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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.