July 2009 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Sources: Dodgers Making Run At Gonzalez, Bell
The Dodgers are reportedly making a late run at Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and reliever Heath Bell. Major league sources claim that the Dodgers could acquire the players in separate deals or a multi-player blockbuster. It is believed that Los Angeles would include first baseman James Loney in a deal with San Diego if Gonzalez is involved.
Brewers Reacquire Vargas From Dodgers
The Brewers have reacquired reliever Claudio Vargas from the Dodgers. Milwaukee sent minor league catcher Vinny Rottino to Los Angeles to complete the trade. Vargas won 11 games for the Brewers in 2007, but was released before the start of the 2008 season.
Dodgers Make Trade For George Sherrill
The Dodgers improved their bullpen Thursday by acquiring Orioles closer George Sherrill in exchange for two prospects, third baseman Josh Bell and pitcher Steve Johnson, according to baseball sources. Sherrill can serve as a set-up man, or share the closer role with Jonathan Broxton. The Dodgers still are hoping to acquire a starting pitcher and are rumored to still be pursuing Toronto's Roy Halladay.
Dodgers, Red Sox Emerge As Halladay Frontrunners
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox have become the frontrunners to acquire Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay, according to baseball sources. Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi has asked for as many as a half-dozen prospects in return for Halladay. Starters Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw have not been offered, and neither have any of the team?s starting position players. Boston's offer includes top pitching prospect Clay Buchholz, as Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday. The Blue Jays also have been given the choice of reliever Justin Masterson, Triple-A pitcher Michael Bowden or Double-A first baseman Lars Anderson, with lesser prospects from the farm system filling out the Boston offer.
Dodgers Mull Addition Of Billingsley To Halladay Offer
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti is believed to be considering the inclusion of Chad Billingsley in an offer for Roy Halladay. Colletti has made Clayton Kershaw untouchable, but the addition of Billingsley to an offer could convince Toronto to send Halladay to Los Angeles.
Dodgers Deny Loney To Cleveland Rumors
The Dodgers have emphatically denied rumors that they are discussing a blockbuster deal with the Indians. FOX Sports reported on Sunday that Los Angeles was talking to Cleveland about a trade that would net them Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez for James Loney and one of their young pitchers. "It's completely false," a Dodgers executive said.
Dodgers, Reds Discuss Pierre-For-Rhodes
The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that the Reds and Dodgers have discussed a deal involving outfielder Juan Pierre and reliever Arthur Rhodes.
Dodgers, Indians Discussing Possible Deal
The Dodgers and Indians are having trade discussions, but it is unclear exactly what they are talking about. Top-level officials from both teams strongly denied a report claiming that they are talking about a blockbuster trade that would send Cliff Lee and Victor Martinez to Cleveland for first baseman James Loney. Those players have at least been mentioned in trade talks, according to FOX Sports.
Manny Listed Day-To-Day After HBP, X-Rays Negative
Manny Ramirez is day to day after being hit by a pitch in the Dodgers? game against the Reds on Tuesday night, according to an Associated Press report. A team spokesman says Ramirez has been hit on the side of his left hand by a pitch from Homer Bailey leading off the third inning. He was replaced by pinch runner Juan Pierre. Ramirez went to a hospital for precautionary X-rays, which were negative.
Schmidt Wins, Manny Surpasses Mantle
Jason Schmidt won in his return to the Dodgers on Monday night, and Manny Ramirez drilled a memorable home run. Los Angeles defeated Cincinnati by a score of 7-5 at Dodger Stadium. "I had hoped to just go out there and make it respectable but I'm happy with the result," Schmidt said. Schmidt gave up three runs over five innings, and topped out at about 87 miles per hour on the radar gun. "Everybody was really happy for him, getting through five innings and coming out with the victory," said manager Joe Torre. Ramirez hit the 537th home run of his career, breaking a tie with Mickey Mantle for 15th place on baseball's all-time list.
Dodgers In Race For Halladay
The Dodgers are interested in dealing for Roy Halladay, but they won't trade their top young players to acquire him.
Schmidt Will Return To Dodgers Monday
Jason Schmidt will return to the mound for the Dodgers on Monday.
Dodgers Enter Race For Halladay
The Dodgers are now believed to be showing serious interest in Roy Halladay.
Fans Welcome Ramirez Back In L.A.
Manny Ramirez reached a warm welcome from fans at Dodger Stadium on Thursday night.
Dodgers Holding Off Sox, Yanks And Rays In Team Rankings
The Dodgers remain on top of our rankings with the big three AL East teams close behind.
Dodgers Looking At Frasor, Sherrill
The Dodgers are looking at Jays reliever Jason Frasor, major-league sources say, and Orioles closer George Sherrill is another reliever on their wish list.
Mulder Still Receiving Interest From Dodgers, Brewers, Phillies
Mark Mulder will be in Cincinnati this week to work with his former coach from Michigan State.
NL's Hoffman, Duke Replace Broxton, Cain
Trevor Hoffman and Zack Duke have replaced Jonathan Broxton and Matt Cain on the National League All-Star team.
Broxton Likely To Miss All-Star Game
Los Angeles Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton may have to skip the All-Star game on Tuesday because of of an ailing big toe.
Jays Want Too Much For Halladay?
The Dodgers scouted Roy Halladay on Thursday night, but the Blue Jays are believed to be asking too much for the anchor of their pitching staff.
Doctor In Ramirez Case 'Never Prescribed Drugs'
A Miami-area doctor said Friday that he "never prescribed drugs of any kind whatsoever" to Manny Ramirez.
Manny Ties Mantle On Career HR List
Manny Ramirez hit a home run in the sixth inning on Friday night, tying him with Mickey Mantle on baseball's all-time home run list.
Manny Ejected After Strikeout Vs. Mets
Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez was ejected in the fifth inning after arguing balls and strikes against the Mets.
Torre: Manny's Suspension Doesn't Taint Season
Dodgers manager Joe Torre doesn't think that Manny Ramirez's 50-game suspension taints the team's season.
Torre: Manny Is In His Comfort Zone
Manny Ramirez needed just five at-bats to notch his first post-suspension home run, and Dodgers manager Joe Torre believes the outfielder is in his comfort zone.
Manny Homers In First Inning
Dodger outfielder Manny Ramirez hit a first inning home run on Saturday, his first since returning to the line-up from a 50-game suspension.
Manny Issues Apology, Won't Talk Steroids
Manny Ramirez apologized for his 50-game suspension on Friday night, but wouldn't touch the subject of steroids.
Manny Walks In First At-Bat Back
Manny Ramirez returned to the Dodgers on Friday night following a 50-game ban for violating MLB's anti-drug policies.
Dodgers Finish Manny Suspension With 29-21 Record
The Dodgers hardly missed a beat without Manny Ramirez.