March 2013 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Kershaw Next In Line For Huge Extension

Mar 30, 2013 10:20 AM

In the wake of the Justin Verlander and Felix Hernandez contract extensions, Clayton Kershaw stands next in line to cash in.

Kershaw is earning $11 million this season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Pressed on whether negotiations between his agent, Casey Close, and the Dodgers had advanced on an extension, Kershaw opened his mouth, closed it, then offered, "You know, I don't want to talk about it."

Tim Brown/Yahoo! Sports

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

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Forbes: MLB Sees Team Value Rise 23 Percent

Mar 27, 2013 4:17 PM

According to figures released by Forbes, Major League Baseball's off-the-field investments have helped boost the average worth of the 30 teams by 23 percent to $744 million.

Forbes revealed that the money that all teams made from the $450 million sale of the Montreal Expos in 2006 was invested in hedge funds that are now worth more than $1 billion.

Each team also owns an equal share in MLB Advanced Media, which generates more than $600 million in revenue, and Forbes conservatively values the subsidiary at $6 billion.

You can combine those investments with the $12.4 billion in national television revenue the clubs will receive thanks to new deals with Fox, Turner and ESPN that run through the 2021 season.

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Puig Could Allow Dodgers To Deal Veterans

Mar 27, 2013 7:54 AM

The presence of Yasiel Puig could help the Dodgers build an even stronger contender.

Puig, who was optioned to the minor leagues on Tuesday, could push Los Angeles to trade one of their veteran outfielders (Carl Crawford and/or Andre Ethier). That would allow them to acquire more young talent as part of paying Crawford and Ethier's contract.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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Yasiel Puig Sent To Double-A Chattanooga

Mar 26, 2013 5:47 PM

The Dodgers have decided to send Yasiel Puig to Double-A Chattanooga.

Thanks to a strong spring, many believed the youngster deserved a roster spot out of spring training. However, Los Angeles has a deep stable of established outfielders.

Dylan Hernandez/Los Angeles Times (via Twitter)

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Greinke Doesn't Plan To Miss Start

Mar 26, 2013 8:04 AM

Zack Greinke expects to start his season on time after pitching in his first Major League exhibition game since March 1.

"I should be. I think so," he said. "I'll definitely be there, if I can build up endurance. I need some improvement."

Greinke has been dealing with right elbow issues.

Ken Gurnick/MLB.com

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Source: WBC To Cover Injured Players' Salaries

Mar 25, 2013 7:32 AM

Players injured during the World Baseball Classic will have their salaries paid by the WBC organization while they are unable to play for their Major League teams, according to a source.

Mark Teixeira and Hanley Ramirez were both injured during the tournament.

Teixeira, who makes $22.5 million this season, is expected to miss 8-10 weeks with a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist.

Ramirez, who makes $15.5 million this season, is expected to miss eight weeks with a torn ligament in his right thumb.

Buster Olney/ESPN

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Dodgers, Yankees Not Interested In Scott Rolen

Mar 23, 2013 8:48 AM

Scott Rolen is "not on the radar" of the Dodgers at this point in time.

In addition, the Yankees were "never really engaged" with the corner infielder.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports (via Twitter)

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Hanley Injury Opens Door For Yasiel Puig

Mar 22, 2013 8:14 AM

Hanley Ramirez will miss significant time with a wrist injury, opening the door for Yasiel Puig to make the Opening Day roster of the Dodgers.

"I don't think anyone in here would cry if that happened," reliever J.P. Howell said. "You see what he's done. It's ridiculous. It's something different.

"It would be not a bad decision. At all."

Puig, who has a body similar to Bo Jackson, has hit .521 this spring.

The 22-year-old Cuban signed a $42 million contract with L.A. There are future implications for the Dodgers to consider.

