December 2010 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Kemp, Rihanna End Relationship
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and pop star Rihanna have ended their relationship, according to a report in US Weekly. The couple became an item early last year, around the time Kemp began to struggle. Fans quickly blamed the high-profile relationship for his performance. US Weekly painted the breakup as a mutual thing. Rihanna was reportedly "just over it" and Kemp was "sick of always following after her like a puppy dog all over the world."
Dodgers Dismiss Three Executives
The Dodgers have parted ways with three vice presidents, the latest in a long line of front-office changes in the last two years. Ray Maytorena was one of the executives let go. He is a former Secret Service agent that was hired as head of security two years ago. The Dodgers also cut ties with Steve Spartin, who was in charge of developing corporate partnerships, and Joe Walsh, who oversaw human resources and fan service initiatives.
Dodgers Trade Chin-lung Hu To Mets
The Dodgers have dealt infielder Chin-lung Hu to the Mets in exchange for 25-year-old minor-league lefthander Michael Antonini. Antonini was primarily a starting pitcher in 2010, posting a 4.32 ERA with 7.3 strikeouts per nine innings in 23 Double-A starts and a 5.11 ERA with 6.1 strikeouts per nine innings in six Triple-A starts. Hu, who has spent eight years in the Dodgers organization, has the most times at-bat of any Taiwan-born player in major-league history.
Dodgers Looking At Three For Left Field
The Dodgers have been in contact with Marcus Thames, Scott and Jerry Hairston as possible candidates to play left field. Bill Hall was at the top of the team's list, but he signed with the Astros.
Dodgers, Guerrier Agree On $12M Deal
The Dodgers and reliever Matt Guerrier have agreed to terms on a three-year, $12 million contract, according to sources. Guerrier is expected to have a physical in Los Angeles on Thursday, which will complete the deal. "We do have something in place, and we are just trying to get it finalized at this point," agent Joe Bick said. "It's not a done deal yet, but we're working in that direction." Guerrier, a long-time member of the Twins, was being pursued by the Red Sox and Rockies.
Dodgers, Navarro Agree To $1M Deal
The Dodgers and catcher Dioner Navarro have agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract. Navarro played for Los Angeles for parts of two seasons before being traded to Tampa Bay in June 2006. He hit .194 with a home run and seven RBI in 48 games last season and wasn't offered a contract by the Rays.
Dodgers, Gwynn Jr. Reach $675K Deal
The Dodgers finalized their one-year, $675,000 agreement with free-agent outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. after Gwynn passed a physical exam Saturday. Los Angeles continues to search for another everyday outfielder.
Dodgers, Padilla Finalize Deal
The Dodgers finalized their one-year, $2 million contract with pitcher Vicente Padilla on Thursday. The deal contains several performance bonuses, but a base salary less than half the $5.025 million the Dodgers paid Padilla in 2010. The two sides reached the agreement on Tuesday.
ESPN Wants To Move Schedule To Feature Giants/Dodgers On Opening Night
ESPN wants to showcase the Giants and Dodgers as their 2011 opening game. The teams are slated to play in Los Angeles, but ESPN wants the game to be played at AT&T Park. Under the proposed move, the Giants and Dodgers would play in San Francisco on Thursday, March 31st and then travel to Los Angeles to resume the series. San Francisco was scheduled to have their home opening day on April 8th.
Garvey Attempting To Purchase Dodgers
Steve Garvey has a group of investors lined up to purchase the Los Angeles Dodgers. "It's always been a dream of mine to own a franchise," Garvey said. Current owner Frank McCourt said he would rebuff Garvey and all other would-be buyers. "There are some great treasures out there that people would love to buy, the Dodgers among them," McCourt spokesman Steve Sugerman said. "But, like the Mona Lisa and the Pacific Ocean, the Dodgers aren't for sale." Garvey said he approached Frank McCourt last April and again within the past few weeks, each time offering what he called a "cash infusion" from his investment group. Garvey said McCourt did not respond the first time and rejected the offer the second time. "The Dodgers did not require the help he was offering," Sugerman said.
Ruling Favors Jamie McCourt Co-Owning Dodgers
Jamie and Frank McCourt could end up sharing ownership of the Dodgers.
Dodgers Came Close To Signing Pierzynski
A.J. Pierzynski nearly signed with the Dodgers before the White Sox added a second year to their deal.
Dodgers, Barajas Agree On $3.25M Deal
Rod Barajas is expected to be the starting catcher of the Dodgers.
Dodgers Nearly Traded Martin To Yankees
The Dodgers opted to non-tender Russell Martin, making him a free agent that still might interest the Yankees.
Dodgers Non-Tender Russell Martin
The Dodgers have non-tendered catcher Russell Martin.
Source: Dodgers Looking At Varitek
The Dodgers are looking at Jason Varitek as a possible fit in their catching corps for next season.
Giants Offered To Match Dodgers' Contract To Uribe
Juan Uribe officially signed with the Dodgers on Tuesday, receiving a $21 million contract over three seasons.