June 2011 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Dodgers Shut Down Broxton Again
Dodgers reliever Jonathan Broxton has been shut down from throwing again for at least another three weeks after suffering a setback with his right elbow. The setback came just as the right-hander was set to come off the disabled list. As a result, club officials won't say at this point that they are counting on getting Broxton back the rest of the season. "We don't have a timetable now," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We did this once before, where he was shut down for three weeks and did all the stuff to return, and then we got back here. It's just hard to say now that we're going to get him back in six weeks or seven weeks or eight weeks. To me, at this point, if we get him back, great, all the better. But we have to kind of move forward."
MLB May File To Seize Dodgers
Major League Baseball is considering a move to seize control of the Los Angeles Dodgers. A person familiar with the league's plans said that MLB "probably" will file a motion to seize the Dodgers, which has been operating under the oversight of a monitor appointed by league commissioner Bud Selig in April. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt won a reprieve in bankruptcy court Tuesday to maintain day-to-day operations. Baseball's constitution allows Selig to take control of a team that seeks Chapter 11 protection, but the league first must file a motion seeking termination of the franchise.
Hiroki Kuroda Drawing Trade Interest
The Dodgers are willing to trade pitcher Hiroki Kuroda and he has drawn interest on the market. A major-league source told Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com that "a lot of clubs" are showing interest in the right-hander. In fact, the Reds and Rockies had scouts present at Kuroda's most recent outing, though it's not clear if they were there to see him in particular.
MLB Objects To Dodgers Ch. 11 Financing
Major League Baseball has objected to the bankruptcy filing by the Los Angeles Dodgers, accusing team owner Frank McCourt of siphoning off more than $100 million in club revenue and driving the Dodgers into a liquidity crisis. Just a few hours later, a Delaware judge granted several routine motions that will allow the team to continue operations. Judge Kevin Gross authorized the Dodgers to continue paying vendors, utility providers and employees, and to keep up with tax and insurance obligations. After granting several of the motions, Gross ordered a 30-minute recess, allowing time for discussions between attorneys for the Dodgers and MLB, which opposes the team's request for authorization to enter into a $150 million financing arrangement. "It's a foregone conclusion that a loan is going to be approved," said Dodgers attorney Bruce Bennett. "We have to decide which one and on what terms."
Dodgers File For Bankruptcy Protection
The Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court Monday, blaming Major League Baseball for refusing to approve a multi-billion-dollar television deal that owner Frank McCourt was counting on to keep the troubled team afloat. The Chapter 11 financing permits the Dodgers to use $150 million for daily operations and buys time for the team to seek a media deal and ensure the team's long-term financial stability. A judge would need to approve use of the money and a hearing is set for Tuesday. "There will be no disruption to the Dodgers' day-to-day business, the baseball team, or to the Dodger fans," the team said in a statement.
Young, Kershaw Named Players Of The Week
Texas Rangers infielder and designated hitter Michael Young and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has been named the American League and National League Players of the Week for the period ending June 26th. In six games, Young batted .481 (13-for-27) with three doubles, four home runs, nine RBI and five runs scored on his way to earning his third career A.L. Player of the Week honor. The 12-year veteran paced all of baseball with a 1.037 slugging percentage and 28 total bases, was tied for first in hits, and was second in batting average and third in RBI. In addition, Young tied for the A.L. lead in home runs. In an Interleague matchup with the in-state rival Houston Astros on June 21st, the California native went 3-for-5 with a solo home run to help guide the Rangers to a 5-4, 11-inning victory at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. His second-inning shot was part of a four-home run barrage by Texas, the seventh time this season Texas has clubbed four-or-more homers in a game. In two starts last week, Kershaw was a perfect 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA while leading the Majors with 22 strikeouts, 18.0 innings pitched and two complete game performances. Kershaw allowed only eight hits and a single walk on the week while giving up just two earned runs. On June 20th, the 23-year-old dazzled in his first Interleague start of the 2011 campaign, two-hitting the Detroit Tigers in a complete-game shutout at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw struck out 11, walked one and threw 112 pitches for his second shutout of the season while helping his cause with a two-run, eighth-inning single in the Dodgers’ 4-0 win. The Texas native continued his Interleague dominance on Sunday, June 26th, going the distance against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in a 3-2 win in the final game of a three-game set at Chavez Ravine. Making his 100th-career start, the youngster struck out 11 batters for the second time during the week while holding Halo batters to two earned runs over his 9.0 innings of work.
