December 2018 - Los Angeles Dodgers Wiretap

Dodgers Trade Kemp, Puig, Wood To Reds In Seven-Player Deal

Dec 22, 2018 1:16 AM

Earlier Friday, the Dodgers' Andrew Friedman sent starting pitcher Alex Wood and his two most decorated outfielders, Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp, to the Reds.

In return, the Dodgers took on the bloated contract of struggling right-hander Homer Bailey, who will be subsequently released, and acquired two prospects in middle infielder Jeter Downs and right-hander Josiah Gray. Backup catcher/infielder Kyle Farmer and $7 million were also sent to the Reds.

ESPN.com

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Indians Still Discussing Corey Kluber Trade

Dec 20, 2018 8:04 AM

The Cleveland Indians are still discussing the possibility of trading Corey Kluber, according to sources.

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds are among the teams that have shown interest in Kluber over the past couple of weeks.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Dodgers Interested In Bryce Harper On Short-Term Deal

Dec 17, 2018 10:43 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have interest in signing Bryce Harper in free agency, but sources say they do not want him on the type of long-term, record-setting contract Scott Boras is seeking.

The Dodgers could look to sign Harper on a short-term deal with a high average salary and opt-outs. But the Dodgers already have too many outfielders and they also have luxury tax concerns.

Matt Kemp or Yasiel Puig could be dealt to the Reds.

The Dodgers are currently committed to Cody Bellinger center.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

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

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Manny Machado Would Move Back To Third For 'Right Contract'

Dec 14, 2018 8:19 AM

Manny Machado wants to play shortstop, but he may be willing to move back to third base for the "right contract."

That's what Machado's longtime friend and coach Bobby Dickerson told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"I think if the contract is right, he would [move to third]. It may have to go an extra $5 million, or more, or whatever to get him out of [shortstop]. But if the contract is right, I think he would go to third," Dickerson said.

Machado was drafted as a shortstop before moving to third as a Major League rookie. He moved back to shortstop full-time in 2018.

Scott Lauber/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Dodgers, Joe Kelly Agree Upon Three-Year, $25M Deal

Dec 13, 2018 8:04 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have added to their bullpen by agreeing to terms with Joe Kelly on a three-year, $25 million deal, according to a source.

Kelly will likely be used as a bridge to closer Kenley Jansen.

He posted a 4.39 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP and a 2.13 strikeout-to-walk ratio for the Boston Red Sox this past season.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

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

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Dodgers Expect Clayton Kershaw To Regain Velocity

Dec 12, 2018 7:46 AM

Dave Roberts is "very hopeful" that Clayton Kershaw will regain some of his velocity next season.

The left-hander is heading into his age-31 season.

Kershaw signed a three-year, $93 million extension with the Dodgers shortly after the World Series.

His fastball hovered in the low 90s last season.

"If anyone sets their mind to something that they want to sort of tap back into, it's Clayton," Roberts said. "If you look back at what Clayton did this year, still pretty good. There were a couple of mistakes with the slider, the fastball, but he can still pitch when he needs to pitch. But I do expect an uptick in velocity next year."

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

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Phillies To Meet With Agents For Bryce Harper, Manny Machado

Dec 11, 2018 8:37 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies will meet with the agents for Bryce Harper and Manny Machado this week.

Harper is represented by Scott Boras, while Dan Lozano is the agent for Machado.

According to sources, the Phillies prefer signing Machado to Harper.

"I'm not going to telegraph our intentions here," Matt Klentak said. "We are trying to get better and we're trying to move the needle wherever we can. At the same time, we're not going to sit around and be held hostage by one or two players. If there are moves to make in the short term that make sense for us, we're going to do that. If it works out that there are players that fit for us down the road and it makes sense, then great. But we're not going to sit around and wait."

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Talks Intensifying Between Dodgers, Indians On Corey Kluber

Dec 11, 2018 8:26 AM

Talks between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cleveland Indians on a possible Corey Kluber trade have intensified.

The Indians signed Carlos Carrasco to an extension last week, paving the way for either Kluber or Trevor Bauer to be traded.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Dodgers Reach Out To White Sox About Jose Abreu

Dec 6, 2018 8:06 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly inquired with the Chicago White Sox about the availability of Jose Abreu.

Abreu, 31, will be a free agent after next season.

He is up for arbitration this winter after earning $13 million in 2018.

Michael Duarte/NBC Los Angeles

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Dodgers Among Those Meeting With Bryce Harper

Dec 4, 2018 8:04 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have had a sit-down meeting with Bryce Harper, according to a report.

Magic Johnson led a group to Harper's hometown of Las Vegas.

According to the report, "upward of a dozen" organizations have or likely will meet with Harper.

Yahoo! Sports

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

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Dodgers, Dave Roberts Agree To Extension Through 2022
The Dodgers have agreed to a four-year contract extension with Dave Roberts that runs through the 2022 season.

Associated Press