff? It’s an interesting question. There isn’t a clear-cut leadoff hitter on the roster right now. Joc Pederson is the prototype for a leadoff guy...
Via Dodgers Digest
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers' Justin Turner optimistic he'll be '100 percent' for Opening Day

If all goes according to plan, third baseman Justin Turner won't just be ready to take the field with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day but will have made a full recovery from knee surgery by then.The 31-year-old infielder currently is recovering from a microfracture surgery he underwent on his left knee in October to try to repair damaged cartilage in the injured knee.With...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers add three prospects, one vet to NRI list

The Dodgers initially announced there would be 16 players who would be at camp via the non-roster invite. I recapped that last week. Now, they’ve added four more. Brandon Beachy, who was re-signed to a major-league deal on Jan. 6. Apparently, he was (quietly) placed on waivers and made it through. The Dodgers outrighted him to Triple-A Oklahoma City and gave him an invite. Basically...
Via Dodgers Digest
10 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox could be landing spot for Andre Ethier

The White Sox sought to upgrade their outfield this offseason but missed out on their targets. Now the team is exploring the trade market with Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier being one target. While the White Sox want an outfielder the Dodgers find themselves wanting to get rid of one. Ethier and Carl Crawford are both available via trade since the Dodgers have what can only be...
Via Tireball.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss
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