Dodgers Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Cubs To Sign Yu Darvish

    CBS Sports "The Chicago Cubs have reportedly agreed to a six-year, $126 million contract with free-agent starter Yu Darvish, Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic reports. The deal includes incentives that can boost the total value to $150 million, per Rosenthal. Darvish, 31, split last season between the Texas..." February 10

  • Yu Darvish reportedly has five offers on the table. What does that mean?

    Hardball Talk "What to make of these sorts of reports in this weird, weird offseason? Yes, reputable reporters are reporting that Yu Darvish has multiple $100 million+ offers on the table, most recently and notably from the Twins, who could use a starting pitcher like no one’s business. That report, from..." February 09

  • Scott Boras not sending his clients to MLBPA spring training

    Larry Brown Sports "If the MLBPA does end up organizing its own spring training for players who remain unsigned, some of the top free agents on the market will not be attending. On Thursday, Scott Boras told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that he is not planning to send any of his clients to a free agent camp. At this..." February 08

  • Twins reportedly make formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

    Larry Brown Sports "The Minnesota Twins are serious about their interest in Yu Darvish. They’re so serious that they made a formal contract offer to the pitcher, according to a report. Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 in the Twin Cities reported in a podcast published on Wednesday that the Twins made a formal,..." February 08

  • Yasiel Puig fired by his agent over a reported behavioral issue

    CBS Sports "To hear of players changing agents isn't all too uncommon, but hearing the opposite is a rarity. Wednesday, though, we saw a case. The Wasserman Agency emailed a statement to reporters saying it has "terminated" its "professional relationship" with Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig. No further..." February 07

  • MLB blames agents for overpricing their free agent clients

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement on Tuesday ripping teams for their supposed concerted effort to drive down the price of free agents, and the league returned fire shortly thereafter. After MLBPA executive director Tony Clark accused MLB teams of engaging in a..." February 06

  • Tony Clark says teams’ failure to sign free agents “threatens the very integrity of the game”

    Hardball Talk "As spring training gets closer and closer, nearly 100 free agents remain unsigned, including several that were expected to land big paydays this offseason. As the weeks have worn on, player discontent has grown palpable, exhibiting itself via various statements from agents which, increasingly,..." February 06

  • MLB Players union didn’t take long to back off ridiculous threat

    New York Post "The lamest threat in baseball history died a quick death Sunday afternoon. No, the players won’t be boycotting spring training, the Players Association clarified in a statement, refuting the words of its own star agent Brodie Van Wagenen. “Recent press reports have erroneously suggested that..." February 05

  • MLB is reportedly considering bringing back bullpen carts to improve pace of play

    CBS Sports "One of the ongoing storylines of baseball's offseason centers around the league's desire to improve pace of play. Earlier Thursday, word surfaced that commissioner Rob Manfred had proposed some alterations to the players -- including the chance to delay or put off a pitch clock. The players..." February 02

  • Scott Boras continues to hold up the MLB free-agent market, but will he blink first?

    New York Daily News "Is this the year Scott Boras fails to pull a rabbit out of a hat? Or three or four rabbits, to be precise? Yes, January has come and gone and, remarkably, baseball’s big free-agent freeze hasn’t even begun to melt. Spring training begins in less than two weeks and you can still field something..." February 01

  • Matt Kemp’s agent not sure what will happen with Dodgers, either

    L.A. Daily News "It is the winter of baseball’s discontent, most of it involving money. Spring training is two weeks away, all of the top end free agents are still without contracts, and many members of free agency’s middle class remain unsigned, too. And then there’s the guy who is under contract for two more..." February 01

  • Justin Turner wants Chase Utley back with Dodgers

    Larry Brown Sports "Justin Turner seems to be campaigning for another year of Chase Utley in Dodger Blue. Turner was on AM 750 in Los Angeles on Monday and was asked about Utley returning. He said they were working on it, and then he cracked a joke about Dodgers executive Andrew Friedman. Utley is 39 and only..." January 31

