July 8, 2012 |
On a typical game day, Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti is in his Dodger Stadium office or around the premises from 9 a.m. until 1 a.m. That's the only way Colletti says he has known how to operate since scuffling from a childhood in a poor but tight community in Chicago to now directing the National League West leader. But Colletti, 58, has also long felt the tug of his late father, Ned Sr., who died 30 years ago of lung cancer at age 51, leaving a profound message to the son that, "It's always so much better to give than receive.
June 25, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Kemp isn't expected to return from the disabled list until after the All-Star break, meaning he probably won't play in the All-Star game and the Dodgers will be without their $160-million center fielder for at least two more weeks. "We're hoping to get him back after the break," Manager Don Mattingly said Monday. Kemp, who is recovering from a strained hamstring, landed on the disabled list for the second time this season May 31. The All-Star break begins July 9. Counting their game in San Francisco on Tuesday, the Dodgers have 13 more games until then.
May 22, 2012 |
PHOENIX — Andre Ethier said Tuesday he does not plan to impose a deadline on negotiations on the contract extension that could keep him out of free agency. Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti has said he would like to re-sign Ethier and has discussed the idea with Dodgers President Stan Kasten , who took office three weeks ago. Ethier said Tuesday he and his agent have not received a formal contract proposal from the Dodgers. Ethier also said he did not anticipate a point where free agency could be so close that he would put any contract talks on hold before he could test the market.
May 18, 2012 |
Is that a shudder going down your spine? Ned Colletti told The Times' Dylan Hernandez that after speaking to the Dodgers' new owners, he expects to have more financial flexibility at the trading deadline this year. Colletti with money, and thoughts turn to Andruw Jones, Juan Pierre, Juan Uribe and Jason Schmidt. Pricey free agents have been his downfall, and then there's his penchant for signing aged veterans. But all those eager to take continual swipes at Colletti need to take one giant step back.
May 17, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO — Based on his conversations with the Dodgers' new owners, General Manager Ned Colletti expects to have more financial flexibility at the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline than he's had in recent years. "If we have a chance to improve our club, they're open-minded to doing it and everything that it entails," Colletti said. That could mean making significant additions to the payroll. President Stan Kasten recently acknowledged the Dodgers "don't have the warehouse of prospects we wish we had. " Without prospects to trade, the Dodgers probably won't be able to make any meaningful acquisitions unless they agree to inherit millions of dollars in salaries from non-contenders looking to shed payroll.
April 23, 2012 |
General Manager Ned Colletti said he wants to explore the possibility of signing Andre Ethier to a contract extension soon after the Dodgers' new owners take over the club next week. "I've always been inclined to keep him," Colletti said. "His start certainly hasn't hurt. " Ethier, who will be eligible for free agency when his one-year, $10.95-million deal expires at the end of the season, drove in 21 runs in the Dodgers' first 16 games. Entering the series against the Atlanta Braves, his runs batted in total was second in the majors behind teammate Matt Kemp's 22. Ethier drove in the Dodgers' first run Monday.
March 28, 2012 |
Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. sounded noticeably excited about the news that a group led by Magic Johnson had agreed to purchase the Dodgers. "I'm pumped," Gwynn said. "I'm only pumped because I'm the biggest Lakers fan. I grew up a huge Magic Johnson fan. " He speculated that he wasn't the only one feeling that way Tuesday night. Matt Kemp told Gwynn that he wanted Johnson's group to buy the team. So did James Loney and Dee Gordon. "The big basketball guys were all pulling for Magic," Gwynn said.
March 20, 2012 |
From Phoenix — I'm here with the Dodgers and I'm mad. Maybe it's because I started the day reading the Arizona Republic's editorial page. The paper was making the case, "Maybe This Will Help the Cardinals" now that they have lost out on Peyton Manning . The hometown paper concluded, "The Cards were among the hottest teams in the league through the second half of last season without Manning. This snub should provide the motivation to stay focused. " What a bunch of hooey.
February 27, 2012 |
At the Academy Awards on Sunday night, a mustachioed man was sitting behind best actress nominee Michelle Williams. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said he was flipping through channels when the mustachioed man caught his eye. The man was his general manager, Ned Colletti. “I flipped the channel and was like, 'Ned!' ” Mattingly said. Colletti wasn't at the Dodgers' spring-training complex on Sunday. He was expected to be back some time Monday. Asked if he was hurt that he wasn't invited to the awards show, Mattingly laughed and said, “I found that out, right?
January 24, 2012 |
Prince Fielder was fool's gold, and Dodgers fans shouldn't waste one moment of regret that the big lug will spend the next nine years clogging the payroll, the basepaths and eventually the training room for the Detroit Tigers. The Dodgers' biggest concern right now is not a Prince, but a king. What are they going to do with Clayton Kershaw? The easy answer is, nothing. For the next three years, they don't have to do anything with the 2011 Cy Young Award winner other than hand him a contract and watch him sign it. Baseball rules prevent Kershaw from being a free agent until after the 2014 season.