March 2009 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Dodgers Sign Ohman To Minor League Deal
The Dodgers have signed left-handed reliever Will Ohman to a one-year minor league contract. Ohman will reportedly receive $1.35 million guaranteed in the deal and can earn an additional $425,000 in performance bonuses. The Dodgers claim they hold a team option for a second season.
Lasorda Defends Piazza On Steroid Allegations
Mike Piazza is among a handful of players that have been singled out as a steroid user in a new book by Jeff Pearlman, and Tommy Lasorda has rushed to the former catcher's defense. "I don't believe that at all," said Lasorda. "He worked so hard. I saw him in the weight room working out all the time. Whatever (is in the book) is hearsay. I just don't believe it. He comes from a family that's full of good people. "I wouldn't comment on it if I didn't feel strongly about it. He has too much to lose. And he's such a nice young man. He goes to church, he's got a nice family. I know him. I know what kind of man he is and I just don't believe it."
Manny Tells Pedro To Be Realistic With Asking Price
Pedro Martinez is reaching out to prospective suitors, but finding little interest in his $5 million-plus asking price. The Royals, before signing free-agent right-hander Sidney Ponson to a minor-league contract, rejected an overture from Martinez because they were unable to afford him, major-league sources say. Several of Martinez's friends, including the Dodgers' Manny Ramirez, have told him that he needs to be more realistic with his salary desires, sources say. The Dodgers would be interested in Martinez if he dropped his price dropped to the $1 million to $2 million level.
Dodgers Unsure Of What To Do With Schmidt
Jason Schmidt pitched three innings against the Brewers on Tuesday, allowing two runs on six hits, and the Dodgers are still unsure of what to do with him. "Schmidt was OK, he got his work in," manager Joe Torre said. "It's a process. He looked like he was pushing it a little bit, but he had no problems physically." "I don't think he's done enough pitching," Torre said of Schmidt being with the team to start the season. "I don't know, we'll have to wait. "Since we don't necessarily have to make that decision right now, we'll wait as long as we can before we have to. But I still think it's going to be a little ways for him."
Dodgers Appoint Newcombe Special Adviser
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has named Don Newcombe a special adviser to the chairman of the team. Newcombe is the only player in baseball history to win rookie of the year, MVP and Cy Young Award honors. He joined the Dodgers' front office in 1970 and has worked in community service for the club.
Manny: 'I Feel Like I'm 20 Years Old'
Manny Ramirez claims that his injured hamstring feels fine, and that he feels young once again. "I feel like I'm 20 years old," Ramirez said. Reminded that he recently said he felt old, Ramirez replied, "Yeah, but now I feel young."
Dodgers Release Yhency Brazoban
Yhency Brazoban, who developed into a hard-throwing closer after his acquisition from the Yankees in the Kevin Brown trade in 2003, did not show this spring that he could recover from elbow and shoulder operations and was released by the Dodgers. In 2005, he saved 21 games as a fill-in for the injured Eric Gagne while appearing in 74. But he needed Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery in 2006 and shoulder labrum surgery in 2007.
Pedro To Dodgers Talk Persists
The Dodgers still lack a fifth starter, with has allowed rumors that Pedro Martinez will return to the team to increase. Pedro reportedly told Tommy Lasorda and scouting advisor Ralph Avila that he wanted to finish his career where it all started. "That's what he said," said Lasorda. "I don't know, it was just conversation." Manny Ramirez said he called Martinez on Sunday morning after hearing reports that Martinez might be coming to the Dodgers. "He said he has two options," said Ramirez. "I don't know what he's going to do. He has to do what's best for him."
Jason Schmidt: I Just Want To Pitch
Jason Schmidt, who has been a huge bust after signing a huge contract with the Dodgers, just wants to get back out on the mound and pitch. Los Angeles manager Joe Torre says that Schmidt is no longer a candidate to begin the season as the team's fifth starter. Schmidt is still tentative on the mound with his surgically repaired right shoulder, needs extra rest and still isn't able to significantly increase his pitch count. "I'm just trying to get out there and get on the mound," Schmidt said. "I'm not thinking about Opening Day or five days from then. I'm just thinking about eventually getting back into a game in L.A. and pitching in the big leagues. I don't have a set timetable. I'm just going to let it dictate itself."
