December 20, 2012 |
Poor Ned Colletti. Seems he's not too sexy for his shirt or cowboy boots. What has it come to for general managers these days, when they're not only critiqued on that last free agent signing but also on if they turn heads when they enter a room? Alas, inspired by shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima's recent comment that A's General Manager Billy Beane was “extremely sexy,” Yahoo Sports' David Brown felt inspired enough to rank all 30 GMs on their sex appeal. It's the slow season in baseball.
December 3, 2012 |
NASHVILLE - The Dodgers are taking a measured approach in their pursuit of pitcher Zack Greinke. The Dodgers haven't made an offer to Greinke or any other free agent, and their top targets appear to be taking their time deciding where they will play next season. "I think everybody is in diligence mode right now," Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said. Meanwhile, the Dodgers are becoming increasingly uncertain about whether their efforts to re-establish a presence in Asia will result in the signings of two pitchers, South Korean All-Star Ryu Hyun-jin and Japanese teenager Shohei Otani.
November 9, 2012 |
The hip problem Clayton Kershaw experienced late in the season shouldn't affect the Dodgers' interest in signing him to a long-term contract extension, General Manager Ned Colletti said Thursday. "I think that he came out of it pretty well," Colletti said on the last day of baseball's general managers' meetings in Indian Wells. Kershaw missed a scheduled start in San Francisco in mid-September because of pain resulting from a damaged labrum in his hip. He returned to pitch three more times.
November 7, 2012 |
INDIAN WELLS - The Dodgers are “probably unlikely” to trade for a starting pitcher this winter and might have to address that need in the free-agent market, General Manager Ned Colletti said. Colletti's assessment was based on conversations he had with other teams at the general managers' meetings, which started Wednesday. Asked about what he's learned in the last 24 hours about the market for pitching, Colletti said, “I've done a little more trade-wise, what's possible or impossible -- more impossible than possible.” The Dodgers are looking to add a No. 2 or 3 pitcher to compliment ace Clayton Kershaw.
October 31, 2012 |
The Dodgers re-signed free agent Brandon League on Tuesday with the intention of making him their closer. League's salary will reflect his role, as the Dodgers are committed to paying him $22.5 million over the next three seasons. The contract also includes an option for a fourth season at $7.5 million that will become guaranteed if League finishes 55 games in 2015. "We think that after what he did the last two or three weeks, that closing is the role," General Manager Ned Colletti said.
October 5, 2012 |
With the Dodgers looking at breakout performer Luis Cruz as a potential everyday third baseman next season, Hanley Ramirez could remain at shortstop, General Manager Ned Colletti said Thursday. A lifelong shortstop, Ramirez was moved to third base by the Miami Marlins to make room for free-agent addition Jose Reyes. The Dodgers moved him back to shortstop soon after they acquired him in July. Ramirez's defensive play was uneven, prompting Manager Don Mattingly to say last week that the team would consider switching him back to third base.
September 23, 2012 |
The Pittsburgh Pirates removed James McDonald from their starting rotation last week, as they tried desperately to remain alive in the playoff race. That got us to thinking: Just how many of the prospects traded by Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti are playing a significant role in this year's pennant races? The Dodgers sent McDonald to Pittsburgh in 2010 for seven weeks of setup man Octavio Dotel. McDonald was 9-3 with a 2.37 earned-run average in the first half of this season, and it appeared Colletti had blundered badly.
September 15, 2012 |
Ned Colletti will remain the general manager of the Dodgers beyond this season. Colletti has signed a multiyear contract extension with the team, a person familiar with the situation said Saturday. Exact terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Dodgers aren't expected to formally announce Colletti's new contract. Team President Stan Kasten has repeatedly said he has a policy of not talking about contractual issues involving club executives. Hired in November 2005 by previous owner Frank McCourt , Colletti is in his seventh season as general manager.
September 12, 2012 |
PHOENIX - The Dodgers are in danger of missing the playoffs after a historic midseason spending spree. But no matter how this season plays out, General Manager Ned Colletti said he won't change how he views their recent trades. "I think we did a lot of good work for this year and going forward," Colletti said. "I think the moves we made this season add to a really good foundation and a strong, strong base for years to come, regardless of how today goes or how the next three, four, five or six weeks go. " First baseman Adrian Gonzalez is under contract for six seasons after this one and shortstop Hanley Ramirez for two. Outfielder Carl Crawford , who won't play this season because he is recovering from elbow surgery, is under contract through 2017.