November 2005 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Cubs Interested In Milton Bradley
The Cubs are interested in trading for Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley but talks appear to be preliminary at this point.
Furcal Hunt Down To Cubs, Braves And Dodgers
Rafael Furcal and his agents have quietly spent the week meeting personally with the Cubs and Braves. A meeting with Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti was scheduled for Tuesday night. Those sessions signal that the Cubs, Braves and Dodgers are the three teams left in what was once a furious scramble to sign the best free-agent shortstop on the market. Furcal's primary agent, Paul Kinzer, said that he and Furcal spent Sunday and Monday in Chicago, meeting with Cubs GM Jim Hendry and other Cubs personnel. Kinzer then met Tuesday morning with Braves GM John Schuerholz. Another one of Furcal's agents, Adam Katz, was scheduled to meet Tuesday evening with the Dodgers. After that meeting, Kinzer said, Furcal could make a decision quickly on which team he'll sign with. "I would expect he'll make his decision in the next few days," Kinzer said, "just out of respect for the teams involved. We know that if they're not going to be the team that signs Raffy, they need to move along in pursuit of other options. And we respect that. So we would hope to have a decision before the winter meetings [next week in Dallas]."
Dodgers Add Grady Little To Candidates
The Los Angeles Dodgers have added former Boston manager Grady Little to the list of candidates for the team's vacant managing position, baseball sources told ESPN.com. The Dodgers have yet to ask for formal permission to interview Little, who is currently working as a roving catching instructor in the Chicago Cubs' system, the sources said. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti declined to comment, and Cubs GM Jim Hendry didn't immediately return a call seeking comment. Little joins Atlanta Braves special assignment scout Jim Fregosi and former Tampa Bay bench coach John McLaren as a candidate for the Dodgers job, which became vacant when Jim Tracy left the team by mutual agreement in October. Bud Black, pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, decided last week not to pursue the position. Little, 55, managed Boston to a 188-136 record in two seasons. He was fired and replaced by Terry Francona after the Red Sox lost to New York in seven games in the 2003 American League Championship Series.
Colletti To Interview Fregosi And Collins
Ned Colletti, hired as the Los Angeles Dodgers' general manager earlier this week, is planning to meet with Jim Fregosi and Terry Collins to discuss the team's vacant managerial position. Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch confirmed Friday that Colletti would meet with Fregosi and Collins in Tampa, Fla., where he'll attend the wedding of San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean, his former boss. Colletti worked for the Giants for 11 years -- the last nine as Sabean's assistant -- before being hired by the Dodgers on Tuesday to succeed Paul DePodesta. The Los Angeles Times first reported that Colletti would meet with Fregosi and Collins. Those meetings are expected to take place this weekend.
Dodgers Steal A Giant, Name Colletti GM
The Los Angeles Dodgers hired Ned Colletti as their general manager Tuesday to replace the fired Paul DePodesta. Colletti has been an assistant GM with the rival San Francisco Giants since 1997. He beat out Dodgers assistant general manager Kim Ng, who was trying to become the first woman in major league history to be hired as a GM. The Dodgers called a news conference for Wednesday to introduce Colletti in his new job. Ng and Colletti were thought to be the only candidates to interview for the job. Former Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians GM John Hart withdrew Monday as a candidate. Dodgers spokeswoman Camille Johnston confirmed the hiring of Colletti, who has served under Giants general manager Brian Sabean for the past nine years. The 50-year-old Colletti is considered a good negotiator and communicator, attributes owner Frank McCourt said he wanted in a GM after firing DePodesta on Oct. 29.
Dodgers Leaning Towards Giants Exec Colletti
The Dodgers are leaning toward hiring Ned Colletti as general manager, sources said Monday, and an announcement is expected before Frank McCourt leaves for owners' meetings in Milwaukee on Wednesday afternoon. Barring an unexpected development, McCourt will choose either Colletti ? the San Francisco Giant assistant GM of nine seasons ? or Dodger assistant GM Kim Ng. Two high-level Dodger sources said the job has not been offered to anyone. Former Boston GM Theo Epstein had preliminary conversations with McCourt last week, but after consulting with friends within baseball apparently came to a mutual decision with the Dodgers that the job wasn't for him. Epstein has been linked to venture capitalist Frederic V. Malek, who heads one of the leading groups trying to buy the Washington Nationals. John Hart, another former GM who had discussions with McCourt, removed himself from consideration Monday, saying he will remain a consultant with the Texas Rangers.