Dodgers' Broxton Suffers Setback
Dodgers reliever Jonathan Broxton suffered a setback this weekend in his effort to come back from the bone bruise in his right elbow, putting his rehabilitation program on hold. Broxton had been scheduled to make back-to-back appearances for advanced Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday and Monday, then possibly be activated this week. "He felt a little stiffness in his elbow (playing catch on Saturday)," manager Don Mattingly said. "We're going to give him another day and try to make a decision (on Monday)."
Soboroff Resigns From Dodgers
Steve Soboroff, who was hired by Dodgers owner Frank McCourt as vice chairman one day before Major League Baseball took over the team and eventually sent in former Rangers president Tom Schieffer to oversee the club's finances, resigned on Saturday. Soboroff cited Major League Baseball oversight as the reason. In his resignation letter to McCourt, Soboroff wrote that "an unanticipated action by the commissioner of Major League Baseball resulted (understandably) in elevating the resolution of 'control and ownership' issues to top priority, as it remains to this day. As a consequence, it is not possible for me to effectively work on the very initiatives and contributions that you had hired me to implement." Soboroff was hired in mid-April primarily to, in the words of a news release issued at the time, "(lead) efforts to improve the fan experience at the stadium." The hiring came in the wake of heavy public criticism of the Dodgers following the Bryan Stow beating on Opening Day and amid general concerns that Dodger Stadium was attracting an element that made many fans feel it was no longer a safe place.
McCourt May Be Willing To Sell Piece Of Dodgers
With a payroll deadline looming and a takeover of the team possible, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has had recent conversations with Major League Baseball officials about salvaging his ownership of the franchise, according to sources. The discussions have focused on McCourt's willingness to sell a stake in the Dodgers in order to keep the team afloat, much as Fred Wilpon has extended his ownership of the Mets. Sources close to the Dodgers said they did not know if McCourt had the funds to meet next week's payroll.
Furcal Might Return As Second Baseman
The Dodgers may have Rafael Furcal return from the disabled list as a second baseman so that rookie shortstop Dee Gordon can remain in the lineup. Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said he and general manager Ned Colletti have discussed the possibility of a position change for Furcal, who has played only 34 of his 1,414 career games at second base. Mattingly and Colletti haven't yet approached Furcal with the idea, but the two-time All-Star said Friday that he would be open to it. "If I have to do it to help the team, I'll do it," Furcal said.
Fox Against McCourt Forcing TV Deal
Frank McCourt's chances of holding onto the Dodgers are dwindling.
Mattingly: Broxton Will Close Again
The Dodgers plan to have Jonathan Broxton eventually resume his role as their closer.
Cuban Ponders Dodgers, Despite 'Mess'
Mark Cuban is interested, as always, in purchasing a team, but he's worried about the financial situation of the Dodgers.
McCourt Lawyer Calls Out Selig
Frank McCourt faces the potential of missing a June 30 team payroll, which could lead to an MLB takeover of the Dodgers.
MLB Rejects Dodgers' TV Deal
Major League Baseball's decision nullifies the recent divorce settlement between Frank and Jamie McCourt.
McCourts Reach Divorce Settlement
Frank McCourt expects Major League Baseball to approve the Dodgers' $3 billion television agreement with FOX.
Judge Extends McCourt Divorce Talks
Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon set a hearing for early Friday to determine if both sides had reached a deal.
Baseball Expanding Investigation Into Dodgers
Major League Baseball's investigation of the Dodgers is nearly complete.
Frustrated Mattingly Criticizes Billingsley After Loss
In his past three starts, Chad Billingsley is 1-2 with an 11.19 ERA.
Source: Dodgers Owe Manny $8.33M By June 30
Manny Ramirez is due the deferred money from the $42 million contract he signed with Los Angeles before the 2009 season.
Former Players Form Group; Interested In Dodgers
The Dodgers aren't currently for sale, but Steve Garvey and Orel Hershiser are laying the groundwork for a purchase.
Furcal Isn't Using The Word 'Retire'
Rafael Furcal is on the disabled list for the second time this season.
Dodgers Recall Ely, DeJesus
The Dodgers placed Jon Garland and Rafael Furcal on the disabled list.
Dodgers Place Garland On DL
Jon Garland, who has been on the disabled list once already this season, hadn't been there in 11 years prior to this spring.