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.
March 24, 2012 |
For all his highs and lows, Andre Ethier might be the most interesting Dodger. His tastes are varied and his moods all over the map, but there is no doubt he can be a charismatic and electric player. Mix in there his moods of introspection, and it's difficult to be certain what you'll get from the right-fielder. On Friday Ethier was speaking, seemingly routinely, with the Tucson Citizen's Tony Capobianco about playing college ball at ASU when he was asked about his hopes for the coming season, and he said this: “I've been selfish in the past where I feel I've gone out and played to do too much stuff for myself rather than contribute to the team,” Ethier said.
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 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 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.
May 10, 2013 |
Think all those players who come and go as Dodgers go on to great things with other organizations? Not hardly. Here's a look at the players who spent time with the Dodgers last season who are no longer with the club, and what they're up to now. James Loney, Superman of all first basemen aside, mostly they're not tearing it up. The list: Bobby Abreu: Out of baseball, reportedly in Venezuela and mulling over 2014 comeback, when he'll be...
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.
January 18, 2013 |
Harmony. Gee, the Dodgers really love you.... Those arbitration cases can get so messy. A club having to argue against its own player. Best to be avoided. Best to be done with as soon as possible. Which is what the Dodgers did yet again Friday, coming to terms with their only two arbitration-eligible players, catcher A.J. Ellis and reliever Ronald Belisario. Both were what are called “super twos,” players with two years and at least 139 days of major-league service. The Dodgers agreed to one-year deals with both, Ellis signing for $2 million and Belisario for $1.45 million.