Dodgers Rumors & News

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • Is the cost of landing Yu Darvish worth it for the Yankees?

    SNY TV "The New York Yankees are firmly and legitimately back in win-now mode. They claim year after year to be ready to compete for a championship, but the truth is the last couple of seasons there were more questions than answers. However, courtesy of an extended 2017 postseason run and the addition..." January 16

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Blue Jays sign Curtis Granderson to one-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have signed outfielder Curtis Granderson to a one-year contract, industry sources tell Sportsnet. The deal is worth $5 million with incentives for playing time. The 36-year-old, who will turn 37 by Opening Day, split last season between the New York Mets and Los Angeles..." January 15

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Yankees can create payroll flexibility to sign Yu Darvish by trading Jacoby Ellsbury, Clint Frazier to Giants

    New York Daily News "If the Yankees have any hope of trading Jacoby Ellsbury to help pave the way for signing Yu Darvish, they’ll probably have to include one of their best young players as an enticement. Most likely that means Clint Frazier, for the same reason Brian Cashman was willing to deal him for Gerrit..." January 15

  • Mets, Adrian Gonzalez agree to deal: source

    New York Daily News "The Mets are adding some insurance at first base. The Amazin’s have agreed to terms with free agent Adrian Gonzalez pending a physical, a source confirmed to the Daily News. The veteran first baseman will likely split time at first depending on how much Dominic Smith, a 2013 first-round pick..." January 14

  • Should the Rangers pursue Yu Darvish?

    Fanrag Sports "There have been rumors on and off that Yu Darvish would favor a return to the Texas Rangers pretty much since he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Darvish hasn’t eliminated them from his list of considered teams yet, and the relationship between the Texas front office and the pitcher is..." January 13

  • Yankees Offered Yu Darvish Massive Deal Before Pulling Offer

    NESN "The New York Yankees are reportedly interested in free agent pitcher Yu Darvish — if the price is right. Apparently, $160 million right for the Yankees. Unfortunately for the Bronx Bombers, however, the price wasn’t right for Davish … at least not yet. The Yankees have been busy this..." January 12

  • Yasmani Grandal, Pedro Baez reportedly agree to one-year deals with Dodgers, avoid arbitration

    L.A. Daily News "The Dodgers have reportedly reached agreement on one-year contracts with two of their seven players who had filed for arbitration. Catcher Yasmani Grandal agreed to a one-year, $7.9 million deal, avoiding arbitration in his final year of eligibility. The 29-year-old Grandal can become a free..." January 11

  • Yu Darvish Likes Yankees, But Is The Feeling Still Mutual?

    CBS New York "The Yankees’ quest for a sixth starting pitcher has been the topic of discussion ever since they stunned the sports world by trading for Giancarlo Stanton a month ago. Whether it be general manager Brian Cashman or new manager Aaron Boone, the Yankees have repeatedly stated they’d like to add..." January 11

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • Darvish still considering Rangers, but is it just wishful thinking?

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "News, not particularly big news, was made Tuesday by the Texas Rangers, who avoided arbitration with outfielder Ryan Rua on a one-year deal with $870,000. They also signed catcher Mike Ohlman to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Rua is one of four..." January 10

  • Red Sox turn down trade for Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig

    Sporting News "The Red Sox turned down a trade involving Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig for Jackie Bradley Jr., according to FanRag Sports. Bradley was unable to build off his breakthrough 2016 last season, but he rallied after the All-Star break to slash .245/.323/.402 with 17 home runs and 63 RBIs. He hit..." January 08

  • Dodgers sign Zach Neal to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Dodgers signed right-handed sinkerballer Zach Neal to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Saturday. Neal elected free agency from the Athletics in October and was said to be seeking another minor league arrangement this offseason. He’s expected to receive an..." January 07

  • The Dodgers floated Puig for Bradley Jr. trade, which tells us a lot

    Boston Globe "Part of the baseball offseason’s fascination and illumination is provided not by the deals that get done but by those that don’t. Winter provides the freedom to shape rosters in any number of ways, permitting teams to entertain a wide array of ideas about how to build their rosters. In most..." January 05

  • White Sox add relievers Luis Avilan, Joakim Soria in three-team trade

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox bolstered their bullpen Thursday evening with a three-team trade that will bring veteran relievers Luis Avilan and Joakim Soria to the South Side. The Sox gave up minor-league infielder Jake Peter in the deal and also will get cash considerations from the Dodgers. The Dodgers..." January 04

  • Twins in contact with Yu Darvish

    Larry Brown Sports "Since the signing of Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani, there has been very little movement on the pitcher free agent market. Yu Darvish remains one of the biggest — if not the biggest — pitchers on the market. And the Minnesota Twins are among the teams with heavy interest in him. Fan Rag..." January 04

  • Dodgers add former phenom to coaching staff

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers are adding a notable name to their coaching staff: former Chicago Cubs phenom Mark Prior. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported on Tuesday that the Dodgers are hiring Prior to be their bullpen coach. News of the hire was confirmed by multiple sources, including Dodgers..." January 03

  • Should Japanese career be a HOF factor?

