November 2008 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Agent: Furcal Paring Potential Suitors

Nov 27, 2008 10:50 AM

Free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal is close to selecting a team as he begins comparing the offers he has received. "Before Monday or Tuesday, we'll have it down to at least two teams," Furcal's agent Paul Kinzer said Wednesday. Oakland and San Francisco have been two of Furcal's most ardent suitors, and Kinzer said that two other teams remain in consideration.

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor

Dodgers Hint That Their Offer Is Manny's Best

Nov 26, 2008 4:05 PM

Dodgers' owner Frank McCourt hinted Tuesday that the team might be reluctant to sweeten the offer they made Manny Ramirez. "There's nothing that's gotten better in the economy since that time," McCourt said. "You can interpret that how you like." McCourt also said that the ball is "100 percent" in Manny's court at this point in the negotiations. "We made what I consider an aggressive offer, particularly in light of the economy," McCourt said. "We were hoping to get something done quickly. That didn't happen. We'll continue to make decisions in the best interest of the club, both short-term and long-term."

Press Enterprise

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor

Pettitte Talking With Torre About Joining Dodgers

Nov 26, 2008 12:05 AM

Andy Pettitte has spoken more than once with his former manager Joe Torre about joining the Dodgers, according to major-league sources. His first choice is to stay with the Yankees. The Yankees say they want him back. But at the moment, the Yankees are focused on the top free-agent starting pitchers ? CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, and Derek Lowe.


Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Free Agent Rumor

Varitek To Dodgers Or Tigers?

Nov 25, 2008 6:29 PM

Agent Scott Boras denied a report that the Red Sox have offered free-agent catcher Jason Varitek a contract, which has spurred rumors that he could sign elsewhere. The Dodgers and Tigers are expected to show serious interest if it becomes apparent that Varitek won't return to Boston.

Boston Herald

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor

Dodgers Interested In Renteria And Cabrera?

Nov 25, 2008 4:58 PM

If they are unable to re-sign Rafael Furcal, the Dodgers are thinking about pursuing veteran free agent shortstops such as Orlando Cabrera or Edgar Renteria in hopes of signing them to a short deal that could buy them time until prospects Ivan DeJesus Jr. or Chin-lung Hu are ready to take over the position.

Los Angeles Times

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor

Bowa: Dodgers Need Manny

Nov 24, 2008 4:41 PM

Dodgers' third base coach Larry Bowa believes that the team needs to re-sign free-agent outfielder Manny Ramirez. "Of course, the length of the contract, the money, that will be the biggest determination as to whether Manny comes back here," Bowa said. "I think we all hope it works out." Bowa, however, knows the pitfalls of signing Ramirez to a long-term deal. "There are pros and cons," added Bowa. "If he gets four years and is playing left field, I don't know if he can do it. He might, but for that length, is the American League a better fit because of the DH? "I know what I saw after he got here. He was going first to third and running hard and hustling. He made a great impression on our young kids. He was a leader in the clubhouse. "To be honest, when I first heard we were going to trade for him, I said, 'Oh, OK, this ought to be fun.' I had seen it from the other side when Joe [Torre] and I were in New York. I saw Manny being Manny and it upset me."

Boston Globe

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor

Blake Wants To Play Third For Twins?

Nov 24, 2008 4:38 PM

Free-agent third baseman Casey Blake reportedly would like to play for the Twins, but the team isn't thrilled with giving him a three-year deal. The Twins might sign him to a two-year deal, but Blake would prefer to ink a contract for three. Many believe that Blake would be a great fit in the Minnesota clubhouse.

Pioneer Press

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, Free Agent Rumor

Furcal Reveals He'll Sign With A's?

Nov 24, 2008 10:20 AM

Free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal told El Caribe that he would return from his native Dominican Republic to the United States on Monday to sign a contract. From what he said, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times believes that deal could be with the Athletics. Furcal revealed that he has been offered a four-year, $48-million contract by the A's, and that the Mets have contacted him about moving to second base as well. "The offers made by the Athletics and the Mets of New York are tempting, but we'll make a decision after I meet with my lawyer because there are various factors that we have to evaluate," he said. "But my general feeling is that every offer that's been made is important, which is why we want to make a decision that?s well thought out."

