August 25, 2012 |
The Dodgers and Boston Red Sox have completed a blockbuster trade in which four-time All-Star Adrian Gonzalez lands in Los Angeles, the latest example of the Dodgers' new ownership group investing heavily in a win-now approach. Even though the possibility had been hinted at in recent days -- and was all but finished by game time Friday night -- the acquisition by the Dodgers of the Red Sox first baseman was a stunning development. The deal: The Dodgers acquired Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett, injured outfielder Carl Crawford and utilityman Nick Punto in exchange for first baseman James Loney and four prospects.
June 1, 2012 |
Nolan Ryan set foot in Angel Stadium on Friday for the first time in 19 years. The Texas Rangers President and CEO was on hand to receive a specially designed ring commemorating his membership in the Angels' Hall of Fame and to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Rangers-Angels game. The Hall of Fame pitcher who threw four of his seven no-hitters for the Angels has vivid memories of the last time he was on the Angel Stadium mound, on Sept. 17, 1993. Ryan was a 46-year-old right-hander pitching for the Rangers, and in the second-to-last start of his distinguished 27-year career, he allowed one unearned run and four hits, struck out five and walked none in seven innings of a 2-1 loss to the Angels.
March 13, 2012 |
First baseman James Loney and relief pitcher Matt Guerrier were not scheduled to work out Tuesday due to minor injuries, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said. Loney had tightness in one of his calf muscles and the Dodgers decided to "hold him out today and see what it looks like tomorrow," Mattingly said. "He's not going to play today. " The Dodgers were set to host the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday at Camelback Ranch. Mattingly replaced Loney with Jerry Sands at first base, and Scott Van Slyke was penciled into the lineup in left field in place of Sands.
March 27, 2012 |
PHOENIX -- Jamey Wright was officially added to the 40-man roster on Tuesday, clearing the way for him to make the Dodgers' opening-day roster as a reliever. The Dodgers cleared a place for him on the 40-man roster by moving Blake Hawksworth to the 60-day disabled list. Wright, who came into camp on a minor-league contract, said the previous day that General Manager Ned Colletti told him he would make the opening-day roster. He will draw a base salary of $900,000. Wright can earn an additional $500,000 in incentives: $62,500 for 40 games pitched, $62,500 for 45 games pitched, $75,000 for 50 games pitched, $100,000 for 55 games pitched, $100,000 for 60 games pitched and $100,000 for 65 games pitched.
March 23, 2012 |
Joe Torre got his old job back Friday. Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig restored Torre as executive vice president of baseball operations, the position Torre vacated Jan. 4 to join Los Angeles developer Rick Caruso in bidding for the Dodgers. Caruso and Torre withdrew from the bidding last month, citing Frank McCourt's refusal to sell the Dodger Stadium parking lots along with the team. The five remaining bidders all want McCourt to sell the parking lots too, but final bids have not been submitted and negotiations have not taken place.
March 10, 2012 |
If there is depth anywhere in the Dodgers farm system it is supposedly, hopefully, with their young arms. With Dee Gordon set to start at shortstop and Jerry Sands likely to make the club as a reserve outfielder, there are precious few position players pounding on the Dodgers' door. OK, zero. Pitching, however, provided a steady flow of arms last season, and there may be more to come. The most likely candidate to be called up should someone in the rotation go down this season is right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who was mostly very effective last season when brought up. Eovaldi started the opener in a split-squad game Saturday and appeared sharp, throwing three scoreless innings in a game eventually called after nine innings, tied 5-5 against the Mariners.
March 22, 2012 |
Listen, if you were about to drop a gazillion dollars to purchase a sports team, wouldn't you be investigating every possible source of income? You know, like raising parking fees? It's smart business, not the end of Dodger Stadium. It's a question. So The Times' Bill Shaikin reported that one bidder asked about possible revenue by selling the naming rights to Dodger Stadium. These are supposedly smart business people. I'm more surprised only one bidder inquired. If the Dilbeck Investment Group's bid had been approved, we would have been all over this.
June 3, 2012 |
The big comeback fell short, dramatics slipping away just as they teased with an appearance. The Dodgers were going very quietly against Alex White, a right-hander they drafted in the 14th round in 2006 but were unable to sign. He went first to the Indians the next year, and then was sent to the Rockies for Ubaldo Jimenez last summer. White entered Sunday's game in Denver an unimpressive 1-3 with a 6.26 earned-run average, and then started blanking the Dodgers through six innings while the Rockies took a 3-0 lead against Nathan Eovaldi.
June 1, 2012 |
DENVER -- An MRI exam Ted Lilly underwent on Friday didn't reveal any previously unknown damage to his left shoulder. “At this time, we're not looking at surgery,” Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone said. “We're looking at conservative treatment.” The MRI exam showed Lilly had inflammation in the back part of the shoulder. “It showed nothing new, which is lovely,” Falsone said. Falsone couldn't set a timetable for Lilly's return. Lilly was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday.
August 24, 2012 |
Adrian Gonzalez is not in the Boston Red Sox lineup for tonight's game against the Kansas City Royals in Boston, another indicator that the left-handed-hitting slugger could be headed to the Dodgers. Gonzalez had been at first base in 123 of the Red Sox' 125 games. And at Dodger Stadium, James Loney has been scratched from the starting lineup for tonight's game against the Miami Marlins. Loney is in a first-base platoon with Juan Rivera, but Loney starts against right-handers.