December 2009 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Pineiro Interests Dodgers, Mets And Angels
The Dodgers desperately need help in their starting rotation and free-agent pitcher Joel Pineiro interests them. According to Buster Olney, the Mets and Angels are also interested in the right-hander.
Dodgers Won't Break Up Young Core
The Dodgers are seeking payroll flexibility, but sources say that they are unlikely to trade any of their top arbitration-eligible players. Los Angeles, sources say, essentially is limited to cash-neutral transactions due to the divorce proceedings between owner Frank McCourt and his wife. If the Dodgers were to sign a free agent, they'd have to subtract a player of similar cost.
Market For Hudson Could Pick Up
Interest in free-agent infielder Orlando Hudson could increase in the coming days. Mark DeRosa found a home in San Francisco and Felipe Lopez is rumored to be signing in St. Louis. With DeRosa and Lopez coming off the market, teams could begin calling to inquire about Hudson, who hit .283 with nine home runs and 62 RBI in 2009.
Carroll's Contract Doesn't Include 'Manny Clause'
The contract that infielder Jamey Carroll signed with the Dodgers doesn't include a "Ramirez Provision." "I'm not even sure what that is," said agent Jonathan Maurer. When the Dodgers signed Manny Ramirez last March, owner Frank McCourt said all future contracts would include a clause that would mandate a donation to the team's charitable foundation. "We expect Jamey will contribute whatever he feels comfortable giving," Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said.
Chan Ho Park Sues Former Teammate Chad Kreuter
Chan Ho Park has sued his former Dodger batterymate Chad Kreuter, accusing him of failing to fully pay off a $460,000 loan, as reported by the Associated Press on Thursday. Park filed the lawsuit on Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming breach of promissory note and negligent misrepresentation.
Dodgers Aren't Done Pursuing Harang
The Dodgers may not have ended their pursuit of Reds starting pitcher Aaron Harang after all. Yahoo! Sports writes a deal that would send reliever George Sherrill to Cincinnati for Harang is still possible. The Reds, however, want a prospect along with Sherrill, especially since they are willing to pay as much as $10 million of Harang's $14 million salary.
Dodgers Done Pursuing Harang
The Dodgers are no longer trying to acquire pitcher Aaron Harang from the Reds. Los Angeles had explored the possibility, but Harang is owed at least $15 million over the next year if he's dealt and the two sides couldn't agree on who would pay a majority of the money. Harang went 6-14 with a 4.21 ERA for the Reds in 2009.
Dodgers Working On Trade For Harang
The Dodgers have began exploring a possible trade with the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher Aaron Harang, according to multiple baseball sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. Harang, a 31-year-old right-hander, finished fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting in 2007 and tied for the league lead in wins in 2006 with 16. The Reds are asking for one or two players on the Dodgers' major league roster in return. The Dodgers would want the Reds to pay for a portion of the $15 million Harang would be guaranteed if he is traded. Harang is owed $12.5 million in 2010 and has a $12.75-million club option for 2011 with a $2-million buyout.
Dodgers Sign Carroll, Ayala
The Dodgers have agreed to a two-year deal with Jamey Carroll, according to a baseball source who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical. Carroll, who turns 36 in February, batted .276 with two home runs and 26 runs batted in in 93 games for the Cleveland Indians last season. The Dodgers also reached an agreement today with right-handed reliever Luis Ayala on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.
Dodgers Could Target Pineiro
The Dodgers could target free-agent pitcher Joel Pineiro with some of the money they have freed up. "With some money freed up, Dodgers expected to target some pitching. Joel Pineiro, said to be looking for 3- to-4 years, might be a fit," ESPN's Buster Olney wrote on his Twitter feed. Pineiro went 15-12 with a 3.49 ERA in 2009.
Dodgers Find Cash To Acquire Rule 5 Pick From Mets
The Mets traded their Rule 5 pick to the Dodgers for cash after selecting Carlos Monasterios.
Wolf Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Brewers
Randy Wolf and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a three-year contract worth $27 million.
Dodgers Add To Mannion's Responsibilities
Dennis Mannion will oversee the baseball operations of the Dodgers.
Dodgers Shockingly Decline Arbitration To All Free Agents
The Dodgers decided not to risk arbitration to Randy Wolf and 14 other free agents.