Dodgers Rumors & News

  • Clayton Kershaw is turning 30, but he doesn't feel that old

    Los Angeles Times "No competitor, in any sport, is more focused than Clayton Kershaw. On the days he pitches, there is no tolerance for distraction. But this is spring training, where the atmosphere is lighter and the crowd sits extra close to the field. On Sunday, as Kershaw adjusted his batting glove in the..." March 19

  • Kemp receives praise, seen as more than platoon "Manager Dave Roberts didn't like the pregame question as much as his answer when asked if the Dodgers' lineup he fielded in Friday's 4-1 Cactus League loss to the D-backs was essentially what he has in mind for Opening Day against the Giants on March 29. "I wrote it down and said, 'That's a..." March 16

  • Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp wants a second chance and is making his case to stay

    Los Angeles Times "Camp breaks in a little more than a week and Matt Kemp is still here, which at one time felt about as likely as the Dodgers reappearing on television or Stan Kasten developing a sense of humility. Kemp's improbable return to Dodger Stadium in a Dodgers uniform has become entirely conceivable,..." March 15

  • Dodgers renew contracts of Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger

    Los Angeles Times "The Dodgers renewed the contracts of Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger on Wednesday, assigning the two young stars a salary after the players declined to agree to the team's offer. The Dodgers renewed Seager at $605,000 and Bellinger at $585,000. The major league minimum salary this season is..." March 15

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • Dodgers Release Mark Lowe

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have released veteran right-hander Mark Lowe from his minor league contract, tweets ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. Lowe had been in camp on a minor league pact, and despite some considerable struggles over the past two seasons, he still hopes to continue his pitching career and land with..." March 12

  • Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager plays field for first time this spring

    Los Angeles Times "For five innings on Monday, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager stood on the infield dirt beneath the sun during a minor-league game. He shifted his positioning in between batters, swept his feet across the ground and mostly waited for something to do. On only two occasions, both in the second inning..." March 12

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • Kershaw: Dodgers' pursuit of Ohtani was 'gigantic waste of time'

    ESPN "Clayton Kershaw wasn't fazed by facing Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani for the first time Wednesday. In fact, count the Los Angeles Dodgers ace left-hander as among the few not feeling the hype for Ohtani after he chose to sign with the Los Angeles Angels instead of the Dodgers and others..." March 07

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07

  • Union: Baseball players grappling with ‘historically different’ market

    Detroit News "Three weeks from the start of the 2018 big-league season, Tony Clark has a problem. Too many unemployed stars are waiting for phone calls, or for contracts, or for offers that might lead to contracts the players and their agents believe are worthwhile. But it’s not happening. Jake Arrieta...." March 06

  • Kenley Jansen worried about MLB effort imbalance

    Fanrag Sports "Los Angeles Dodgers superstar closer Kenley Jansen is in a great spot, with a Dodgers team that goes for it every year and his own near-record-for-a-reliever $80 million contract that was signed a winter ago in hand. But he is worried about the other guys – the stars and the rest. And the other..." March 05

  • Rob Manfred is mad at West Virginia over sports gambling

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a minute since we’ve talked about legalized sports gambling here. We should remedy that, because legalized sports gambling is going to be the next gigantic cash cow for professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball included. First, to get everyone up to speed: Currently,..." March 05

  • Dodgers' Koehler to miss unknown amount of time with shoulder strain

    Los Angeles Times "The Dodgers' most significant acquisition in free agency walked into the clubhouse in a sling on Saturday. Tom Koehler will start the season on the disabled list, and the Dodgers reliever said he could miss weeks or months with a strain in his right shoulder. "We're optimistic he'll be back..." March 03

  • Kershaw should be 'a Dodger for life,' owner says

    Fanrag Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers and their superstar pitcher Clayton Kershaw, to this point, have kept things very close to the vest when it comes to the contract negotiations between the marquee franchise and their franchise player. However, on Saturday, Dodgers owner Mark Walter at least made things..." March 03

  • Tom Koehler leaves game with possible shoulder injury

    Hardball Talk "Dodgers reliever Tom Koehler was forced off the mound in the third inning of Friday’s Dodgers/White Sox game after suffering what appeared to be a right shoulder injury. While the extent of the injury has yet to be revealed, manager Dave Roberts said the right-hander felt some tightness in his..." March 02

