2014 Dodgers In Review: RP Paco Rodriguez

G IP K% BB% ERA FIP xFIP WAR MiLB (AAA) 32 28.2 27.8% 13.5% 4.40 4.85 n/a n/a MLB 19 14 26.4% 7.6% 3.86 2.92 2.61 0.1 What happened in 2014: Spent most of 2014 in Triple-A and/or hurt. Paco Rodriguez was coming off a fantastic 2013 season, despite the rough end to it. He was all set to be one of the Dodgers’ left-handed relievers out of the bullpen (along with J.P. Howell). Daniel...
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Yasiel Puig says the Cardinals are the Dodgers “principal rivals”

Yes, you can call the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals a recent rivalry with the Cardinals topping the Dodgers in the postseason two years in a row, NLCS in 2013 and the NLDS last season.Though during this offseason, we can maybe expect this match up between two respectable National League clubs to be one of the top rivalries in baseball in the near future.Earlier today...
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Los Angeles Dodgers: Three questions entering the season

With players reporting to training camp in less than a month, the Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves in another championship or bust season. So with all these expectations around the team, here are some question they will have to answer if they want to achieve their ultimate goal: 1.  Will the bullpen cost them again? Dodgers fans know all to well the horror story that was the...
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Los Angeles Dodgers top-heavy farm system

The Los Angeles Dodgers have four prospects in MLB.com’s top 100, as announced Friday on MLB Network. The usual suspects were featured in the top 15. Joc Pederson was ranked 13th, Julio Urias eighth and Corey Seager seventh. The fourth was 2014 first round draft pick Grant Holmes, who was ranked 95th. Holmes was born in 1996. I don’t think anything has ever made me feel older...
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Los Angeles Dodgers: A team without a weakness?

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...
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Chad Billingsley Gets Guaranteed Money

From 2006-2013, Chad Billingsley was a solid MLB pitcher for the Dodgers.  Over 8 seasons, he won 81 games in 190 starts, with 1175.1 innings pitched, 1037 strikeouts, a 3.65 ERA, and a 1.36 WHIP.  Problem being, his last MLB action was 2 games back in April of 2013, NONE in 2014.  Yet, the omnipotent Ruin Tomorrow Jr. decided to dole out a guaranteed $1.5M to him.  Must be nice...
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Phillies sign former Dodgers’ pitcher Chad Billingsley

Chad Billingsley. Photo Credit: Getty Images. The Philadelphia Phillies have announced that they have come to an agreement with former Los Angeles Dodgers‘ starter Chad Billingsley. Billingsley, 30, will make a guaranteed $1.5 million in 2015 with the opportunity to increase that number with performance bonuses, according to Todd Zolecki, the Phillies’ beat writer for MLB.com...
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2015 Dodgers Top 100 prospects: 30-21

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...
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Four Dodgers Make Keith Law’s Top 100 List

It’s prospect ranking season, and that’s good, because the Dodgers have some prospects. (Dustin’s organizational countdown will continue with 30-21, coming later this morning.) Among my favorite prospect writers is ESPN’s Keith Law, who put out his Top 100 prospects today. If you want to read the full writeups, you can pay for Insider. (I’m biased here. Obviously.) But...
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Wilkin Castillo

WILKIN CASTILLO CATCHER Born: June 1, 1984Height: 6’0″Weight: 200Bats: BothThrows: RightSigned: Int’l free agent, 2002 (Diamondbacks) How Acquired: Minor league free agentCountry: Dominican RepublicAgent: N/A WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Castillo’s main position has always been catcher, but he’s played all over the field, with significant time at third...
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2014 Dodgers In Review: Professional Pitcher Paul Maholm

G IP K% BB% ERA FIP xFIP WAR MLB 30 70.2 10.9% 9.0% 4.84 4.96 4.57 -0.9 What Happened In 2014: At the time of his signing, Paul Maholm was hailed as the bargain of the off-season after the Dodgers picked him up on a 1-year, $1.5 million deal with $5 million in incentives. There was “zero downside” to it, unless of course, one considered a roster spot and an unwillingness to...
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Ben Rowen and the Unprecedented

Here we are, talking about a pitcher picked up on a minor league deal again. Ben Rowen has sparked some interest since it was announced that the Dodgers picked him up on a minor league deal. Rowen tops out in the lower 80s and has only two pitches, but he does this: That’s Mike Trout, grounding out on an 81mph “fastball” in the place where he likes the ball most. Trout makes...
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Former New York Yankee Ted Lilly Charged with Insurance Fraud