"By breaking camp with Puig, the Dodgers would start his service clock. If they wait about three weeks to call him up, it would ensure control of Puig through the 2019 season. Assuming he stays in the major leagues from his debut, starting him in L.A. this season means he could hit free agency following the 2018 season," writes Jeff Passan.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

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Hanley Ramirez Out Eight Weeks

Mar 21, 2013 2:27 PM

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramitez is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday on his injured right thumb and is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks, according to an ESPN.com report.

The Dodgers said Thursday that an MRI indicated that a ligament in Ramirez's thumb was torn.

ESPN.com

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Hanley Ramirez Injures Thumb In WBC Final

Mar 20, 2013 7:43 AM

Hanley Ramirez jammed his right thumb in the third inning of the Dominican Republic's 3-0 win over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game at AT&T Park.

Ramirez left the game in the sixth inning for precautionary reasons and had his thumb placed in a splint. He will undergo further examination on Wednesday.

"Hanley, he jammed his thumb when he dove for that ball," Moises Alou said. "It was pretty swollen. He's going to have an MRI on it [Wednesday] in Arizona."

Barry M. Bloom/MLB.com

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Greinke May Avoid DL, But First Start Could Be Delayed
The Dodgers right-hander felt strong Monday, a day after his first bullpen session since receiving an injection in his pitching elbow.

Associated Press

Greinke May Not Be Ready For Season
Zack Greinke is dealing with an inflamed right elbow, which has cast doubt over whether or not he'll be ready for Opening Day.

Ken Gurnick/MLB.com

Cleon Jones Last Represented Mets In Left At ASG
Cleon Jones was the last left fielder to play in the All-Star Game as a Met. That was 43 years ago, in 1969.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Dodgers Targeted Gonzalez, Ramirez Last April
When they were suddenly flush with cash, the Dodgers acquired Hanley Ramirez from the Marlins in July and Adrian Gonzalez from the Red Sox in August.

Danny Knobler/CBS Sports

Zack Greinke Has Inflamed Elbow
The right-hander will rest for two to three days and then go on a progressive throwing program.

Associated Press

Greinke To Have Elbow Examined
Zack Greinke has been scratched from his scheduled start due to elbow irritation and flew back to Los Angeles to be examined by the team's physician.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Uribe Trying To Reinvent Himself, Find Role With Dodgers
Juan Uribe has hit .199 with .262 on-base and .289 slugging percentages in two seasons with Los Angeles. The team still owes him $8 million.

Steve Dilbeck/Los Angeles Times

Dodgers Aren't Close To Trading Surplus Starter
The Orioles, Brewers and Pirates have expressed interest in at least one of L.A.'s excess starters.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Dodgers Won't Platoon Andre Ethier
Andre Ethier has much better numbers against right handers than against lefties.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Selig Envisions True 'World' Series
Bud Selig hopes the World Baseball Classic will eventually lead to a true "World" Series and growing interest in the game across the globe.

Mark Townsend/Big League Stew

Kemp Facing Mental Hurdles During Rehab
Matt Kemp is dealing with some mental hurdles as his prepares for the season coming off shoulder surgery.

Ken Gurnick/MLB.com

Crawford: Boston Media 'The Worst Thing I've Ever Experienced'
Carl Crawford, who is preparing for his first full season with the Dodgers, looks back on his time with the Red Sox with regret.

Danny Knobler/CBS Sports

Crawford Hopeful To Still Play In Opener
Carl Crawford isn't ready yet to rule himself out for Opening Day.

ESPN.com

Crawford Cleared To Begin Throwing
Carl Crawford has been cleared to begin throwing and hitting after missing six days with nerve irritation in his surgically repaired left elbow.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Kemp Distances Himself From 50-50 Talk
Matt Kemp was limited to 106 games due to injury last season after predicting a 50-50 season with the Dodgers.

Tim Brown/Yahoo! Sports

Hamilton Hits First Home Run In Angels Uniform
Josh Hamilton hit his first home run in an Angels uniform Friday against the Dodgers.

ESPN.com

Dodgers Shut Down Crawford With Elbow Pain
Carl Crawford is experiencing nerve irritation in the area of his left elbow.

ESPN.com