October 2013 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Magic Johnson: Not 'Lost Season' For Dodgers

Oct 30, 2013 3:32 PM

Despite saying in February that anything short of a World Series appearance would be "not a good season for us" Magic Johnson doesn't believe the 2013 campaign was a "lost season" for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"We're excited about what we're building, and we're ahead of schedule," Johnson, a co-owner, told 710 ESPNLA. "I never thought we would get there that fast, to play in the [NLCS]. I was excited.

"I'll always be upset if we lose. To my thinking, to not win a championship is always not a good season for me. That's my personal feeling. I don't want to say it was a 'lost season,' because we're still coming together and we'll be even better next season."

The Dodgers lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

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Dodgers Expected To Pursue Masahiro Tanaka

Oct 30, 2013 8:12 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers are not afraid to spend in the international market and are expected to pursue Masahiro Tanaka.

Tanaka was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA during the regular season for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Japanese Pacific League.

The Dodgers have been unusually open in their interest in signing Tanaka.

"We've scouted him a lot, we're very much aware of him," Ned Colletti said at his season-ending press conference. "We saw him as recently as two days ago."

Steve Dilbeck/Los Angeles Times

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

Tim Wallach Interviews With Tigers

Oct 26, 2013 11:20 AM

Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach interviewed for the Tigers' managerial job Friday, Wallach confirmed to ESPNLosAngeles.com.

"It would be a great opportunity with a very good team," he said.


Tags: Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

Mattingly Will Honor Final Year Of Contract

Oct 24, 2013 10:39 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers confirmed on Wednesday night that Don Mattingly will return for at least one more season.

"Of course," Stan Kasten said. "I never had any thought he would renege on his contract. It was never a question for me."

Sources with knowledge of the situation said the Dodgers intend to begin dialogue with Mattingly on a new contract in the next few days.

Mattingly put pressure on the front office during a news conference Monday to either extend him a multiyear contract offer or move on without him, saying he had been frustrated with his status as a "lame-duck" manager during the season.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

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Dodgers Have Scouted Masahiro Tanaka

Oct 23, 2013 4:54 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers scouted Masahiro Tanaka this week and could become major players in the race to sign the pitcher.

Tanaka, who will turn 25 on Nov. 1, most recently pitched for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

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

Red Sox Acquire Castellanos From Dodgers

Oct 23, 2013 4:40 PM

The Boston Red Sox have acquired Alex Castellanos from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Boston is sending Jeremy Hazelbaker to Los Angeles.

A 27-year-old outfielder, Castellanos, had logged 43 Major League at-bats.

Alex Speier/WEEI

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Dodgers Fire Trey Hillman

Oct 22, 2013 6:19 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have fired bench coach Trey Hillman, a move that could increase tension between the organization and Don Mattingly.

"This organization treated me great," Hillman said. "I think this organization wants to get somewhere real quick and they just didn't feel like I was best for the manager and the players."

Mattingly said Monday that he hoped his entire coaching staff would return.

He also put pressure on the front office during a news conference Monday to either extend him a multiyear contract offer or to move on without him.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

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Kemp Has Ankle Surgery, Second Procedure This Month

Oct 22, 2013 7:24 AM

Matt Kemp underwent surgery on his left ankle Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced.

Kemp was already coming off a procedure on his left shoulder earlier this month. His availability for spring training is in doubt.

Kemp injured his ankle with an awkward slide into home plate July 21.

He flew to North Carolina for the surgery, which was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson. It involved removing several spurs and a loose body, and doing a microfracture on the talus bone.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

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Dodgers Reach Deal With Alexander Guerrero

Oct 21, 2013 4:20 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a four-year, $28 million deal with Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero, according to baseball sources.

The Dodgers have been working towards a deal with Guerrero since last month.

The 26-year-old, who can play shortstop and second base, was granted free agency in July, but was not unblocked by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control until Friday.



