December 2017 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Dodgers, Yankees Among Five Teams To Pay Luxury Tax

Dec 20, 2017 7:14 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers will pay $36.2 million in luxury tax, marking the fourth consecutive year they've paid the highest penalty.

The New York Yankees owe a penalty for the fifteenth straight year, but their $15.7 million figure is the club's lowest since 2011.

The San Francisco Giants ($4.1 million), Detroit Tigers ($3.7 million) and Washington Nationals ($1.45 million) rounded out the tax payers. The Nationals will pay tax for the first time.

Both the Dodgers and Yankees have vowed to get under next year's $197 million luxury tax threshold. That would reset their base tax rate from 50 percent to 20 percent going into the 2018-19 offseason.

Associated Press

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Braves Trade Matt Kemp To Dodgers

Dec 16, 2017 8:44 PM

The Atlanta Braves traded outfielder Matt Kemp to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Adrian Gonzalez, Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir and Charlie Culberson, the teams announced Saturday.

The Braves, who also received cash considerations in the deal, immediately designated Gonzalez for assignment after the veteran waived his no-trade clause since Atlanta already is set at first base with Freddie Freeman.

"This allows him the opportunity to go and find some playing time," new Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said of Gonzalez.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Cubs, Brandon Morrow Agree To Two-Year Deal

Dec 10, 2017 7:10 PM

After an impressive performance against them in the NLCS, the Cubs have agreed to a two-year deal with free-agent right-hander Brandon Morrow, according to sources familiar with the situation.

The club has not confirmed the signing.

Morrow, 33, pitched for the Dodgers last season, compiling a 2.06 ERA with 2 saves in 45 games.

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

Stanton Will Only Approve Deal To Astros, Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees

Dec 8, 2017 7:30 AM

Giancarlo Stanton has declared that he'll only accept a trade to the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers or New York Yankees, according to a report.

Despite a high price tag, the Yankees are "kicking the tires" on Stanton.

Stanton had been linked heavily to the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants this month. He met with both clubs, but his full no-trade clause has allowed him to indicate he doesn't want to join either club.

The slugger is owed $295 million over the next 10 years.

Nicholas Parco/New York Daily News

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Marlins Agree To Giancarlo Trades With Giants, Cardinals

Dec 3, 2017 3:29 PM

The Miami Marlins have agreed upon the framework of a trade with both the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.

The deals are on hold while the Marlins wait for Stanton to inform them if he'll accept a trade to either team.

Stanton reportedly prefers a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Jon Morosi/

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor