April 12, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Chris Capuano or Ted Lilly will replace sidelined Zack Greinke in the Dodgers' rotation, according to General Manager Ned Colletti. Capuano was 12-12 with a 3.72 earned-run average as a starting pitcher last season. But the additions of Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu forced him into a bullpen role. Capuano, who has made two relief appearances, was on a starter's throwing program for all of spring training. Lilly, who won 12 games as recently as 2011, is currently inactive.
December 5, 2013 |
The Beard is coming back. Free-agent right-hander Brian Wilson on Thursday signed a new deal with the Dodgers, a one-year, $10-million contract to return as closer Kenley Jansen's setup man. Wilson was looking to return to a closer role, but the former All-Star, who makes his off-season home in Los Angeles, made an exception for the Dodgers, provided they pay him like a ninth-inning pitcher. They are, and they also promised him the chance to become closer should Jansen falter or get injured, according to people familiar with their discussions who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced.
March 18, 2006 |
With spring training winding down, the Dodger brain trust will convene Sunday to exchange views on the 25-man roster and formulate a plan for a triple-A team stocked with top prospects. General Manager Ned Colletti, assistants Kim Ng, Roy Smith and Bill Lajoie, Manager Grady Little and his coaches will be joined by player development director Terry Collins and the triple-A staff of Manager Jerry Royster and coaches Steve Yeager and Ken Howell.
July 12, 2011 |
Manny Ramirez he is not. But the Dodgers were convinced they made an upgrade in left field Tuesday by acquiring former Angel Juan Rivera from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a player to be named or cash. The Dodgers cleared a roster spot for Rivera by designating Marcus Thames for assignment. "I don't know if it's a final push, but he's someone we thought could improve our club," General Manager Ned Colletti said. The Dodgers are 11 games out of first place in the National League West.
December 2, 2009 |
The decision by the Dodgers not to offer arbitration to pitcher Randy Wolf or any of their other free agents Tuesday should not be viewed as a sign that their uncertain ownership situation is affecting them financially, General Manager Ned Colletti said. "Our decision was made strictly from a baseball perspective," Colletti said. The Dodgers' most reliable starter last season, Wolf was among seven ranked free agents who played for them last season, the others being second baseman Orlando Hudson, infielder Ronnie Belliard, and pitchers Vicente Padilla, Jon Garland, Guillermo Mota and Will Ohman.
July 2, 2013 |
That'll shake things up in the National League West. Or maybe not. The Dodgers and Cubs completed their expected trade of relievers Tuesday, essentially exchanging bullpen disappointments. As it worked out, there was nothing in the deal to send critics of General Manager Ned Colletti screaming into the night. Not one prospect was involved in the deal, let alone a highly prized one. The Dodgers get Carlos Marmol, a one-time All-Star, the Cubs get Matt Guerrier, a onetime bullpen workhorse.
May 24, 2013 |
All calm now? Everybody's exhaled, visualized tranquil waters, got all comfy in their half-lotus position? Seems the media-inspired frenzy over Don Mattingly's future as the Dodgers manager has abated for the moment. Anyway, let's hope. After a well-timed off-day that did not include his firing, the Dodgers return to play Friday, which at this point could almost serve as a pleasant diversion. Andre Ethier will also likely return to the lineup, and much to the chagrin of some, Mattingly to the bench, where if nothing else he seems slightly more their leader than a week ago. Of course, in the interim there was that nasty sweep in Atlanta that begot rampant media speculation that the end was near, at least for Mattingly.
December 19, 2013 |
SKIP SCHUMAKER , 33, utility player Final 2013 stats: .263 batting average, two home runs, 30 RBI, .332 on-base and slugging percentages, 31 runs and 0.00 ERA. Contract status: Last month signed a two-year, $4.5-million contract with the Reds, with a $2.5-million option for 2016. The good: When they traded for Schumaker last off-season, the Dodgers got exactly what they needed - and are currently lacking - a solid utility player who could play second and all three outfield positions.
November 4, 2010 |
Scott Podsednik has opted for free agency instead of exercising his half of a mutual option for 2011, but that doesn't necessarily mean he won't be playing for the Dodgers next season. "We're still engaged in discussions with the Dodgers," said Ryan Gleichowski, the outfielder's agent. Podsednik is presumably asking for more than $2 million, the value of the option he declined. The Dodgers exercised their half of the option Tuesday. The Dodgers are short on power and Podsednik, who hit .262 in 39 games with the team in 2010, would add almost none; he has hit 10 or more home runs once in 10 major league seasons.
May 20, 2013 |
MILWAUKEE - General Manager Ned Colletti said Don Mattingly has “done fine” managing the Dodgers, but refused to directly address mounting speculation that Mattingly could be fired in the near future. “My perspective hasn't changed,” Colletti said. Earlier this month, Colletti told Times columnist Bill Plaschke, “I'm confident we're going to turn it around, and I'm confident we have the right people.” Asked about media reports speculating that Mattingly could be dismissed this week, Colletti said, “I really don't read very much.