September 2011 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap
Kemp Won't Discuss Contract Once Season Begins
Coming off an incredible offensive season, Matt Kemp is in line for a new contract with the Dodgers. The organization has never paid a player more than $105 million and they will need to shell out more money over the next six months or risk losing Kemp in free agency. "This is not going to be a cheap deal; you're talking about some pretty heavy dollars," said agent Dave Stewart. Kemp wants to remain with the Dodgers, but at his agent's request he will not discuss a deal once the 2012 season begins. "I know it is not a good thing to negotiate a contract during the course of the year; it's just not," Stewart said. "The player needs to be clear of mind and just do his job, and the organization also doesn't need the distraction." If Kemp doesn't sign a new deal before the 2012 season, Stewart will also suggest that he entertain offers from elsewhere next winter.
Milton Bradley Arrested In LA
Police say former Dodger Milton Bradley has been arrested for investigation of felony battery. Police say the outfielder, released by Seattle this year, was arrested Tuesday at a San Fernando Valley home. Police told the Los Angeles Times details of the incident were not available.
Kemp Makes History In Dodgers Win Over D-Backs
Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer to become the first Dodgers player in 70 years to lead the NL in home runs and RBIs, and Los Angeles held off a late rally to beat the playoff-bound Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 on Wednesday night. Kemp hit his 39th homer in the seventh inning to pass Milwaukee's Prince Fielder for the league lead and finished with 126 RBIs, second-most in Dodgers history to Tommy Davis' 153 in 1962.
Kershaw Looking Forward To New Contract
Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw is in line for a huge raise in his first year of arbitration eligibility. "I've started to think about it," said Kershaw, who earned $500,000 in 2011. He'll be coming off a season in which he won the National League's pitching Triple Crown. The Dodgers would normally want to lock up a pitcher like Kershaw with a long-term contract, but the team's bankruptcy issues may get in the way. "For me," said Kershaw, "the ball is in their court. I'll listen to anything. As far as arbitration, I don't know what to expect. Never done it. I am kind of curious and excited about it, to go through the process. It's an interesting process. I'm up for anything and willing to listen to anything."
FOX Sues Dodgers Over TV Rights Sale
Fox Sports has sued the Dodgers over the proposed television rights sale that owner Frank McCourt has been counting on to keep the troubled franchise afloat. In the filing, Fox Sports Net West asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge to reject any proposed sale of the team's television rights that does not abide by the terms of the current contract. Major League Baseball is trying to force a sale of the team with a request for an October hearing on its motion. Fox retains exclusive negotiating rights through November 2012, as well as the right to match any other offer under that contract.
Colletti: Dodgers Can Afford To Keep Key Players
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has told general manager Ned Colletti that he will have the means to sign Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier to long-term contracts this winter. The organization is currently engaged in a bankruptcy case. "Do we have the number solidified yet? No," Colletti said. "But I have a range of money that I can spend, and the conversations I've had indicate there are different ways of doing it." One of the ways is offering big-money contracts with modest first-year salaries that would escalate dramatically in later years.
Kuroda Considering Return To Japan?
The Japanese media is speculating that Dodgers right-hander Hiroki Kuroda is considering a return to his native country. "It's amazing that something I don't know, someone else knows," Kuroda said. "They have a 50-50 chance." He reiterated Sunday that if he ever returns to pitch in Japan, it would be with Hiroshima, his club for 11 seasons before coming to the Dodgers. However, Kuroda said he never said he would play a farewell season in Japan before retiring. "It's not my style to think about the future so far ahead," he said. "Every offseason I think the coming season will be my last. I thought that last year. You never know what happens. I think every start could be my last start. I don't know when my last year will be, I don't know when my last start will be. "I'll tell you one thing: I tend to go the other way. At this moment, I really don't know. I might stay here, I might go to Japan. It's 50-50."
Kershaw Virtually Secures Triple Crown
Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw all but secured the National League's pitching triple crown with his last appearance of the season on Sunday. Kershaw leads the NL with 248 strikeouts, is tied with Arizona's Ian Kennedy with 21 wins and has the league's lowest ERA (2.28). "He had the ability, but I don't know if he thought he was going to be this good so soon," outfielder Matt Kemp said. Jake Peavy (2007) was the last NL pitcher to win the pitching triple crown. "It's been an awesome year," Kershaw said. "I don't like to look at personal stuff too often, but now is the time I can start looking back a little bit."
Angels Top Dodgers In Attendance For First Time
The Angels have drawn more than nine million fans for the ninth straight season. For the first time, the Angels have outdrawn the Dodgers this season. The Dodgers, beset by ownership turmoil and worries about fan safety at their stadium, completed their home schedule Thursday night with a total of 2,935,139 fans.
MLB Asks Judge To Order Dodgers Sale
Attorneys for Major League Baseball have asked a bankruptcy judge to clear the way for a sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The request was made Friday in Delaware with Major League Baseball contending that team owner Frank McCourt is driving the team to destruction. Attorneys argued in a court filing that McCourt is using the team's Chapter 11 case to try to resolve his own personal financial problems.
Kemp Plans On Being A Dodger For Life
Matt Kemp is hitting .326 with 36 home runs and 118 RBIs for Los Angeles this season.
Bankruptcy Doesn't Mean Dodgers Can't Offer Big Contracts
In addition to chasing other players, the Dodgers could also look to sign outfielder Matt Kemp to a long-term contract.
Jonathan Broxton Has Elbow Surgery
A bone spur and associated loose bodies were removed during the procedure.
Dodgers Ask Court To Auction TV Rights
The Dodgers have asked a federal bankruptcy judge to approve procedures for the team to auction its local television rights for the 2014 season and beyond.
Broxton To Have Elbow Surgery
Jonathan Broxton will undergo arthroscopic surgery on Monday to remove a bone spur and some chips in his right elbow.
Kershaw Unlikely To Be Suspended
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw isn't expected to be suspended by MLB for hitting D-Backs left fielder Gerardo Parra in the elbow.
Ethier To Have Knee Surgery Wednesday
Andre Ethier will have season-ending right knee surgery on Wednesday.
Ethier To See Dr. Andrews
Dodgers outfielder Andre Either will consult with Dr. James Andrews about his troublesome right knee.
Barajas Wants To Return To Dodgers
Rod Barajas has been just what the Dodgers wanted in a catcher, excellent defensively with a little power as well.
Kershaw Eyeing Cy Young Despite L.A.'s Record
Of the 100 Cy Young awards that have been awarded, only 14 have gone to pitchers that play for a team with a losing record.
McCourt Reportedly Offered $1.2B For Dodgers
The sales price would be a record for a major league franchise.