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Dodgers Expect Yasiel Puig To Play Regularly In Right Field

Feb 20, 2017 12:56 AM

There are enough outfielders on the Dodgers roster to platoon at any of the three spots, but manager Dave Roberts' perfect world apparently would have Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig playing regularly in center and right, respectively.

"We all know Yasiel as a defender; if he's out there he can impact a game on the defensive side," said Roberts. "Now you look at at-bat quality vs. right or left. If it's consistent, there should be no reason why he wouldn't be out there virtually every day. Yasiel is very motivated, he wants to do what's best for the club. I expect him to play a lot.

"When we platoon it's about the personnel. Yasmani [Grandal] didn't hit lefties that well, so it made sense to get somebody else in there. Chase [Utley], the same thing. Do I see Joc getting more at-bats against left-handers? Absolutely. But that will be dictated on the at-bat quality."


Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

Kershaw To Start Opening Day For The Dodgers

Feb 18, 2017 2:19 PM

In one of the more obvious decisions of the 2017 major league season, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts on Saturday officially named Clayton Kershaw as his Opening Day starter.

Kershaw will make his seventh consecutive Opening Day start when the Dodgers begin the season at home April 3 against the Padres.


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

Dodgers Agree To Deals With Chase Utley, Franklin Guiterrez

Feb 11, 2017 2:15 AM

The Dodgers have agreed to one-year deals with Chase Utley and Franklin Gutierrez, according to multiple reports.

The team continued its flurry of late free-agent additions, capped with the retention of the 38-year-old Utley, who started at second base in 2016.

Utley, however, will transition to a bench role after the team traded for Logan Forsythe from Tampa Bay last month.

Gutierrez, an 11-year veteran outfielder, has spent the past seven seasons with the Mariners.


Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Indians Have Interest In Chase Utley

Feb 9, 2017 7:51 AM

The Cleveland Indians have interest in Chase Utley, according to a report.

There are believed to be other clubs in the mix to sign Utley, who doesn't have a clear path to playing time in Cleveland with Jason Kipnis the starter at second base.

Cleveland also has Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Santana at first base/designated hitter, further complicating the idea of significant playing time for Utley.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Dodgers Checked On Chris Carter

Feb 7, 2017 7:42 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers checked on Chris Carter, who remains a free agent despite hitting 41 home runs with an .821 OPS last season.

Carter also led the National League in strikeouts (206).

A deal appears unlikely as the Dodgers are again projected to be above the luxury-tax threshold. Carter is also looking for significant playing time, something L.A. is unlikely to offer.

"It's going to be important for Chris to get significant playing time," said Carter's agent, Dave Stewart. "He already took a step back last year when he was non-tendered. It looks like he'll take a step backwards after getting being non-tendered again. We don't want to get him in a place where he doesn't get enough at-bats and is doing the same dance next year."

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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

Rays, Yankees Made Strong Pushes To Sign Sergio Romo

Feb 7, 2017 7:37 AM

While he ultimately signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees made strong pushes to sign Sergio Romo this offseason.

Romo was the primary closer for the San Francisco Giants in 2013 and 2014, recording a combined 61 saves over that span.

The three-time World Series champion excelled in a setup role in 2015 and 2016, compiling a 2.64 ERA last season.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Dodgers Reportedly Agree On Deal With Sergio Romo

Feb 4, 2017 2:17 PM

The Dodgers have agreed to a contract with former Giants reliever Sergio Romo, according to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi.

The club has not confirmed the signing, which MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports is for one year and is pending a physical examination. Romo was the Giants' primary closer in 2013 and '14, when he recorded a combined 61 saves. He pitched well in a setup role in '15 and '16, compiling a 2.64 ERA last season, while limited to 40 appearances because of a forearm flexor strain.




Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Indians Acquire Carlos Frias From Dodgers For Cash

Jan 31, 2017 8:03 AM

The Cleveland Indians have acquired Carlos Frias from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for cash.

Frias has gone 6-6 with a 4.50 ERA in 33 games over the past three seasons for the Dodgers.

He was limited to 47⅓ innings last season for the Dodgers, Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Tulsa after making two trips to the disabled list with an oblique injury.

