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Dodgers Acquire Mike Bolsinger, A Name You’ve Now Heard Of

Writing about the Dodgers trading for righty Mike Bolsinger, as they did tonight, is one of those things you mainly do so that when you look back on the 11.2 innings he’ll throw for them in 2015, you can remember how you felt at the time. Bolsinger, 27 in January, is a guy, which isn’t the same thing as being a guy. A 15th-round pick by Arizona in 2010 out of the University...
Via Dodgers Digest
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Is this the end for Jamey Wright at the big league level?

For the better part of a decade major league baseball teams attempted to use Jamey Wright as a starting pitcher. Then one day someone had the idea to place the right hander in the bullpen, and finally he began to thrive. A former first-round pick, Wright has found success in the bullpen even as he had to accept minor league deals and pitch his way onto rosters during spring training...
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Matt Kemp drawing significant trade interest, could make way for Joc Pederson

The Los Angeles Dodgers are drawing significant trade interest in outfielder Matt Kemp, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. Originally, the report was that the Dodgers would much rather keep Kemp over Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier. However, the 30-year-old may be the most likely to be dealt away. Kemp has five-years, $107-million remaining on his contract, which extends through...
Via On-Base Talk
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Rumors: Matt Kemp likely to be traded?

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a logjam in their outfield. They have been making it known that trading any one of Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, or Carl Crawford is very much in play. It was initially believed that the Dodgers preferred to trade Ethier or Crawford, or possibly both, but that may be changing as they field more calls on Kemp. #456813730 / Jon Heyman of...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Rumors: Dan Haren might retire if Los Angeles trades him

The Los Angeles Dodgers posted the sixth best ERA in the Major Leagues in 2014 and should continue to have a strong staff next season. One pitcher that may or may not be part of the mix is veteran right-hander Dan Haren. He was solid in his first season with the Dodgers and would like to be part of the team who should make a run in the National League next season. Reports are that...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Dodgers already have a better bullpen than 2014

One of Andrew Friedman’s main tasks as Dodgers president of baseball ops was to remake a bullpen that had consistently been a disappointment. In 2014, the Dodgers pen had a 3.80 ERA, and totaled just 0.7 fWAR in 489 2/3 innings. Taking dominant closer Kenley Jansen out of the situation, those numbers fall to a ghastly -1.3 fWAR and a 3.97 ERA in 424 1/3 innings. However, Friedman...
Via The Outside Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers acquire bullpen help

It’s about four months late, but the Los Angeles Dodgers finally addressed their weakness. A team with a $225 million dollar payroll in 2014 had two or three dependable relief pitchers. Their rotation includes three guys that could throw seven or eight solid innings every outing. However, if they faltered and the Dodgers had to use a relief pitcher not named J.P. Howell or Kenley...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Lose Onelki, Add Lee, Schebler, Reed

This is one of those things you feel like you need to discuss more than really want to, but the Dodgers lost lefty reliever Onelki Garcia on waivers to the White Sox today. Garcia had a pretty weird and brief term with the Dodgers after being drafted in the 3rd round in 2012, reaching the bigs for three games in late 2013, but then missing basically all of 2014 after rehab from...
Via Dodgers Digest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Weakness That Yasiel Puig Conquered

A month and a half ago, Yasiel Puig was struggling. In the playoff series against the Cardinals, Puig struck out seven times in a row at one point, and there was a pretty clear book on him: try to beat him with heat, away. He was having trouble catching up, so the Cardinals were having […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers rumors: Shortstop edition

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in this awkward limbo at short stop. Hanley Ramirez, the Dodger’s shortstop for the past two and a half seasons, declined his qualifying offer and is now free to choose with any team. The Dodgers can still re-sign him, but that looks kind of unlikely. If Ramirez signs with another team, that team will give up their first round draft pick and the Dodgers...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dan Haren threatens retirement if traded from Los Angeles

Getty Images Dan Haren does not have a no trade clause but judging from the pitcher’s statements that he will retire if traded away from Southern California one could argue he does. Haren told ESPN Los Angeles that he would likely walk away and leave $10 million in salary if the Dodgers traded him anywhere outside of his former team in the Angels. “My signing with the Dodgers...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers should protect three prospects from Rule 5

The deadline for protecting players from the Rule 5 Draft is Thursday, and the Dodgers have a few players they will add without question. Unlike last year, there don’t appear to be any players who will surprise by being added. First, let’s look at the rules for players who need to be protected. “Players who were signed when they were 19 or older and have played in professional...
Via Dodgers Digest
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Hanley Ramirez's Explosive Sled Row

