May 19, 2012 |
One problem with talk about the A's relocating is there is no obvious market for MLB to move into. Charlotte and Las Vegas are possibilities but the most viable is probably Portland. There's less talk about a third New York team with the Mets sorting through financial difficulties ? Miguel Cabrera was expected to be a monster with Prince Fielder behind him but has inexplicably expanded his strike zone. He recently went 17 games in a row without a walk, the longest stretch of his career ?
March 27, 2012 |
PHOENIX -- Jamey Wright was officially added to the 40-man roster on Tuesday, clearing the way for him to make the Dodgers' opening-day roster as a reliever. The Dodgers cleared a place for him on the 40-man roster by moving Blake Hawksworth to the 60-day disabled list. Wright, who came into camp on a minor-league contract, said the previous day that General Manager Ned Colletti told him he would make the opening-day roster. He will draw a base salary of $900,000. Wright can earn an additional $500,000 in incentives: $62,500 for 40 games pitched, $62,500 for 45 games pitched, $75,000 for 50 games pitched, $100,000 for 55 games pitched, $100,000 for 60 games pitched and $100,000 for 65 games pitched.
March 26, 2012 |
PHOENIX — Dodgers No. 3 starter Ted Lilly reported improvement in his stiff neck but still won't make his scheduled start Tuesday. "Today, I feel quite a bit better," Lilly said. "I'm still not to where I'm confident that I'd be able to go out there tomorrow and not regress. " The move could jeopardize his status for the season-opening series in San Diego. Manager Don Mattingly said the team has a few days to decide whether to make preparations for No. 5 starter Chris Capuano to pitch in the four-game series against the Padres.
March 19, 2012 |
It doesn't look good for Hong-Chih Kuo, who for one brief season was about as dominant a relief pitcher as can be imagined. But his comeback from a horrendous 2011 season with the Dodgers may have been dealt a sad and lethal blow Monday when he was released by the Seattle Mariners. It's hard to ever write off the gutsy Kuo, who was trying to come back from his fifth elbow operation and second bout of the yips. Still, he's 30 and has gone through so very much, you have to wonder if this is not finally the end. After his completely dominant 2010 season when the left-hander was elected to the All-Star team and his 1.20 earned-run average was the lowest for a reliever in team history, nothing could go right for him last year.
March 15, 2012 |
Tommy Lasorda is still going strong at age 84. Yahoo Sports' Steve Henson hits it again with this wonderful piece detailing a spring-training day in the life of Lasorda . Henson, describing the scene as Lasorda navigates a golf cart behind a spring batting cage, writes: “This is Lasorda's turf. So is the clubhouse. So is a podium at a corporate banquet or college commencement. So is a dugout. So is the head of a table at a restaurant. But the ballfield during spring training is Lasorda's favorite place of all. “I love to teach the game,” he says.
June 9, 2011 |
Reporting from Denver The Jerry Sands Project has been put on hold. Still appearing clueless as to what they should do in left field, the Dodgers sent their top hitting prospect back to the minor leagues and promoted Australian outfielder Trent Oeltjen from triple-A Albuquerque. Of the situation in left field, Manager Don Mattingly said, "It hasn't really panned out. " In the Dodgers' 63 games through Wednesday, their left fielders had hit .216 with two home runs and 16 runs batted in. They have started six players at the position.
October 3, 2010 |
The 40-man roster, plus Russell Martin, who is on the disabled list, includes six players signed for 2011 and 20 others under club control, meaning the club can re-sign them for 2011 for the major league minimum. Signed for 2011(6): INF Casey Blake, RHP Jonathan Broxton, INF Jamey Carroll, OF Andre Ethier, INF Rafael Furcal, OF Matt Kemp, Arbitration eligible (6): RHP Chad Billingsley, INF James Loney, LHP Hong-Chih Kuo, C Russell Martin, LHP George Sherrill, INF Ryan Theriot.
February 5, 2008 |
Rudy Seanez will begin spring training on the Dodgers' 40-man roster, unlike a year ago, when he went to camp with a minor league contract. But the 39-year old right-hander will again have to earn his spot on the team. Seanez re-signed with the Dodgers on Monday, agreeing to a non-guaranteed major league contract with a base salary of $550,000. Incentives could push the value of the contract up to $1.3 million. "It's nothing new to me," Seanez said. "I'm used to it.
May 9, 2005 |
The Dodger plan for third baseman Norihiro Nakamura to make good in the major leagues after 13 seasons in Japan has given way to a similar hope for Mexican infielder Oscar Robles. Nakamura, who batted .128 in 39 at-bats, was designated for assignment after Sunday night's game. The Dodgers removed him from the 40-man roster and have 10 days to trade, release or place him on waivers. If he clears waivers, he can be sent to the minors -- which a Dodger official said is the preferred option.
February 18, 2005 |
Remember when spring training was about longtime teammates loosening arms, tightening abs and strengthening bonds? Now everybody arrives in top shape, but nobody knows anybody else. Certainly for the Dodgers, the six weeks preceding opening day will be an extended get-acquainted session. Only 14 players remain from the 40-man roster of a year ago, including only two position players expected to make the team -- shortstop Cesar Izturis and catcher David Ross.