June 30, 2012 |
The Dodgers have finalized an agreement with their first-round draft pick, infielder Corey Seager of Northwest Cabarrus High in Concord, N.C. Seager will receive a bonus of $2.35 million, according to people familiar with the deal who spoke under the condition of anonymity because it isn't expected to be announced until Saturday. Seager was selected with the 18th overall pick, which was designated a slot value of $1.95 million by the commissioner's office. The deadline to sign draft picks is July 13. Seager, 18, is the younger brother of Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager . He was the first position player to be taken with the Dodgers' top pick since first baseman James Loney in 2002.
May 18, 2013 |
On the morning that would deliver to the Dodgers their greatest arm in two generations, Clayton Kershaw awoke with a thought. The baseball draft was not televised in 2006. Each team made its picks on a secure conference call line with the league office. If you wanted to know which team had drafted you, then you could wait for a phone call or follow along on the Internet. "I thought I was going," Kershaw said, "to the Tigers. " How he ended up with the Dodgers is a compelling tale.
October 26, 2008 |
The last great player to come through Dodgertown might never play for the Dodgers. David Price, emerging as a star before October eyes, started his professional career there this spring, with six starts for the Vero Beach Devil Rays. Most players rent a home in the community, Price said, but he lived on the Dodgertown campus. "I loved it," he said. "Probably the best place I stayed all year. " The Dodgers move their spring training base to Arizona next year, but they moved their Class-A team from Vero Beach, Fla., to San Bernardino two years ago, with the Rays fielding a team at Dodgertown.
August 6, 2013 |
After spending a couple of months as Yasiel Puig's around-the-clock companion, Tim Bravo returned to work Tuesday as a special education teacher in New Mexico. Tuesday was the first day of the new school year for the faculty at Las Cruces High. Bravo was enlisted by the Dodgers to be Puig's English teacher, but became someone far more important , living with the 22-year-old Cuban refugee and helping him become accustomed to life in the United States. A former college teammate of scouting director Logan White, Bravo had previously worked as the Dodgers' part-time director of cultural assimilation.
August 12, 2010 |
There was a time when Jay Gibbons was so desperate to find a job that he wrote a letter to every major league team promising to donate his salary to charity if they signed him to a contract. That was in 2008. Asked if he still intended to do so, Gibbons smiled. "I'm going to hold on to my money now," the outfielder said. "I've got kids now. I think three years of not playing is punishment enough. " Until Gibbons was promoted to the majors from triple-A on Sunday, he hadn't played in the big leagues since 2007, when he hit .230 for the Baltimore Orioles and was named in the Mitchell Report for receiving shipments of human growth hormone and testosterone.
March 9, 2011 |
The Dodgers built this season's team upon a foundation of starting pitching, but the foundation appears in danger of crumbling before the team breaks camp. Jon Garland is expected to start the season on the disabled list after leaving Wednesday's game because of a strained oblique muscle on his left side. The Dodgers sent him for an MRI examination late Wednesday and plan to announce the results Thursday, but such injuries generally require a month or more of recovery. The Dodgers already have lost Vicente Padilla for at least the first month of the season after surgery to repair a nerve below his right elbow, leaving them with four healthy starters for now. Manager Don Mattingly said the Dodgers would not need a fifth starter until April 12, two weeks into the season.