June 2013 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Phillies Liked Puig Before He Signed With Dodgers

Jun 30, 2013 9:17 AM

Yasiel Puig, who entered Saturday's game hitting .424 with four doubles, seven home runs, 16 RBIs and a .696 slugging percentage in 24 games, once received attention from the Phillies.

Puig defected from Cuba in June 2012 and signed a seven-year, $42 million contract with the Dodgers.

"We saw him and we liked him," Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "LA jumped up astronomically on him. Good for them; they did the right thing. It's a huge risk. It's paid off, so far."

Amaro said the Phillies also looked into other recent Cuban defectors like A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who signed a four-year, $36 million deal, and Cubs prospect Jorge Soler, who signed a nine-year, $30 million contract.

"We looked at them and had interesting conversations with their people," Amaro said. "But people decided it was worth the risk to go and throw big-time money at guys. You hope those things work out. Hideki Irabu didn't work out. [Jose] Contreras worked out on certain levels. [Rey] Ordonez. Dice-K [Daisuke Matsuzaka]. It's a risk."

Todd Zolecki/MLB.com

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor

Beckett Opts For Season-Ending Surgery

Jun 30, 2013 9:08 AM

Josh Beckett will undergo season-ending surgery, the Dodgers have announced.

After consulting with Dr. Neal ElAttrache and Dr. Greg Pearl, the Dodgers decided Beckett would undergo surgery to relieve pressure on the nerve in his neck area, known as thoracic outlet syndrome.

Beckett is expected to be sidelined three-to-five months, which would put him back on the field in time for spring training.

Arash Markazi/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury

Five Clubs Scout Garza Ahead Of Deadline

Jun 28, 2013 8:02 AM

There were a number of rival scouts at Thursday's Cubs game with Matt Garza on the mound.

The Nationals, Dodgers, Orioles, Blue Jays and Phillies saw Garza earn the win over the Brewers.

He struck out 10 batters over seven innings, allowing a single earned run.


Carrie Muskat/MLB.com (via Twitter)

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, Trade Rumor

Source: Dodgers Talk Nolasco Trade With Marlins

Jun 27, 2013 1:20 AM

The Dodgers are deep into trade talks with the Marlins about pitcher Ricky Nolasco, a source confirmed Wednesday.

Nolasco, 30, is 4-7 with a 3.68 ERA for the Marlins and is set to become a free agent after the season. The Marlins reportedly are looking to deal him well before the July 31 trade deadline.


Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, Trade Rumor

Puig's Comparables Include DiMaggio, Francoeur

Jun 24, 2013 4:19 PM

Yasiel Puig has registered 52 total bases through his first 19 Major League games.

Through 73 at-bats, Puig is hitting .425/.462/.712 with six home runs and 12 RBI. He has two stolen bases and 17 strikeouts (against just three walks).

Using a list of players with the most total bases through their first 19 games, he has comparables ranging from Chris Dickerson and Josh Rutledge to Willie McCovey and Joe DiMaggio.

David Schoenfield writes that DiMaggio and Jeff Francoeur are Puig's most likely comparables.

"I'd suggest Puig's future could range from DiMaggio to Francouer -- yes, that's how wide of an arc we have to put over him right now. His raw ability is so immense, with that great opposite-field power -- four of his six home runs have gone to right-center or right -- and his plus defense that he could grow into an MVP candidate someday," writes Schoenfield.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Stats

Dodgers Release Ramon Hernandez

Jun 22, 2013 6:55 PM

The Dodgers have officially released Ramon Hernandez.

Hernandez had been designated for assignment on June 14 to clear a roster spot for A.J. Ellis.

Associated Press

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor

Puig Hitting .479, Will Remain With Dodgers

Jun 17, 2013 7:32 AM

Yasiel Puig recorded three hits for the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon, raising his average to .479 in his first 48 at-bats.

Puig is expected to remain in the Major Leagues even when fellow outfielders Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford return from the disabled list.

He has a slash line of .479/.500/.771 with four runs and 10 RBI.

Associated Press

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Stats

Kershaw Upset Over Leak In Negotiations

Jun 16, 2013 12:33 PM

Clayton Kershaw has acknowledged that he and the Dodgers have discussed a contract extension since the start of the season.

However, Kershaw would not comment on the specifics of a FOX Sports report, which listed numerous figures and lengths.

"It's a distraction," said Kershaw, who was upset over the leak in talks.


