February 11, 2014 |
PHOENIX - Shortly after he avoided an arbitration hearing with the Dodgers and agreed to a $4.3-million salary for the upcoming season, Kenley Jansen reflected on how he went from a light-hitting catching prospect to the closer of baseball's most expensive team. "It's unbelievable how stuff works that quick," Jansen said. "Now, a million-dollar contract. That's pretty awesome. " Jansen, 26, was paid $512,000 last season. When he and the Dodgers exchanged salary figures last month, he asked for $5.05 million and the team offered $3.5 million.
February 7, 2014 |
PHOENIX - The Dodgers won the National League West by 11 games last season, the largest margin in any division in baseball. They were only the third team since 1900 to win 42 times in a 50-game stretch. And if not for a fastball that fractured Hanley Ramirez's rib in October, they might have gotten to the World Series for the first time in 25 years. Starting with the pitchers and catchers Saturday, the Dodgers will report to spring training over the coming week with largely the same roster they had last year.
January 3, 2014 |
The Dodgers are introducing lookout spots above the bullpens next season, enabling fans to consume a Dodger dog or a drink while watching Clayton Kershaw or Kenley Jansen warm up. The lookouts are the focal point of a modest Dodger Stadium expansion beyond the foul poles in left and right fields. The Dodgers would like those spaces to develop into gathering areas for fans, with concession stands to be added there and the merchandise tents to be replaced by permanent team stores. Since Dodger Stadium opened in 1962, fans seated in the pavilions have been restricted to that area.
January 2, 2014 |
Let's count, because we do that a lot watching baseball. Numbers are everywhere. Whether you are a traditionalist or convinced WAR is the greatest number ever, this is for everyone. Count with me now: Kenley Jansen, Brian Wilson, J.P. Howell, Paco Rodriguez, Brandon League, Chris Perez, Chris Withrow and Jamey Wright. Backward or forward, that's eight, right? Eight relievers all understandably planning on being part of the Dodgers' 2014 bullpen. And that's not even counting bullpen candidates Javy Guerra, Scott Elbert, Onelki Garcia, Jose Dominguez and Yimi Garcia.
December 24, 2013 |
The Dodgers are “pretty much done” with their winter shopping, General Manager Ned Colletti said Tuesday. But Colletti declined to say whether the Dodgers would make an exception for Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who is coming to the major leagues. Tanaka's current team announced on Christmas Day in Japan that it would permit the 25-year-old starting pitcher to pursue his dream of pitching in the United States. The Rakuten Golden Eagles initially resisted moving their ace because of new rules that will prevent them from receiving more than $20 million for his rights.
December 23, 2013 |
In a matter of weeks, the Dodgers' bullpen went from half-empty to arguably the most stacked in the recent history of the franchise. The Dodgers were in the process of finalizing one-year contracts Monday with right-handers Chris Perez and Jamey Wright, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deals haven't been officially announced. This month, the Dodgers added Brian Wilson and J.P. Howell. With Kenley Jansen entrenched as the team's closer, Perez figures to be one of three former All-Star closers pitching in non-closing situations.