August 2012 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Dodgers Have Completely Remade Top Of Order

Aug 31, 2012 8:39 AM

The Dodgers have made headlines for all the players they have acquired over the last month.

On Thursday night, the first four batters in their order were playing for different teams a month ago -- Nick Punto, Shane Victorino, Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez.

Los Angeles entered action on Friday 4.5 games back of San Francisco in the NL West. On July 15, they were just 1.5 games back of first place.

Tim Brown/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, IQ

Victorino Wants To Re-Sign With Dodgers, But Not As Bench Player

Aug 31, 2012 8:28 AM

Shane Victorino is interested in re-signing with the Dodgers this winter, but will be looking for a starting role with the team that traded for him last month.

The 31-year-old might find L.A.'s outfield to be crowded.

The Dodgers have Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier in the outfield. They also acquired Carl Crawford, who is under contract through 2017, in a trade last weekend.

"Are you crazy?" Victorino told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. "I'm not even thinking about stepping back. Why would I? I'm 31 years old. ... I'm going to be an everyday play, whether it be here, whether it be Philly, whether it be any uniform."

MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Billingsley Receives Elbow Injection

Aug 31, 2012 1:36 AM

Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley received an injection of platelet-rich plasma in his right elbow Thursday, a therapy that could be his last hope of pitching again in 2012.

He went on the DL Saturday with inflammation in his elbow, his second stint on the DL for the injury this season.

"This is the next step to see if he's going to be able to pitch again this year," manager Don Mattingly said. "Then we'll go from there."

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury

Dodgers Worried Over Billingsley Not Returning

Aug 30, 2012 11:33 AM

Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten is worried that injured starting pitcher Chad Billingsley will not return this season, according to the LA Times.

Kasten's concern is "not based on medical evidence." He also said that the teams' ongoing search for another starting pitcher is not related to Billingsley's elbow injury.

"There has never been a team in the history of baseball that has not been looking for pitching," Kasten told the Times.

Billingsley was placed on the DL Saturday after an MRI revealed inflammation in his elbow.

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury

Kenley Jansen Facing Heart Issues

Aug 30, 2012 12:45 AM

The Dodgers may have to finish the season without closer Kenley Jansen, according to a report.

Jansen was unavailable to close out the Dodgers' win over the Rockies on Wednesday because of issues related to a heart problem that sidelined him for nearly a month last year, manager Don Mattingly said.

The Dodgers are deciding what to do with Jansen, who refused to speak to reporters or allow the medical staff to explain his condition.

San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury, Misc Rumor

Rockies Have Dodgers' Number This Season

Aug 29, 2012 3:53 PM

The Rockies have endured a disappointing season, going 53-75, but they have excelled against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles is sixteen games ahead of Colorado in the standings, but the Rockies have won eight of their fourteen games against the Dodgers in 2012.

"This is where you want to make up your ground," Don Mattingly said. "It doesn't make sense. The Rockies have more wins against us, but we've played the Cardinals and Braves real well."

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers

Oswalt Could Be Dealt Before Playoff Deadline

Aug 28, 2012 5:35 PM

It is "possible" that the Rangers could trade Roy Oswalt before Friday's deadline.

The Dodgers, Nationals and White Sox have been linked to Oswalt as they seek pitching for the stretch run.

Chicago may be an unlikely destination as a source indicated that Texas doesn't want to trade Oswalt to an American League club.

"I don't have any say-so," said Oswalt, who confirmed that he has cleared waivers. "If they trade me, I would have to go. I'm just going to do what they tell me to do."

T.R. Sullivan/

Tags: Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Dodgers Called Yankees About Sabathia, Teixeira

Aug 28, 2012 12:10 PM

The Dodgers called the Yankees about trades for CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira.

The Dodgers, looking to be proactive ahead of free agency, called high-payroll teams in July to let them know they were willing to take on huge contracts.

Los Angeles has taken on the contracts of Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett this summer.

The Yankees told the Dodgers that they had no interest in moving either Sabathia, who has four years and $99 million left on his deal after the season, or Teixeira, who has $90 million left on his contract through 2016.

It isn't believed that Alex Rodriguez's name came up in talks.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Roy Oswalt Clears Waivers

Aug 28, 2012 11:59 AM

Roy Oswalt has cleared waivers after he was placed on them by the Rangers.

The Dodgers are a possibility as they continue to seek improvements.