MLB infielder Hanley Ramirez is at it again—working out hard in the parking lot. Yesterday, Ramirez posted a video of himself performing five explosive sled rows. Ramirez makes it look easy, but
Via Stack
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers “aggressively pursuing” Alexei Ramirez

The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to swap Ramirez’s at shortstop. Considering it’s highly unlikely that Hanley Ramirez will be back in Los Angeles next season, the Dodgers are looking to another shortstop. Alexei Ramirez is at the top of the list for the Dodgers. Alexei, who has a year left on his contract had a very solid 2014 season, he had a batting line of .273/.305/...
Via On-Base Talk
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Aggressively Pursuing White Sox Shortstop Alexei Ramirez

The Los Angeles Dodgers are are aggressively pursuing White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez in trade talks, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports. The Dodgers certainly have outfielders to move in any trade but have high a price tag on Matt Kemp, Nightengale adds. Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago reported last week, that the White Sox have heard from numerous major league clubs...
Via Mets Merized Online
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: Solving the outfield

My first article for Isportsweb was about the Los Angeles Dodgers’ outfield surplus. In that post, I wrote that there were three outfielders for four spots. If only it were still that easy. In June, as part of my trade deadline series, I wrote about the Dodgers’ outfield surplus, with six starting caliber outfielders vying for three outfield spots. Baseball season came and went...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers’ Kershaw lands endorsement deal with Subway

On Wednesday, Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw became the youngest pitcher to win three Cy Young awards and the following day was named NL MVP for the first time in his career.Off the field, Kershaw lives with his wife, Ellen. They have a charity, Kershaw’s Challenge. Although it wasn’t in the form of an award, Kershaw’s 2014 season led to another achievement. According...
Via On-Base Talk
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Clayton Kershaw and the Others

I understand why the BBWAA announces finalists for awards before it announces the winners — they’re trying to build some suspense, some anticipation, and, okay, that’s fine, even if the finalists don’t tell us much we couldn’t predict. For example, we’ve long known the AL Cy Young was going to come down to Felix Hernandez […]
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jack Nabors: the anti-Clayton Kershaw

Last season, when I came up with my first Kyle Davies and Dan Meyer Award winners for 2013, a comment accused me of focusing too much on the negative. It was a fair enough comment since the awards go to the worst players in a particular baseball season. There is just something that fascinates me about players that do not succeed in such a spectacular fashion. The world focuses...
Via The Flagrant Fan
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Josh Beckett a Hall-of-Famer?

When Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, a biography was released and several biopics were put into production. One of the films, penned by wordsmith Aaron Sorkin, is set to unfold in three acts, focusing on the launch of the original Macintosh, NeXT, and the reveal of the iPod. Sorkin’s belief is that rather than telling an origin story following Jobs’ life and...
Via The Sports Post
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers looking to trade one of their expensive outfielders

The Los Angeles Dodgers have four outfielders that are capable starters, and they could look to move one of them this winter. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Dodgers are “aggressively” trying to trade Matt Kemp, Carl Crawford or Andre Ethier. They are reportedly not interested in shopping Yasiel Puig. If the Dodgers...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Hanley Ramirez willing to change positions

Hanley Ramirez might have found a way to generate some more interest on the free-agent market. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday that the free-agent shortstop would be willing to change positions if he signs with a new team. According to Heyman, Ramirez is willing to play “wherever there’s a need.” The most logical option for Ramirez would seem to be third base. Ramirez...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Vin Scully is willing to mentor his successor

In a perfect world, Vin Scully would be the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers forever. But Scully is 87 and human, and eventually, it will be time for Dodger baseball with someone else behind the mic. We have no idea who will take over, and when the change will be made, but Scully is willing to mentor a successor, just like he was mentored by the legendary Red Barber. Steve Dilbeck...
Via Awful Announcing
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Dodgers prevented Ned Colletti from making trades

The Dodgers finally demoted Ned Colletti as GM on Tuesday and announced that former Tampa Bay Rays executive Andrew Friedman was taking over as president of baseball operations. Even though the announcement of Colletti’s demotion was not made until this week, it seems like the Dodgers knew this was a direction they were heading. According...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 15, 2014  |  7 Comments

Report: Yasiel Puig's lack of effort upset teammates

The 2014 NLDS is a series that Los Angeles Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig would probably like to put behind him. Striking out in key situations and going 3-for-12 at the plate (with a .357 on-base percentage) isn't Puig-like by any means. And after being benched in the pivotal, "must-win" Game 4--in which he would later enter in the ninth inning, as a pinch-runner--pundits...
Via The Sports Daily
October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

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