Dodgers Rumors & News

  • Dodgers Reportedly Sign Jair Jurrjens

    Ddogers Nation "Less than 48 hours after adding to their minor league starting pitching depth by adding former ace Justin Masterson, the Dodgers have reportedly gone and signed themselves another in Jair Jurrjens. According to Hudson Belinsky of Baseball America, the Dodgers have inked Jurrjens to a minor..." March 29

  • Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

    Hardball Talk "We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot. McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four..." March 29

  • Dodgers To Sign Justin Masterson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have agreed to a minor-league deal with free-agent righty Justin Masterson, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). Additional terms were not reported. Masterson, who recently turned 32, had been looking for a new organization after failing to receive a shot at the majors..." March 28

  • Why MLB will likely not join the NHL and NFL and move a team to Las Vegas

    CBS Sports "On Monday afternoon, National Football League owners approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The move is at least two years away, possibly three, but it has been agreed to. Owners voted 31-1 in favor of the move . Whenever the Raiders do move, they will become the second..." March 27

  • Scott Kazmir to start the season on the DL

    Sportsnaut "Well, we saw this coming. According to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir will begin the season on the disabled list. The three-time All-Star has been experiencing some hip tightness throughout the spring, which could be the reason he’s been missing some..." March 27

  • Rob Manfred Wants MLB to 'Own the Next Generation' of Sports Fans

    Bleacher Report "Long before the first batter stepped into the box at the start of his tenure as the 10th commissioner in baseball history, Rob Manfred threw out his own first pitch: Chief among his priorities would be to captivate the next generation of sports fans in a way that he was captivated when his parents..." March 27

  • Seager may miss Freeway Series

    MLB.com "Shortstop Corey Seager might miss the Freeway Series to work on his swing in Arizona, while reliever Pedro Baez will likely begin the season on the disabled list, along with Josh Ravin, leaving the Dodgers thin in right-handed relievers. Seager said he is recovered from the strained oblique..." March 26

  • Andre Ethier says back injury is deja vu all over again

    L.A. Daily News "Andre Ethier’s spring has suddenly taken on a very familiar feeling. “It feels like its Groundhogs Day all over again,” the Dodgers’ veteran outfielder said. “I’ve been stuck in spring training for 18 months now. That kind of hit me when I was sitting at home yesterday.” Limited for most of..." March 23

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • Ethier shut down 7-10 days with herniated disc

    CBS Sports "Ethier (back) has been diagnosed with a mild herniated disk and will be shut down for 7-10 days, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports. While manager Dave Roberts said the injury is not as severe as the herniated disk Clayton Kershaw dealt with last year, he added that it would be "tough" for Ethier to..." March 21

  • 5 MLB teams that can dethrone the Cubs as World Series champions

    Yardbarker "It’s easy to see why the Chicago Cubs would be favored to win the World Series for a second consecutive season. They have a great lineup, a strong pitching staff, and depth almost everywhere. However, the safer bet would be to take the field over the Cubs in 2017. That, however, doesn’t do much to..." March 21

  • Ethier to undergo MRI for recurring back soreness

    CBS Sports "Ethier was scratched from the lineup Sunday and is dealing with tightness in his lower back, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. The veteran was held out of prior spring training games due to back and hip issues, so it appears the injury has flared up." March 20

  • Dodgers' Scott Kazmir struggles with velocity in simulated outing

    ESPN "Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts remains concerned about Scott Kazmir's velocity after the pitcher threw a five-inning simulated game to minor league hitters Thursday. Kazmir, who had been in line to be the team's fourth or fifth starter for this season, threw 71 pitches, with only 44..." March 17

  • MVP, Cy Young odds: Oddsmakers release favorites for 2017 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season approacheth! Mostly, that means our attention will be locked on the various playoff races from the very start. However, we’ll also make time to eyeball the individual awards derbies from time to time. So to get us in that mindset, let’s have a look at these preseason MVP and Cy..." March 16

  • Kenley Jansen says he'll pitch for Netherlands in next round of World Baseball Classic

    CBS Sports "Japan and the Netherlands have already qualified for the four-team, single-elimination championship round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic ( scores, schedule, standings ) that starts March 20 in Dodger Stadium. That’s good news for the upstart Dutch, of course. Here’s more good news ......" March 16

  • Adrian Gonzalez on World Baseball Classic: 'They're not even the Little League World Series'

    Sporting News "Fresh off an appearance with Team Mexico, Dodgers' first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is none-too-pleased with the World Baseball Classic. The 34-year-old, whose Mexican team was eliminated after losing two of its three games in group play, said the event has delusions of grandeur, according to the..." March 15

