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January 2, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
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.
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December 24, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
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.
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December 23, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers are closing in on a one-year contract with former All-Star closer Chris Perez, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been finalized. Financial terms of the prospective deal aren't known. Perez, 28, was an All-Star with the Cleveland Indians in 2011 and 2012 but was released Oct. 31. Perez was arrested on marijuana charges this year and lost his job as the Indians' closer. Armed with a fastball routinely clocked in the mid- to high 90s, Perez figures to be a late-inning reinforcement in a bullpen that includes closer Kenley Jansen and setup man Brian Wilson.
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December 23, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
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.
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December 16, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers are close to re-signing left-hander J.P. Howell to a two-year, $11.25-million contract, according to a person who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been finalized. The prospective deal would include a $6.25-million option for a third year. Howell posted a career-best 2.03 earned-run average in 67 appearances with the Dodgers this year. He will solidify the back end of the bullpen, which will also return closer Kenley Jansen and setup man Brian Wilson.
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December 5, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers on Thursday fortified the back end of the bullpen, reaching an agreement on a new deal with Brian Wilson. Wilson's one-year contract is worth $10 million and includes a player option for a second season, according to a person who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical examination. The player option is worth $8.5 million to $10 million, depending on how many appearances he makes next season. Wilson can earn an additional $700,000 each year in performance-based incentives based on games finished.
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December 3, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Ronald Belisario's ever-unpredictable career took another twist Monday night. Belisario became a free agent, as the Dodgers elected to not tender him a contract for next season. Belisario was eligible for salary arbitration and figured to be in line to secure a 2014 salary of more than $2 million. Belisario earned $1.5 million last season, including $50,000 in incentives. The Dodgers tendered contracts to their three other arbitration-eligible players: Clayton Kershaw, A.J. Ellis and Kenley Jansen.
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November 30, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hanley Ramirez and the Dodgers are negotiating a contract extension, the shortstop confirmed during an interview in the Dominican Republic, where he and other members of the country's World Baseball Classic were honored. "I can't talk about years or money, but we're negotiating and there could be something this winter," Ramirez said in a report published Friday by ESPN Deportes. Ramirez is under contract for one season at $16 million. Ramirez reiterated his wish to remain with the Dodgers for the remainder of his career, saying they gambled by acquiring him from the Miami Marlins last year.
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November 29, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Outfielder Mike Baxter has avoided salary arbitration and agreed to a one-year contract with the Dodgers, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The deal is worth $700,000, the source said. Baxter, 28, was claimed off waivers last month from the New York Mets. In 155 plate appearances this year, he batted .189 with no home runs and four runs batted in. Baxter will provide the Dodgers with depth in their outfield, which includes Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford.
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