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December 5, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Beard is coming back. Free-agent right-hander Brian Wilson on Thursday signed a new deal with the Dodgers, a one-year, $10-million contract to return as closer Kenley Jansen's setup man. Wilson was looking to return to a closer role, but the former All-Star, who makes his off-season home in Los Angeles, made an exception for the Dodgers, provided they pay him like a ninth-inning pitcher. They are, and they also promised him the chance to become closer should Jansen falter or get injured, according to people familiar with their discussions who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced.
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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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November 29, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers, who already reached a deal with outfielder Mike Baxter , agreed to terms with two other players eligible for salary arbitration: left-handed reliever Scott Elbert and catcher Drew Butera. The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is Monday. The Dodgers now have four players who are still eligible for arbitration: ace Clayton Kershaw, closer Kenley Jansen, catcher A.J. Ellis and right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario. The deals agreed to with Baxter, Elbert and Butera are all non-guaranteed, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
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November 19, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
KENLEY JANSEN , 26, closer Final 2013 stats: 4-3, 28 saves in 32 opportunities, 1.88 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 13.0 strikeouts per inning pitched and a .177 opponents batting average. Contract status: First year he's arbitration eligible. The good: After officially being named the closer on June 11, he went 3-0 with 26 saves in 29 opportunities and a 1.41 ERA. Just a little bit good. If it seemed like he wasn't striking out as many batters as in the past, that's only in comparison to his record setting 2011 season (16.1 per nine)
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November 16, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
CARLOS MARMOL , 31, relief pitcher Final 2013 stats: 2-4, 4.41 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, two saves, 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings in 52 games (0-0, 2.53, 1.55, none, 11.4 in 21 games as a Dodger). Contract status: Free agent. The good: He could still strike people out, at least when he could throw the ball around the plate. As a Dodger, he was second on the team to Kenley Jansen (13.03) in strikeouts per nine innings. More than cut his Cubs ERA (5.86) in half while a Dodger, holding opponents to a .187 batting average.
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October 16, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Seems the Dodgers want to keep playing. Using the sudden power of the solo home run and a terrific turnaround pitching performance from Zack Greinke, the Dodgers lived to fight another day with their 6-4 victory Wednesday afternoon over the Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. The victory staved off elimination, but still leaving the Cardinals up three games to two in the best-of-seven series. After taking a day off Thursday, the series is scheduled to resume Friday with Game 6 in St. Louis.
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October 14, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
Truth is, the Dodgers could not be certain what to expect when Hyun-Jin Ryu took the mound to start Game 3. Not after his disastrous previous outing in the playoffs, and then there was the concern he was hiding an injury. They just knew they needed a strong start from Ryu to keep the Dodgers from looking at an 0-3 hole in the National League Championship Series. Ryu not only gave them a strong outing, he gave them the outing of his life, holding the Cardinals scoreless in his seven innings as the Dodgers took Game 3 with a 3-0 victory Monday at Dodger Stadium to get back in the series.
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