Oswalt still wants to start.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports (via Twitter)

Tags: Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Beckett Gives Up HR On Second Pitch With Dodgers

Aug 28, 2012 8:11 AM

Josh Beckett pitched well in his first appearance with the Dodgers, but things didn't start off swimmingly against the Rockies.

Beckett allowed a home run to Tyler Colvin on his second pitch, a fastball that was crushed into the second deck. The Red Sox traded Beckett to the Dodgers over the weekend.

Beckett allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings as Colorado defeated Los Angeles 10-0.

"I've only been here a couple of days," Beckett said. "I'm still feeling things out. As I move forward, I'll get more comfortable."

Associated Press

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Game Recap

Gonzalez Cites Green Monster For Power Drop
Adrian Gonzalez articulated why the Boston media was critical of his personality, indicating he was too calm.

Dylan Hernandez/Los Angeles Times

Magic Expects Crawford To Challenge Him On Basketball Court
Carl Crawford, who Magic Johnson's Dodgers acquired over the weekend, was a high school basketball star in Houston.

30-Team MLB Scoop, August 27th Edition
Who are the Mariners?, what to do with Dan Uggla, Adrian Gonzalez's reputation and why Michael Brantley is Cleveland's Lt. Tom Kazanski.

Andrew Perna/RealGM

Vin Scully To Return For 64th Season
The Dodgers are expected to announce soon that Vin Scully will return for his 64th season in the broadcast booth next year.

Dodgers Have Estimated $188.7M In Commitments For 2013
The Dodgers have added the sizeable contracts of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Hanley Ramirez over the last month.

MLB Trade Rumors

Kemp: Gonzalez Gives Dodgers 'More Confidence'
Just a few hours after arriving in Los Angeles as a new member of the Dodgers, Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run home run in his first at-bat against the Marlins.

Associated Press

Gonzalez Has Career .212 Average At Dodger Stadium
Adrian Gonzalez has a .212 career batting average at Dodger Stadium.

ESPN Stats & Info (via Twitter)

Red Sox-Dodgers Trade Started With Call About Gonzalez
While Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett are also headed to the Dodgers, Adrian Gonzalez was the centerpiece of the trade.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports (via Twitter)

Boston Receiving Webster, De Jesus, Sands And De La Rosa
The Dodgers are sending four prospects to the Red Sox along with James Loney to complete this weekend's mega deal.

MLB Trade Rumors

Red Sox Hoping Deal Goes Through Soon, Gonzalez Wants To Play Saturday
If the Dodgers and Red Sox complete their massive trade on Saturday, Adrian Gonzalez wants to play against the Marlins.

Gordon Edes/

Red Sox, Dodgers Agree On Blockbuster Deal
Boston will send Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to the Dodgers in exchange for James Loney and four prospects.

Dan Roche/WBZ (via Twitter)

Dodgers On Crawford's No-Trade List
The Dodgers and Red Sox are still discussing a blockbuster trade that would send Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett to Los Angeles.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports (via Twitter)

Dodgers, Red Sox Discussing Gonzalez, Crawford, Beckett Blockbuster
The Dodgers claimed both Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett on waivers and are now discussing a trade involving Carl Crawford.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Report: Beckett Claimed On Waivers
The Dodgers may be the team that claimed Josh Beckett, according to a source.

CBS Boston

Dodgers Awarded Waiver Claim On Adrian Gonzalez
Adrian Gonzalez could be traded to the Dodgers after the team was awarded a waiver claim.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Adrian Gonzalez Discounts Waiver Rumors
Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is not paying much attention to rumors that he has been placed on waivers by the club.

Jeff Kent To Appear On 'Survivor'
Former major league player Jeff Kent will join the cast of "Survivor," which will air on September 19 on CBS.

Guillen Criticizes Ramirez For Post-HR Antics
Hanley Ramirez flashed a hand signal near his eyes after hitting a home run Wednesday against A.J. Burnett.

Associated Press

Mattingly Suspended Two Games For Arguing
Don Mattingly was also given an undisclosed fine "for excessive arguing" with home plate umpire Angel Campos in Thursday's loss in Pittsburgh.

Associated Press

Mattingly Calls Kemp's Ejection 'Unacceptable'
Matt Kemp needed to be restrained, at different times, by Don Mattingly, teammate Shane Victorino, bench coach Trey Hillman and other umpires.

Associated Press