Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Could Dodgers Discuss Extension With Howie Kendrick?

Apr 20, 2015 8:24 AM

Howie Kendrick has been such an excellent fit with the Los Angeles Dodgers that there may be the possibility of a contract extension before he hits free agency in the fall.

The 31-year-old is hitting .370/.431/.674 and has helped improve L.A.'s clubhouse chemistry.

Dodgers prospect Corey Seager is playing well at Double-A, but figures to be a long-term fixture at shortstop. That leaves room for Kendrick to play second.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Personal Award

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Puig Reducing Bat Flips Out Of Respect For Baseball

Apr 14, 2015 5:45 PM

Yasiel Puig doesn't plan to employ his trademark bat flip much this season.

Puig told The Los Angeles Times that he is toning down his bat flips to show that he's not disrespecting the sport of baseball.

"I want to show American baseball that I'm not disrespecting the game," the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder said.

Puig said his emotions have fueled his bat flips in the past and while he is cutting back on them, he acknowledged that they might return if he homers in a big situation.

"If it's a big home run or if I'm frustrated because I couldn't connect in my previous at-bats or if I drive in important runs for my team, I might do it," he added. "You never know. I can't say I won't do it."

Associated Press

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

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Diamondbacks Ask Dodgers Fan To Change Jersey

Apr 14, 2015 7:24 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have a strict dress code for fans sitting in the Batter's Box Suite at Chase Field.

During Sunday's game the policy, which has come under scrutiny, was on full display in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tickets in the Batter's Box Suite cost $3,700.

A Dodgers fan sitting behind home plate can be seen taking off a Dodgers hat and putting on a Diamondbacks jersey over his blue shirt.

Andrew Joseph/Arizona Republic

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

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Dodgers Outright Ryan Webb

Apr 13, 2015 7:41 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers outrighted Ryan Webb on Sunday, just a few days after acquiring him in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles.

The move continues a line of strange transactions for the reliever.

First Webb cleared outright waivers, then the Orioles designated him for assignment. Baltimore than traded Webb to Los Angeles for catcher Brian Ward and a Competitive Balance Round B draft pick for pitcher Ben Rowen and catcher Chris O'Brien.

Webb carries a salary of $2.75 million in 2015.

Charlie Wilmoth/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Dodgers Acquire Ryan Webb From Orioles

Apr 9, 2015 8:26 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired Ryan Webb in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles.

Los Angeles also received Minor League catcher Brian Ward and a Competitive Balance (Round B) draft pick, while sending right-hander Ben Rowen and Minor League catcher Chris O'Brien to Baltimore.

Webb, 29, was removed from the Orioles' 40-man roster this week and is slated to earn $2.75 million in the second season of a two-year, $4.5 million contract this year.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

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Adrian Gonzalez Sets Record With Five HRs In Three Games

Apr 9, 2015 7:47 AM

Adrian Gonzalez has hit five home runs through the first three games of the season, a Major League record.

Gonzalez, who homered once in each of his first two games, clubbed a trio of home runs against Andrew Cashner of the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.

"I was able to run into three fastballs and I thank God they were able to go over the fence. It's definitely right up there as a personal feat," Gonzalez said.

It's the first three-homer game of the 32-year-old first baseman's career. Gonzalez homered in four consecutive at-bats dating to Tuesday before his RBI single in the sixth.

"He wasn't bad today, huh?" Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "When you get hot you're just feeling good. You want to ride that streak as long as you can as far as hitting the ball hard."

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Stats

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

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Puig Exits After Collision, Said To Be OK

Apr 3, 2015 7:03 AM

Yasiel Puig left an exhibition game in the fifth inning on Thursday night after a collision with teammate Howie Kendrick in shallow right field.

Puig and Kendrick both went after a popup. Kendrick, playing second base, peeled off when he heard Puig call for the ball at the last instant -- but could not avoid hitting him.

Kendrick's left elbow appeared to land on Puig's cheek and throat area as he sprinted in for the ball. Puig immediately fell to the grass, and put both his hands over his face and head.