  • Report: Darvish waiting to see if Dodgers, Yankees clear salary

    Larry Brown Sports "Yu Darvish is the best starting pitcher on the MLB free agent market, and it is safe to assume he has received multiple contract offers this winter. The right-hander obviously hasn’t been blown away by any of those offers, but could he also be holding out for one specific team? According to..." January 31

  • Brewers strongly in mix for Yu Darvish

    Fanrag Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers are in discussions with free agent starting pitcher Yu Darvish and appear to be very much in the mix, sources tell FanRag Sports. There is no evidence to suggest a deal is close at this time. People throughout the league suggest that the Brewers have been one of the..." January 31

  • Yu Darvish wants to return to the Dodgers

    Hardball Talk "In a reader mailbag, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times says his understanding is that free agent starter Yu Darvish would like to return to the Dodgers. Darvish hasn’t signed with a team yet because he’s waiting to see if the Dodgers can free up some payroll space to add him while staying..." January 30

  • Report: MLB recording dugout phone conversations to eliminate sign stealing

    12 Up "Yes, the MLB is actually ready to go this far. ​Last season, sign stealing became a big issue during a rivalry series between the ​New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. New York claimed that a staff member for the Red Sox was passing information from the video room to the players through the..." January 30

  • Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen suggests MLB players may 'have to go on strike’ due to stagnant free agent market

    New York Daily News "With the free-agent market stalled in part by an increasing number of teams that are not trying to win, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen suggested Saturday that the players might have to consider going on strike for the first time since 1994. "Maybe we have to go on strike, to be honest with you,"..." January 30

  • In raging Cubs debate, a vote for Yu Darvish over Jake Arrieta

    Chicago Sun-Times "Chicago knows Jake Arrieta. We know his strengths and weaknesses. We know more about his diet than we do about our own, possibly because we don’t pay attention to ours. Chicago doesn’t know Yu Darvish. Well, we know him from afar and saw him struggle in the World Series last season. But we..." January 30

  • MLB now going out of its way to celebrate bat-flip immodesty

    New York Post "Even in January, “The Game has changed.” That’s the standard rationalization/half-explanation to a full one that, if completed, defies sense. Even now, when the NFL has about completed another season of trying to wring every last vestige of the sport from its sport — Vince Lombardi is rolling..." January 29

  • Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw on potential free agency next winter: It’s good to have options

    Orange County Register "A shadow will follow the Dodgers throughout 2018, one that might cause a chill to go up their collective spine if they stop and think about it – Clayton Kershaw could leave. The seven-year, $215-million contract extension Kershaw signed four years ago this month includes an opt-out clause that..." January 28

  • Dodgers GM on possible Darvish reunion: 'There would be some hurdles'

    Los Angeles Times "During an interview session in front of fans Saturday, Zaidi received a question about Yu Darvish. The crowd began to boo. Zaidi defended Darvish, who collapsed in two World Series starts, including Game 7, by stressing how important Darvish was in helping the team win its first pennant since..." January 28

  • Kenley Jansen gives ominous take on state of MLB free agency

    Los Angeles Times "With the free-agent market stalled in part by an increasing number of teams that are not trying to win, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen suggested Saturday that the players might have to consider going on strike for the first time since 1994. "Maybe we have to go on strike, to be honest with..." January 27

  • The Dodgers are still trying to trade Matt Kemp

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports speculates that the Dodgers are still hoping to offload Matt Kemp this winter. While no trade partners have been identified yet, Heyman adds that the team has reportedly narrowed it down to three or four “potential landing spots,” presumably teams that are also looking..." January 27

  • Kershaw, Darvish have been throwing together 5 days a week

    Los Angeles Times "As a winter of austerity for the Dodgers comes to a close, Clayton Kershaw is still spending five days a week with the most talented pitcher on the free-agent market. Yu Darvish has joined Kershaw's winter-time stable of throwing partners in Dallas, building upon a friendship that began..." January 27

  • Report: Remaining free agents considering starting free agent spring training camp

    Hardball Talk "Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has a couple of interesting pieces of information in his latest column. The first is that some of the remaining free agents — of which there are many — are considering starting their own spring training camp. The second is that the MLBPA is investigating whether or not..." January 26

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