August 24, 2012 |
The Dodgers are on the verge of completing a blockbuster trade to bring in first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from Boston. The names of all the parties involved have been agreed upon, a person close to the negotiations said Friday. Though the players to be traded have been in place for days, the deal might not be finalized until Saturday. The Dodgers would send pitching prospects Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster, first baseman James Loney and minor leaguers Jerry Sands and Ivan De Jesus Jr. to Boston.
August 25, 2012 |
The Dodgers have been respected and admired through most of their years, mocked and pitied for the last couple of years. Now they will be hated. This is not hate from San Francisco, the hate born from a rivalry. This is hate from every other city in the National League, the hate born from the rich new kids on the block trying to buy a championship. The Dodgers are on the verge of paying about $140 million for three players - just to secure the chance to pay about $120 million more for the one player they really want.
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 19, 2012 |
Ah, that wasn't nice. Those nasty ol' Cleveland Indians. Rubbing it the Dodgers' sad little faces and everything. It might not exactly rank up there with Fred Claire's trade of Pedro Martinez, but if there was one deal General Manager Ned Colletti probably would like to have back, it was when he sent catching prospect Carlos Santana to the Indians for third baseman Casey Bake in the summer of 2008. It wasn't like Blake did not contribute to the Dodgers making the playoffs for consecutive seasons.
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.
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.
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.