  • Slow Market Likely Means Record March Spending

    MLB Trade Rumors "In an offseason that’s been unlike any in big league history, it should come as no surprise that the month of March is on track for an unprecedented level of spending. While the remaining free agents at the top of the market almost certainly won’t find contracts matching the expectations they..." March 02

  • Stan Kasten wants Dodger Stadium to host an All-Star Game

    Hardball Talk "Per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten confirmed that his team is “aggressively pursuing” hosting an All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium, perhaps as soon as 2020. The Los Angeles city council is apparently on board with the idea. Kasten said, “We..." March 02

  • The cores of the baseballs used since 2015 have changed

    Hardball Talk "Last year two different studies — one by Ben Lindbergh and Mitchel Lichtman for The Ringer, and another by FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur — found evidence that baseballs were altered at some point around the middle of the 2015 season. In 2015, 4,909 home runs were hit across the league. That wasn’t..." March 01

  • A Matt Kemp trade makes no sense for White Sox, but what about other available DH options?

    NBC Sports Chicago "The White Sox aren't going to trade for Matt Kemp. There's no inside info to support that declaration, but come on. Why in the world would a rebuilding team give up anything to bring aboard a 33-year-old who is owed an outrageous $43 million over the next two seasons? FanRag's Jon Heyman..." March 01

  • Dodgers asking Kenta Maeda to take bullpen mentality into rotation spot

    Orange County Register "There was a right-handed reliever who pitched very well in a setup role for the Dodgers during their postseason run. Kenta Maeda remembers him. “Of course,” Maeda said through his translator, laughing. “He was pretty good.” A starter throughout his professional career in Japan and with..." February 28

  • MLBPA Files Grievance Against Four Teams Over Revenue Sharing Funds

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Player’s Association has initiated a grievance proceeding against the Athletics, Marlins, Pirates, and Rays regarding those teams’ spending of revenue sharing dollars, according to a report from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. This general issue has been..." February 27

  • Dodgers To Sign Rocky Gale To Minors Contract

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have agreed to a minor league deal with catcher Rocky Gale, according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (Twitter link). The contract includes an invitation to the Dodgers’ big league Spring Training camp. Gale was released by the Padres earlier this week after being designated for..." February 26

  • Major League Baseball orders balls stored in climate controlled rooms for some reason

    Hardball Talk "Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reports that Major League Baseball will mandate that teams store baseballs in “an air-conditioned and enclosed room[s]” this season. He adds that the league will install climate sensors in each room to measure temperature and humidity during the 2018 season, with..." February 23

  • Dodgers Claim J.T. Chargois From Twins

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers announced that they’ve claimed right-handed reliever J.T. Chargois off waivers from the Twins. Left-hander Julio Urias has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported yesterday that Chargois..." February 23

  • Yasiel Puig scratched from spring training game with injury caused by new shoes

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s understandable if MLB players aren’t quite in the best shape yet in the month of February, but Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig brought that to a whole new level this week. Puig was scratched from the team’s spring opener against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, and manager Dave..." February 23

  • MLB Rumors: Tim Lincecum to Dodgers, Giants or Padres?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The MLB free agent market is starting to dry up, with just a few top-flight options remaining unsigned, including former NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta. The former Cubs ace won't come cheap, but teams looking for a bargain basement steal can grab a former two-time NL Cy Young Award..." February 23

  • Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes dealing with elbow discomfort

    Los Angeles Times "Limited by discomfort in his throwing elbow, Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes will be held out of games behind the plate for the first week of Cactus League action, manager Dave Roberts said on Thursday morning. The team is set to begin spring training games on Friday against the White Sox. Barnes..." February 22

  • Alex Wood to try pitching out of the stretch

    Hardball Talk "Pedro Moura of The Athletic reports that Dodgers starter Alex Wood plans to pitch out of the stretch throughout the 2018 season. Wood got the idea when he watched Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg pitch against the Dodgers. Wood, 27, finished last season 16-3 with a 2.72 ERA and a 151/38 K/BB..." February 21

  • Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw have ‘open dialogue’ with his opt-out looming

    Orange County Register "Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has said he isn’t thinking about the clause in his contract which allows him to opt out and become a free agent next fall. It would be unwise for the Dodgers’ front office to take such an approach. The Dodgers’ front office is many things. Unwise is not one of..." February 21

  • Report: MLB floating idea of letting trailing team bat anyone they want in 9th inning

