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January 28, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The Galaxy plans to form a team in the USL Pro minor-league soccer series to bolster its development of players for the big-league club, the Times has learned. The team will be called Galaxy II and will play its home games at StubHub Center in Carson, just as the Galaxy does, according to people familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it publicly. They said an official announcement could come as early as Wednesday. The Galaxy would be the first Major League Soccer team to own and operate its own USL Pro team.
January 22, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels have signed utility infielder Ian Stewart, a former Westminster La Quinta High star who was a first-round pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2003, to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Stewart has a career .232 average with a .319 on-base percentage and .417 slugging percentage, 59 home runs and 204 runs batted in over six seasons, five with the Rockies and one with the Chicago Cubs. The 29-year-old third baseman and second baseman was suspended for 10 games without pay by the Cubs last season for going on a Twitter rant about his reduced role in the organization, a violation of the loyalty clause in his contract.
January 16, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Veteran infielder John McDonald, 39, has agreed to a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim that includes an invitation to spring training, the team confirmed on Thursday. The well-traveled defensive standout, who has played for eight major league clubs in 15 years, will compete with Andrew Romine for the utility infield job. He will earn $850,000 in base salary plus incentives if he makes the team. McDonald has never been a big offensive threat -- he has a .235 career average with a .274 on-base percentage, .327 slugging percentage, 28 home runs and 205 runs batted in and hit just .111 in 51 major league games for four different teams in 2013.
January 5, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Assured that goaltender Jonathan Quick is fit when he won his first game back after a groin injury, the Kings on Sunday assigned rookie goalie Martin Jones to Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League. Quick strained a groin muscle Nov. 12. He returned Saturday to make 27 saves in the Kings' 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Staples Center. Jones had a sensational start as he teamed with Ben Scrivens to fill in during Quick's absence. Jones, 23, won his first eight NHL starts -- also his first eight NHL games.
January 1, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The Angels fortified their pitching depth Wednesday by agreeing to terms on a minor league contract with left-hander Mark Mulder . Mulder, 36, has not won a major league game since 2006. He retired in 2009, after two shoulder operations, and decided this off-season to pursue a comeback. The agent for Mulder, Brian Charles of Big League Management Co., said the deal included an invitation to spring training. "One of the reasons he went with the Angels was the opportunity to compete for a spot in the starting rotation," Charles said.
December 22, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
All six of the Dodgers' domestically based minor league affiliates will have new managers next season. The makeover was the byproduct of two significant moves: triple-A manager Lorenzo Bundy was promoted to major league third base coach, and double-A manager Jody Reed joined the New York Yankees as a field coordinator. Here's a list of the Dodgers' managerial assignments: Triple-A Albuquerque: Damon Berryhill Double-A Chattanooga: Razor Shines Class A Rancho Cucamonga: P.J. Forbes Class A Great Lakes: Bill Haselman Rookie Ogden: Lee Tinsley Rookie Arizona: John Shoemaker Of the six managers, Haselman and Tinsley are newcomers to the organization.
December 5, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels have signed veteran left-handed relief specialist Clay Rapada to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Rapada, 32, has a 4.06 earned run average in 152 big league games over seven seasons with six teams - the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians. He has held left-handers to a .164 average. Rapada spent most of 2013 in triple-A and made only four major league appearances, all with the Indians.
November 28, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks demoted young wings Emerson Etem and Devante Smith-Pelly to minor league Norfolk, Va., on Wednesday. Etem and Smith-Pelly each had one goal and two assists for Norfolk on Wednesday night. Coach Bruce Boudreau said though each of the 21-year-olds will benefit from increased playing time, the move is also a reminder of the first-place team's demand for consistency. Etem scored his sixth goal Tuesday, but also let Dallas' Cody Eakin skate past him to score a third-period goal that started the Stars' three-goal blitz in 53 seconds in the Ducks' 6-3 loss.
November 20, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers got busy with their off-season roster shuffle Wednesday, adding three pitchers to their 40-man. Right-handers Pedro Baez and Yimi Garcia and left-hander Jarret Martin were added to the roster. The Dodgers also announced the signings of catcher J.C. Boscan, infielders Brendan Harris and Clint Robinson and left-handed pitcher Daniel Moskos to minor league contracts with an invitation to spring training. None of these moves appears significant now, but someone always emerges from these fairly anonymous off-season maneuvers to see decent playing time.
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