"There hasn't been any trouble out there all spring. It was just one of those things," Don Mattingly said. "I don't know if Yasiel didn't think he could call it early enough. I mean, you can't call for it until you know you've got it, so everybody keeps coming until the end. And obviously with him calling it late, Howie's going to keep going and he's going to have trouble stopping."

Mattingly said he was glad everyone was OK.

Anthony Witrado/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Padres To Start James Shields In Opener

Mar 29, 2015 1:27 AM

Padres newcomer James Shields has been picked to start on Opening Day.

Padres manager Bud Black made the announcement Saturday.

San Diego opens the season April 6 at the Dodgers. Shields has never pitched at Dodger Stadium.

ESPN.com

Tags: San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

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Hector Olivera Signs With Dodgers
The Dodgers have signed Hector Olivera to a six-year contract worth $62.5 million, according to multiple reports.

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Ryu Shut Down By Dodgers
The Dodgers shut down Hyun-Jin Ryu's throwing program and sent him back to Los Angeles after he experienced discomfort in his left shoulder when he tried to play catch Sunday.

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Dodgers Looking To Add Pitching Depth
They sent Hyun-jin Ryu back to Los Angeles on Sunday to see a doctor after he reported discomfort in the shoulder that ailed him at times last season.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Dodgers To Sign Pablo Millan Fernandez
The Dodgers have agreed to sign Cuban right-hander Pablo Millan Fernandez to an $8 million minor-league contract.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Dodgers Send Hyun-Jin Ryu Back To L.A.
Hyun-Jin Ryu will begin the season on the DL with shoulder discomfort, according to manager Don Mattingly.

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Kershaw Gets Dental Work After Struck By Liner
Clayton Kershaw should be able to make his next spring training start.

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Ryu May Not Be Ready To Begin Regular Season
Hyun-Jin Ryu has tightness in his left shoulder and will miss at least one spring start.

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Clayton Kershaw Survives Major Scare
Clayton Kershaw lost part of a tooth when hit by Andy Parrino's broken-bat liner on Friday.

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Mattingly Not Concerned With Puig's Struggles
Yasiel Puig has batted .174 (4-for-23) with two walks and four strikeouts through nine Cactus League games.

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Sources: Olivera Weighing Four-To-Six-Year Offers
The Cuban second baseman has been linked to the Dodgers, Braves, Marlins, Padres, Athletics and Giants.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Greinke Needs Time To Prepare For First Start
Zack Greinke's elbow felt fine after his first Cactus League appearance on Wednesday, but he isn't sure if he'll be ready for the start of the season.

Ken Gurnick/MLB

Rollins Could Have Been Dealt To Mets, Padres, Yankees
Jimmy Rollins is entering his first season with the Dodgers, who were one of four teams that showed interest in him when the Phillies began taking calls for the veteran.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Dodgers Willing To Pay Half Of Ethier's Contract In Trade
The Dodgers are willing to pay as much as half of the $56 million remaining on Andre Ethier's contract to facilitate a trade, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Mattingly Views Rollins As Leadoff Hitter
The Dodgers acquired Jimmy Rollins in a trade with the Phillies this offseason.

Ken Gurnick/MLB

Dodgers Will Start Kershaw In Opener
Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day for the Dodgers on April 6 against the Padres.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Dodgers Add Mike Adams To Bullpen
Mike Adams has a 2.41 career ERA in 10 seasons.

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Rollins: 'Mets Second Most Likely Alternative'
The Mets were ranked high on Jimmy Rollins' list of offseason trade destinations.

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Ethier Wants To Start, Open To Trade
The Dodgers traded Matt Kemp this offseason, but that doesn't appear to have solved their outfield issues.

Mark Saxon/MLB

Zack Greinke Gets Elbow Injection
Zack Greinke had a lubricating injection in his right elbow Thursday and is being held back from throwing bullpen sessions early in camp, according to the Dodgers.

Mark Saxon/MLB

Dodgers Sign Brandon Beachy To One-Year Deal
Brandon Beachy is recovering from a second Tommy John surgery.

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