  • Dodgers renew contracts of Corey Seager, Joc Pederson

    Fanrag Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers renewed the contracts of a pair of their young players in outfielder Joc Pederson at $555,000 and shortstop Corey Seager at $575,000, FanRag Sports has learned. Seager is coming off having won the National League Rookie of the Year and finishing third overall in the..." March 14

  • Dodgers’ Justin Turner engaged to girlfriend

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training 2017 will go down as a memorable one for Justin Turner. The Los Angeles Dodgers infielder proposed to his girlfriend Kourtney, and she accepted. Turner posted the following tweet and photo, which shows he proposed by the Grand Canyon. The two have been together for at..." March 13

  • Corey Seager to be held out of spring training action this week

    Hardball Talk "Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager won’t appear in Cactus League action this week due to lingering back and oblique discomfort, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. Seager, 22, tweaked his back two weeks ago and hasn’t played since. He seems to believe it’s just a minor setback and..." March 13

  • Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig snaps at ‘stupid’ question about his diminished role

    Los Angeles Times "Yasiel Puig stared into the distance. He pursed his lips and contemplated his response. He clearly didn’t like the question, which was basically this: How did he feel about no longer being considered an essential part of the Dodgers? The previously carefree cadence of his speech was replaced..." March 12

  • Dodgers' Manager Dave Roberts 'We're World Series Contenders'

    TMZ "Good news for Dodgers fans ... manager Dave Roberts says there's no reason why the team shouldn't be right in the World Series race this season. TMZ Sports spoke with the Blue Crew skipper who's clearly fired up about his squad this year as they get tuned up at Spring Training in Arizona...." March 10

  • MLB commish Rob Manfred admits it's unlikely MLB players will play in Olympics

    CBS Sports "The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway and we’ve already seen some dramatic games. The tournament continues over the next two weeks and will culminate with the Championship Game on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full WBC schedule . In three years, baseball and softball will return..." March 08

  • Top eight most annoying MLB players

    Sportsnaut "Most of the time when it comes to favoring a team, certain MLB players won’t deter you from standing a few extra minutes in line waiting for an autograph. Even if that player’s makeup isn’t exactly warm and uplifting. On the other hand, there are some players that have a tendency (or three) to..." March 08

  • MLB teams focusing on improved rest to help their players perform better

    CBS Sports "Long before Moneyball came along, the game of baseball embraced numbers and statistical analysis. Every single team in baseball has a stats department. The ways and means have certainly changed, but the goal remains the same: use numbers to find a competitive advantage. These days..." March 08

  • Dodgers' Kenley Jansen leaving door open to WBC

    Orange County Register "Picture Kenley Jansen dressed in black and orange standing on the pitcher’s mound at Dodger Stadium to close out a game. “Imagine that,” Jansen said with a laugh. “Hey, Dodgers fans – it’s my country. How awesome would that be?” Team Netherlands – which includes Jansen’s native Curacao –..." March 08

  • Yasiel Puig's L.A. Home Hit by Burglars, $500k In Jewelry Gone

    TMZ "Yasiel Puig is the latest victim in a string of celeb burglaries in L.A. -- this time, crooks broke into the baseball star's L.A. home while he was in Arizona with the Dodgers for Spring Training and made off with more than half a million bucks in bling. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports..." March 07

  • Dodgers' Scott Kazmir again troubled by hip tightness

    Los Angeles Times "Scott Kazmir was troubled by tightness in his left hip for all but his first start last season. After embarking on an intensive off-season program designed to enhance his strength and flexibility, the hip tightened up again Monday. The Dodgers removed Kazmir after his first pitch of the second..." March 07

  • MLB approves device to measure biometrics of players

    ESPN "Major League Baseball has approved the use of a continuous biometric monitor that can be worn by players during games. The device, made by a company called WHOOP, is the first of its kind approved by any of the major American sports leagues to be worn during competition. Teams cannot force..." March 06

  • Dodgers plan to 'err on the side of caution' with Seager's back

    MLB.com "Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was sidelined again on Saturday, this time with upper back tenderness. Seager, who returned to Cactus League action on Friday after missing three days with a right shin bruise, was told to "lay low" on Saturday and not swing a bat, manager Dave Roberts..." March 04

  • MLB and MLBPA announce modifications of some rules for 2017 season

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association jointly announced modifications of some rules effective for the 2017 regular season. As was announced last month, managers will signal to the home plate umpire that he wants to intentionally walk the current..." March 02

  • Nationals sign Joe Blanton to one-year deal

    Sportsnaut "The Washington Nationals continue to add names to their roster with the newest addition being pitcher Joe Blanton, who was signed to a one-year deal. According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, the 12-year veteran was in Washington Tuesday presumably taking his physical for the team." February 28

  • What if the World Baseball Classic featured a team of Cuban players in MLB?

