January 2014 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Puig Has Reckless Driving Charge Dropped

Jan 29, 2014 11:28 AM

Yasiel Puig has had a reckless driving charge against him dropped.

Puig, 23, was arrested and charged with reckless driving last month for allegedly driving 110 mph in a 70 mph zone in Florida.

The state attorney's office dropped that charge due to a lack of sufficient evidence in the case.

The speeding ticket still stands.


Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Legal

Young Mulling Retirement, Offer From Dodgers

Jan 27, 2014 10:42 AM

Michael Young has an offer on the table from the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the 37-year-old is also seriously thinking about retirement.

"I'm going to take my time and make sure I go over my options, and do what's best for my family," Young said.

"I've got three sons at home, and obviously they're my top priority. I would love to continue to play for a great team like the Dodgers. I mean, baseball's in my blood; good competition's in my blood. So I'd love to continue to do that. But at the same time, I want to do what's best for my family, for my boys."

Alden Gonzalez/MLB.com

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

Ervin Santana Drawing Interest From Eight Teams

Jan 27, 2014 10:33 AM

The market for Ervin Santana appears to be heating up.

The Colorado Rockies, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers are all interested, according to a source.

The Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs also recently inquired about the right-hander, but their interest does not appear to be serious.

The Toronto Blue Jays, Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers could all become involved on Santana since Masahiro Tanaka and Matt Garza are off the market.

Chris Cotillo/MLB Daily Dish

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Chone Figgins Signs With Dodgers

Jan 24, 2014 9:44 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Chone Figgins to a Minor League contract.

Figgins has also been invited to Spring Training.

He has a .277 career batting average with 35 home runs and 402 RBIs in 11 seasons with the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners.

Associated Press

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

Tanaka Reportedly Down To Five Teams

Jan 21, 2014 4:03 PM

Five Major League teams are at the forefront of the race to sign Masahiro Tanaka.

The Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks are reportedly the finalists to sign the right-hander.

Tanaka is widely expected to make his decision by Wednesday night.

The Japanese newspaper Nikkan Sports reported earlier this week that those five clubs had submitted formal offers.

Joey Nowak/MLB.com

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Five Clubs Reportedly Make Offers For Tanaka

Jan 19, 2014 12:25 AM

Five MLB clubs have reportedly submitted formal offers for Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who is expected to make his decision by next Friday.

Nikkan Sports reported the five teams include the Cubs, White Sox, Yankees, Dodgers and D-Backs. All of the bids were believed to be more than $100M and over six years.


Tags: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Dodgers GM Active In Masahiro Tanaka Talks

Jan 18, 2014 1:27 AM

The Dodgers on Friday made official the largest contract in baseball history for a pitcher, the $215M deal for Clayton Kershaw, but they say they may not be done adding to their starting rotation.

Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said he has had talks with the agent for Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka nearly every day this week. Teams have until next Friday to reach a deal with Tanaka once they've agreed to pay his Japanese team its $20M posting fee. 


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

Kershaw's Deal Could Benefit Scherzer

Jan 17, 2014 8:41 AM

Clayton Kershaw's seven-year, $215 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers could eventually benefit Max Scherzer.

Scherzer, who will turn 30 in July, is four years older than Kershaw and has one fewer Cy Young award.

"Yet as baseball has shown time and again over the years, it's not always about direct comparisons, but markets," writes Jason Beck.

"With Kershaw now signed, Scherzer and Boston's Jon Lester move to the top of the potential free-agent list. Unless Scherzer agrees to an extension with Detroit in the coming months, there's a decent chance he could enter next offseason as the top free agent available -- not just for pitchers, but possibly for any position."

Jason Beck/MLB.com

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

Kershaw Receives Seven-Year, $215M Deal

Jan 15, 2014 4:20 PM

According to sources, the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a seven-year, $215 million contract with Clayton Kershaw.

The deal will allow Kershaw to void the final two seasons after five years.

It is the richest contract in baseball history for a pitcher.

Kershaw went 16-9 with a 1.83 ERA and 232 strikeouts last season.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

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

Kershaw, Dodgers May Be Nearing Contract

Jan 15, 2014 4:10 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw are moving towards an agreement on a long-term contract extension.

It was reported early Wednesday that the club is seeking an agreement by Friday. Arbitration figures are set to be exchanged on Friday. Kershaw filed for arbitration on Tuesday.

Kershaw last summer reportedly rejected what would have amounted to a lifetime contract, rumored to be worth as much as $300 million.

Ken Gurnick/MLB.com

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

Dodgers Want Deal For Kershaw By Friday
The left-hander figures to command one of the most lucrative contracts in baseball history.


Michael Young Reportedly 'Considering Retirement'
Four teams have reportedly expressed interest in Michael Young.

Andrew Simon/MLB.com

Tanaka's Prefered Cities Are Los Angeles, New York, Boston
Masahiro Tanaka is in the U.S. to undergo a physical and begin the process of deciding which Major League team he wants sign with for 2014.

John Shea/San Francisco Chronicle

Tanaka In Los Angeles To Have Physical
Masahiro Tanaka has already thrown more innings (1,315) than any pitcher his age in the Majors in the last 35 years.

Steve Dilbeck/Los Angeles Times

Puig Gives Up Driving After Second Arrest
Yasiel Puig has had two reckless driving incidents in the last eight months.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Tanaka Ready To Meet With MLB Teams
Masahiro Tanaka and his agent are scheduled to meet with Major League teams over the next several days, according to a source.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Dodgers Have Spoken To Tanaka's Agent
Masahiro Tanaka is in the "feeling out process."

Dylan Hernandez/Los Angeles Times

Mattingly Regrets End-Of-Season News Conference
Don Mattingly has admitted he wishes his now-famous end-of-season news conference had gone differently.

Associated Press

Mattingly Receives Extension From Dodgers
Don Mattingly managed all of last season without assurances he would remain at the helm beyond this year.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Ryan Theriot Opts For Retirement
Ryan Theriot last played in the Major Leagues in 2012.

Chris Cotillo/MLB Daily Dish

Sources: Dodgers, Mattingly Making Progress On Extension
A deal is expected to be completed soon.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports