Dodgers Rumors & News

  • Dodgers owner Mark Walter is involved in a scandal

    Hardball Talk "The Dodgers last owner, Frank McCourt, was a mainstay of the gossip pages. The new administration has been pretty drama free since taking over five years ago. That is, until now. Multiple outlets, ranging from the New York Post to the Wall Street Journal, have been reporting on a scandal..." September 22

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Raul Mondesi sentenced to eight years in prison in Dominican Republic

    USA Today "Former major league outfielder Raul Mondesi was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined about $1.2 million for mishandling funds as a mayor of his hometown in the Dominican Republic, according to multiple reports. Mondesi, whose son plays for the Kansas City Royals, had been on house..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • Clayton Kershaw Surrenders First Career Grand Slam

    Real GM Baseball "Clayton Kershaw gave up the first grand slam of his career on Monday night against the Philadelphia Phillies. Aaron Altherr drove in four runs with a single swing in Philadelphia's 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kershaw had faced 103 batters in his career with bases loaded without..." September 19

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • NL MVP: Sorting out the crowded field won't be easy

    Sporting News "If you happen to run into a baseball writer who has a 2017 NL MVP vote, give that person a hug. They’ll need it. Trying to sort out this year’s crowded NL MVP race is a nearly impossible task. As many as six players have had seasons worthy of first-place votes, which means you’re going to see..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Things could get ‘a little weird’ for Chase Utley if Dodgers clinch in Philadelphia

    Orange County Register "With their magic number shrinking daily now, the Dodgers could very well celebrate the clinching of their fifth consecutive NL West title during this week’s four-game series at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Uh, awkward. “I actually haven’t thought about it at all,” said Dodgers second..." September 18

  • Bellinger says his preseason goal was to be September call-up

    Orange County Register "As each milestone and achievement has passed — often with comparisons to players he has never heard of — Dodgers rookie slugger Cody Bellinger said the same thing. This is all more than he expected this season. So what was he expecting in 2017? “A September callup,” he said with a modest..." September 17

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • Dodgers’ Andre Ethier believes there is more baseball left in his body

    Orange County Register "After 12 years in the big leagues, Andre Ethier shouldn’t have been surprised by anything when he stepped into the batter’s box at Petco Park for a pinch-hit at-bat on Sept. 1. Sure, it was Ethier’s first major league at-bat in about 11 months, thanks to a herniated disc in his back that sent..." September 15

  • Chase Utley on Hall of Fame: 'Something that I don’t really focus much on'

    Sporting News "Quietly, as he seems to do everything in baseball, Chase Utley is wrapping up one of the finest careers for a second baseman in the game’s history. The 38-year-old Utley is a famously tough interview, well-known among media members for his unwillingness to say much. Some players and coaches..." September 13

  • Dodgers' Kenley Jansen: I don't care about the Indians, 'we are still the best team'

    CBS Sports "So are these bold words coming from Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen or a simple statement of fact? You be the judge. Via Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, here's what Jansen had to say: "I don't care how good the Indians are playing. I don't care how good the Nationals are playing. We are..." September 13

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Dodgers lose 11th straight, worst skid since move to Los Angeles

    ESPN "The Dodgers rallied once, twice and then a third time. Manager Dave Roberts thought his club would snap out of its long losing streak at last. The National League-leading Dodgers lost their 11th straight game, making it their longest skid since the club moved to Los Angeles. They finished..." September 12

  • Roberts 'can't explain' Dodgers' downswing

    Los Angeles Times "The Dodgers have been telling everyone who will listen that this slump is just a bump, a speed bump on the way to the inevitable postseason run. For all their futility, the Dodgers lead the National League West by 10 games, with 20 to play. They keep telling their fans not to worry, and yet..." September 10

  • Dave Roberts jokes that SI cover curse got Dodgers

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers looked nearly unbeatable from early June through late August. They boasted a winning percentage over .700, and they had won so much that they had the best record in baseball by far. And then the SI cover dropped. Sports Illustrated put the Dodgers on the cover of their..." September 09

  • Darvish becomes fastest pitcher in MLB history to 1,000 Ks

    Bleacher Report "With his sixth strikeout of the game Friday night against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish reached 1,000 for his MLB career. According to the Dodgers' official Twitter account, he's the fastest pitcher in MLB history (128 starts) to..." September 09

  • The Dodgers skid is bad, but hardly unprecedented

    Hardball Talk "The Los Angeles Dodgers still hold a commanding lead in the NL West and still have the best record in baseball, but they have lost six in a row and eleven of twelve. This has some Dodgers fans panicking, and wondering if a season that once seemed destined for the history books will end with yet..." September 07