Dylan Hernandez/Los Angeles Times (via Twitter)

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor

Sources: Kershaw, Dodgers Discussing Extension

Jun 16, 2013 12:23 PM

The Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw are making progress towards a seven-year contract extension, according to a pair of sources.

The contract is expected to be the largest for a pitcher in Major League history.

The two sides discussed a variety of proposals earlier in the negotiations -- including 10 years, $250 million and 12 years, $300 million, sources indicated.

Kershaw has a 5-4 record and 1.84 ERA on the season.



Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor

Kennedy Among Eight Suspended For Dodgers-D-Backs Brawl

Jun 14, 2013 3:53 PM

Major League Baseball has suspended Ian Kennedy and seven others for their roles in this week's brawl between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks.

Kennedy was penalized the most, receiving a 10-game suspension. Eric Hinske was suspended five games, while managers Kirk Gibson and Don Mattingly were each banned for one game.

Kennedy was suspended for intentionally throwing a pitch at the head of Zack Greinke after a warning had been issued on Tuesday night and Hinske for leaving the dugout and "aggressive actions."

The Dodgers saw J.P. Howell and Skip Schumaker suspended two games apiece for "aggressive actions" and hitting coach Mark McGwire two games for his conduct.

Ronald Belisario was suspended one game for "aggressive actions."

Associated Press

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Suspension

Official: 2014 Dodgers, D-Backs Opener In Sydney
The Dodgers and D-Backs will open the 2014 season at the Sydney Cricket Ground.


Dodgers: Score With D-Backs Far From Over
The Dodgers are convinced their hostilities with the D-Backs are far from being over.


Report: Dodgers, D-Backs To Open 2014 In Sydney
The rival Dodgers and Diamondbacks will open the 2014 season in Sydney, according to the Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph.


Dodgers Rally Past D-Backs After Six Ejections
Six players were ejected during the Dodgers 5-3 win over the D-Backs on Tuesday night.


Puig Hit By Pitch, D-Backs, Dodgers Brawl
The D-Backs and Dodgers brawled on Tuesday night after Yasiel Puig was hit by a pitch from Ian Kennedy in the sixth inning.


Jansen Will Assume Closer's Role For Dodgers
The Dodgers will now use Kenley Jansen in the closer's role, with Brandon League being moved to eighth-inning duties.


Matt Kemp Suffers Setback
Matt Kemp suffered a setback on Sunday with his hamstring, and is not expected to be back by Friday.


Puig Has Four HRs, 10 RBI In 19 ABs
Yasiel Puig already has a solo, two-run, three-run and grand slam home run to his credit.

Associated Press

MLB Draft Day One Results
Pitching dominated as 73 players were selected on the first night of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft.

RealGM Staff Report

Cubs, Rangers, Red Sox Interested In Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
There are believed to be seven teams interested in the Cuban right-hander, including the deep-pocketed Dodgers.

Mark Polishuk/MLB Trade Rumors

Dodgers Eyeing Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez could be declared a free agent by Major League Baseball as early as this week.

Dylan Hernandez/Los Angeles Times

Dodgers Would Have To Eat Salary To Trade Ethier
Andre Ethier's name will likely pop up in trade scenarios as Yasiel Puig impresses with the Dodgers.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Josh Beckett Won't Throw For A Month
Josh Beckett will not throw for at least a month as he continues to deal with nerve irritation in his right arm and hand.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Puig Homers Twice In Second Game
The 22-year-old's first career home run came off Clayton Richard in the fifth inning.

Associated Press

Puig Has Two Hits, Strong Throw In Debut
Yasiel Puig batted leadoff and singled in his first at-bat.

Associated Press

Dodgers Promote Yasiel Puig
The outfielder was batting .313 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs at Double-A Chattanooga.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Dodgers Scratch Hyun-Jin Ryu From Start
Hyun-Jin Ryu is dealing with a bruised left foot.

Associated Press

Carl Crawford Leaves With Injured Hamstring
Crawford is hitting .301 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in 51 games this season.

Associated Press

Mattingly Refuses To Speculate On Puig
Yasiel Puig is currently playing for Double-A Chattanooga and Don Mattingly refuses to speculate on when the Dodgers might promote the outfielder.

Ken Gurnick/MLB.com

Josh Beckett Contemplating Retirement
Josh Beckett has felt numbness in his pitching hand for the last month and isn't sure if he'll ever pitch again.

Dylan Hernandez/Los Angeles Times