    CBS Sports "No sooner than five years from now, the great Ichiro Suzuki will be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Ichiro still wants to play but remains unsigned. If he's unable to latch on anywhere, his five-year waiting period before appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot will..." January 02

  • Brewers trade Dylan Baker to the Dodgers

    Hardball Talk "Hey, a minor trade! The first (arguable) news of the new year! The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired righty Dylan Baker from the Brewers for a player to be named later or cash considerations. In other news, it would be cool if the player was actually named Cash Considerations. Someone should..." January 02

  • Managers And Top Front Office Executives On Expiring Contracts

    MLB Trade Rumors "There are quite a few notable managers and top front office executives (general managers or heads of baseball operations who have different titles) entering their last guaranteed year under contract in 2018, creating even more pressure than usual to have a good season. Thanks to Cot’s Baseball..." December 27

  • Dodgers claim pitcher Henry Owens

    Los Angeles Times "The Dodgers claimed left-hander Henry Owens on waivers Friday, adding a fallen prospect to their stash of pitching depth. The Boston Red Sox selected Owens out of Huntington Beach Edison in the first round of the 2011 draft, ahead of outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Owens twice was ranked among..." December 22

  • Yu Darvish himself shoots down a rumor that he signed with the Cubs

    Hardball Talk "A report began circulating on Thursday afternoon that free agent starter Yu Darvish was a “done deal.” That report, however, was quickly refuted by other, more well-regarded journalists in the know like Bruce Levine and David Kaplan. Just to make perfectly clear, though, Darvish himself took to..." December 21

  • How Yankees whispers can turn into a Yu Darvish splash

    New York Post "Ancient, recent past and current history have taught us one thing when it comes to the Yankees: Never use the word never. Babe Ruth. Roger Clemens. Alex Rodriguez. Giancarlo Stanton. None of them were ever going to be Yankees, and all eventually were. “I still can’t believe it,’’ Dellin..." December 21

  • Dodgers Sign Pitcher Tom Koehler To 1-Year Deal

    CBS Los Angeles "The Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday announced the signing of 31-year-old right-handed pitcher Tom Koehler. The NL champs signed Koehler to a one-year contract worth a reported $2 million. Koehler, lifetime, is 36-55 with a 4.39 ERA in 161 career Major League games (133 starts). In six..." December 21

  • A $300-million team? Don't expect the Dodgers to have a payroll like that again

    Los Angeles Times "If the acquisition of Adrian Gonzalez five years ago marked the beginning of the most extravagant era in Dodgers history, his departure last week signaled its end. The Dodgers have paid a record amount in luxury taxes the past five years, nearly $150 million. They will spend again, but not like..." December 20

  • Cubs' pursuit of Yu Darvish has been under the radar

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs’ interest in free-agent pitcher Yu Darvish is surprising and intriguing at the same time. Darvish and Jake Arrieta, both 31, are considered the top two starters on the market, and if Arrieta’s asking price was expected to be too high for the Cubs to consider re-signing him, it made..." December 20

  • Dodgers, Yankees get MLB luxury tax bills; reset in '18 goal for both teams

    Sporting News "The Dodgers and Yankees will pay Major League Baseball a combined $52 million in luxury taxes on top of their 2017 payrolls. The clubs want those figures to be zero by this time next year. LA is a taxpayer for a fifth consecutive season, according to figures compiled by the commssioner's..." December 20

  • Jessica Mendoza will return to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in 2018, but other booth positions remain TBD

    Awful Announcing "With Dan Shulman leaving Sunday Night Baseball for the sake of his personal life and Aaron Boone departing to manage the Yankees, ESPN’s flagship baseball program finds itself in flux. But as of Tuesday, we know one thing about Sunday Night Baseball in 2018: Jessica Mendoza will be back. ESPN..." December 20

  • Astros planning to meet with Yu Darvish

    Fanrag Sports "The Houston Astros are said by sources to be meeting in Texas with star free agent pitcher Yu Darvish, following by one day the Cubs’ meeting with the right-hander. The Cubs’ confab with Darvish “went well” by all accounts. But they obviously have some company in the Darvish derby. The..." December 19

  • Dodgers Receiving Minimal Trade Interest In Matt Kemp

    MLB Trade Rumors "When the Dodgers recently pulled off a big-contract swap with the Braves that improved the team’s luxury tax accounting, they ended up with former star outfielder Matt Kemp. It remains difficult to see Kemp ending up on the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster, but the team is also finding little interest..." December 19

  • Mets after former MVP-caliber first baseman?