  • Yasmani Grandal: Dodgers do not fear Diamondbacks in playoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers have hit a major rough patch, and the Arizona Diamondbacks have a lot to do with it. The Dodgers have dropped 10 of their last 11 games, including five straight to Arizona, who well and truly have their number right now. There is a very real chance that the two teams..." September 06

  • Yasmani Grandal: Dodgers do not fear Diamondbacks in playoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers have hit a major rough patch, and the Arizona Diamondbacks have a lot to do with it. The Dodgers have dropped 10 of their last 11 games, including five straight to Arizona, who well and truly have their number right now. There is a very real chance that the two teams..." September 06

  • Corey Seager could need offseason elbow surgery

    Larry Brown Sports "Corey Seager may need to undergo elbow surgery in the offseason to address some of the issues bothering him. Seager has been limited to mostly pinch-hitting duties over the past week because of a sore right elbow. He only began a throwing program on Monday. The Dodgers shortstop, who is..." September 05

  • Cody Bellinger breaks Dodgers rookie record with 36th home run

    Hardball Talk "On Saturday, 1B/OF Cody Bellinger tied a Dodgers rookie record held by Mike Piazza when he hit his 35th home run. He broke the record on Sunday, slugging a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning off of All-Star lefty Brad Hand. " September 04

  • Dodgers' Gonzalez to rookie Verdugo: 'Do the opposite of what Puig tells you'

    Sportsnet "The Dodgers have a plethora of young stars and with the rosters expanding in September, they’re giving another one a chance to show what he can do at the big leagues. But before he made his MLB debut, outfielder Alex Verdugo received some advice from veteran Adrian Gonzalez — and it had to do..." September 02

  • Dodgers bring up top OF prospect but leaving Joc Pederson down

    CBS Sports "Now that we've gotten through much of the long and winding road that is the 2017 MLB season and have arrived at Sept. 1, it's the time that rosters can expand. We'll hear a lot about "September call ups" these next few days and the Dodgers have made an interesting decision worth discussion...." September 01

  • Roberts: Kershaw 'wants to put a stop to this little downslide'

    MLB.com "Now the Dodgers are streaking in the other direction. Clayton Kershaw returns from the disabled list on Friday, asked to stop a season-high losing streak that reached five on Thursday with a flat 8-1 defeat to the D-backs. The Dodgers suffered their first series sweep of the year against a..." September 01

  • Dodgers to promote outfield prospect Alex Verdugo

    Hardball Talk "J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports that the Dodgers are calling up top position player prospect Alex Verdugo. Verdugo is the Dodgers’ No. 2 prospect behind pitcher Walker Buehler and No. 28 overall in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. Verdugo, 21, was taken by the..." August 31

  • Cody Bellinger, Clayton Kershaw set to return to Dodgers this week

    Sporting News "The Dodgers will get two key reinforcements back this week. The team is expected to activate rookie first baseman Cody Bellinger on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, ESPN reported . Bellinger was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Aug. 22 with a sprained right ankle. The slugger..." August 30

  • Yankees, Dodgers among teams with 'heavy interest' in Japanese phenom Shohei Otani

    CBS Sports "You probably know about Shohei Otani -- the 23-year-old, two-way Japanese phenom who is widely considered the best player in the world who isn't in the majors. Well, teams know about him, too -- and they're devoting more and more resources toward scouting him. Case in point: in the past few weeks,..." August 29

  • Clayton Kershaw good after rehab start, set to rejoin Dodgers Friday

    ESPN "Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said ace Clayton Kershaw came out of his Saturday rehab start at Triple-A well and will next start for Los Angeles either Friday or Saturday. The three-time Cy Young winner, rehabbing from a lower back strain, threw five innings in his first rehab start for Triple-A..." August 28

  • Yu Darvish taken off DL, to start vs. Brewers

    ESPN "Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish has been activated from the 10-day disabled list and will start Sunday's series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers. Darvish spent the minimum 10 days on the DL because of lower back stiffness. He is 2-0 with a 2.50 ERA in three starts with the Dodgers,..." August 27

  • Clayton Kershaw says he is good to go after successful rehab start

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw feels ready to return to the team. Kershaw, who has not pitched since July 23 due to a lower back strain, came through a Saturday night five-inning rehab start okay and said he was ready to get back to the big leagues. “I feel I’ve always been ready,..." August 27