    CBS Sports "Next week, the 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic will begin with pool play. The tournament starts March 6 and the championship game will be played March 22, at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full schedule and here are the full rosters . Once upon a time Cuba dominated international..." February 27

  • The Dodgers asked the Tigers about Justin Verlander this offseason

    Hardball Talk "File this under “man, that would’ve been cool.” Or, if you’re a Tigers fan, file it under “man, that would’ve signaled several years of misery.” However you fall on the matter, however, know that, according to Jon Heyman, the Dodgers inquired about trading for Justin Verlander over the..." February 24

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Orioles acquire Vidal Nuno from Dodgers

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles added another piece to their pitching depth Sunday, acquiring left-handed reliever Vidal Nuño in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Orioles will send minor league right-hander Ryan Moseley, who pitched at short-season Class-A Aberdeen last season, to the Dodgers in the..." February 20

  • McCarthy was involved in failed Puig-Braun trade

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "When the Milwaukee Brewers came close to sending Ryan Braun to the Los Angeles Dodgers last Aug. 31, there was a general perception that he would be traded over the off-season when no deadline clock was ticking. But there Braun was Saturday morning, reporting to the Brewers’ spring camp as..." February 19

  • Kershaw to start 7th straight Opening Day for Dodgers

    ESPN "- In one of the more obvious decisions of the 2017 major league season, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts on Saturday officially named Clayton Kershaw as his Opening Day starter. Kershaw will make his seventh consecutive Opening Day start when the Dodgers begin the season at home April 3..." February 19

  • Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez: To shut down swinging for two weeks

    CBS Sports "Gonzalez will take two weeks off from swinging due to experiencing elbow inflammation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. Coming off his 11th consecutive season of registering at least 600 plate appearances, it appears Gonzalez will be forced to take things slowly in spring..." February 17

  • Kenley Jansen turns down record deal to stay with Dodgers

    USA Today "Even as they were starting to build their current stretch of four consecutive NL West titles, the Los Angeles Dodgers were dogged by reports that they had a toxic clubhouse mix. That was one of the issues president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman wanted to address when he joined the club..." February 16

  • Clayton Kershaw shares modest goal for 2017 season

    Larry Brown Sports "Clayton Kershaw has been one of the best pitchers in baseball for the past several years, so no one would call him overly ambitious if his goal for the 2017 season was to win the N.L. Cy Young Award. However, the left-hander is focused on something a bit more simple — staying on the field. On..." February 15

  • Dodgers' TV blackout for thousands of fans to enter fourth season

    Los Angeles Times "For the fourth consecutive year, the Dodgers’ television broadcasts could go unseen by a majority of fans in the Los Angeles area. Charter Communications said Monday it does not anticipate reaching agreements with DirecTV or any other cable or satellite provider to carry the Dodgers-owned..." February 14

  • Chase Utley once dressed up like a batboy to discreetly speak with the home plate umpire

    Hardball Talk "In an article published on Monday, Peter Gammons provided some interesting anecdotes about second baseman Chase Utley, who recently returned to the Dodgers on a one-year, $2 million deal. Phillies fans are very familiar with Utley’s personality and Dodgers fans have been getting acclimated with..." February 14

  • Dodgers re-sign Chase Utley and add outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on one-year deals

    Los Angeles Times "When the Dodgers acquired Tampa Bay second baseman Logan Forsythe in January, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman was asked about the dwindling likelihood of re-signing veteran infielder Chase Utley. “You never say never with a guy like Chase,” Friedman said, “just because of the..." February 11

  • Utley deciding between 4 contending teams

    Fox Sports "Longtime Philadelphia Phillies second baseman, Chase Utley, appears to be being courted by the American League Champions. After a decently productive 2016 campaign, the six-time All-Star has proven himself capable of a starting role. Ideally, Chase Utley will find himself in a situation much..." February 10

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • Brian Wilson mulling MLB comeback as knuckleballer

    Sportsnaut "He’s back! Well, he might be. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports three-time All-Star pitcher Brian Wilson could be returning to Major League Baseball. And he plans to return as a knuckleballer. Brown’s article mentions the 34-year-old recently threw some pitches on a mound at USC, and..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09