December 2006 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Larry Sherry Dies At 71
Larry Sherry, MVP of the 1959 World Series as a reliever for the Dodgers, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 71. Sherry died early Sunday at his home in Mission Viejo, according to his brother, Norm, a former catcher who also played for the Dodgers.
Dodgers Decide Against Filing Tampering Charges
After briefly contemplating filing tampering charges against the Boston Red Sox for acting improperly in discussions with the agent for J.D. Drew, baseball sources say the Dodgers have decided against taking any action. Drew opted out of the last three years of his contract Nov. 10, walking away from $33 million and raising suspicion that agent Scott Boras had discussed Drew with another team while the outfielder was still a Dodger. Drew signed a five-year, $70-million deal with the Red Sox last week. The Red Sox and Boras denied any impropriety, which would have been difficult to prove.
Gagne To Choose Between Giants, Indians And Rangers?
Reports out of Boston said the Red Sox were probably out of the bidding and that Eric Gagne was choosing between San Francisco, Cleveland and Texas for a base salary of around $6 million and additional money if he reaches certain incentives. Texas GM Jon Daniels did not comment on Gagne.
Dodgers May Seek Tampering Probe
The Dodgers are leaving open the possibility of asking Major League Baseball to investigate whether the Boston Red Sox violated rules against tampering by discussing J.D. Drew with his agent before the outfielder opted out of his contract. "We've looked into it, but beyond that I don't have anything to say about it at this point," General Manager Ned Colletti said.
Official: Dodgers Sign Schmidt For $47 Million
After spending the last 5 1/2 seasons with the Giants, Jason Schmidt is going to spend the next three pitching for their bitter rival. The Dodgers officially reeled in one of the biggest pitching prizes of the offseason on Friday, signing Schmidt to a three-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed, but MLB.com reported Wednesday that the righthander will receive $47 million over the next three seasons.
Dodgers Sign Gonzalez
The Dodgers have come to an agreement with outfielder Luis Gonzalez on a one-year deal worth $7 million for the 2007 season, MLB.com has learned. The deal is expected to be officially announced Thursday, the final day of the Winter Meetings. The club has targeted Gonzalez, who spent the last eight seasons with Arizona, for outfield help since J.D. Drew's departure and beat out the Orioles and Cardinals for the veteran's services.
Dodgers Sign Lieberthal
The Dodgers on Wednesday signed veteran catcher Mike Lieberthal to a one-year contract with a club option for 2008. Financial terms were not disclosed. Lieberthal, who spent his first 13 major league seasons with the Phillies, is a native of Glendale, California. He appeared in just 67 games due to injuries last season, hitting .273 with nine homers and 36 RBI.
Schmidt Signs With Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers didn't wait long to replace Greg Maddux with the signing of former San Francisco Giants ace Jason Schmidt to a three year deal. The preliminary deal is worth a reportedly $47 million. Schmidt went 11-9 with a 3.59 ERA last season with the Giants.
Dodgers Push For Wells And Willis
While Boston wants to work out a trade with the Dodgers, they have pushed hard on Toronto to see if there was a fit for center fielder Vernon Wells and inquired with Florida about Dontrelle Willis. Talks with both clubs have reportedly led to dead ends.