January 27, 2014 |
His team has the NHL's best record, just swept the rival Kings in consecutive games and is getting career seasons from stars and others alike. Yet, Ducks General Manager Bob Murray is taking nothing for granted, telling The Times in a telephone interview Monday that he and his staff spent an hour mulling ways to improve the roster earlier in the day. "This is no different than any year; you're always trying to get better, never satisfied," Murray...
January 8, 2014 |
HOUSTON - These are rough days for Lakers fans. Very. Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, however, sounded at ease during a phone interview with The Times, going over a variety of topics on a team that can't stay healthy, play defense or, seemingly, make the playoffs. First things first. Kupchak is satisfied with Coach Mike D'Antoni, blaming the Lakers' woes on injuries and saying D'Antoni is doing a "great job. " "We're happy with Mike," Kupchak said Wednesday. "You can look back six weeks ago and say it's exciting and we're playing great.
August 3, 2013 |
"We were willing to do something stupid. We just weren't willing to do something insane. " - Pittsburgh General Manager Neal Huntington's explanation for why the division-leading Pirates didn't make a deal before the trade deadline "It's not time for me to hang it up. We have a process, and the process is not here yet. " - Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez on whether he will be forced to retire because of his role in the Biogenesis...
July 31, 2013 |
The Dodgers made a small deal at the non-waiver trade deadline, adding catching depth by acquiring minor leaguer Drew Butera from the Minnesota Twins. Butera, who turns 30 next month, has appeared in 186 games over the last four seasons, including two this year. He is a career .182 hitter. Butera has spent most of this season at triple-A Rochester, where he hit .218. In exchange for Butera, the Twins will receive a player to be named later or cash considerations. Butera will be assigned to triple-A Albuquerque..
July 30, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - Less than 24 hours before Wednesday's 1 p.m. PDT non-waiver trade deadline, rumors were flying about the Angels, who entered Tuesday 14 games game back in the American League West and in rare selling mode. The Cardinals reportedly have inquired about shortstop Erick Aybar, the Yankees are interested in third baseman Alberto Callaspo, the Royals are hot for second baseman Howie Kendrick, and the Angels are interested in Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy. One person who seemed oblivious to it all was Manager Mike Scioscia, who is not on Twitter, not on Facebook, and not really up to speed on many of the rumors.
July 27, 2013 |
As the clock ticks toward Wednesday's nonwaiver trade deadline, Times staff writer Kevin Baxter examines where the 30 major league teams stand. (Statistics through Friday. Last week's rankings in parentheses): LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1. TAMPA BAY | Rays GM says he doesn't have any "glaring" holes to plug (3) 2. ST. LOUIS | Unlikely to be active, althoughWhite Sox SS Ramirez is an option (1) 3. DODGERS | Team went shopping early, adding Ricky Nolasco on July 6 (13) 4. OAKLAND | If A's make a deal it will probably be for a starter or maybe a second baseman (4)
July 7, 2013 |
The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is 3 1/2 weeks away, and a lot can change before then, but Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto did not sound Sunday like a guy who would be very aggressive in his attempts to upgrade a team that has underachieved for much of the season. “This is our team,” said Dipoto, who made a bold move last July, acquiring pitcher Zack Greinke from Milwaukee for three prospects, including shortstop Jean Segura, who on Sunday was named to the National League All-Star team.
April 4, 2013 |
Like the NHL season, the annual deadline-day trading frenzy was late in starting. But a flurry of deals in the hour before Wednesday's noon Pacific time cutoff changed the complexion of several teams and added depth to others hoping for long playoff runs. The Ducks, seeking strength up the middle, acquired veteran center Matthew Lombardi from the Phoenix Coyotes for left wing Brandon McMillan. They also traded goalie Jeff Deslauriers to the Minnesota Wild for future considerations.
March 27, 2013 |
CHICAGO - It wasn't the longest cross-examination, but Jarome Iginla looked somewhat relieved to be leaving Chicago, not just because he was a minus-one and the Calgary Flames lost 2-0 to the Blackhawks. Of course, the questions about his future will only follow him back home to Calgary. He was not available after the morning skate so he spoke to the assembled media shortly after the loss. Recent reports indicated that Iginla, who has a no-trade clause, had submitted a short list of teams where he would consent to play, apparently including the Blackhawks and the Kings.