January 2013 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Ethier 'Entertained' By Trade Rumors

Jan 30, 2013 11:37 AM

There have been persistent rumors this offseason that the Dodgers are shopping Andre Ethier.

Ethier has called the rumors more "entertaining" than unsettling. He said his mind was set at ease early on when both Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten and GM Ned Colletti publicly shot down the rumors.

"I think Ned and Stan came out pretty quickly not only saying they weren't looking to trade me but they didn't know where the rumors were coming from," Ethier said. "I'm not going to let something bother me if they don't even know where it's coming from.

"I heard from both Ned and Donnie saying they weren't looking to trade me and the only way it happens is if a team blows them away (with an offer). That was enough to ease my mind. ... I understand that. That's just business."

Bill Plunkett/Orange County Register

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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MLB.com Names Profar 2013's Top Prospect

Jan 30, 2013 8:33 AM

Jurickson Profar is Major League Baseball's top prospect heading into the 2013 season, according to MLB.com.

The shortstop played nine games for the Rangers in the second half of last season.

The rest of the top ten is as follows:

2. Dylan Bundy, RHP, Baltimore

3. Oscar Taveras, OF, St. Louis

4. Wil Myers, OF, Tampa Bay

5. Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle

6. Travis d'Arnaud, C, New York Mets

7. Jose Fernandez, RHP, Miami

8. Zach Wheeler, RHP, New York Mets

9. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Pittsburgh

10. Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Arizona

Jonathan Mayo/MLB.com

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Dodger Stadium May Help Greinke's ERA

Jan 29, 2013 3:37 PM

Zack Greinke, who signed a $147 million deal with Los Angeles this offseason, may benefit from calling Dodger Stadium home.

Greinke moves back to the National League after a couple months with the Angels and into a better pitcher's park than Milwaukee. He'll also get a few extra starts in San Francisco and San Diego, two other good pitcher's parks.

Most projections have Greinke's ERA around 3.25 to 3.50. He was at 3.44 with the Brewers last year before his trade to the Angels.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Stats

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Sources: Dodgers Network Faces Scrutiny

Jan 28, 2013 12:51 PM

The Dodgers have announced plans to launch a regional sports network funded almost entirely by Time Warner Cable.

The deal is exactly the type that Major League Baseball feared: The Dodgers setting up a shell company of sorts in order to pay less in revenue sharing.

The new ownership group has created a company called American Media Productions that will start broadcasting Dodgers games in 2014 on a channel called SportsNet LA. Time Warner Cable, the largest carrier in the area, will be the network's first distributor.

Although terms were not disclosed, the SportsBusiness Journal calls it a 25-year deal worth $7 billion.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

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Mattingly Makes Pitch For Scott Rolen

Jan 27, 2013 4:41 PM

Don Mattingly has spoken to Scott Rolen about playing for the Dodgers, although the third baseman hasn't revealed if he's interested in playing anywhere in 2013.

Rolen will be 38 in April and has been limited to 157 games combined over the last two seasons because of problems with his left shoulder, which underwent surgery in 2011.

Ken Gurnick/MLB.com

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

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Kershaw, Dodgers Still Haven't Discussed Extension

Jan 26, 2013 9:45 AM

Clayton Kershaw says he hasn't started discussing a long-term contract extension with the Dodgers.

Los Angeles expected to discuss the idea with Kershaw before the start of spring training.

"We'll see," Kershaw said. "I don't have any expectations."

Kershaw is under contract this year for $11 million. He will be eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.

Dylan Hernandez/Los Angeles Times

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

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Dodgers' Elbert Has Elbow Surgery

Jan 23, 2013 7:27 PM

Dodgers reliever Scott Elbert had elbow surgery for the second time in five months, the team announced Wednesday.

Orthopedist Neal ElAttrache found and repaired a new area of cartilage damage in Elbert's elbow during a 40-minute arthroscopic procedure.

ESPN.com

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury

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Koufax To Advise Dodgers This Spring

Jan 23, 2013 2:51 AM

Sandy Koufax will serve in an advisory role to one of the Dodgers' owners, Mark Walter, the team announced Tuesday.

Koufax will be with the team for part of spring training to work with pitchers, and he'll be consulted throughout the season.

ESPN.com

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Dodgers Decline Mattingly's Request For Option To Be Picked Up

Jan 22, 2013 3:53 PM

Don Mattingly asked the Dodgers to pick up his option for the 2014 season last fall, but the organization declined.

He will enter the season without any guarantees beyond 2013.

"It was a 30-second conversation about the option, they said that wasn't the plan for me or my coaches, it was a moot point, and I'm fine with that," Mattingly said.

"But you would have liked for them to pick up the extensions so the players could be shown confidence. You never want it to be like, after a couple of bad games, people are saying, 'Oh, are they gonna change managers now?"

Bill Plaschke/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

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Report: Dodger Arrested For Doing Motorcycle 'Wheelies'

Jan 20, 2013 3:46 PM

Justin Sellers was reportedly arrested in Sacramento this weekend for what appears to be a reckless driving incident.

The Dodgers infielder was allegedly doing "wheelies" on his motorcycle and initially "took off" when police attempted to pull him over.

Sellers has appeared in 55 games the past two seasons for the Dodgers.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

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Kemp's Shoulder Healing 'Ahead Of Schedule'
Matt Kemp had significant surgery to repair a labrum injury, sustained when he smashed into the center-field wall at Coors Field on Aug. 27.

Ken Gurnick/MLB.com

Dodgers May Move Broadcasts From Fox To Time Warner
The Dodgers may have to share as much as $2 billion under baseball's revenue-sharing system.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Dodgers Mulling Run At Scott Rolen
The Dodgers have had internal discussions about pursuing Scott Rolen, according to a source.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

133 Players File For Arbitration
Buster Posey, Jason Heyward, Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Garza and Hunter Pence all filed for arbitration.

Associated Press

Dodgers Have Looked Into Rafael Soriano
It's probably a longshot that Los Angeles will add Rafael Soriano to their bullpen.

Buster Olney/ESPN (via Twitter)

Dodgers Counting On Healthy Crawford In 2013
Carl Crawford is coming off Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery and is owed more than $100 million over the next five seasons.

Ken Gurnick/MLB.com

Dodgers Stadium Gets $100M Facelift
The Dodgers are hoping the renovations will be finished in the next 80 days.

J.P. Hoornstra/Los Angeles Times

Source: Dodgers Sign Alfredo Amezaga
The Dodgers have signed Alfredo Amezaga to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to a source.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports (via Twitter)

Howell Agrees To One-Year Deal With Dodgers
The Dodgers have agreed to a one-year, $2.85 million deal with J.P. Howell, according to sources.

ESPN

Pressure On Mattingly Entering Contract Year
Don Mattingly already said it will be a failure if the Dodgers don't win.

Ken Gurnick/MLB.com