March 2010 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Manny To Media: No Gracias
Manny Ramirez continues to avoid talking to the media, a reversal of how he behaved when he first arrived in Los Angeles. "No gracias," said Ramirez when approached by the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday.
Dodgers Waive Repko After 11 Seasons With Franchise
Outfielder Jason Repko was waived by the Dodgers on Wednesday, along with left-hander Eric Stults. Waiving Stults was a formality before his sale to the Hiroshima Carp and was expected. Repko?s release was hardly surprising -- the Dodgers may have to open up at least four spots on their 40-man roster to add Garret Anderson, Jeff Weaver, Ramon Ortiz and Nick Green.
Dodgers Sell Pitcher To Japanese Club
The Dodgers have sold left-hander Eric Stults to the Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese Central League. Joe Bick, Stults' agent, confirmed that the deal was complete and that pitcher had agreed to terms with his new team on a one-year contract with a club option for 2011.
McCourts Are $850K Apart On Spousal Support
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt on Monday offered his estranged wife $150,000 a month in spousal support during a hearing in a bitter divorce case in which she is seeking nearly $1 million a month. McCourt will make $5 million this year.
Dodgers' Martin Remains In Minors, Isn't Pleased
Dodgers catcher Russell Martin didn't play in his first Cactus League game on Sunday even though his strained right groin appears to be progressing. Instead, he was scheduled to play in a minor league game. "He certainly isn't happy about it," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. After saying that Martin would play in his first Cactus League game no later than Thursday, Torre said after Sunday's game that Martin will play on Tuesday against Colorado.
Martin Optimistic He'll Play In Opener
Dodgers catcher Russell Martin is optimistic that he'll play on Opening Day. "I'm fairly optimistic about it," Martin said Thursday. "I felt like myself today." Martin singled and doubled in two at-bats and ran at full speed without any discomfort in his right groin, where he suffered a strain earlier this month.
Mientkiewicz Told He Won't Make Dodgers Roster
Doug Mientkiewicz was told he will not make the Dodgers' Opening Day roster, leaving his major league future in doubt. Mientkiewicz, 35, was attempting a comeback from a separated shoulder that required surgery last season and limited him to 18 at-bats for the Dodgers.
Dodgers Name Padilla Opening Day Starter
Vicente Padilla will start for the Dodgers on April 5th in their season opener against the Pirates. He will be followed in the rotation by Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley and Hiroki Kuroda. "We just had to pick somebody, and he was the one," manager Joe Torre said. "Am I going to say he is better than the other guys? I can't do that. We just decided to line them up that way. ... Again, we have four guys where I think you can put their names in a hat and just take it out."
Jamie McCourt Claims Frank Has $18M
Former Dodgers CEO Jamie McCourt says her estranged husband, Frank, has at least $18 million available to help pay for her spousal support. Jamie McCourt said Frank McCourt, the team's owner, continues to live a lavish lifestyle while she has mounting bills and doesn't draw any income. She estimated she has about $4 million in savings and roughly $450,000 in cash that will quickly run out due to monthly mortgage payments of about $415,000 on the couple's homes and vacation properties, according to the documents filed Monday.
Torre Puts Contract Talks On Hold
Dodgers manager Joe Torre has decided to put contract negotiations on hold for a one-year extension that would allow him to manage the team through 2011. However, he says contract talks have been broken down entirely. "Yes, right now, in March," Torre said. "Later on in the year, I might feel differently. It's funny ... I went to my daughter's [play], and somebody said, 'You look good.' I said, 'Yeah, the season hasn't started yet.' My wife said, 'Check in around July and see what he looks like. See how he feels then.' "But I hope I feel the way I do now. I'm enjoying it, and I'm very relaxed. The most important thing for me is that the players seem to be comfortable with it." One issue in the negotiations appears to be the description of the front-office role Torre would move into after 2011. "A lot of it is, how much do I want to do?" Torre said. "That has been a part of it."
Yankees Return Jamie Hoffman To Dodgers
The Yankees have returned Jamie Hoffman to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Dodgers Grant Gagne His Release
Eric Gagne's time with the Dodgers may be over for good this time.
Scully Returns To Dodgers, Discusses Fall
Vin Scully was embarrased by the commotion surrounding his recent fall.
Torre Confident In Belliard At First
Ronnie Belliard could be the Dodgers' starting first baseman.
Vin Scully Hospitalized Thursday Night
Vin Scully was hospitalized Thursday night due to an undisclosed ailment, a family representative has said.
Document: Jamie McCourt Had Eyes On White House
Jamie McCourt, wife of Frank McCourt, considered whether to parlay her high-profile position with the Dodgers into the pursuit of political offices.
Brian Giles Announces Retirement
Brian Giles announced his retirement on Thursday.
Anderson Hasn't Played 1B Since J.T. Snow Was 'Struggling' For Angels
Garrett Anderson will attempt to do play first base in order to make the Dodgers team.
Mattingly: Dodgers Have Mentioned Him Succeeding Torre
Don Mattingly could take over in 2012 assuming Joe Torre signs a one-year extension.
Dodgers Don't Plan To Add Catcher
The Dodgers will rely on A.J. Ellis and Brad Ausmus in Russell Martin's absence.
McCourt: Divorce Not Affecting Dodgers
Frank McCourt insists that his divorce won't affect the Dodgers on the field or financially.
Dodgers Sign Garret Anderson
The Dodgers signed Garret Anderson to a minor league contract Wednesday night.
Kershaw May Have Shorter Leash In 2010
The Dodgers will focus on how many pitches Clayton Kershaw throws per inning.