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Los Angeles Dodgers Acquire Scott Alexander as Part of Three Team Deal

The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired pitcher Scott Alexander, who is known for his ability to induce groundballs off the bat of hitters, as part of a trade involving three teams with the other two being the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox. In the trade, the Dodgers are sending Trevor Oaks a right-hander to the Royals, while Chicago will be acquiring Luis Avilan a reliever for the Dodgers. The Dodgers will also acquire from the White Sox Jake Peter an infielder who is currently playing in the minor leagues. Los Angeles will also send Erick Mejia... 
 

Brandon Morrow Becomes Hot Commodity

Free agent Brandon Morrow has some good possibilities awaiting him during the winter. He is coming off a strong season with the National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers in the bullpen, and his historic performance during the postseason has opened the eyes of teams around the league of him possibility becoming a closer in 2018. It is not only humbling but quite startling for Morrow, who in December of 2014 signed a contract for $2.5 million with San Diego. However, he suffered a shoulder injury after only five starts with the Padres and was lost... 
 

Yu Darvish and Lance McCullers Jr. Will Start But All Pitchers Available

Dodger Stadium will host its first ever Game 7 of a World Series on Wednesday and the starting pitchers will feature the son of a former major leaguer and a veteran traded during the season and who has pitched just three months for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Houston’s Lance McCullers Jr. will start for the Astros, while Yu Darvish gets the nod for the Dodgers. Both hope to rebound from subpar performances earlier in this series. McCullers started for Houston in Game 3 but did not have the usual command of his pitches and walked four in just 5 1/3... 
 

Home Run Records in World Series Could be Due to Balls

Coaches and pitchers from both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros complained on Saturday about the baseball being used in the World Series, and the controversy this time is not only about how lively the balls are. They are saying the problem now is the baseballs Major League Baseball is using for the World Series are much slicker than ones used during the recently completed regular season, due to a difference in the leather cover making the balls much more difficult to throw sliders. After the Saturday night game, won by the Dodgers 6-2,... 
 

Dodgers Sending Rich Hill to the Mound for World Series Game 2

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lead the World Series 1-0 after winning Game 1 on Tuesday, will send southpaw Rich Hill to the mound. This will be Hill’s first ever start in the World Series in his major league career that has spanned 12 years, but with intermittent problems including poor pitching performances as well as injury, stints in an independent league to only turn around when was in his mid-30s. Due to the long journey Hill has had, he does not take anything for granted. Therefore, while he might be approachable and polite... 
 

Clayton Kershaw Gets Chance to Pitch LA into Fall Classic

For the Los Angeles Dodgers it could not be written any better than this. After all Clayton Kershaw has done for the franchise he will be given the start that could send he and his teammates into the World Series on Thursday for just the first time in the last 29 years. The Dodgers’ southpaw will have his opportunity to pitch his team into the World Series at Chicago’s Wrigley Field which makes it that much more appropriate. Chicago won on Wednesday 3-2 behind the strong pitching of veteran Jake Arrieta, who may have made his last start with... 
 

Justin Turner Joining Postseason Legends

Justin Turner, the Dodgers third baseman is taking his place amongst postseason baseball legends following his accomplishments this postseason and in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs. Turner’s career batting average in the postseason is .377 after having 2 hits in 4 at bats in Game 2 with 4 RBIs. In his 23 career postseason games, Turner has 4 home runs and 22 RBIs. In two games against the Cubs in the NLCS he is batting .375, with 1 home run and 5 RBIs, while he hits .461 the Los Angeles sweep of Arizona... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Waiting But Magic Number Down to One

Back when the Los Angeles Dodgers were 91-36 in August and were the talk of baseball, manager Dave Roberts only wanted the team to remain healthy, prepare its starting rotation for the postseason and keep its elusive edge that teams often risk losing when the have such huge leads with 30 or 40 games left to play. Fast forward to today, when the Dodgers are 6-20 over their last 26 games played and the team cannot even put together the momentum for a National League West clinching celebration that could come as soon as Friday. The magic number was... 
 

Dodgers End Losing Streak at 11 Behind Ace Clayton Kershaw

Tuesday’s game on the road in San Francisco was loaded with pressure for the National League West leading Los Angeles Dodgers and their ace Clayton Kershaw. It was understandable since the Dodgers entering the game had lost 11 straight and 16 of their last 17. The team and Kershaw came through Tuesday ending a winless drought of close to two weeks and clinching a playoff berth after beating the Giants 5-3 to end the club’s longest losing streak since it moved from Brooklyn to LA back in 1958. Dave Roberts the Dodgers manager said following the... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Alex Wood Has Shoulder Inflammation

Alex Wood the southpaw pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers has taken over as the ace for the team in the absence of Clayton Kershaw. However, Wood may be headed for another stint on the team’s disabled listed due to shoulder inflammation. On Monday night, Wood started for the Dodgers against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He pitched six innings, giving up five hits and three runs, but did not get a decision in the Los Angeles 6-5 win in 12 innings against the Pirates. Wood gave up three homers for just the second time during his 134 appearances in the... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Move 50 Games Over .500

For the first time in 64 years, the Los Angeles Dodgers have a record that is 50 games over .500 at 84-34. The last time was during the 1953 season when the Dodgers had a team of Hall of Famers. That season eventual Hall of Fame members included Roy Campanella at catcher, Pee Wee Reese at shortstop, Jackie Robinson in left field, Duke Snider in center field and Red Barber and Vin Scully in the broadcast booth. They were the finest group of players Brooklyn has seen on one team, immortalized by Roger Kahn the author of Boys of Summer. Possibly the... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Ace Clayton Kershaw to Go on DL

Clayton Kershaw the ace for the Los Angeles Dodgers and one of the favorites to win the Cy Young Award will be placed on the disabled list due to a back injury for the second consecutive season. Last season, Kershaw missed 2 ½ months due to a herniated disk in his back. On Sunday, the Dodgers pulled Kershaw from the game against Atlanta in the second inning due to tightness in his lower back. The loss of Kershaw leaves the Dodgers without their best hurler. The Dodgers 68-31 record leads the majors and they are ahead in the National League West... 
 

Manager’s Feud Causes Benches to Clear

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and San Diego Padres manager Andy Green were the center of a tense altercation on Friday night that almost led to a big brawl. The altercation took place immediately at the end of the first inning after both managers huddled at home plate with umpires to smooth out tensions between Alex Wood the starting pitcher for the Dodgers and Jose Pirela an infielder for the Padres. Wood believed that Pirela was stealing signs and relaying then to his teammates during the game’s first inning, which violates one of... 
 

Cody Bellinger Continues Strong June at the Plate

Cody Bellinger said he was not aware that the crowd at Dodger Stadium was chanting his name as they wanted him to re-emerge for the team’s dugout in the eighth inning on Sunday for a curtain call. The rookie said he was unaware until a teammate pushed him up the stairs and he realized how special it was. Looking somewhat embarrassed, Bellinger emerged to acknowledge the cheers of the fans for his first curtain call of his career, and likely far from being his last. The Dodgers on Sunday rallied to beat Colorado 12-6 with the help of Bellinger’s... 
 

Cody Bellinger Knocking the Cover Off the Ball

A superstar is not made overnight, but Cody Bellinger has started a Major League Baseball career that could one day make him the next superstar in the sport. In his first 12 games Bellinger, who is just 21, hit five home runs. Of the 12 games he has played, the Dodgers have won 9. Bellinger is the Dodgers’ top prospect and great things were expected of the talent, but just not so soon. Because he plays first and Adrian Gonzalez is there, Bellinger started the season with Oklahoma City in Triple-A. He hit five home runs in his 18 games at Oklahoma... 
 

Julio Urias Returning to Dodgers Thursday

One of the most promising young starting pitchers in baseball Julio Arias will make his debut for 2017 with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. The 20-year old started this season slowing as a way to limit the number of innings he will have in the majors during the regular season. The gaming industry online and betting on major league baseball has become a huge industry as most, such as Royal Vegas online casino, have a myriad of online games to choose from. Online gaming for both casino type sites and sportbooks like Royal Vegas online casino... 
 

Yasiel Puig Attempting to Win His Job Back With Dodgers

While some teammates in the Los Angeles Dodgers outfield are out nursing injuries, Yasiel Puig has become busy trying to earn his starting job back. The Cuban right-fielder, and at one time a phenom, was demoted last August to Triple-A. On Wednesday, Puig played five innings and saw three at-bats as the Dodgers lost 7-2 to Milwaukee in a split squad game. At one-time an All-Star, Puig’s numbers have dropped considerably and his actions both on the field and off it have annoyed teammates and eventually led to being demoted. In 2013, Puig became... 
 

Corey Seager Plans to Have Better Second Season Than First

National League Rookie of the Year Corey Seager was a unanimous pick for the award in 2016 as the Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop. He begins this, his second season, with the club confronted with the thought of what he will do to surpass the level of play he showed on the field and at the plate last season. Often times, great rookie years are followed by the dreaded sophomore jinx. However, the young talent will not listen to those calling on him to have an encore season or those that suggest he could struggle during 2017. Seager’s manager Dave... 
 

Cody Bellinger Might Be Answer to Dodgers Offensive Woes

For all the deals the Los Angeles Dodgers took part in or did not, during the offseason, the most important possible new part of their lineup for 2017 could be a player already in their organization. For any club, it is best when you can hold onto prized prospects, most importantly the ones who take home awards such as the NL Rookie of the Year. Los Angeles players have won those in large numbers four straight over a period between the late 70s and early 80s and five consecutive from ’92 to ’96, so maybe after last season’s winner Corey Seager,... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Awaiting Decision by Twins on Brian Dozier

The Dodgers have been hotly pursuing the talented Minnesota second baseman. The auction for Dozier should end sometime this week, says one baseball source close to the Minnesota Twins organization, although even the teams involved are not sure, if the Twins will ended up trading the hard-hitting second baseman. New management at the Twins has shopped Dozier, who is 20, for the past two months. Los Angeles believes they presented the Twins the best offer with Jose De Leon a talented pitching prospect reported to be the centerpiece of the deal. However,... 
 

Pitching Depth Gives Dodgers Bargaining Power for Trades

The Los Angeles Dodgers won another National League West crown this past season, but were eliminated in the playoffs. Since then, the Dodgers have been busy during the winter break. Most of the work the Dodgers front office has done has been with retaining their own free agents. Los Angeles has already re-signed Rich Hill, a southpaw starter, Justin Turner a third baseman and Kenley Jansen the team’s star closer to new contracts. Each of the deals has occurred after the three were already free agents. To date, Los Angeles has not made any significant... 
 

Terry Francona and Dave Roberts win Manager of the Year Awards in MLB

Major League Baseball handed out two more awards on Tuesday. This time the awards were not for players but managers. Terry Francona once again proved during 2016 that he could get the best out of his players during tough situations. He guided the Cleveland Indians to the American League Central title and the AL Pennant. At the same time, Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts showed that a rookie manager could overcome injuries to a record number of players and win the National League West. Because of what they accomplished, Francona and Roberts... 
 

Dodgers Games Taking Longer to Complete

The Los Angeles Dodgers trail the Chicago Cubs 3-2 in the National League Championship Series, with Game 6 scheduled for Saturday at Wrigley Field. The Dodgers won a number of games during the regular season and winning this year’s World Series is still within grasp. However, the Dodgers have been winning as well as losing games that are taking much longer to play. The average time it took the Dodgers and Washington Nationals to play a game during their best of five series was 4 hours and 1 minute. Thus far, the series’ first five games between... 
 

Major League Record to be Set by Julio Urias on Wednesday

When the first pitch has been thrown in Game 4 of the National League Championship series on Wednesday between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers, history already will have been made. That history is because of whom will be throwing that first pitch, namely Julio Urias a left-handed rookie for the Dodgers. Dave Roberts the manager of the Dodgers announced officially on Monday during workouts at Dodger Stadium that the rookie southpaw would be giving the ball for Game 4. That will mean Urias, who on Wednesday will be 20 years and 68 days old,... 
 

NLDS Game 5: Dodgers Visit Nationals With Winner Moving On

Thursday’s Game 5 between the Washington Nationals and visiting Los Angeles Dodgers will decide who moves on to the National League Championship Series to face the Chicago Cubs. The Dodgers were able to extend the series to a fifth and deciding game thanks to a timely hit by veteran Chase Utley in Game 4. Los Angeles will be facing Max Scherzer and needs to hit the long ball against the right-hander if they hope to win and move on. Opponents hit just .199 against him during the regular season and he gave up only 2.2 walks per 9 innings, while... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Extend Lead, But Cannot Hit Lefties

The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the National League West by six games after they defeated the second place San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Monday night. The loss was devastating for San Francisco who is in a tough battle for one of the two wildcard spots in the NL. The Dodgers were able to win despite Madison Bumgarner shutting them down. He held the Blue to a single hit with no walks over seven innings. Bumgarner had 10 strikeouts as well as a shouting match with Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig that emptied the benches. However, it was the bullpen of... 
 

