December 2008 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Dodgers Sign Claudio Vargas
The Dodgers have signed right-hander Claudio Vargas to an incentive-laden, one-year deal. Vargas will be paid a base salary of $400,000 and can earn an additional $1.4 million in incentives.
Manny's Agent Contacts Dodgers
Scott Boras, the agent for free agent slugger Manny Ramirez, has contacted the Dodgers in an effort to re-open negotiations with the team. Boras contacted the Dodgers on Tuesday, one day after Los Angeles' GM Ned Colletti revealed that Ramirez was still the team's first choice. "I think teams look at what he was like when he was out of a situation that he did not feel was most pleasing," Boras said of Manny, "and at how he performed in an environment he wanted to be in -- much like the one he'll be going to. I think they'll look at the totality of the circumstances and realize the impact this player can have."
Pitchers Garland, Wolf Interest Dodgers
Headlines have been dominated by the hitters the Dodgers are chasing, but free agent pitchers Randy Wolf and Jon Garland are on their radar, as well. Los Angeles GM Ned Colletti as also left open the possibility that a starter could be acquired via trade.
Mets' Interest In Andruw Jones Dwindles
The Mets and Dodgers discussed a deal involving outfielder Andruw Jones at the winter meetings, but New York's interest has reportedly dwindled. A person familiar with those previous discussions said Monday "nothing is ongoing, and nothing [no trade] is going to happen." The Mets had reportedly approached the Dodgers about a trade built around second baseman Luis Castillo-for-Jones.
Dodgers Considering Abreu As Well
The Dodgers have turned their attention towards Adam Dunn and Bobby Abreu as options in the outfield as negotiations with Manny Ramirez remain dormant. Los Angeles GM Ned Colletti admitted on Monday that Ramirez is still the team's first option but that nothing has been discussed.
Dodgers: 'Manny Is Our First Choice'
Dodgers' GM Ned Colletti said on Monday that Manny Ramirez is still the team's first choice in free agency. "I'm assuming, if Manny wants to play here, we'll hear at some point from Scott [Boras]," Colletti said. "Manny is our first choice." Los Angeles offered Ramirez a two-year, $45-million contract eight weeks ago, then withdrew the offer after Boras declined to propose a counteroffer. The talks have reportedly reached a stalemate.
Source: Dodgers Contact Dunn
The Dodgers have reportedly contacted free agent slugger Adam Dunn, which might mean their pursuit of Manny Ramirez is over. Los Angeles contacted Dunn's agent, Greg Genske, over the holidays, according to an executive of a team interested in Dunn. Dunn has also drawn interest from the Cubs, Nationals, Mariners and Orioles.
Penny May Bolster Boston's Rotation
The Red Sox were reportedly close to adding Brad Penny to their pitching rotation on Sunday. Citing a Major League source, FoxSports.com reported that the right-hander was close to agreeing to a one-year contract with Boston. Penny, a Dodger since 2004, was limited to 19 appearances and 17 starts last season by a lingering shoulder injury that required three stints on the disabled list.
Manny Is Available, But Will Dodgers Pounce?
The Dodgers are still interested in signing Manny Ramirez, and with the Angels dropping out and the Yankees having already spent a half-billion, they appear to be the front runners. "We're still interested in talking about Manny," Dodgers' GM Ned Colletti, told the Los Angeles Times.
Furcal: We Never Gave Nod To Atlanta
Rafael Furcal denies he reneged on a deal with the Atlanta Braves before agreeing to a contract last week with the Los Angeles Dodgers. "We never gave the nod to the Braves," he said Sunday after arriving to play winter ball for the Aguilas of Cibaenas.
Officially Re-Signed, Furcal Denies Braves' Charges
Shortstop Rafael Furcal has officially re-signed with the Dodgers and remains adamant about denying reports that he had agreed to a deal with the Braves.
Grading The Deal: Furcal Sticks With Dodgers Amid Controversy
What will the Rafael Furcal signing mean for the Dodgers and even the Braves on the field?
Furcal's Agents In Atlanta's Doghouse
The Braves believed that they had an agreement in place with Rafael Furcal, only to see him back out of that deal and re-sign with the Dodgers.
Report: Furcal Re-Signs With Dodgers For $33M
Rafael Furcal will reportedly stay with the Dodgers, having reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday on a $33 million, three-year contract.
Pirates' Options For Wilson Trade Dwindle
The Pirates are still looking to trade shortstop Jack Wilson, but their options are dwindling as the offseason progresses.
Dodgers Trying To Keep Furcal
Faced with the prospect of losing Rafael Furcal to the Braves, the Dodgers rekindled negotiations with the shortstop on Tuesday night.
Yankees 'Love' Idea Of Signing Manny
The Yankees reportedly 'love' the idea of bringing Manny Ramirez to New York.
Source: Furcal To Sign With Braves
Free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal has reportedly agreed to sign with the Braves, in a surprising turn of events.
Elite Shortstops Remain On Market
Free-agent shortstops Rafael Furcal and Orlando Cabrera remain on the market, even with the winter meetings having come and gone.
Can Dodgers Retain Manny With A Third Year?
The Dodgers initially offered free-agent Manny Ramirez a two-year deal worth $45 million, and it is believed that almost a month later a third year could be offered.
Sabathia's Deal To Benefit Lowe?
With CC Sabathia off the market, free-agent pitcher Derek Lowe could become the target of a number of teams interested in upgrading their pitching this winter.
Dodgers' Colletti Ready To Wait On Manny
Dodgers' general manager Ned Colletti claims that he is ready to wait out contract negotiations with free-agent outfielder Manny Ramirez.
Manny Frustrated By Lack Of Interest, Considering Retirement?
While this is probably another case of 'Manny being Manny', Manny Ramirez is frustrated with the lack of interest.
No Competition For Dodgers To Sign Manny?
The Dodgers appear to lead the race to sign free-agent slugger Manny Ramirez, who hasn't generated nearly as much interest as was expected.
Torre Pitches To Pettitte; Boston Interested
Andy Pettitte is still talking with the Yankees about a contract, but the Dodgers and Red Sox have entered the race, as well.
Dodgers And Boras Resume Manny Contract Talks
General Manager Ned Colletti said Tuesday at baseball's winter meetings that he met with Scott Boras on Monday.
Dodgers: We Haven't Talked Trade With Yankees
Brian Cashman sees Robinson Cano as 'a long-term piece' but is open to trading him.
Sources: Dodgers Near Deal 3-Year Deal With Blake
The Dodgers are reportedly close to a deal with free-agent third baseman Casey Blake on a three-year, $17 million contract.
Infielder Loretta Signs With Dodgers
Mark Loretta has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Dodgers and will join the team pending a physical.