Los Angeles Times

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor

Mets, Dodgers, And Braves Interested In Texas Starters

Nov 23, 2008 3:34 PM

The Braves, Dodgers, and Mets are believed to be among teams that have inquired about Ranger's starting pitchers Kevin Millwood and Vicente Padilla.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Trade Rumor

Ethier: Manny Taught Me How To Be Patient

Nov 23, 2008 2:54 PM

Andre Ethier credits Manny Ramirez for having a positive influence on his play at the plate. "There's no doubt that what I got from Manny was learning patience at the plate," said Ethier. He taught me to just focus on every at-bat and to really stay back and not be too jumpy. He really taught me to relax and just let my natural talents come out. He's just the greatest hitter, and the way he prepares in the cage, it's amazing to watch him. I think it really helped to hit in front of him, and I think my confidence at the plate grew and I started hitting better."

Boston Globe

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers

Lowe Becoming Too Expensive For Mets?
Derek Lowe is becoming a hotter commodity on the free agent market than the Mets expected, and they are reportedly considering passing on the pitcher.

New York Daily News

Dodgers' Billingsley Has Leg Surgery After Fall
Dodgers' RHP Chad Billingsley had surgery on Saturday after fracturing his left leg at his Reading, Pa. home on Friday.


Lowe Also Receiving Interest From Giants, Seattle, Phillies And Others
Derek Lowe is drawing interest from a long list of teams, including the Mets, Braves, Phillies, Giants, Mariners, Yankees, Red Sox, and Dodgers.

Twins And Blake Progressing On Deal
The Twins and Casey Blake have made progress discussing the framework of a potential deal, length, and general salary range, his agent Jim McDowell said Thursday.

Star Tribune

Burnett And Lowe Not Happy With Yankees Offers?
The Yankees intended to make four-year offers on A.J. Burnett and Derek Lowe for about $14-15 million annually, essentially $60 million each.

Agent: Giants To Make An Offer For Sabathia
An agent familiar with the situation said Wednesday he expected the San Francisco Giants to make an offer to CC Sabathia's agents.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

CC Decision After Thanksgiving, No Rivals To Yankees Yet
CC Sabathia is having a hard time finding a team that can come close to offering him a contract similar to what the Yankees offered.


Dodgers Close To Offer For CC?
If the Blue Jays decide to keep Roy Halladay, the Dodgers might be more inclined to go after CC Sabathia and bid with the Yankees.


Mets Keeping Contact With Iba?ez, Phillies And Dodgers Also Interested
The Mets continue to maintain communication with free agent Raul Iba?ez, but they'll face competition.


Lowe Shooting For Zito-Type Contract
Scott Boras, according to executives with two different teams interested in Derek Lowe, is telling clubs he wants "a Zito-type contract" for the free-agent right-hander.


Yanks Talking To Lowe And Burnett While Waiting On CC
The Yankees have had talks with free agent pitchers Derek Lowe and A.J. Burnett.

Boston Herald

Many GMs Believe Dodgers Will Get CC, Manny To SF
Peter Gammons recently took the pulse of several general managers, and their replies were intriguing.


Dodgers Trying To Pluck Lucchino From Red Sox?
The Dodgers, according to Peter Gammons, haven't given up on getting Larry Lucchino to go west and bring their business into the 21st century.


Dodgers Pull Manny Offer, But Will Still Talk
As expected, the Dodgers have withdrawn the contract offer they extended to free agent Manny Ramirez a week ago, but they will continue negotiations.

Dodgers Like Randy Johnson
With Greg Maddux retiring, the Dodgers see the possible addition of Randy Johnson has an opportunity to fill in as an innings eater and a veteran presence on a young rotation.

MLB Blogs

Braves Want Furcal Back If They Acquire Peavy
Sources say the Braves will attempt to sign Rafael Furcal if they acquire Jake Peavy from San Diego.


Colletti: We're Not Trading Martin
Responding to media speculation that the Dodgers want to trade Russell Martin, Ned Colletti said the opposite is true.

Boras Doesn't Consider Dodgers' Offer To Manny 'Serious'
Scott Boras doesn't believe the Dodgers' offer of $60M over three years is a serious offer to keep Manny Ramirez.

Boston Globe

Report: Dodgers' Offer Guarantees Manny $45M
Manny Ramirez will reportedly be guaranteed at least $45 million if he accepts the Dodgers' initial offer to stay with the team.


Dodgers' Offer To Manny Could Reach $60M, Stands Until Thursday
According to unnamed sources, the Dodgers' initial offer to Manny Ramirez includes a club option for a third season that could increase the contract's value to $60 million.

Los Angeles Times