Dodgers Bullpen Coming Up Big During Kershaw Injury

Kenta Maeda was the first starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers to pitch during the seventh inning since June 20, when injured ace Clayton Kershaw last pitched into the seventh inning. That statistic is a great example of how important Kershaw is to the entire pitching rotation. It speaks volumes as well to how much the bullpen for the Dodgers has stepped up during his absence and helped the Dodgers to an 8-3 record since the star pitcher when on the disabled listed at the end of June. The bullpen has been ready every time the call has come,... 
 

Clayton Kershaw Injury Puts Dodgers Season in Doubt

The Los Angeles Dodgers have over $70 million tied up in their starting pitchers that cannot even pitch due to injury. The list was half that or about $36 million until the Dodgers announced that star pitcher Clayton Kershaw was being added on Thursday to the disabled list. Prior to Kershaw getting hurt, the Dodgers rotation did not have anyone behind him, now the rotation does not have anyone period. Kershaw’s injured back will keep him off the mound for a minimum of 15 days. However, Dodgers officials have been mum when it comes to how long... 
 

Trayce Thompson and Julio Urias Earn Time in Dodgers Lineup

The most recent chapter of the youth movement at Chavez Ravine came with a slight twist, as one of the players who is more established on the Los Angeles Dodgers helped set the stage for the youngsters. Justin Turner thus far has not been a disruptive force of the past, due in part to knee surgery during the offseason, but his three-run shot helped pitcher Julio Urias get comfortable in his first start at home and set the stage for more late inning heroics by Trayce Thompson. Urias attracted many of the 40,000 or more spectators who came to the... 
 

Dodgers to Debut Top Pitching Prospect Julio Urias

The Los Angeles Dodgers have won four straight games but cannot edge closer to the first place San Francisco Giants as the Giants have won 5 straight and 9 of 10. On Friday night, the Dodgers open a series against the New York Mets and are expected to have rookie pitcher Julio Urias on the mound making his debut in the major leagues. This is quite a spot for the southpaw, to debut in the Big Apple in front of the raucous Mets crowd. It is expected the club will purchase the contract of Urias, who is just 19, and add him to both their 25-man active... 
 

Clayton Kershaw Is Even Better Than Most Think He Is

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has won the National League Cy Young Award three of the last five seasons. He has not finished lower than third in the award’s voting since the 2010 season. At 28, he might actually be pitching his best-ever season and cementing his name as one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the sport. In Kershaw’s past six starts he has struck out at least 10 batters and walked just one or fewer, which is the longest streak of that kind in 116 years dating back to 1900. Just four other pitchers this season... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Power Returns in Tampa Bay

The 2016 Major League Baseball season is just a month old. However, already the National League West favorite Los Angeles Dodgers were mired in an offensive slump until Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Dodgers are currently in second place in the NL West at 14-13 a half game back of the 15-13 San Francisco Giants. Over their past 10 games played the Dodgers are 4-6, while the Giants have won 7 of their past 10. If Tuesday was any sign, then the Dodgers could be breaking out of their slump. Trayce Thompson the brother of Golden State... 
 

Dogders Deal Prospects for Reds Closer Aroldis Chapman

The Los Angeles Dodgers started off the 2015 Winter Meetings with a splash, acquiring left-hander Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds for two prospects. FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal on Sunday reported the Dodgers were “making progress” on the trade.  The deal, which is pending Chapman’s passing a medical examination Reds president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty said last month that he hoped to move the hard-throwing left-hander before this week’s winter meetings in Nashville, Tennessee. “We... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Flexing Offensive Muscle

Despite several injuries to the pitching staff, the Los Angeles Dodgers own a 21-10 record, the second best mark in baseball behind the St. Louis Cardinals. The Dodger offense has carried them, as the club is showcasing the embarrassment of riches they have accumulated. Even with Yasiel Puig sidelined with a hamstring injury, the Dodger bats haven’t missed a beat. As a group, the Dodgers boast a .363/.348/.479 slash line. They lead baseball in on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and their 127 wRC+ is also tops in baseball. Though... 
 