  • Not Even the Mighty Dodgers Intimidate the Revitalized Cubs

    New York Times "Joe Maddon is using a new shampoo. It is designed to reduce the gray in his hair, and after just four or five applications, it is working. Before long, said Maddon, the manager of the Chicago Cubs, he might even try frosted highlights. For now, though, he is happy with a shade he calls blue..." August 27

  • Cody Bellinger close to returning to Dodgers

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers are getting closer to getting some more of their stars healthy. The latest is outfielder Cody Bellinger, who, according to Dave Roberts, may return to action by Wednesday. Bellinger has not played since Aug. 19 due to a sprained ankle. He still comfortably leads the..." August 27

  • Scully assures he won't return to booth: 'Once upon a time comes around once'

    Los Angeles Times "Joe Davis is 29, not even a full year older than Kirk Gibson’s home run. He is an active participant on social media, unlike his Hall of Fame predecessor, Vin Scully. As Scully once told his audience, talking about a tweet: "I called it a 'twit.' But I thought it was a twit, since it's..." August 27

  • Grant Dayton to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Hardball Talk "Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Dodgers’ rookie reliever Grant Dayton is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. The left-hander felt a popping sensation in his elbow during warm-ups last Friday and underwent two rounds of testing while the Dodgers tried to..." August 26

  • Chris Taylor is doing work as Dodgers' out-of-nowhere, anonymous star

    Sporting News "The Dodgers have a bright young star on their roster under the age of 30. No, it’s not Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig or Clayton Kershaw. It’s Chris Taylor. If you don't know Chris Taylor, you’re not alone. Coming into this season, the majority of fans across MLB had never heard..." August 24

  • Four reasons why Dodgers won’t win World Series

    Sportsnaut "The Los Angeles Dodgers entered play on Wednesday at 89-35. That puts them right on pace to win 116 games, which would equal the 1906 Chicago Cubs and 2001 Seattle Mariners for the most wins in regular season history. It just seems inevitable that the season will end with the Dodgers winning..." August 24

  • Justin Turner may shave signature beard if Dodgers win World Series

    SI "Election Day was exhausting. At campaign headquarters in Los Angeles, two dozen volunteers rubbed their eyes as they collected votes right up to the deadline. Hourly dance breaks had kept them energized, as had a steady stream of celebrities stopping by to thank them. Fried chicken from Howlin’..." August 23

  • Dodgers put Cody Bellinger on disabled list, recall Josh Ravin

    Los Angeles Times "After keeping rookie star Cody Bellinger out of the lineup the last three games, the Dodgers put him on the disabled list Tuesday because of a sprained right ankle he suffered Saturday. “The cost of trying to get him through it versus the upside, I just think it’s smart to be on the cautious..." August 23

  • Rehabbing Kershaw to make 1st-ever start in Triple-A

    MLB.com "Clayton Kershaw will make a rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday before returning to the Dodgers' starting rotation, manager Dave Roberts said after Kershaw's successful four-inning simulated game on Monday. "He's getting close," Roberts said after Kershaw threw 55 pitches to test..." August 21

  • Dodgers send 8 to scout P/RF Otani

    TSN "The Los Angeles Dodgers appear to have significant interest in Japanese standout Shohei Otani. Otani, who is both a pitcher and right fielder, may make a move to North America this winter and according to Japan's Sponichi Annex, the Dodgers sent eight representatives including president of..." August 21

  • Bellinger leaves game with sprained ankle

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Dodgers star rookie Cody Bellinger left Saturday's game against the Detroit Tigers in the seventh inning after suffering an apparent ankle injury. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Bellinger rolled his ankle while making a catch in right field in the sixth..." August 20

  • Dodgers claim Jordan Jankowski off waivers from Astros

    Fanrag Sports "Despite the fact that the Los Angeles Dodgers remain well ahead of the pack in the National League standings, the surging ball club has stayed quite busy as of late. After having themselves an impressive non-waiver trade deadline en route to acquiring a slew of additional talent, the Dodgers then..." August 20

  • Mets acquire Jacob Rhame from Dodgers

    Hardball Talk "The Mets acquired right-handed reliever Jacob Rhame from the Dodgers, the team announced on Sunday. Rhame is the player to be named later in the trade that sent outfielder Curtis Granderson to Los Angeles on Friday night. He’s expected to report to the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate. Rhame, 24,..." August 20

  • Clayton Kershaw Expected to Make Rehab Start Next Weekend, Says Dave Roberts

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said ace Clayton Kershaw is expected to make a rehabilitation start with either Tulsa or Oklahoma City next weekend, according to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times. He is also scheduled to throw three innings of a simulated game in Pittsburgh on..." August 20

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20