    Newark Star-Ledger "If the Mets can find a time machine for Adrian Gonzalez, perhaps a bargain-bin star could arrive to jolt New York's offense in 2018. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Mets will kick the tires on Gonzalez--a free agent after a release from the Atlanta Braves following last week's..." December 19

  • Yu Darvish confirms meeting with Cubs

    Fanrag Sports "Hours after it was reported that the Chicago Cubs were interested in free agent pitcher Yu Darvish, the man himself confirmed that he met with the team on Monday. In his native Japanese, Darvish said that he did not have an interpreter with him for the 3.5-hour meeting in order to get more..." December 19

  • Signing Yu Darvish would be great win-now move for Cubs

    Fanrag Sports "Coming into the offseason, the Chicago Cubs knew they were going to need to make some moves to patch up their starting rotation. Jake Arrieta and John Lackey are free agents, with the former projecting to get a big contract and the latter looking to hang on and pitch one more season. The Cubs..." December 18

  • Braves Release Adrian Gonzalez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have formally released Adrian Gonzalez, tweets Mark Bowman of MLB.com. Gonzalez was acquired over the weekend in a stunning five-player salary dump and immediately designated for assignment. As David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes, being designated and immediately..." December 18

  • Twins are still part of the Yu Darvish sweepstakes

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "As spring training creeps closer — yes, it’s only two months away — we have the same old Twins. They speak optimistically of making impactful moves, fail to do so, then talk about how hard they tried. Or so it seems. This offseason still could be different. The Twins seem determined to try..." December 18

  • What the Dodgers salary-dump trade means to the star-studded 2018 free agent market

    Los Angeles Times "What would you do with $100 million? The Dodgers could use it as a down payment toward signing two of the three most dominant players in the star-studded free-agent class next winter. The Dodgers’ payroll-driven trade Saturday — in which they exchanged players with troublesome contracts for..." December 18

  • Matt Kemp Traded to Dodgers for Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, More

    Bleacher Report "The Atlanta Braves announced Saturday that they traded outfielder Matt Kemp to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a package consisting of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir, right-hander Brandon McCarthy, infielder Charlie Culberson and cash considerations. Kemp is..." December 16

  • Report: Dodgers unlikely to keep Matt Kemp

    Yardbarker "The Los Angeles Dodgers have reacquired Matt Kemp, but they don’t sound like they have any intention of keeping him. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Dodgers are trying to unload a large portion of Kemp’s salary, and he is unlikely to ever play..." December 16

  • Braves' Adrian Gonzalez: Dished to Braves, designated for assignment

    CBS Sports "Gonzalez (back) was traded to the Braves along with Scott Kazmir (hip), Brandon McCarthy, Charlie Culberson and cash in exchange for Matt Kemp on Saturday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Following the Trade, Gonzalez was designated for assignment, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Gonzalez, who..." December 16

  • Dodgers sign Tom Koehler to one-year deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers have added a pitcher to the roster, as sources confirmed to FanRag Sports that the team has signed Tom Koehler. News of the agreement was first reported by Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. Koehler spent time with the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays last season, going a..." December 16

  • Dodgers’ Dave Roberts not surprised to learn Astros said Yu Darvish was tipping pitches

    L.A. Daily News "In case getting past the Dodgers’ Game 7 World Series loss to the Houston Astros wasn’t difficult enough, Manager Dave Roberts on Tuesday faced confirmation of their fears: that Yu Darvish was tipping his pitches in two of the Series losses. An anonymous Astros player told Sports Illustrated..." December 13

  • Manager Paul Molitor: Twins have 'tremendous interest' in Yu Darvish

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "There's more stuff from Twins manager Paul Molitor below, but here's one of the more interesting subjects he spoke about during his press conference today. As a mini-throng of Japanese media looked on, Molitor was asked about the Twins interest in free agent righthander Yu Darvish. "Let's..." December 13

  • Dodgers SS Corey Seager to avoid elbow surgery

    Sporting News "Dodgers star shortstop Corey Seager will not undergo elbow surgery this offseason, general manager Farhan Zaidi confirmed Tuesday, via The Los Angeles Times. Seager played just 145 games last season, while missing most of the postseason due to lingering back and elbow injuries. He still..." December 12

  • Relationship with Twins GM Thad Levine could be ‘game-changer’ for Yu Darvish

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Yu Darvish, the Japanese star right-hander considered the best available starting pitcher on a slow-moving free-agent market, has been doing his homework on potential employers. That includes the Twins, whose general manager, Thad Levine, has publicly called signing Darvish a “priority.” Levine..." December 12

  • Dodgers still talking to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish

    CBS Sports "Although he was one of the biggest reasons the Dodgers lost the World Series, Yu Darvish could end up back in Los Angeles. The Dodgers and Darvish, now a free agent, have remained in touch throughout the offseason. The Dodgers acquired Darvish to help put them over the top, and while he helped..." December 12

  • This Is How Yu Darvish Was Tipping His Pitches in the World Series

    SI "When Yu Darvish imploded in the World Series, there was immediate speculation about the cause could have been. Was he injured? Was former Rangers teammate Carlos Beltran sharing his secrets with the Astros? Was Darvish tipping his pitches somehow? The last option seemed like the most likely,..." December 12

  • Astros interested in Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish

    Sporting News "The Astros are just a month removed from winning their first World Series in franchise history, but they are already looking ahead to next season. Houston made a key move acquiring Tigers ace Justin Verlander before the August 31 waiver-trade deadline, and the defending champs are now ready to..." December 12

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