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Yasiel Puig says the Cardinals are the Dodgers “principal rivals”

Yes, you can call the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals a recent rivalry with the Cardinals topping the Dodgers in the postseason two years in a row, NLCS in 2013 and the NLDS last season.Though during this offseason, we can maybe expect this match up between two respectable National League clubs to be one of the top rivalries in baseball in the near future.Earlier today...
Via Cardinals Farm
25 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: Three questions entering the season

With players reporting to training camp in less than a month, the Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves in another championship or bust season. So with all these expectations around the team, here are some question they will have to answer if they want to achieve their ultimate goal: 1.  Will the bullpen cost them again? Dodgers fans know all to well the horror story that was the...
Via isportsweb.com
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers top-heavy farm system

The Los Angeles Dodgers have four prospects in MLB.com’s top 100, as announced Friday on MLB Network. The usual suspects were featured in the top 15. Joc Pederson was ranked 13th, Julio Urias eighth and Corey Seager seventh. The fourth was 2014 first round draft pick Grant Holmes, who was ranked 95th. Holmes was born in 1996. I don’t think anything has ever made me feel older...
Via isportsweb.com
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: A team without a weakness?

Just recently the 2015 PECOTA projections were released, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are projected to not only be juggernauts of the National League, but all of Major League Baseball. PECOTA predicts they will win 97 games, the most of any team in baseball and six games better than the second-best team (the Washington Nationals). Someone mentioned to me on Twitter how crazy it is...
Via Batting Leadoff
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chad Billingsley Gets Guaranteed Money

From 2006-2013, Chad Billingsley was a solid MLB pitcher for the Dodgers.  Over 8 seasons, he won 81 games in 190 starts, with 1175.1 innings pitched, 1037 strikeouts, a 3.65 ERA, and a 1.36 WHIP.  Problem being, his last MLB action was 2 games back in April of 2013, NONE in 2014.  Yet, the omnipotent Ruin Tomorrow Jr. decided to dole out a guaranteed $1.5M to him.  Must be nice...
Via We Should Be GM's
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phillies sign former Dodgers’ pitcher Chad Billingsley

Chad Billingsley. Photo Credit: Getty Images. The Philadelphia Phillies have announced that they have come to an agreement with former Los Angeles Dodgers‘ starter Chad Billingsley. Billingsley, 30, will make a guaranteed $1.5 million in 2015 with the opportunity to increase that number with performance bonuses, according to Todd Zolecki, the Phillies’ beat writer for MLB.com...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 Dodgers Top 100 prospects: 30-21

Ahh, the Top 30. There prospects are now legitimate, and some have even already debuted in the major leagues. For the Top 30, I’ve included Overall Future Potential grades and risks. For example, if a guy gets a “50 low,” he’s basically a sure thing to be an average player at his position. If a guy gets a “55 high,” there’s a good chance he won’t reach that ceiling...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Four Dodgers Make Keith Law’s Top 100 List

It’s prospect ranking season, and that’s good, because the Dodgers have some prospects. (Dustin’s organizational countdown will continue with 30-21, coming later this morning.) Among my favorite prospect writers is ESPN’s Keith Law, who put out his Top 100 prospects today. If you want to read the full writeups, you can pay for Insider. (I’m biased here. Obviously.) But...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Wilkin Castillo

WILKIN CASTILLO CATCHER Born: June 1, 1984Height: 6’0″Weight: 200Bats: BothThrows: RightSigned: Int’l free agent, 2002 (Diamondbacks) How Acquired: Minor league free agentCountry: Dominican RepublicAgent: N/A WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Castillo’s main position has always been catcher, but he’s played all over the field, with significant time at third...
Via Pirates Prospects
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ben Rowen and the Unprecedented

Here we are, talking about a pitcher picked up on a minor league deal again. Ben Rowen has sparked some interest since it was announced that the Dodgers picked him up on a minor league deal. Rowen tops out in the lower 80s and has only two pitches, but he does this: That’s Mike Trout, grounding out on an 81mph “fastball” in the place where he likes the ball most. Trout makes...
Via Dodgers Digest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Rumor Roundup: The Dodgers + Yoan Moncada Is So Obvious by Daniel Rathman

The Royals haven`t ruled out bringing back their ace, but that`s a far cry from bringing back their ace; the Brewers and K-Rod might be stuck with each other; and the Dodgers workout Moncada.
Via Baseball Prospectus
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #105: Joc Pederson | OF | LAD

