November 2009 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Scutaro: Four Teams Have Shown Interest
Marco Scutaro says that the Red Sox, Dodgers, Mariners and Rangers have contacted him, according to Venezuelan reports. Scutaro told Augusto Cardenas that Boston wants him at shortstop, Los Angeles at second base and Seattle and Texas at third base. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels refuted the report on Saturday afternoon. "The Dodgers want me to play second base, shortstop in Boston, and there are other teams who have called to play third. Although not close the doors, I would rather be between short and second," Scutaro said.
Dye Wants To Play Out West?
Free-agent outfielder Jermaine Dye would reportedly prefer to play out West. "jermaine dye may be decent alternative to miltie or vladdy as righty bat for #rangers. hearing he'd like to go 'west.,' " Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman wrote on his Twitter page. Dye hit .250 with 27 home runs and 81 RBI in 2009.
Frank McCourt's Checking Account Fell As Low As $167k
Responding to his estranged wife Jamie's request for monthly financial support, Frank McCourt said his checking account had fallen as low as $167,000 in recent weeks, before he received $1 million from a quarterly distribution. In a separate filing, Jeffrey Ingram, chief operating officer of the McCourt Group, said McCourt's annual income from the team is capped at $5 million under a credit agreement with Bank of America. Bert Fields, an attorney for Jamie McCourt, said Frank McCourt's claims raise the question of whether he can continue to field a team with a $100-million payroll. "If it were true that he really doesn't have the resources to pay anything, then you'd have serious concern about his ability to run a baseball team," Fields said. "If Mr. McCourt meant what he said, how is he going to pay all these guys?" Frank McCourt claims sole ownership of the team. His attorney, Marshall Grossman, said player payroll would not be a problem. "The players play for the Dodgers and get paid by the Dodgers," Grossman said. "Frank doesn't meet the payroll out of his own bank account any more than any other shareholder of any other company does."
Dodgers 'A Long Shot' To Land Halladay
The Dodgers aren't likely to land Blue Jays ace pitcher Roy Halladay. Toronto is shopping the pitcher, but a source close to the situation said that Los Angeles is "a long shot" to acquire Halladay. The Dodgers have inquired about the pitcher.
Schmidt Likely Will Retire
Jason Schmidt will likely retire from pitching in the MLB. "Just leaving my options open," he said. "At this moment, no, I'm not thinking about pitching anymore. Down the road, I'm not sure. Initially, I'd say no way. I'm not planning on playing at this moment. In my mind, I retired when I left in August."
Agent: Dodgers Are Interested In Smoltz
The Dodgers have inquired about free-agent pitcher John Smoltz, according to agent Keith Grunewald. They were among the teams that pursued Smoltz, 42, when he was released by the Red Sox in August, only to lose out to the Cardinals. Los Angeles is also interested in another one of Grunewald's clients, Mark DeRosa.
Dodgers Interested In Smoltz, DeRosa
The Dodgers have inquired about Mark DeRosa and John Smoltz, according to their agent, Keith Grunewald. DeRosa hit .250 with 23 home runs in 2009. Of the Dodgers' interest in DeRosa, Grunewald said, "The interest is mutual." But the agent said that the Dodgers are one of a dozen teams that have asked about DeRosa, identifying the others as the Cardinals, Mariners, Nationals, Giants, Phillies, Orioles, Rangers, Yankees, Mets, Twins and Braves.
Torre Happy For Girardi, Yankees
Dodgers manager Joe Torre is happy for his former team. Torre was pleased to see the Yankees and former player Joe Girardi, who is the team's manager, win the World Series last week. Torre added that it was "surreal" watching the Yankees face the Phillies in the World Series.
Jamie McCourt Denies Claims Of Affair, Wants To Own Dodgers
The soon-to-be ex-wife of Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, Jamie, claims that allegations of an affair are untrue. McCourt recently filed paperwork for her divorce from Frank and added that she "absolutely" views herself as an owner of the Dodgers. Jamie McCourt, who also is a lawyer, told the Los Angeles Times that she has a plan to purchase the Dodgers outright. Recently, Frank McCourt had her CEO title removed.
NL Gold Glove Winners Announced
Four first-timers were among the 2009 Gold Gloves winners in the National League on Wednesday. Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, Astros outfielder Michael Bourn and Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp were honored for the first time. The 2009 National League Champion Phillies had two winners -- shortstop Jimmy Rollins (third time) and outfielder Shane Victorino (second). Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (second) and Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (second) rounded out the winners.
Mark Cuban Denies Interest In Dodgers
Mark Cuban isn't likely to become a baseball owner anytime soon.
Torre, Dodgers Discussing Extension
Joe Torre might manage the Dodgers past the 2010 season.
Dodgers Worried About Padilla's Shooting Incident
The Dodgers were very interested in re-signing Vincente Padilla.
McCourt's Bid To Get Dodgers Job Back Rejected
Jamie McCourt was reportedly having an affair with a team employee.
Padilla Suffers Minor Self-Inflicted Gunshot
Vicente Padilla injured himself in a hunting accident.
Manny Has A Week To Decide On Option
With Manny Ramirez and Scott Boras in the mix, you never know what might happen.