December 2012 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Hamels, Greinke Have Very Similar Stats Aside From ERA Disparity

Dec 31, 2012 8:14 AM

Cole Hamels signed a $144 million contract last summer, while Zack Greinke received a $147 million deal from the Dodgers just a few weeks ago.

Over the past three seasons, Greinke has a 3.17 xFIP while Hamels is a sliver worse at 3.18.

The two just about match each other in strikeout rate (Hamels 24.2 percent, Greinke 23.3 percent), walk rate (6.1 percent, 6.2 percent) and ground ball rate (46.9 percent, 47.4 percent).

However, Hamels has outpitched Greinke ERA-wise by nearly a full run, 2.95 to 3.83.


Bill Baer/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Stats

Lohse Could Be January Prize For Tigers, Dodgers, Brewers Or Rangers

Dec 30, 2012 4:15 PM

Kyle Lohse may be the best starter on the free agent market as the calender turns to January.

The Tigers, Dodgers, Brewers and Rangers could go after him for a variety of reasons.


Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

If Dodgers Are Shopping Ethier, Mariners Are Interested

Dec 29, 2012 11:33 AM

There is still no real evidence that the Dodgers are shopping Andre Ethier this offseason.

However, if he is available the Mariners are one team that will certainly show interest.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports (via Twitter)

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Gonzalez Reaching Out To L.A.'s Mexican-American Fan Base

Dec 25, 2012 9:41 AM

Adrian Gonzalez, acquired from Boston on Aug. 25, seems to be a perfect fit for Los Angeles and the Dodgers.

"Adrian has been active in the Los Angeles community since he joined the Dodgers," said Yvonne Carrasco, assistant director of public relations. "One of the first questions he asked us upon joining the club was what he could do to help LA. He wanted to jump in right away and he has. He has made several trips into the city for various events this offseason with plans to continue to make an impact throughout the season.

"At recent appearances in the Mexican-American and Latino community, we've seen that Gonzalez is greeted with overwhelming enthusiasm, closely comparable to the fan response received when Fernando Valenzuela visits with the community."

Gonzalez was born in San Diego the son of Mexican parents, then spent most of his formative years living in Tijuana before the family returned to California.

Ken Gurnick/

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

Pirates Targeting Iglesias, Gordon In Hanrahan Talks

Dec 22, 2012 8:30 AM

According to USA Today's John Perrotto, the Pirates have changed what they would want in return for Joel Hanrahan in possible trade scenarios.

Originally seeking pitching, Pittsburgh has shifted that focus since signing Francisco Liriano.

They are now targeting Jose Iglesias from the Red Sox and Dee Gordon from the Dodgers in talks as they search for a shortstop.


Red Sox shortstop Jose Iglesias and Dodgers shortstop prospect Dee Gordon

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Dan Duquette Jr./NESN

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Astros Get John Ely From Dodgers

Dec 19, 2012 5:47 PM

The Astros have traded minor leaguer Rob Rasmussen to the Dodgers for John Ely.

Ely spent most of last season with Triple-A Albuquerque, where he went 14-7 with a 3.20 ERA in 27 starts.

Associated Press

Tags: Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Are The Dodgers Shopping Andre Ethier?

Dec 18, 2012 6:46 PM

According to Major League sources, the Dodgers are shopping Andre Ethier.

They may intend to clear his salary in order to sign a free agent like Michael Bourn or Nick Swisher.

However, one official with knowledge of L.A.'s thinking says that the talks about Ethier originated from inquiries by two American League clubs, and that the Dodgers are not actively pursuing a deal.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Colletti: Dodgers Aren't Spending Recklessly

Dec 14, 2012 5:07 PM

Ned Colletti doesn't agree with the notion that the Dodgers have been spending recklessly.

The Dodgers have committed more than $600 million to players over the past six months.

Colletti said the Dodgers are never "going to be reckless with what we do."

The team will have a payroll exceeding $230 million in 2013, easily a major-league record.

"Our payroll a year ago was $90 [million]," Colletti said in an interview on ESPNLA 710. "We're up over $200 [million] now. If you added it all up, it might be up over 300 [million] over two years. Had we been at 150 last year and 150 this year, nobody would be saying a word, right?

"If we were at $180 [million] last year, which is probably more conducive to our market size and how many people we draw, and we were at $210 [million] or $215 million this year, are people going to say, 'My goodness?' No. What has jostled the whole situation is we were coming from so far below the $100 million mark that it's startling to see all the changes, but that's the mindset of our owners."