Epstein Offered Dodgers Post
There were strong indications on Sunday night the Dodgers have offered their vacant general manager's position to former Boston GM Theo Epstein and that they had sweetened the deal by offering Epstein a small ownership stake similar to what Billy Beane has in Oakland. Two sources, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said they had heard through baseball's considerable rumor mill that such an offer had been made. But neither source had heard it directly from Epstein or from anyone inside the Dodgers organization. Even if the offer has been made, it is questionable - and perhaps even doubtful - whether Epstein will accept. Epstein, 31, stepped down as the Red Sox's GM late last month, spurning a three-year, $4.5 million offer to stay. At the time, he gave only vague, cryptic reasons for his departure, but it was clear his relationship with Red Sox president Larry Lucchino, Epstein's longtime mentor, had soured. Most of those close to Epstein believe he will take some time away from the game, a belief that seems to fit perfectly with widespread reports he is a candidate to take over as team president and possibly GM in Washington once the pending sale of the Nationals is complete. Officials from Major League Baseball, which currently owns that club, have yet to select from among several groups vying to buy the Epstein, like Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, is a Boston-area native. But in terms of philosophy, he doesn't seem to be much of a departure from Paul DePodesta, whom McCourt fired as the Dodgers' GM on Oct. 29. If Epstein doesn't become the Dodgers' next GM, the job likely will go either to San Francisco assistant GM Ned Colletti or Dodgers assistant GM Kim Ng.
Dodgers Flirt With Giles
The Dodgers made initial overtures to several free agents during this week's general managers' meetings, one of whom was Brian Giles. The slugging outfielder, who hit .301 with 15 homers and 83 RBI for San Diego last season and was fourth in the majors with a .423 on-base percentage, would fill the club's stated need for a run-producing bat in the middle of the order. However, while the Dodgers are expected to make a preliminary offer to Giles this weekend, the situation is rife with complications, not the least of which is the club's interminable search for a general manager. Joe Bick, Giles' Cincinnati-based agent, said Friday that several teams have expressed interest in his client. Bick wouldn't say how many, but it is believed to be more than a dozen. And with the free-agent negotiating season now officially under way, the Dodgers, at least for now, will be at a distinct disadvantage in their pursuit of those players.
Dodgers To Interview Giants' Colletti
The Los Angeles Dodgers plan to interview San Francisco Giants vice president and assistant general manager Ned Colletti for their vacant GM job. Team spokesman Josh Rawitch confirmed Thursday that Colletti would be interviewed but said he didn't know when. Kim Ng, the Dodgers' assistant GM, interviewed for the position last Saturday. If hired to succeed Paul DePodesta, she would become Major League Baseball's first female GM. In addition, the Dodgers remain interested in John Hart, who resigned as the Texas Rangers' general manager Oct. 4 but remains under contract as a consultant. "Those are the only candidates who have been made public and they all remain in contention for the position," Rawitch said. The 50-year-old Colletti has been in the Giants' organization for 11 years -- the past nine as assistant to general manager Brian Sabean. Before that, Colletti worked for the Chicago Cubs from 1982-94.
Ng Could Become First Female GM
Kim Ng, a vice president and assistant general manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers the past four years, became the first candidate to interview for the team's vacant GM job. Team spokesman Josh Rawitch said Ng was interviewed Saturday. If hired to succeed Paul DePodesta, she would become major league baseball's first female GM. Before joining the Dodgers, the 36-year-old Ng served as vice president and assistant general manager for the New York Yankees from 1998-2001.
Dodgers Want To Speak With Hart
The Dodgers are interested in former Texas Rangers general manager John Hart to fill the general manager's position, the Dallas Morning News reported on its Web site Thursday.