January 2011 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Dodgers Sign MacDougal To Minor League Deal
The Dodgers on Friday signed veteran right-handed reliever Mike MacDougal to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League camp. MacDougal, who turns 34 in March, was an All-Star in 2003 as the closer for the Kansas City Royals, but in the last two years bounced around four organizations. He made 18 appearances for the Cardinals last year with a 7.23 ERA and spent most of the season at Triple-A.
Dodgers Raving About Eric Chavez
The Dodgers raved about infielder Eric Chavez following a workout on Thursday, according to a scout. "He swung the bat well and apparently looked healthy after being put through his paces," writes Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Other teams are showing interest in Chavez, but he appears set on the Dodgers.
Dodgers, Billingsley Agree To Contract
The Dodgers have reached agreement on a deal with pitcher Chad Billingsley. The one-year deal worth $6.275 million allows the two sides to avoid arbitration. Billingsley went 12-11 for Los Angeles last season.
Dodgers, Thames Reach Agreement
The Dodgers have reached an agreement with outfielder Marcus Thames, according to a source. The length and financial terms of the deal weren't immediately clear, but the deal would be finalized if Thames passes a physical examination set for Tuesday. Thames has been on the team's wish list for several weeks.
Jamie McCourt Allowed To Seek Half Of Dodgers
A judge in the dispute between Frank McCourt and his former wife, Jamie, over ownership of the Dodgers has finalized his decision that their marital property agreement is invalid. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gordon had given both sides time to lodge objections to his Dec. 7 ruling. Gordon's ruling allows Jamie McCourt to seek half of the Los Angeles Dodgers after she was ousted by her ex-husband as the team's CEO in October 2009.
GM: Gwynn Jr. Could Start For Dodgers
If Tony Gwynn Jr. can hit, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti says he could start in center field. "A couple of years ago, he hit pretty well," Colletti said of Gwynn, who batted a career-high .270 for the Padres in 2009. "He is a very good defensive player who has speed. His playing time at this point will be dictated by how well he hits. If he can get on base enough and hit enough, he could give us added flexibility because he can play all three spots, including center field." The Dodgers signed Gwynn last month to a one-year, $675,000 contract.
Dodgers Set Up Memorial For Christina-Taylor Green
The Dodgers have created a memorial fund for 9-year-old Arizona shooting victim Christina-Taylor Green and provided addresses where people can send condolences. Green, the daughter of Dodgers scout John Green and granddaughter of former major league manager Dallas Green, was killed Saturday in a mass shooting at a Tucson, Ariz., mall that claimed five other lives and injured 12 more, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Giants-Dodgers Moved To Opening Day
The World Series champion Giants will play at the Dodgers on March 31, the sixth game scheduled in the major leagues on Opening Day. ESPN will televise a triple-header starting with Detroit at the Yankees, followed by San Diego and St. Louis and concluding with the Giants and Dodgers. The Opening Day game between San Francisco and Los Angeles will take the place of the previously-scheduled April 4 game. Also scheduled for Opening Day are Milwaukee at Cincinnati, the Los Angeles Angels at Kansas City and Atlanta at Washington.
Eric Chavez To Work Out For Dodgers
Eric Chavez will work out for the Dodgers on Jan. 20, the former Athletics third baseman told the San Francisco Chronicle. He'll hold private workouts for two American League teams this month as well. Chavez said that after three-plus years of injury problems, he is feeling good, he's taking grounders at third and his problematic right shoulder, operated on twice, is much better.
Redding Gets Minor-League Deal From Dodgers
The Dodgers have signed right-hander Tim Redding to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Redding, who turns 33 next month, spent last season in the minor leagues with the Rockies and Yankees.