In the offseason’s most expected move, the Los Angeles Dodgers traded an outfielder to free up room for rookie phenom Joc Pederson. Maybe we didn’t know said outfielder would be Matt Kemp, and maybe we didn’t know it would be to the Padres, but we knew it would be someone — you can only keep a talent like Pederson blocked for so long. Last May Jake Devereaux wrote about...
Via Baseball Professor
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #106: Hyun-jin Ryu | SP | LAD

Despite missing a half-dozen starts with a sore shoulder, which limited him to just 152 innings with an ERA that was 38 points higher that his seemingly stellar rookie season, I was very impressed with Hyun-jin Ryu last season. His strikeout and walk rates both improved, and his SIERA fell from 3.60 to 3.17. The soon-to-be 28-year-old was a better pitcher during his sophomore season...
Via Baseball Professor
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: Breaking down the competition

During the Winter Meetings, the Los Angeles Dodgers were perhaps the busiest team, completely overhauling their roster in an effort to improve the team on and off the field. Since then, the Dodgers have been relatively quiet, opening the door for other top teams in the National League to steal the headlines and make blockbuster moves. Here’s a breakdown of what the Dodgers’ main...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Yoan Moncada: The Current International Man of Mystery

As we enter the stretch run of baseball’s hot stove season and watch James Shields march inexorably towards the same fate that befell Ervin Santana in his 2014 free agency which resulted in Santana ultimately taking the same one year, $14.1 million dollar contract he was offered at the beginning of the free agency period, there is a name being whispered throughout all of baseball...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers agree with LHP Bedard on minor-league deal

  Pitcher Erik Bedard has agreed to a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and been invited to big league training camp. The 36-year-old left-hander was 4-6 with a 4.76 ERA in 15 starts last season for Tampa Bay, where new Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman was head of baseball operations. The Rays designated Bedard for assignment in July. Since...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTOS: Yasiel Puig buys new L.A. mansion

Dodgers’ star Yasiel Puig recently turned 24 years old, and he just did what any other normal 24 year-old would do and purchased himself a $1.8 million mansion. The purchase landed Puig in Sherman Oaks, CA and proud owner of a 4,663 square feet, 6 bedrooms and 6 bathroom house. As you can see from Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

SportsNet LA cable deals likely won’t be done by Opening Day

As the year-long SportsNet LA saga continues in southern California, it’s becoming more and more clear that the network won’t have a deal done with DirecTV and other holdout providers before Opening Day. However, many of the issues getting a deal done have little to do with the network or the Dodgers – it’s all about the pending mergers of DirecTV/AT&T and Comcast/Time...
Via Awful Announcing
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Wilson Shows Up in Sin City

I’m pretty certain no one has mentioned the words “Brian Wilson” since the reliever was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers back on December 19. It’s almost as if he, wait for it, disappeared. Turns out, he’s been in Las Vegas! Spotted at @pennjillette & @MrTeller's show last night was three-time MLB All-Star pitcher, @BrianWilson38. pic.twitter.com/Gwc4UzP2f0 —...
Via Hall of Very Good
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Hyun-Jin Ryu: Quietly Awesome

Hyun-Jin Ryu isn’t the best Dodger starter, because Clayton Kershaw exists. He’s not the second-best Dodger starter, because Zack Greinke exists. If you can’t even make a case for being one of the two best starters on your own team, it’s going to be very difficult to make the case that you’re one of the […]
Via Fangraphs
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig shares funny ‘I will not be a distraction’ cartoon

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been criticized a ton over the past year, and he obviously has a great sense of humor about it. On Thursday, Puig shared part of an old FOX Sports cartoon on his Instagram page. You can see the original illustration here. The cropped version that Puig passed along...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 ZiPS Projections – Los Angeles Dodgers

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Atlanta / […]
Via Fangraphs
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers close to signing ex-prospect banned for alleged game fixing

Most minor league signings don’t generate much of a buzz during the hot stove season. They’re generally cheap, low risk signings made to ensure depth. Yet, the Los Angeles Dodgers are close to signing a player with an interesting background. Taiwanese pitcher Chin-hui Tsao was a four-time top 100 prospect during his years with the Rockies, but was unimpressive in 88 1/3 career...
Via The Outside Corner
December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Be very afraid of the revamped Los Angeles Dodgers

Just when we had gotten use to the new Los Angeles Dodgers and their bottomless, oft-used wallet, they’ve gone and changed it up once again. There was once a time where the Dodgers couldn’t say no to an expensive veteran and could give a contract extension to just about anyone on the roster. They were a good team, but not the elite team many had thought they could become. But...
Via The Outside Corner
December 12, 2014  |  Discuss
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