October 2012 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Dodgers Like Shields, May Shift Attention To Greinke

Oct 31, 2012 2:57 PM

It was reported earlier this week that the Dodgers were targeting James Shields as their top priority this offseason.

However, the Rays placed a wrench in those plans when they exercised their $10.25 million option on Shields for the 2013 season.

It remains to be seen if the Dodgers will try to work out a deal with the Rays or perhaps shift their attention to free agent Zack Greinke, who finished the 2012 season with the Angels.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

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Dodgers Re-Sign League To $22.5M Deal

Oct 31, 2012 8:03 AM

The Dodgers have re-signed Brandon League to a three-year, $22.5 million contract.

Ned Colletti said immediately after the season that keeping his bullpen together was among his top priorities.

League was 2-1 with a 2.30 ERA and six saves for the Dodgers after they acquired him from the Mariners at midseason.

The deal also includes a $7.5 million option for 2016 that vests if League finishes 55 games in 2015.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

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Source Says Ethier Trade 'Not Happening'

Oct 30, 2012 4:30 PM

The Dodgers are unlikely to trade Andre Ethier.

It was reported on Monday night that the team was open to trading Ethier, who signed a five-year, $85 million contract during the season.

"Not happening," said a source with knowledge of the team's thinking.

Ethier hit .284 with 20 home runs and 89 RBI this season.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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Dodgers Save $7M By Declining Options On Rivera, Coffey, Treanor

Oct 30, 2012 8:20 AM

The Dodgers have saved nearly $7 million towards their 2013 payroll by declining team options on the contracts of Juan Rivera, Todd Coffey and Matt Treanor.

Among the three players Rivera, who was due $4 million, gave Los Angeles the most savings and played the most prominent role.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

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Dodgers Open To Trading Andre Ethier

Oct 29, 2012 10:53 PM

The Dodgers are open to the idea of trading Andre Ethier, according to sources.

Los Angeles signed Ethier to a five-year, $85 million contract extension during the 2012 season.

The Dodgers took on a ton of salary at midseason when they acquired Hanley Ramirez in a trade with the Marlins and Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett in a deal with the Red Sox.

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Victorino Hires John Boggs As Agent

Oct 29, 2012 6:28 PM

Shane Victorino has hired John Boggs as his agent at a very important time.

He will be a free agent this winter.

 

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN.com

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Giants Won't Participate In 'Arms Race' With Dodgers

Oct 28, 2012 10:46 AM

The Giants are just one win away from their second World Series in three years and the Dodgers have new high-spending ownership, but San Francisco isn't buying into a special rivalry just yet.

"I don't see it as an arms race," president Larry Baer said. "It's a judgment race. It's a brainiac race. What team can come up with the right judgments to put the right combination of players on the field?"

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

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Dodgers Interested In Fujikawa, Otani

Oct 27, 2012 6:00 PM

The Dodgers are looking for help in both the bullpen and starting rotation, leading to interest in Japanese pitchers Kyuji Fujikawa and Shohei Otani, according to sources.

Fujikawa has been considered the Japanese league's top closer in recent years.

Otani, 18, has a fastball that has been clocked in the 99-100 mph range.

Dylan Hernandez/Los Angeles Times

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Dodgers Might Approach Kershaw About Long-Term Deal

Oct 27, 2012 9:52 AM

The Dodgers haven't discussed a long-term deal with Clayton Kershaw, but they may approach him about one at some point this winter.

"It's probably something we'll think about," Colletti said.

Kershaw won't be eligible for free agency until after two more seasons. He is under contract next year for $11 million and will be eligible for salary arbitration in 2014.

Dylan Hernandez/Los Angeles Times

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Dodgers Trying To Re-Sign League

Oct 27, 2012 9:48 AM

The Dodgers are hoping they'll be able to re-sign Brandon League.

"He has interest in coming back and we have interest in keeping him," Ned Colletti said.

The two sides are discussing a three-year contract, according to sources. Los Angeles acquired League from Seattle in late July. He converted all six of his save opportunities with the Dodgers and had a 2.30 ERA in 28 appearances.

Dylan Hernandez/Los Angeles Times

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Crawford Felt Pressure To Play Hurt In Boston
Carl Crawford regrets having waited until July to have reconstructive elbow surgery.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Shohei Otani Drafted In Japan, Still Plans To Play In U.S.
Shohei Otani has been scouted by several major league teams.

ESPN.com

Kemp Surprised By Extent Of Shoulder Damage
Matt Kemp was "surprised and definitely disappointed" to learn the extent of the damage to his left shoulder after undergoing surgery earlier this month.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Nick Punto, Wife Cheer On Cardinals In Game 6
Nick Punto was a member of the 2011 World Series champion Cardinals and the Giants are a division rival of the Dodgers.

David Brown/Big League Stew

Otani Deciding Between Japan, Major Leagues
The Red Sox, Dodgers and Rangers have all sent representatives to Japan to meet with Shohei Otani.

Mark Polishuk/MLB Trade Rumors

Dodgers Hire Gerry Hunsicker As Adviser
The Dodgers have hired Gerry Hunsicker as a senior adviser.

ESPN.com

Should Dodgers Move Kemp From Center Field?
It has been suggested that the Dodgers should move Matt Kemp from center field in order to preserve his health going forward.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Dave Hansen Out As Dodgers Hitting Coach
The Dodgers have relieved Dave Hansen from his duties as hitting coach, and have offered him another position with the club.

ESPN.com

Red Sox To Interview Tim Wallach
Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach will interview for the Red Sox managerial position.

ESPN.com

Gonzalez Tried Too Hard, Wants To Cure Bad Habits
Adrian Gonzalez had a respectable season, but he's looking to spend some time away from a bat in order to cure bad habits at the plate.

Dylan Hernandez/Los Angeles Times

Kemp Has Surgery, Should Be Ready For Opening Day
Matt Kemp underwent shoulder surgery on Friday, and is expected to be ready for the beginning of next season.

Dodgers Leaning Towards Playing Hanley Ramirez At Shortstop
The Dodgers had the speedy Dee Gordon at short and Hanley Ramirez had moved to third while with the Marlins to make room for Jose Reyes.

Dylan Hernandez/Los Angeles Times (via Twitter)

Kemp Could Miss Four Months After Surgery
Matt Kemp will undergo surgery Friday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Dodgers Willing To Add More Salary In Offseason
The Dodgers added $400 million in player contracts this season, but that doesn't mean they'll shy away from taking on payroll this winter.

Dylan Hernandez/Los Angeles Times

Victorino Leaves ACES Ahead Of Free Agency
Seth and Sam Levinson of ACES had represented Shane Victorino, who is now looking for an agent.

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