November 2011 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Dodgers, Adam Kennedy Close To Deal
The Dodgers are close to an agreement with free-agent infielder Adam Kennedy, according to multiple reports. Kennedy, who can play first, second and third, satisfies L.A.'s need for a utility infielder and leaves just one major item on their offseason shopping list -- a starting pitcher. He would serve as the primary backup in an infield that usually will feature James Loney at first, Mark Ellis at second, Juan Uribe at third and Dee Gordon at short.
Source: Larry King Joins Group To Buy Dodgers
Larry King is part of a group of investors assembled by White Sox executive and Beverly Hills insurance agent Dennis Gilbert in hopes of buying the club, according to a source. King, a legendary talk-show host, is a longtime Dodgers season-ticket holder. He has been a frequent visitor to the team during spring training and occasionally on road trips. King's financial stake in the ownership group is comparatively small, according to the source.
Royals, Broxton Agree To Deal
The Royals have reached an agreement on a contract with former Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton. The one-year deal is worth a guaranteed $4 million. The contract, which also includes performance bonuses, is contingent on Broxton passing a physical exam Wednesday.
Broxton Seeking One-Year Deal
Jonathan Broxton, who hasn't ruled out a return to the Dodgers, is seeking a one-year deal as a free agent. The reliever wants to re-establish his value with a short term contract and it has been reported that about a dozen clubs have asked to see his medical records.
Broxton Won't Sign With Mets
The Mets are unlikely to sign free-agent reliever Jonathan Broxton. "I don't think it will be New York for him," Broxton's agent told The New York Post.
Dodgers, Ledezma Close To Deal
The Dodgers and left-hander Wil Ledezma haven't officially agreed to a contract, but the two sides have been talking. In addition, Ledezma has been telling people that he plans to join Los Angeles.
Torre Has Interest In Ownership Of Dodgers
Former Yankees and Dodgers manager Joe Torre has admitted that he has some interest in becoming part of an ownership group of the Dodgers. "I'm not part of any group," Torre said. "But I'll tell you there have been a number of people who've reached out and inquired, but I've made no alliance, no commitment, as of this minute." Could his situation change in a month? "Who knows?" he said. "It's certainly something you'd have an interest in." Torre has been approached by Rick Caruso, a Los Angeles-based real estate developer, according to one person briefed on the process.
Kemp Makes Bold Prediction: 'I'm Going To Go 50-50'
Less than two hours after learning that he didn't win the National League MVP award, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp made a bold prediction for the 2012 season. Kemp, who signed an eight-year, $160 million contract extension last week, predicted that he would have 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases prior to the 2011 season. He finished with 39 homers and 40 steals, but went a step further on Tuesday. "I'm going to go 50-50 next year," he said. "I'm telling you, y'all created a monster. I'm about to get back in the weight room super tough so I can be as strong as I was last year. ... Forty-forty is tough, so 50-50 will be even tougher, but anything can happen. I have to set my limits high so I can try to get to them as much as I can. I'm going to try for 50-50, which has never been done. "I'm serious. If I don't [get there], it means I let y'all down and lied to you, and I don't like being a liar. I know y'all are over there thinking I'm crazy, but hey, I'm trying to take it to another level."
Multiple Teams Interested In Broxton
More than ten teams are showing interest in free-agent closer Jonathan Broxton. Teams are looking for the right-hander's medical records after his 2011 season was cut short follow elbow surgery. Broxton had 79 saves with the Dodgers over the last four seasons.
Fox Seeks Delay In Dodgers Hearing
A Delaware bankruptcy judge is set to hear arguments on a request by Fox Sports Net West to delay consideration of the Los Angeles Dodgers' plan to sell media rights to future games. Fox, a division of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., contends the planned media rights sale violates an existing contract giving it television rights through 2013 and priority in negotiating a contract for games starting in 2014. It has filed a lawsuit seeking to enforce its right under the contract and is also asking the judge to postpone a scheduled Nov. 30 hearing on a motion by the Dodgers seeking court approval of the proposed sale process.
Kemp's New Deal To Be Announced Friday
The new eight-year, $160 million agreement between the Dodgers and outfielder Matt Kemp will be officially announced on Friday.
Kershaw Wins NL Cy Young Award
Clayton Kershaw received 27 of 32 first-place votes in winning the NL Cy Young Award on Thursday.
Dodgers Sign Mark Ellis To Two-Year Deal
The Dodgers have finalized their signing of free-agent second baseman Mark Ellis to a two-year, $8.75 million contract.
McCourt Tells Fans He's 'Very, Very Sorry'
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt apologized to the team's fans on Monday as his tenure with the franchise comes to an end.
Kemp To Likely Sign $160M Contract
Matt Kemp is on the verge of agreeing to an eight-year, $160 million contract with the Dodgers.
Doumit Turned Down Offer From Dodgers
The Dodgers offered free-agent catcher Ryan Doumit a one-year deal worth just under $3 million.
Economists: $1B For Dodgers Is Realistic
A record price tag of $1 billion can be expected for the Dodgers, Dodger Stadium and the surrounding real estate.
Hershiser A 'Serious Contender' To Buy Dodgers
Orel Hershiser said the group's financial backers prefer to remain in the background at this point.
Hershiser Serious About Buying Dodgers
Orel Hershiser on Thursday shot down skepticism about the seriousness of their ownership group to buy the Dodgers.
Kemp, Dodgers Discussing Long-Term Deal
Talks between the Dodgers and Matt Kemp have had "more substance lately."
Source: Dodgers Can't Sign Free Agents Until Sold
The Dodgers will not be able to bid on free agents such as Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols until the team is sold.
Dodgers Bidders Look To Billionaire Soon-Shiong
Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong purchased Magic Johnson's minority stake in the Los Angeles Lakers last year.
Fox Can Object If Dodgers Sell TV Rights
A federal bankruptcy judge says Fox will have a chance to challenge the Dodgers if the team attempts to sell future television rights along with the franchise.
Sources: Change In Sale Process For Dodgers?
The process of selling the Dodgers will deviate slightly from the norm.
Heath Bell Would Prefer To Stay On West Coast
Heath Bell, one of the top relievers on the free agent market, could even return to San Diego.
L.A. Mayor Pushing For Hometown Dodgers Owner
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is pushing for the next Dodgers owner to come from the team's hometown.
McCourt To Pay Former Wife $131M
Frank McCourt must pay his former wife $131M by the end of April as part of their divorce settlement.
Former Dodgers GM Trying To Bid For Club
Fred Claire has joined an investment group attempting to buy the Dodgers, but is still looking for a primary financial backer.
Interest In Buying Dodgers Continues To Grow
Steve Garvey and Peter O'Malley have both expressed interest in bidding to buy the Dodgers.
30-Team MLB Scoop, Nov. 2 Edition
The Dodgers hire a pioneer in athletic training, the return of the cartoon Oriole, how Grady Sizemore's style of play has stunted his career and the time is now for the Royals.