September 2009 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Colletti In Line For Extension
The Dodgers are negotiating a long-term contract extension with General Manager Ned Colletti, a high-ranking club official said. The Dodgers have reached the postseason three times in four years under Colletti, whose current deal includes a mutual option for 2010. Colletti, who said earlier this month he would "love" to return to the Dodgers next season, declined to comment on the negotiations. "He's obviously done a very good job," Frank McCourt said. "The team has the best record in the National League. We're on the verge of clinching the division back-to-back [for the first time] in 31 years. I think that speaks for itself."
Manny Sits With Sore Hamstring
Manny Ramirez wasn't in the lineup for the Dodgers on Monday afternoon. Pittsburgh defeated Los Angeles, again preventing them from clinching the National League West title. "Manny felt something the other day similar to where Casey [Blake] has a little bit of a hammy. It happened Saturday but it doesn't seem too serious," manager Joe Torre said. "I had planned to give him a day and [play him Monday] ... he came in today still a little sore."
Dodgers Beat Pirates, Earn Playoff Berth
The Dodgers clinched a playoff berth on Saturday with an 8-4 victory over the Pirates. It will be their fourth appearance in six years and their second consecutive under manager Joe Torre, who now has 15 postseason appearances under his belt. Los Angeles leads the NL West, but are assured of at least the NL Wild Card. "It's going to be a lot more if we can clinch this division and secure home-field advantage," Andre Ethier said. The Dodgers lead the Rockies by six games in the division with just seven games to play.
Dodgers Could See $20M Spike In Payroll
A number of Dodgers will be eligible for salary arbitration this winter, which could cause the team's payroll to jump as much as $20 million. The Dodgers have paid the quartet of Andre Ethier, Matt Kemp, Chad Billingsley and James Loney less than $5 million combined for their services in 2009. In addition to the players listed above, Jonathan Broxton, Russell Martin, George Sherrill and Hong-Chih Kuo could earn raises as well. Ethier and Kemp are expected to earn the most significant raises, according to agents, who speculated to the Los Angeles Times that Ethier could earn $7 million or so next season and Kemp around $4 million.
Torre Noncommittal About Second Basemen
Dodgers manager Joe Torre is noncommittal about who will start at second base down the stretch. Ronnie Belliard, who Los Angeles acquired recently, has been starting over Orlando Hudson lately. Belliard played in place of Hudson for the second straight game on Sunday. Torre pointed out that Hudson played in a majority of the team's games earlier in the season. In addition, Belliard has been hitting very well since he arrived on Aug. 30. "I'm taking advantage right now with Ronnie swinging the bat the way he is to use him, and then decide what choices we're going to have going forward," Torre told the Los Angeles Times. Asked whether Hudson remained the starting second baseman, Torre said Sunday "he's not starting today" and declined to comment about future games.
Mechanics Cause Of Billingsley's Woes
The Dodgers believe Chad Billingsley's recent struggles are a result of flawed mechanics. "Mechanically, he's just rushing himself -- he's just not packaging it," Torre told MLB.com. "That just comes from being overanxious, which is something he's going to have to feel and get back to." Billingsley, who was an All-Star in July, doesn't have long before the postseason starts to get his mechanics worked out. "I think one outing can fix it as long as he gets the feeling and sees the result," Torre added. "I think that's the important thing is to know what it feels like and see how well it works. "It's just like a hitter. You wonder if you're ever going to get a hit again. And all of a sudden, you're in there and you're comfortable, and you hit a ball on the button and you wonder where it's been."
Yankees Wanted Dodgers At Home In 2010
The Yankees badly wanted Joe Torre and the Dodgers to travel to New York in the 2010 regular season, according to sources. Instead, the Yankees will travel to Los Angeles for a three-game interleague series against the Dodgers next June. Last spring, a preliminary schedule had series being played in New York. There was some belief that the Yankees didn't want Torre and the Dodgers at the new Yankee Stadium, but a source told the New York Post that the team desperately wanted the series to be played at home.
Lasorda Portrait Headed To Smithsonian
A portrait of Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda will soon be unveiled at the Smithsonian Institution. The Hall of Fame manager will have his portrait hung in the museum's National Portrait Gallery on Sept. 22, Lasorda's 82nd birthday. "I am proud and honored by this very special recognition," Lasorda said in a statement. "I have been honored many times in the past, and am appreciative of them all, but to be included in the National Portrait Gallery is very special, and very humbling." The portrait, painted by Everett Raymond Kinstler, is part of the Smithsonian's collection of baseball-related art.
Manny Returns To Fenway Park Next Season
Manny Ramirez could return to Fenway Park next season if he decides to remain with the Dodgers. Ramirez has a $20 million option with the Dodgers for the 2010 season. The Dodgers' tentative schedule was released earlier this week and it has the team traveling to Boston to face the Red Sox in mid-June.
Penny, Bowa Have Talk About Past
Giants pitcher Brad Penny and Dodgers coach Larry Bowa talked about their past differences on Saturday. Bowa had questioned Penny's work ethic in the past, while the pitcher wondered about the coach's integrity. "Me and Larry talked and it's over with," Penny said Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. "We both apologize. He wished me the best of luck and I wished him the best of luck." Penny pitched for the Dodgers prior to joining the Red Sox this season. He landed with San Francisco after Boston let him go.
Recent Time Off Costly For Dodgers' Hudson
Dodgers second baseman Orlando Hudson has sat out four times in the team's last 11 games.
Pettitte Will Only Return To Yanks Or Dodgers?
Many believe that Andy Pettitte will either re-sign with the Yankees or retire this winter.
Torre: Manny Isn't Done
Dodgers manager Joe Torre has come to the defense of his left fielder.
Rival Scout Believes Dodgers Better With Pierre Over Manny
A rival talent evaluator believes that the Dodgers are better with Juan Pierre in the lineup.
Kershaw Runs Into Scoreboard, Will Miss Start
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will miss his next start after injuring himself in practice on Sunday.
Manny Homers, Gets Tossed In Win
Manny Ramirez homered in the second inning of the Dodgers' 7-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Monday.
D-Backs-Dodgers Deal Hits Snag
The Diamondbacks don't feel as though the Dodgers acted in good faith in the trade that sent Jon Garland to Los Angeles.
Penny Still Despises Dodgers
Brad Penny is excited to pitch against the Dodgers as a member of the Giants.
Dodgers Aren't Expected To Retain Hudson
The Dodgers are not expected to retain Orlando Hudson because of the money he should command.
Colletti Wants To Return To Dodgers
Ned Colletti's contract as Dodgers general manager contains a mutual option for the 2010 season.
Dye: Thome Was 'Down' About Trade
Jim Thome is known as a jovial guy, but the slugger was a bit "down" after getting wind that the White Sox had traded him.
Dodgers Make Shocking Trade For Thome, Garland
The Dodgers have added Jim Thome and Jon Garland for their postseason run.
Thome, Garland Dealt To Dodgers
Jim Thome is reportedly on his way to the Dodgers.