Los Angeles Dodgers Own Baseball’s Best Rotation

The Los Angeles Dodgers overhauled their front office this offseason, adding Andrew Friedman from the Tampa Bay Rays and Farhan Zaidi from the Oakland Athletics. From there they proceeded to make several trades which reshaped their roster. Los Angeles goes into the 2015 season as the presumptive favorites in the National League West. The Dodgers pitching staff is the best in baseball. Clayton Kershaw, the reigning NL MVP, frontlines the rotation. Kershaw is still just 26 years old, though he’s been the best hurler in baseball for several... 
 

Dodgers Trade for Howie Kendrick, Sign Brandon McCarthy

The Los Angeles Dodgers added Howie Kendrick via trade with the Los Angeles Angels and signed free agent pitcher Brandon McCarthy to  a four year deal worth $48 million. Earlier Wednesday night the Dodgers completed a blockbuster deal with the Miami Marlins that allowed them to add pitching prospect Andrew Heaney. They then shipped Heaney to the Marlins in exchange for Kendrick. Swapping out Dee Gordon for Howie Kendrick gives the Dodgers a substantial upgrade at the second base position, at least for 2015. The 31 year-old Kendrick is in... 
 

Padres Acquire Matt Kemp from Dodgers

The San Diego Padres have acquired outfielder Matt Kemp from the Los Angeles Dodgers reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. As part of the deal, the Dodgers will eat $30 million of the $107 million remaining on Kemp’s contract, which runs through 2019. Catcher Tim Federowicz will accompany Kemp to San Diego while catcher Yasmani Grandal, righty Joe Wieland and pitching prospect Zach Eflin will go to Los Angeles. This is the latest in a flurry of activity for the Dodgers, who completed a six player trade with the Miami Marlins, have a deal... 
 

Dodgers Ship Dee Gordon to Marlins in Six Player Trade

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Miami Marlins have agreed to a six player trade reports Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. Dee Gordon and Dan Haren will go to the Marlins while left-hander Andrew Heaney, second baseman Enrique Hernandez, reliever Chris Hatcher and catching prospect Austin Barnes are on their way to Los Angeles. Gordon, the Dodgers second baseman and a 2014 All-Star and Heaney, a 23 year-old hurler who was picked 9th overall in 2012, are the main pieces in the deal. Earlier this offseason Haren, who exercised his $10 million player... 
 

Phillies Start Restructure by Dealing Jimmy Rollins to Dodgers

Questions have lingered about the Philadelphia Phillies’ off-season plans. Will they unload veterans and rebuild or keep their prominent names and make one final run at a Natioanl League East title with the current group? Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro delivered an answer Wednesday afternoon when he traded shortstop Jimmy Rollins to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 36-year-old Rollins has spent his entire 15-year Major League career in Philadelphia. A second round pick out of an Oakland area high school in 1996, Rollins made his big league... 
 

MLB Free Agent Profile: Hanley Ramirez

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez will be heavily sought after this offseason. Though he’s been injury-prone, Ramirez has been a very productive player while on the field. He’ll turn 31 in December and may not be best suited for shortstop anymore, but Ramirez has expressed a willingness to play third base, a position he occupied in 2012. Ramirez burst onto the scene as a 22 year-old with the then Florida Marlins in 2006. He quickly established himself as one of the top players in baseball. In his first four major league... 
 

Clayton Kershaw, Adam Wainwright will Square off in Game 1

Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright will face each other in Game One of the National League Division Series as the Los Angeles Dodgers host the St. Louis Cardinals. The Dodgers ace led the National League and all of baseball with a 1.77 ERA, while Wainwright’s 2.38 mark ranked third in the NL. The 26 year-old Kershaw captured his third consecutive ERA title, and will almost certainly win yet another Cy Young award. Despite battling arm soreness and missing his primary catcher, Yadier Molina for a good chunk of the season, the 33 year-old... 
 

MVP Candidates: Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig Emerging in Los Angeles

With a 69-53 record, the Los Angeles Dodgers have a commanding five game lead in the National League West. While the San Francisco Giants got off to a red-hot start, the Dodgers have surpassed them and now have a 92 percent chance of winning the division. The performances of two stars, Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig, have been key in propelling the Dodgers to the best record in the National League. Despite missing six weeks with a back injury, Kershaw leads all NL pitchers in fWAR with 5.0. The 26 year-old left-hander was dominant last year,... 
 