Ted Lilly #29 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the St Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium on May 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) Former major league pitcher Ted Lilly has planted himself in trouble as KSBY.com is reporting that the former Yankees starter is facing three counts of insurance fraud in San Luis Obispo...
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2014 Dodgers In Review: SP Hyun-Jin Ryu

G IP K% BB% ERA FIP xFIP WAR MLB 26 152.0 22.0% 4.6% 3.38 2.62 3.03 3.5 What Happened In 2014: Hyun-jin Ryu‘s second major league season was an improvement upon on his first in nearly every single way. We don’t talk about Ryu enough. We just don’t. He’s not the best pitcher in his own rotation (hi, Clayton Kershaw!), he’s not the second-best pitcher in his own rotation...
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Rumor Roundup: The Dodgers + Yoan Moncada Is So Obvious by Daniel Rathman

The Royals haven`t ruled out bringing back their ace, but that`s a far cry from bringing back their ace; the Brewers and K-Rod might be stuck with each other; and the Dodgers workout Moncada.
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Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 108 – Prospects, BA list, Ethier

On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared Massey (Dodgers Nation) and I kick off the new year with some fresh, hot takes (not really). First, we’re poor. Second, we want to go to spring training. So, we’re asking for your help. Here’s a short blurb (written by Jared) from our Patreon page. “Over the past few years, Dustin and I have covered all our own costs in order...
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2015 Dodgers Top 100 prospects: 40-31

The prospects are becoming a little more … prospecty. Here are the players I ranked in the 40-31 range in the Dodgers’ system. The ETAs are getting better, as is the quality of the player. Previous entries in the series: Introduction 100-76 75-51 50-41 Editor’s note: I am not a scout (#notascout). I am an amateur when it comes to evaluating players. I don’t claim to be a...
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Player Profile #105: Joc Pederson | OF | LAD

In the offseason’s most expected move, the Los Angeles Dodgers traded an outfielder to free up room for rookie phenom Joc Pederson. Maybe we didn’t know said outfielder would be Matt Kemp, and maybe we didn’t know it would be to the Padres, but we knew it would be someone — you can only keep a talent like Pederson blocked for so long. Last May Jake Devereaux wrote about...
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Player Profile #106: Hyun-jin Ryu | SP | LAD

Despite missing a half-dozen starts with a sore shoulder, which limited him to just 152 innings with an ERA that was 38 points higher that his seemingly stellar rookie season, I was very impressed with Hyun-jin Ryu last season. His strikeout and walk rates both improved, and his SIERA fell from 3.60 to 3.17. The soon-to-be 28-year-old was a better pitcher during his sophomore season...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Dodgers In Review: RP Jose Dominguez

G IP K% BB% ERA FIP xFIP WAR MiLB (AAA) 31 33.1 25.8% 11.9% 3.24 3.73 n/a n/a MLB 5 6.1 26.7% 10.0% 11.37 6.61 4.06 -0.1 What happened in 2014: Went to Australia, struggled in limited time, stayed in Triple-A most of the season. As a once-promising relief prospect, Jose Dominguez has struggled to stay healthy in his first two MLB seasons, which essentially took him out of the Dodgers’...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: Breaking down the competition

During the Winter Meetings, the Los Angeles Dodgers were perhaps the busiest team, completely overhauling their roster in an effort to improve the team on and off the field. Since then, the Dodgers have been relatively quiet, opening the door for other top teams in the National League to steal the headlines and make blockbuster moves. Here’s a breakdown of what the Dodgers’ main...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Sign Submariner Ben Rowen, A Name Worth Remembering

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...
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Yoan Moncada: The Current International Man of Mystery

As we enter the stretch run of baseball’s hot stove season and watch James Shields march inexorably towards the same fate that befell Ervin Santana in his 2014 free agency which resulted in Santana ultimately taking the same one year, $14.1 million dollar contract he was offered at the beginning of the free agency period, there is a name being whispered throughout all of baseball...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: Who’s the set up man?

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been anything but quiet this off-season. Making multiple moves to completely change the complexion of their roster. From a team that last season was predicated on their offensive fire power to a team that now wants defensive efficiency. Team President Andrew Friedman has been doing all he can to make cost effective moves that not only improve the team...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Dodgers Top 100 prospects: 50-41

Now, it’s going to get good. We’re into the Top 50 of my 2015 Dodgers’ Top 100 prospects series. The names are getting more familiar, and the talent level is getting better. Previous entries in the series: Introduction 100-76 75-51 Editor’s note: I am not a scout (#notascout). I am an amateur when it comes to evaluating players. I don’t claim to be a pro, I just want to...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss
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