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

Sources: Dodgers Never Seriously Considered Hamilton

Dec 14, 2012 8:40 AM

The Dodgers did background work on Josh Hamilton, but they never seriously considered signing the slugger, according to sources.

The two sides spoke on the final day of the winter meetings, and were in contact as recently as a few days ago, but an offer was never made.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Texas Rangers, Fantasy, Free Agent Rumor

Dodgers Trying To Trade Punto, Uribe

Dec 13, 2012 5:12 PM

The Dodgers are looking to trade Nick Punto and Juan Uribe, according to a report.

Punto should be movable, as he's owed $1.5 million for 2013 and still a solid utility infielder with a good glove.

Aaron Gleeman/Hard Ball Talk

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Red Sox Send $11.7M To Dodgers To Complete August Blockbuster
The Red Sox will make identical payments of $3.9 million in 2013, 2014 and 2015 as part of the cash component of the August trade.

Associated Press

Mattingly: Expectations Surrounding Dodgers Aren't Fair To Players
Don Mattingly is frustrated with the way the media and fans create unfair expectations for marquee, high-spending teams.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Greinke Favored Rangers Over Dodgers Right Up Until End
Zack Greinke admitted that he favored signing with the Rangers as a free agent right up until the end of negotiations when he decided to join the Dodgers.

Bill Plunkett/Orange County Register

Mattingly: 'If We Lose, We're Failures'
Don Mattingly, who is 168-155 as manager of the Dodgers, has acknowledged that with all the team's additions they have lofty expectations.

Tim Brown/Yahoo! Sports

Dodgers Hint At Budget, Greinke May Be Last Major Expense
The Dodgers are projected to enter the season with a payroll exceeding $230 million, which would be a Major League record.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Dodgers Acquire Schumaker From Cardinals
The Dodgers have acquired Skip Schumaker from the Cardinals in exchange for minor league shortstop Jake Lemmerman, according to numerous reports.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Ryu's Deal With Dodgers Worth $36M Over Six Years
Los Angeles paid a $25.7-million posting fee to Ryu's Korean team just for the right to negotiate with the left-hander.

Dylan Hernandez/Los Angeles Times

Source: Dodgers Have Deal For Ryu
With a Ryu deal in place, Chris Capuano or Aaron Harang could be dealt in coming weeks

Jon Paul Morosi/FOX Sports (via Twitter)

Dodgers Aren't Considering Youkilis
The Dodgers will consider adding someone to the left side of their infield, but they aren't currently talking to Kevin Youkilis.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports (via Twitter)

Dodgers Still Seeking Agreement With Ryu
The Dodgers still want to sign Ryu Hyun-jin despite agreeing to a deal with Zack Greinke on Saturday night, according to a source.

Ken Gurnick/

Source: Greinke Has Opt Out Clause After 2015 Season
The Dodgers reached a six-year, $147 million deal with Zack Greinke on Saturday night.

Jim Bowden/ESPN (via Twitter)

Dodgers Have $570M Committed To Five Players
The Dodgers have five players that are owed at least $85 million in the coming years.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

With Greinke, Dodgers Projected To Set NL Payroll Record
No National League team has ever had a payroll of more than $200 million, but the 2013 Dodgers are projected to have just that.

Jayson Stark/ESPN (via Twitter)

Dodgers To Sign Greinke
The contract will reportedly be worth $145 million over six years.

Jayson Stark/ESPN (via Twitter)

Dodgers Have Until Sunday Afternoon To Sign Ryu
The Dodgers only have until Sunday afternoon to meet their deadline to sign Korean free agent Ryu Hyun-jin.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Braves, Indians, Mariners, Phillies Inquire About Dee Gordon
Seattle would keep Dee Gordon in the infield, but Atlanta, Cleveland and Seattle would all apparently move him to the outfield.

Jayson Stark/ESPN (via Twitter)

Average Salary Hits Record $3.2M
Major League Baseball's average salary increased 3.8 percent this year to a record $3.2 million.

Associated Press

Greinke May Prefer Rangers, May Not Chase Money
Zack Greinke once turned down $100 million from the Nationals to remain on a two-year deal with the Brewers.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Sources: Dodgers Confused, Frustrated By Greinke Talks
Heading into the winter meetings the belief was that the Dodgers were the favorite to sign Zack Greinke, but that is no longer the case.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Dodgers Unlikely To Land Greinke
The Dodgers are pessimistic of signing prized free agent pitcher Zack Greinke.