November 9, 2013 |
The Dodgers are open to trading one of their three veteran outfielders? If I were any more shocked I'd be Capt. Renault shutting down Rick's Cafe Americain. Of course they are. Why wouldn't they be? They'd better be. Which is not the same as saying they are actively trying to move Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier or Carl Crawford, but General Manager Ned Colletti would not be doing his job if he weren't at least open to the idea. It's pretty simple math. The Dodgers have four outfielders all making a heap of money and can play only three at a time.
November 1, 2013 |
It's the first of November, and how does your team shape up for 2014? Never too early to get overly excited, raise an eyebrow or, for some, to flat-out panic. The Dodgers are in better shape than most heading into the off-season, or at least the oddsmakers who have made them next season's early favorites think so. I mean, it's not like they're the Angels. But it's not as if General Manager Ned Colletti doesn't have his work cut out. Third base is an unknown, there could be two spots open in the rotation, and the bullpen and bench will need their annual overhaul.
October 31, 2013 |
Missing baseball already? Fear not, seam head, the hot stove league is now officially underway. One day they wrap up the World Series, the next they start anew. And because I know you were wondering, Bovada has listed the Dodgers as 7-1 favorites to win it all in 2014. Never too early to apply the pressure. Teams have a five-day window to deal exclusively with their own free agents before it's game on with all of baseball. The Dodgers have 10 free agents, plus two players with options.
October 29, 2013 |
This is the place where I would like to share my incredible personal connections to reveal the Dodgers' double-secret plans to snare Japanese star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. Alas, there is none to offer. But, come on, does this not look like the most obvious move since Brad Pitt sidled up to Angelina Jolie? If the Dodgers' new ownership taught us one thing in the last year, it's that they are not afraid to spend in the international market. The fact that they gambled on Hyun-Jin Ryu ($36 million)
October 23, 2013 |
Some of the suspense has been removed from the unexpected Don Mattingly managerial storm. His agent, Ray Schulte, said Wednesday that Mattingly intends to honor his contract and manage the Dodgers next season, though he would still like to pursue an extension. At Monday's end-of-the-season news conference, Mattingly announced the option for his contract in 2014 automatically vested when the Dodgers advanced to the National League Championship Series, but added somewhat ominously, “That doesn't mean I'll be back.” But an obviously wounded Mattingly went on to bemoan having to manage as a lame duck and how he felt he was still auditioning for the job in his third season as the Dodgers' manager.
October 22, 2013 |
A day after Manager Don Mattingly said he wanted his entire coaching staff to return next season, the Dodgers fired his bench coach of three years. By dismissing Trey Hillman on Tuesday morning, upper management signaled to Mattingly that if he is to manage the Dodgers next season, he will manage under their terms. Mattingly revealed Monday a growing rift between him and the front office, insinuating he might not return in 2014 if he isn't offered a multiple-year contract.