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

Mattingly Uncertain Of Return Despite Option

Oct 21, 2013 4:16 PM

Don Mattingly remains uncertain about his return to the Los Angeles Dodgers despite the fact that the 2014 option on his contract has vested.

Mattingly felt the Dodgers put him in a difficult position by making him manage last season in the final year of his contract.

"When you're put in this situation, the organization basically says, 'We don't know if you can manage or not,'" Mattingly said. "So, that's the position I've been in all season long, so that's not a great position for me as a manager. That's the way it is, that's the way the organization wanted it last year, that's fine."

Mattingly's option, reportedly worth $1.4 million, would put him in line to return, but the team has made no announcement about his future.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

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Dodgers To Keep Don Mattingly As Manager For 2014
The Dodgers discussed firing Don Mattingly in June when they were in last place in the NL West, but they responded by winning 42 of 50 games.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Source: Dodgers Offered Kershaw $300M Deal
Clayton Kershaw's next contract is expected to be the largest ever given to a pitcher.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Dodgers Replace Ramirez With Punto For Game 6
Hanley Ramirez is not in the starting lineup for the Dodgers for Game 6 of the NLCS, despite expectations that he would be.

Arash Markazi/ESPN

Mattingly Claims Dodgers Have Become 'America's Team'
The Dodgers defeated the Cardinals on Wednesday night, avoiding elimination in Game 5 of the NLCS.

Associated Press

Hanley Ramirez In Lineup For Game 5
Hanley Ramirez was in intense pain during Game 4 and left in the seventh inning.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Mattingly Will Return To Dodgers In 2014
The Dodgers don't plan to make a formal announcement anytime soon.

Ken Gurnick/MLB.com

Dodgers Still In Race For Alex Guerrero
The Dodgers nearly had an agreement finalized with Alex Guerrero several weeks ago.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Teammates: Puig Doesn't Have Bad Intentions
Yasiel Puig's teammates say he doesn't mean to disrespect teammates with his on-field behavior.


Cardinals Take Issue With Dodgers' Celebrations
The Cardinals were not happy with some of the on-field celebrations of the Dodgers during Monday night's Game 3.

Steve Gilbert/MLB.com

Nolasco Will Start Game 4 For Dodgers
There may be a slim chance that Zack Greinke could take the mound on short rest.

Chris Haft/MLB.com

Hanley Plays With Broken Rib, Drives In Run
Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-4, including an RBI single as the Dodgers avoided falling into an 0-3 hole against the Cardinals.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Dodgers Might Make Ethier Or Kemp Available Via Trade
Matt Kemp has become injury-prone, but that won't stop a team from taking a chance on his talent.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Hanley Hopes To Play In Game 3
Hanley Ramirez underwent X-rays, which came back negative, and underwent a CT scan on Sunday.

Arash Markazi/ESPN

Cards First Playoff Winner With Two Or Fewer Hits, No HR Since 1974
The Cardinals beat the Dodgers 1-0 on Saturday afternoon, despite recording just two hits.

Associated Press

Cardinals To Start Lynn In Game 4
Shelby Miller had also been under consideration.

Associated Press

Hanley, Ethier Out For Dodgers In Game 2
Hanley Ramirez was scratched from the lineup less than an hour before game time with bruised ribs.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tag Or Not, Ellis Says He Was Out At Plate
Opinions vary as to whether or not Yadier Molina tagged Mark Ellis at home plate in the 10th inning on Friday night.

Alyson Footer/MLB.com

Beltran Adds To October Legacy In Game 1
Carlos Beltran drove in all three runs as the Cardinals defeated the Dodgers 3-2 in 13 innings on Friday night in Game 1 of the NLCS.

Associated Press

Ethier Could Play Center Field In Game 1
Andre Ethier could play center field for the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NCLS on Friday night.


Cardinals Name Joe Kelly Game 1 Starter
The Cardinals have named Joe Kelly their starting pitcher for Game 1 of the NLCS on Friday.