August Trade Candidates: Los Angeles Dodgers Carl Crawford

The July 31st trade deadline has come and gone, and the Los Angeles Dodgers still have a glut of outfielders. Yasiel Puig is one of the best hitters in baseball, Matt Kemp is swinging the bat very well, and Scott Van Slyke has posted very impressive numbers in just 179 plate appearances. Top prospect Joc Pederson is tearing up Triple-A Albuquerque. Meanwhile, high-priced outfielders Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford have performed poorly. With his hefty contract that pays him $20 million per year through 2017, Crawford is a candidate to be traded... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Dodgers Looking for Relief Help

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly backed off their pursuit of a starting pitcher and are looking for relief help instead. Of course, there’s a good reason to take any statements about a team’s plans with a grain of salt at this time of year. However, the Dodgers would benefit more from adding a good reliever or two than from adding a big name in their rotation. As things stand, the Dodgers have the best pitcher in baseball in Clayton Kershaw, two very good arms in Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu and veterans Josh Beckett and Dan... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Elvis Andrus, Matt Kemp Contracts Make Trades Difficult

The trade deadline is approaching, and trade talks are heating up. Earlier today, the New York Yankees traded for San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley, sending Yangervis Solarte and Rafael De Paula to the Friars. Headley had a sensational 2012 season, but his offensive production has dropped off since then. Two other players that have had star seasons in the not too distant past could also be moved before the July 31 deadline. Matt Kemp, who nearly produced a 40-40 season in 2011 and Elvis Andrus, who had +4 win seasons in 2011 and 2012... 
 

Dodgers Ace Clayton Kershaw No-Hits Rockies

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw faced just 28 batters in throwing his first career no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies striking out a career-high 15 batters en route to an 8-0 win. The no hitter comes less than a month of when teammate Josh Beckett tossed an unlikely one against the Philadelpia Phillies on May 25. It was the 22nd no hitter in franchise history, the 12th in Los Angeles. Kershaw retired the first 18 batters in a row until a two-base throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez ended his shot at a perfect game. That was... 
 

Dodgers Yasiel Puig Can’t be Stopped

A year ago, Yasiel Puig took baseball by storm. In his first month in the big leagues, the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder collected 44 hits, the second most for a new big leaguer behind Joe DiMaggio. Of course he cooled off from that ridiculous start, but by season’s end he had an excellent .319/.391/.534 batting line for a 160 wRC+. Despite his phenomenal debut season, there were some holes in Puig’s game. His strikeout rate of 22.5 percent was very high, and he possessed the highest swinging strike of any player to receive at least... 
 

What Should the Dodgers Do With Their Outfielders?

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a lot of money tied up in their outfield. Matt Kemp is owed $128 million over the next six seasons. They’re on the hook with Andre Ethier for at least $70 million in the next four years, and Carl Crawford will chew up $82 million in that span as well. Then, there is the young and inexpensive phenom Yasiel Puig, who will earn at least $35 through 2018. That’s a lot of money, and a lot of years for the trio of Kemp, Ethier, and Crawford. Based on his remarkable 2013 season, Puig looks to be a sure-fire starter,... 
 

MLB News: Seven Extension Candidates Before Season Starts

With Spring Training mercifully around the corner, it’s that time of the year when teams start negotiating contract extensions. Clayton Kershaw started off the extension season with a deal that guarantees him $215 million, and the Atlanta Braves recently agreed on a lucrative deal with first baseman Freddie Freeman that will keep him under team control through his age-31 season while guaranteeing him approximately $100 million of new money. Here are some players that are good candidates for contract extensions before the season begins.  Max... 
 

Dodgers Reach Agreement With Chone Figgins on Minor League Deal

The Los Angeles Dodgers reached an agreement with veteran infielder-outfielder Chone Figgins on a minor league deal that includes and invite to major league camp this spring. Figgins is trying to resurrect his career after three dreadful season in Seattle , where he signed four-year, guaranteed $36 million deal. Figgins, 35 last played in 2012, in 66 games with the Mariners where he had a .181/.262/.272 line. He was in Marlins camp last spring. 2013, but was released. Last week Figgins held a open tryout if front of interested scouts from 10... 
 
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