Associated Press

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Yasiel Puig Hopes To Stay With Dodgers

Jan 28, 2017 9:18 PM

A contrite Yasiel Puig expressed Saturday a desire to remain with the Dodgers, and he put the blame for his turbulent 2016 season squarely on his own broad shoulders.

Speaking to reporters at the team's annual fan festival, Puig was asked if he was surprised that he has remained with the organization that originally signed him, even as trade rumors have persisted for consecutive off-seasons now.


Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Dodgers To Sign Brandon Morrow

Jan 26, 2017 7:58 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a minor league deal with Brandon Morrow.

Morrow is expected to compete for a spot on the roster as a reliever.

He will earn $1.25 million for anytime spent in the major leagues.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

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

Brett Anderson Agrees To Deal With Cubs
Free-agent pitcher Brett Anderson is coming off his second back surgery in three years, and was limited to just four appearances with the Dodgers last season.


Dodgers Send Pitching Prospect To Rays For Logan Forsythe
The Dodgers have sent highly regarded prospect Jose De Leon to the Rays.


Dodgers Casting Wide Net In Search Of Second Baseman
The Dodgers continue to search for a second baseman and have begun to search beyond a trade with the Twins for Brian Dozier.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Kenley Jansen's Deal With Dodgers Includes Opt-Out Clause
Kenley Jansen's five-year, $80 million deal with the Dodgers was finalized on Tuesday and it includes an opt-out clause.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Yasmani Grandal Narrowly Avoided Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting
Yasmani Grandal was at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when a man opened fire, killing five and wounding eight on Friday.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Twins Likely To Decide On Brian Dozier's Future Soon
Indications around Major League Baseball suggest that trade discussions involving Brian Dozier will conclude in the next week or so -- whether or not he is moved.

Jason Beck/MLB

Several Clubs Interested In Brian Dozier
The Cardinals have joined the Dodgers, Nationals, and Giants in talks with the Twins about second baseman Brian Dozier.


Dodgers, Twins Aren't Progressing On Brian Dozier Trade
Talks between the Dodgers and Twins on a Brian Dozier trade haven't progressed, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Record Six Teams To Pay Luxury Tax This Season
The Dodgers will have to pay a luxury tax of $31.8M this season.


Dodgers, Twins Continue To Discuss Brian Dozier Trade
No deal is close, but the two sides "remain in dialogue."

Jon Morosi/MLB

Dodgers Nearing Four-Year, $64M Deal With Justin Turner
The value of the deal could be larger once the final numbers are determined.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Justin Turner Close To Deal With Dodgers
The Dodgers have a contract offer on the table to re-sign Justin Turner, and the two sides are close to a deal, according to a source.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Dodgers, Kenley Jansen Agree To Five-Year, $80M Deal
Closer Kenley Jansen had better offers from both the Nationals and Marlins but decided to stay home and take less money.


Wade Davis May Be Logical Trade Target For Dodgers
It has been reported that the Royals are willing to listen to trade offers for a number of their core players, including Wade Davis.

Ken Gurnick/MLB

Rich Hill's Deal With Dodgers Is Worth $48M Over Three Years
The Dodgers have officially re-signed Rich Hill, inking him to a new three-year, $48 million deal.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Several Teams Interested In Trading For Brian Dozier
The Los Angeles Dodgers have been linked to Dozier, but the seriousness of those reports has come into question.

Darren Wolfson/5 Eyewitness News

Padres 'Aggressively Shopping' Yangervis Solarte
The Padres are "aggressively shopping" Yangervis Solarte and the Dodgers are among the interested clubs.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Dodgers Appear Close To Signing Rich Hill
Left-handed pitcher Rich Hill is considered one of the top free-agents starters on the market.


Astros, Dodgers, Rangers, Yankees In 'Full Pursuit' Of Rich Hill
Rich Hill is drawing a lot of interest as a free agent as the Astros, Dodgers, Rangers and Yankees are in "full pursuit" of the left-hander.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Dodgers Deny Being Under 'Mandate' To Cut Debt
The Dodgers insist they are under no orders from Major League Baseball to curtail debt, despite a report that indicated otherwise this past weekend.

Doug Padilla/ESPN