Dodgers Rumors & News

  • Nationals making push for Jansen

    MLB Trade Rumors "Rival executives don’t expect the Dodgers to match the Marlins’ offer, per Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times (Twitter link). The Nationals are now “making a push” for Jansen, reports FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal (Twitter links). However, the Nats are “uncomfortable” with the financial..." December 08

  • Dave Roberts not putting the hard sell on Dodgers’ free agents

    Fanrag Sports "Dave Roberts was the National League Manager of the Year in his first year on the job. However, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ skipper is not attempting to become NL Salesman of the Year this winter. The Dodgers won their fourth consecutive NL West title in 2016 after Roberts replaced Don..." December 07

  • Marlins To Sign A.J. Ellis

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins have agreed to a one-year, $2.5MM deal with veteran backstop A.J. Ellis, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney (on Twitter). Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald had just reported that the Marlins appeared to have a “good shot” at landing Ellis to be the new backup catcher in Miami, where he’ll be..." December 07

  • 2016 postseason playoff shares announced

    Hardball Talk "There used to be a time when postseason money was bigger than most players’ actual salaries. Winning a pennant in baseball’s Golden Age was great for its own sake, but if you were one of the guys who hung around with, say, the Yankees for a long time like Frank Crosetti, the money was basically..." December 07

  • Jose Bautista draws interest from L.A. Dodgers

    Toronto Star "A source indicates that free-agent outfielder Jose Bautista and his camp have been contacted by the Los Angeles Dodgers regarding a potential contract, but that those talks are on hold until the major-league trade market further plays itself out. Bautista, 36, in the spring was reportedly..." December 06

  • Kenley Jansen? Wade Davis? Cubs Keeping an Open Mind For the Ninth Inning

    CSN Chicago "The San Francisco Giants had been three outs away from forcing an elimination game that Johnny Cueto would have started at Wrigley Field – and five different relievers couldn’t protect a three-run lead against a Cubs team that made a stunning comeback. That October crash reverberated throughout..." December 06

  • Jimmy Rollins hopes to continue playing in 2017

    CBS Sports "Former NL MVP Jimmy Rollins is not ready to hang up his spikes. Rollins, who turned 38 last month, hopes to continue playing next season. He was released by the White Sox on June 15 this past season and did not hook on with another team. Prior to being released Rollins .221/.295/.329 (74 OPS+)..." December 06

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Dodgers reportedly showing interest in Cutch

    MLB.com "The first day of the Winter Meetings brought a new round of rumors around the Pirates and Andrew McCutchen -- and perhaps a new suitor for Pittsburgh's franchise player. The Dodgers have shown recent interest in McCutchen, MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported Monday morning. The Nationals have been..." December 05

  • Dodgers re-sign Rich Hill to three-year, $48 million deal

    USA Today "Rich Hill, who struggled for years with injuries and inconsistency, finally got his big payday at the age of 36. The Los Angeles Dodgers re-signed the left-hander to a three-year, $48 million deal, the club announced on Monday. It culminates a wild rise that began in 2015, when he parlayed..." December 05

  • Angels check in on Justin Turner

    ESPN "Could the Los Angeles Angels make a play for free-agent third baseman Justin Turner? The Halos have at least checked in on Turner, but a deal appears to be a major long shot, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. The Angels aren't expected to be big spenders this offseason, but it's worth..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Dodgers Shopping Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers are shopping Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy and others, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports (Twitter link). Roster flexibility is one factor in these trade explorations, as Los Angeles currently has 39 players on its 40-man roster. Rich Hill could fill that last open spot, as the Dodgers are..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • There are plenty of possibilities for Dodgers

    L.A. Daily News "The Dodgers might re-sign Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner. But the odds are against it. They might trade for Chris Sale or Justin Verlander. But they probably won’t. They might sign Aroldis Chapman and trade for Andrew McCutchen. But probably not. Maybe they’ll sign Mark Melancon..." December 04

  • Dodgers making progress on reunion with Rich Hill as winter meetings approach

    Los Angeles Times "On the eve of the winter meetings, the Dodgers appeared on the verge of re-signing the pitcher they viewed as the best of this free-agent class. The team was believed to be making progress toward a multi-year reunion with Rich Hill, according to people familiar with the situation. The people..." December 04

  • Dodgers sign Scott Van Slyke, Chris Hatcher to one-year contracts

    Orange County Register "The Dodgers reached agreement with two of their arbitration-eligible players, signing outfielder Scott Van Slyke and right-hander Chris Hatcher to one-year contracts. Both Van Slyke and Hatcher made limited contributions in 2016 and were considered candidates to be non-tendered. Teams have..." December 01

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • New York in 'full pursuit' for Rich Hill, Boston 'in mix,'

    Mass Live "ESPN's Jim Bowden is reporting that the New York Yankees are among four teams "in full pursuit" of free agent starting pitcher Rich Hill while the Boston Red Sox are one of two teams "in the mix to a lesser degree." Bowden reported: "Rich Hill has four teams that are all 'in' full pursuit of..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Cardinals Have Interest In Justin Turner

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals have at least some interest in free agent third baseman Justin Turner, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network (Twitter link). It is not apparent from the report whether the club has spoken to Turner’s representatives. As things stand, St. Louis appears to have a full slate of..." November 29

  • Dodgers deny being under MLB 'mandate' to bring down debt

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Dodgers insist that their business model is thriving and they are under no orders from Major League Baseball to curtail debt, despite a report that indicated otherwise this past weekend. A report in the Los Angeles Times on Saturday revealed through an unnamed source that the..." November 29

