December 3, 2010 |
Russell Martin is open to General Manager Ned Colletti's idea of returning to the Dodgers as a utility player, according to Martin's agent. "He's interested in the opportunity the Dodgers have described," Matt Colleran said. Martin, a former All-Star catcher, wasn't tendered a contract by the Dodgers on Thursday night and became a free agent. Colleran said Colletti told him he wanted to re-sign Martin to play second base, third base and the outfield, in addition to catching.
May 29, 2013 |
Between them, Dodgers President Stan Kasten and General Manager Ned Colletti have been major-league baseball executives for almost 60 years. They are known entities, veterans who have weathered most every kind of baseball storm. Then there is Mark Walter, team chairman and baseball newbie. Walter is the great unknown -- the Dodgers' controlling partner with almost zero track record. He's new to all this baseball business, to high expectations and great struggles. So how he's personally reacting to the Dodgers' poor start has been something of a mystery.
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.
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.
May 10, 2013 |
Don Mattingly knows he's been a hot topic in recent days. A pair of stories in the Los Angeles Times ( by Bill Shaikin and Bill Plaschke ), in ESPN.com and multiple blogs, all wondering whether the slumping Dodgers would be better served by a new manager. “I know everybody was writing about it,” Mattingly said. People have told him about the stories. Mattingly said he has not, however, read any of it. Not that he didn't predict in the off-season whispers would start during the team's first serious losing streak.
October 21, 2013 |
Matt Kemp will spend his second consecutive off-season recovering from surgery. Kemp underwent an operation Monday to clean up his sprained left ankle, a procedure that will prevent him from running for at least the next two months. The Dodgers are hopeful Kemp will be ready to play on opening day, but if he isn't, are thinking their latest high-priced addition could help offset Kemp's absence. Earlier in the day, the Dodgers signed Cuban defector Alexander Guerrero to a four-year, $28-million contract.
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.
November 15, 2010 |
Hiroki Kuroda said he didn't have to listen to any other offers. He was told the Dodgers wanted him back. That was all he had to know to decide where he would play next season. Kuroda re-signed with the Dodgers on Monday evening, passing a physical to make official a one-year, $12-million deal. "The fact that they felt they needed me made me happy," said Kuroda, who completed a three-year, $35.3-million contract this year. Kuroda said other major league clubs informed him of their interest in him, but that he agreed to a deal with the Dodgers before any of them made an offer.
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.