Manny Will Be Limited To Hitting
Dodgers manager Joe Torre says that Manny Ramirez will be limited to hitting when he returns from a strained hamstring. "I don't think he needs to play left field in every game he plays, no question," Torre said Tuesday. "And if I had it to do all over again, I would have DHed him a few more days." Ramirez, who won't play until the soreness is gone, took part in the hitting portion of Tuesday morning's workout. "He's frustrated, but he understands," Torre said. "I told him if he plays a week or 10 days of baseball games, you should be fine. It's bothering him because he wants to play. He feels well enough to. His body is telling him otherwise when he tries to exert himself -- but he's not going to stand there in left field and not run after the ball."
Manny To Miss At Least One Week
The Dodgers are taking a cautious approach with Manny Ramirez's tweaked hamstring, and he will be held out of action for at least this week.
Some Sox Defend Ramirez's Time In Boston
Jonathan Papelbon called Manny Ramirez a "cancer" recently, but not all of his former teammates feel that way.
Manny Tweaks Hamstring, Leaves Game
Manny Ramirez aggravated his sore left hamstring on Sunday while playing in the outfield for the first time this spring.
Numerous Teams Interested In Pedro?
Pedro Martinez has looked impressive this spring, and has garnered more attention from teams than expected heading into the final weeks of Spring Training.
Beimel Close To Choosing Offer
Free-agent reliever Joe Beimel, who is believed to have offers from the A's, Rockies, Dodgers and Rockies, is reportedly close to choosing a team.
Manny Draws Two Walks, Singles In Debut
Manny Ramirez's spring debut for the Dodgers was a media circus on Friday, so much so that his teammates questioned all the attention.
Torre: Manny Has Been "No Problem"
Dodgers manager Joe Torre has defended slugger Manny Ramirez, who has been criticized by former Red Sox teammates for having a negative presence in the clubhouse.
Manny Sits Out; Shrugs Off Papelbon's Comments
Manny Ramirez pushed back his spring debut on Thursday, missing the Dodgers' exhibition against South Korea because of tightness in his left hamstring.
Papelbon: Manny Was Bringing Entire Team Down
Jonathan Papelbon had strong words about former teammate Manny Ramirez in an interview in Esquire magazine's April issue.
Dodgers 'Curious' About Pedro
Pedro Martinez came up with the Dodgers and it's possible that he could return to the club for the 2009 season.
Manny To Make Spring Debut On Thursday
Dodgers manager Joe Torre has confirmed that Manny Ramirez will make his spring debut for the team on Thursday's game.
Andruw Regrets Disappointing Dodgers
Andruw Jones has expressed some sorrow for the disappointing season he had with the Dodgers last season after signing a $36.2 million contract.
Report: Manny Won't Get All His Money Until 2013
The $45 million that Manny Ramirez will earn over the next two seasons with the Dodgers reportedly won't be fully paid until June 2013.
Kemp: I'm Capable Of A 40-40 Season
Matt Kemp has been hearing grumblings that he is capable of posting a 40-40 season.
Source: Manny Was "Freaking Out" During Free Agency
Manny Ramirez is settled with the Dodgers now, having re-signed with the team last week, but a person close to the situation has told Newsday that he spent most of free agency "freaking out."
Torre Eyes Thursday For Manny's Return
Dodgers manager Joe Torre has revealed that Manny Ramirez is tentatively scheduled to play in his first exhibition game of the spring on Thursday.
Pierre Wants Less Money To Play Everyday
Juan Pierre is owed $28.5 million over the next three years.
McCourt Showers Colletti With Praise
Dodgers' owner Frank McCourt praised GM Ned Colletti with how he's handled the winter moves.
Torre: Manny Will Bat Third Or Fourth
Not surprisingly, Dodgers manager Joe Torre says that Manny Ramirez, having finally officially re-signed with the team, will bat either third or fourth in the lineup.