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Dodgers facing MLB mandate to cut hundreds of millions in debt

    Los Angeles Times "The Dodgers, who have spent more than a billion dollars on player payroll in the first four seasons of Guggenheim Baseball Management, face a mandate to reduce debt in order to conform to Major League Baseball rules. The club is expected to reduce payroll for a second consecutive season, with..." November 27

  • Alex Guerrero nearing deal in Japan

    MLB Trade Rumors "Infielder/outfielder Alex Guerrero is nearing a contract with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball league, according to Sanspo (link in Japanese; h/t J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles News Group). Last we heard from Guerrero, he was hitting the open market after being..." November 26

  • Dodgers select Shawn Green's app for team's startup tech program

    Los Angeles Times "In an event space packed with venture capitalists looking to invest in the next big thing, he did not stand out. He slipped a black jacket over a blue shirt, mingling with the hundreds of people enjoying hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and painfully loud music. He could deliver a sales pitch for..." November 26

  • Former Dodgers Pitcher Ralph Branca Dies at 90

    Bleacher Report "Longtime Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca died Wednesday at the age of 90. Bobby Valentine, a former MLB manager and husband to Branca's daughter Mary, announced the news on Twitter: "One of the greatest guys to ever throw a pitch or sing a song is [no] longer with us. Ralph Branca passed..." November 23

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • Five MLB teams that may look far different very soon

    USA Today "Even before the turkey’s in the oven, several teams have hinted at an offseason reshuffling that might significantly change their roster composition for next year. USA TODAY Sports’ Jorge L. Ortiz examines five clubs that could be on the verge of a remake and in which direction they’re..." November 22

  • How top closers available Chapman, Jansen, Melancon get their outs

    CBS Sports "Over the weekend, the Cardinals signed left-handed reliever Brett Cecil to a surprising four-year deal worth more than $30 million. That contract inspired curiosity; if a good setup man is receiving so much, then how rich are the elite closers -- Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, and Mark Melancon..." November 22

  • Dodgers very open to bringing back Utley

    CBS Sports "Earlier on Sunday, we discussed the Dodgers' reported interest in Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe. It's the latest in a line of rumors connecting the Dodgers to various second basemen (think the Tigers Ian Kinsler and the Twins Brian Dozier). Yet apparently none of those murmurs -- smoke..." November 21

  • Here's why Logan Forsythe is a cheaper alternative to Ian Kinsler for Dodgers

    CBS Sports "Given their need to fill holes at second and third base and not many attractive options on the free-agent market -- other than possibly bringing back Justin Turner to man the hot corner -- we are sure to see the Dodgers often in trade rumors. We discussed their reported interest with Ian Kinsler a..." November 20

  • Reports: Josh Reddick, Astros agree on 4-year, $52 million deal

    ESPN "The Houston Astros and free-agent outfielder Josh Reddick have agreed on a four-year, $52 million contract, according to multiple reports. The agreement, which is subject to a physical, was first reported by Yahoo Sports. In 155 combined games between the A's and Dodgers, Reddick hit .281..." November 17

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • Kenley Jansen is Marlins’ top target

    Fanrag Sports "The Miami Marlins would love to sign Kenley Jansen if the market breaks right for them. They are considering the idea of putting together a super pen since there aren’t the types of starters available at reasonable cost to help them upgrade their rotation in a meaningful way. One thing in their..." November 17

  • Dodgers, Tigers in contact about Kinsler trade

    Michigan Live "The Los Angeles Dodgers, who have deep pockets and a vacancy at second base, have talked to the Detroit Tigers about acquiring Ian Kinsler, the MLB Network reported Wednesday. Reporter Jon Morosi cited unnamed sources in his report. Kinsler and right fielder J.D. Martinez are considered two..." November 16

  • Dodgers' Dave Roberts is National League manager of the year

    Los Angeles Times "The interview was over but the camera still focused on Dave Roberts. As he took off his headset, his wife Tricia walked into the picture and planted a big, triumphant, nationally televised kiss on her husband, the newly crowned National League manager of the year. “I’m sure I’m going to get..." November 16

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • Yasiel Puig Will Not Opt Into Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has elected to keep his guarantee over the following two seasons rather than opting into arbitration, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports on Twitter. That’s the opposite choice from that made yesterday by White Sox slugger Jose Abreu, who faced a similar — but hardly..." November 15

  • Dodgers' Corey Seager Wins 2016 NL Rookie of the Year Award

    NBC Los Angeles "Corey Seager of the Los Angeles Dodgers was unanimously voted Monday the 2016 National League Rookie of the Year. The shortstop batted .312, recording 26 home runs, 193 hits and 105 runs on the season. Drafted as the No. 18 pick in 2012, Seager became the 17th player in Dodgers history to..." November 14

  • Justin Turner and Kenley Jansen turn down qualifying offers

    Hardball Talk "More qualifying offer news coming in: Jon Heyman reports that free agents Justin Turner and Kenley Jansen, late of the Dodgers, have each decided to turn down their qualifying offers. Again, no surprises here. Turner hit 27 home runs in 2016 and has a 136 OPS+in 386 games over the last three..." November 14

  • Dodgers’ Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen to decline qualifying offers

    Fanrag Sports "Despite the Los Angeles Dodgers reaching the NLCS in 2016, it appears that the club’s roster may look a little different come spring training. While the Dodgers previously extended qualifying offers to both third baseman Justin Turner and closer Kenley Jansen, the tandem of looming free agents..." November 14

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