November 2007 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Dodgers And Mariners Both Want Kuroda
The Dodgers have joined Seattle in aggressive pursuit of Japanese right-hander Hiroki Kuroda. Dodgers' closer Takashi Saito joined club officials in meeting with Kuroda earlier this month in Tokyo. Kuroda, who pitched for the Hiroshima Carp, is a non-restricted free agent. The Mariners have offered a three-year, $30 million deal. Arizona also has made an offer - three years and $27 million - but Kuroda wants to pitch for a team on the West Coast.
Cameron Taking Deal With Padres, One Other Club
Free-agent center fielder Mike Cameron is discussing multi-year deals with the Padres and at least one other club, according to his agent Mike Nicotera. The level of interest in Cameron means that he will not remain in San Diego on a one-year deal if the Padres, as expected, offer him salary arbitration, Nicotera says. Two of the Padres' NL West rivals, the Dodgers and Giants, are among the clubs believed to be interested in Cameron.
Dodgers To Play Red Sox At Coliseum Next Spring
The Dodgers will honor their 50th anniversary in Los Angeles with an exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox at the Coliseum next spring. The game will be played March 29 and proceeds will go to the official Dodgers' charity ThinkCure.
Lasorda, Scully To Ride Dodgers' First-Ever Rose Parade Float
Tom Lasorda, Vin Scully and former players Carl Erskine, Don Newcombe and Wes Parker will be aboard the Dodgers' first-ever float in the 119th Rose Parade on New Year's Day. The Dodgers unveiled the design for the popcorn and peanut-adorned float that will incorporate sights and sounds from Dodger Stadium as it rolls along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena.
Dodgers Now The Front-Runners For Cabrera
The Angels no longer are the front-runners for Miguel Cabrera. The Dodgers stand a better chance of acquiring Cabrera from the Marlins, major-league sources say, if they are willing to part with outfielder Matt Kemp along with third baseman Andy LaRoche and Class AA left-hander Clayton Kershaw. The Cabrera sweepstakes heated up again Monday as news broke that the Red Sox were close to re-signing free-agent Mike Lowell and the Angels had traded shortstop Orlando Cabrera to the White Sox for right-hander Jon Garland. The Dodgers had been interested in Lowell, and the Angels' need for offense became even more acute after they subtracted Orlando Cabrera. Now that Alex Rodriguez is headed back to the Yankees, Miguel Cabrera is by far the best third baseman available ? and both southern California teams have a need at third.
Torii Hunter Interested In Signing With Dodgers
Free agent center fielder Torii Hunter is interested in signing with the Dodgers. "The Dodgers are definitely near the top," Hunter told Yahoo! Sports. "With Joe Torre there, things have got to change. He's bringing his history with them. I'm telling you, they're going to start winning." Hunter, 32, hit .287 with 28 home runs and 107 RBI during an All-Star season with Minnesota Twins. He also stole 18 bases and won a Gold Glove.
Torre Keeping Honeycut, Duncan As Coaches
Dodger' Manager Joe Torre on Friday filled out his coaching staff, which included the return of pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and first-base coach Mariano Duncan. Torre also will have Bob Schaefer as his bench coach, and Ken Howell will be promoted from Triple-A pitching coach to Major League bullpen coach. They join third-base coach Larry Bowa and hitting coach Don Mattingly, whose hirings were announced last week. "Years ago, you picked cronies for your coaches, but the game's changed to the point where you wind up making friends with the coaches, but you have to hire them for the right reason," said Torre. "We've put together a good group that will work hard with a lot of positive energy." Special coach Manny Mota is expected to return, although details have not been finalized. Bullpen catcher Rob Flippo also is expected back.
Dodgers A Strong Possibility For Rowand?
The Dodgers are in the market for a center fielder even though they invested heavily in the position only an offseason ago, and Aaron Rowand is one free agent that has emerged on their radar. Agent Craig Landis said Thursday that he has had contact with a Dodgers' official about Rowand, who could provide an All-Star and Gold Glove upgrade over Juan Pierre. "The interest is definitely mutual," Landis said. "He definitely would be interested in hearing what the Dodgers have to say as time goes on."
Dodgers Eyeing Games In Taiwan
While the Dodgers are waiting for final confirmation of their exhibition games against the Padres next March in Beijing, China, a new wrinkle to the trip came to the surface on Thursday. Immediately after the games on March 15-16 at the 12,000-seat Olympic baseball facility, the Dodgers are eyeing another pair of exhibition games in neighboring Taiwan on March 18-19, confirmed Bob DuPuy, Major League Baseball's President and Chief Operating Officer. "That's what they're looking at," said DuPuy, as two days of uneventful owners' meetings wound down on Thursday morning.
Dodgers Really Like Bedard
The Dodgers, who have a well-stocked farm system, have been one of the most aggressive suitors for Erik Bedard, according to a team source. Among the players that have been discussed, the source said, are Matt Kemp, a 23-year-old outfielder; Jonathan Broxton, a 23-year-old reliever; and Clayton Kershaw, a 19-year-old left-handed starter who is regarded as one of the top prospects in baseball. However, those three players reportedly also are being mentioned in trade talks between the Dodgers and Florida Marlins involving the latter's starting third baseman, Miguel Cabrera. If they decide to trade Bedard, the Orioles likely will look for three young major league-ready players in return.
Dodgers' Torre: I'd Love To Have Rivera
Joe Torre figures Mariano Rivera will end up staying with the Yankees, but if not, he has an open spot waiting in the LA bullpen.
King: Kent Excited To Play For Torre
It appears Jeff Kent's mind is made up, and he'll be back in L.A. for a fourth season.
Torre Signing Makes Gonzalez Want To Return
Luis Gonzalez said he has changed his mind about no longer wanting to play for the Dodgers, the reason being their recent hiring of Joe Torre as manager.
Torre Officially Joins The Dodgers
Joe Torre and the Dodgers finalized a three-year deal on Thursday to replace Grady Little, who resigned Tuesday. The contract is believed to be worth around $4 million a season.
Torre Close To Contract With Dodgers
Joe Torre and the Los Angeles Dodgers are finalizing terms of a three-year contract, reportedly for just under $15 million.