January 8, 2014 |
After formally announcing that the Dodgers have signed Manager Don Mattingly to a contract extension, General Manager Ned Colletti said Wednesday he has reached out to the agent of prized Japanese right- hander Masahiro Tanaka . Tanaka , who is on the radar screens of a number of teams, is represented by Casey Close, who is also the agent for Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke . “Obviously, Casey and...
January 17, 2014 |
Signing a pitcher to a long-term contract is risky, even if that pitcher is Clayton Kershaw. Dodgers President Stan Kasten acknowledged that reality Friday, when his team formally announced its seven-year, $215-million deal with Kershaw. "We know all the precedents, we know all the risks," Kasten said. Nonetheless, the franchise that previously signed Kevin Brown and Darren Dreifort to regrettable deals made the 25-year-old Kershaw the highest-paid pitcher in the history of baseball.
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.
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.
January 18, 2014 |
The Dodgers' off-season maneuvering is more down to the fine-tuning than meeting glaring needs. Sure, they're interested in Masahiro Tanaka and would listen on David Price. They'd listen to a lot of things. But a real need is something else, and the only thing they could really use right now is a utility infielder. Gone are Nick Punto and Skip Schumaker. To the booth has moved Jerry Hairston Jr. Long gone is Luis Cruz. Maybe Dee Gordon can become that guy or we really should take General Manager Ned Colletti seriously when he talks about weak-hitting minor leaguer Miguel Rojas.
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.
January 15, 2014 |
Clayton Kershaw already has won two Cy Young Awards and led the National League in earned-run average three times. Now, the 25-year-old left-hander is about to become the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history. Kershaw and the Dodgers have agreed to a seven-year, $215-million contract, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal isn't expected to be announced until Friday. At $30.7 million per season, the average annual value of the contract is the highest ever for a player at any position.
July 14, 2013 |
NEW YORK - As May turned to June, the Dodgers needed a center fielder. Matt Kemp's hamstring had given out on him. The Dodgers liked Skip Schumaker in center field for a day or two, but no way for a month. They did not like any of their center fielders at triple A. Joc Pederson, the Dodgers' highly regarded double-A center fielder, appeared to be next in line. "Everyone texts you, wondering what's happening," Pederson said. This is what happened: The Dodgers moved Andre Ethier to center field, for his first stint there in the major leagues.
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.