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been searching for ways in recent years to improve pace of play and inject more drama into games, but one idea that an MLB executive floated this week seems downright preposterous. During Tuesday’s edition of “The Rich Eisen Show,” Eisen revealed that he was told by an..." February 21

  • Dodgers will rely on young pitchers for starting depth

    Orange County Register "The Dodgers saw a need this winter and added someone with more than 100 major-league starts in his past. Mark Prior was hired as the team’s new bullpen coach. The team’s starting pitching depth, on the other hand, is made up of young pitchers with far less experience than Prior’s 106 big-league..." February 20

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • Dodgers manager Dave Roberts doesn't shy away from rethinking his decisions in the World Series

    Los Angeles Times "Before the first game of last season's World Series, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts walked alone to center field at Dodger Stadium and carefully pulled a small vial out of his pocket. Across the deep green grass, he scattered some of his father's ashes. Seven months after Waymon Roberts died..." February 16

  • With Yu Darvish gone, Dodgers still confident in starting rotation

    Los Angeles Times "In the hours after he signed with the Cubs, recalibrating the balance of power in the National League back toward the Midwest, Yu Darvish called Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. His remarks focused on the warmth he felt for Roberts and the Dodgers, before hinting at the rekindling of his competitive..." February 15

  • Clayton Kershaw wishes Yu Darvish signed with AL team

    Larry Brown Sports "Bringing back Yu Darvish would have allowed the Los Angeles Dodgers to keep together one of the most terrifying rotations in baseball for 2018 and beyond, but Darvish has instead signed with another National League contender. That makes Clayton Kershaw a tad nervous. While speaking with..." February 14

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • Theo Epstein: World Series issues helped Cubs land Yu Darvish

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish's World Series struggles last October may have actually helped his new team in its pursuit of the righty, which ended officially on Tuesday when he signed for six years and $126 million. The Cubs didn't pay much attention to his 3.1 innings and nine runs given up..." February 13

  • Clayton Kershaw to start record eighth Dodgers opener

    ESPN "No surprise here: Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Clayton Kershaw will make his team-record eighth Opening Day start, against the visiting San Francisco Giants on March 29. Roberts made the announcement Tuesday when pitchers and catchers reported to spring training with the..." February 13

  • Chase Utley returning to Dodgers for 2018 season

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached an agreement with infielder Chase Utley to return to the team in 2018, pending a physical, sources confirmed to ESPN. Utley, 39, batted .236 with 8 home runs and 34 RBIs in 127 games in 2017 with Los Angeles. Utley's skills have diminished since his..." February 13

  • Matt Kemp has lost over 40 pounds

    Hardball Talk "Harold Reynolds said on MLB Network on this morning that Matt Kemp lost 41 pounds during the offseason. Reynolds added that Kemp was pushing to lose 50 pounds. Kemp showed up at Dodgers camp today and people are saying he’s noticeably thinner. In other news, Matt Kemp had 40-50 pounds to lose...." February 13

  • Giants in ‘serious contract talks’ with Tony Watson [report]

    KNBR "Watson first reached the major leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011. After three years, his best came in 2014, where he held a 10-2 record with a 1.63 ERA in 77.1 innings pitched over 78 games. He went on to put up a 1.91 ERA the following year in roughly the same amount of work. Last..." February 13

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • Report: Dodgers, Chase Utley in 'serious discussions' "Free agent Chase Utley, who has been working out at Dodger Stadium all offseason with other Dodgers, is in "serious discussions" to re-sign, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reports. Utley has been expected to re-sign early in camp, as he did a year ago once management was sure a 40-man roster..." February 13

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • Source: Rangers 'not even close' on Darvish

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Yu Darvish is going to the Chicago Cubs, a source confirmed, with a six-year deal worth at least $126 million after his No. 1 landing spot failed to make a competitive offer. The same source said that the Texas Rangers, the team that brought Darvish from Japan in 2012 and traded him away July..." February 12

  • Cubs Reportedly Made Late Call To Arrieta Before Signing Darvish

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs “put in one last call” to Jake Arrieta before completing their six-year, $126MM deal with Yu Darvish, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Heyman says Epstein respectfully inquired as to whether Arrieta would have been willing to accept “a deal believed to be similar to the one offered..." February 12

  • Yu Darvish turned down Dodgers to join Cubs

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers weren’t put off by Yu Darvish’s World Series struggles as they tried to retain the starter. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers were in the Darvish sweepstakes right up until the end and even offered him similar terms. The star right-hander, however,..." February 10