Jun 252013

Here’s a quick update on some rumors from Dodgertown.

Jayson Stark says the Dodgers are not actively dangling right fielder Andre Ethier. Don’t buy it. The Dodgers are shopping him and he stands as the most probable player to get traded in my opinion. I see him going to Boston for two reasons. The Red Sox owe us a favor after last summer, with Boston having the monetary resources to acquire Ethier, it’s a perfect fit. Plus, he can play with lifelong best friend Dustin Pedroia.

The Dodgers are in hot pursuit of both Matt Garza and Ricky Nolasco. Nolasco is the Dodgers top priority as of this afternoon, but what is not clear is if the Dodgers are looking to acquire both pitchers. I wouldn’t be surprised considering both Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett are out for the season.

Speaking of Nolasco, the Dodgers have been all over the Nolasco talks today. Talks of a Nolasco and Steve Cishek package going to Los Angeles are flooding the rumor mill this afternoon.

The Dodgers are considering themselves buyers once again, despite being eight games out of first place. The Dodgers are actively looking for starting pitching, solid late inning reliever, and someone that can play third base and remain under team control for several years. Guess an encore to last summer is looking rather probable at this point.

Expect the Dodgers to check in on Aramis Ramirez. He’s being heavily shopped by Milwaukee and the Dodgers have been in love with him for years. Not my first pick, but I don’t call the shots. Jonathan Papelbon is also being linked to the Dodgers.

Check back for more later tonight.

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Feb 252013

Later today, voting will begin to determine Major League Baseball’s Face of the MLB.

It all started when MLB Network asked fans to choose who they felt was the face of their franchise. When each teams fans were finished speaking, the face of each franchise were put into brackets for a win-or-go-home heads-up vote against another teams representative, with the each league’s MVP getting a first round bye.

The field has been shaved down to two remaining competitors: Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds.

Votto, 29, first had to beat the Face of the Minnesota Twins, Joe Mauer. After completing that task, he squeaked out a victory over the New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter to make it to the Final Four against the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen. He beat McCutchen handily by a 4-1 margin.

Matt Kemp, 28, began his journey against established staff ace for the Seattle Mariners, Felix Hernandez and young superstar shortstop Starlin Castro of the Chicago Cubs before facing off in a Southern California showdown with the Angels’ rookie phenom, Mike Trout in a tight battle to the very end that gave Matt Kemp his spot in the Final Four against the Atlanta Braves’ Jason Heyward.

Jason Heyward jumped out to what seemed like an insurmountable lead early on. When I first checked in the morning, Kemp trailed 93-7. However, Dodger fans from around the world rallied on twitter and kept chipping away at the lead.

At one in the morning, just two-and-a-half hours before voting ended, Matt Kemp finally overtook Jason Heyward once and for all. When all the dust settled and the Braves fans woke up shocked to see that the ten point lead they had when they went to sleep had evaporated, it was too late for them to fight back.

Matt Kemp won 52-48.

Now, beginning today, Kemp faces off against Votto in a five-day vote by fans on Twitter.

While Joey Votto is expected to open up an early lead because the Reds play in the Eastern time zone and their fans will wake up earlier, the Dodger faithful will surely be out in full force as well.

To vote for Matt Kemp, you will need to send a tweet to @MLBNetwork that contains the hashtags “#MattKemp” and “#FaceOfMLB”. You can send as many tweets as you want, but only one hashtag per message will count.

So, please go out and show your support to Matt Kemp and vote as much as you can and urge your friends and family to vote as well.

And while you are out there voting, please be sure to follow me at @MattRogina and follow Dodgers Rumors at @dodgersrumors.

Jun 172012

Dodgers win on Fathers Day! Dee Gordon has been on fire lately, gotta love that kid! The rumor mill was burning over the weekend, so let me waste no time in getting you caught up on the rumors that were whispered over the weekend.

The Dodgers are the front-runners for Ryan Dempster and they may be looking to acquire him in the very near future. According to Ken Rosenthal the Chicago Cubs are shopping Dempster to multiple teams, including the Dodgers, to gauge the trade market for him. Rosenthal adds that Cubs are willing to include significant amounts of cash in hopes to land better prospects. Dempster has 10-and-5 rights, giving him the ability to veto any deal, but from the sound of things, the Dodgers would not have anything to worry about.

The Houston Astros are also willing to listen to offers on “virtually all of their players,” according to Rosenthal. Jose Altuve is probably the only player not truly available, his price tag is somewhere in the neighborhood of a kings’ ransom I’m sure. I see Carlos Lee being the most probable trade target for the Dodgers, if he comes at the right price.

The Dodgers are said to be completely uninterested in Manny Ramirez and Vladimir Guerrero, according to several reports. Not surprising at all, as I don’t think either one of them could handle anything but a DH role at this stage of their careers. So those of you hoping to have Mannywood version 2.0, it ain’t happening. As far as another Angel in our outfield, um, that’s probably a really bad idea for the Dodgers at this point.

So far interest in Kevin Youkilis from teams around the league isn’t all that great. Why? Well he’s having the worst offensive season of his career thus far. Youkilis is also showing signs of wear and tear, leaving scouts very concerned about his ability to be healthy moving forward. Buster Olney thinks the Red Sox are going to be forced to deal Youkilis simply because of the roster crunch they are currently dealing with. Though Youkilis appears to have no trade value right now, I still think the Red Sox will move Youkilis, and Colletti is just playing wait and see, hoping the asking price will drop to a more reasonable price. For what it’s worth the Red Sox were asking for Gerardo Parra from the Diamondbacks in exchange for Youkilis, according to Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe passes on a recent quote.

“He’s been an outstanding hitter in this league for a long time. But given some of the injuries, he’s got to show that he’s completely healthy and that he can still be the same hitter he was,” a veteran scout said.

Olney also is reporting that the Dodgers are asking about first basemen as they look to upgrade from James Loney but have “no reason to go crazy” finding a second base replacement for Mark Ellis, who should be returning from the disabled list sometime in July. This doesn’t really surprise me. Loney has failed to be anything but a disappointment for the Dodgers in 2012, so I would expect this to be Dodgers to be active in looking for an upgrade. Ellis is a non-issue, with Elian Herrera emerging as a MLB starter, I don’t think the Dodgers are too concerned right now. Plus the Dodgers have Uribe, Kennedy, and Hairston on the roster already.

Feb 242012

So it’s Friday and as most of your workdays come to a close that means life is good. To kick this weekend off here at Dodgers Rumors, I got some links from around the web, some rumors, and an intriguing waiver claim to dive into.

First things first, The Dodgers have signed left-hander Brent Leach, tweets Kevin Goldstein. The 29-year-old reliever appeared in 38 games for the Dodgers in 2009 with a 5.75 ERA, but spent last season in Japan. Just more left-handed fodder to find the void left by the departure of Hong-Chih Kuo.

Kenny Shulsen takes a look into his crystal ball as he examines the what lies ahead for the Dodgers in 2012. Love this guy and the whole crew over at Lasorda’s Lair.

Along the same lines MSTI dives into his glass half full approach for the Dodgers 2012 season.

The Dodgers announced in a press release that tickets go on sale for the 2012 season starting March 3.

Dylan Hernandez tweeted earlier today that Ted Lilly has officially reported to Dodger camp today and threw a bullpen session. Lilly was late due to the arrival of his new baby girl. Congratulations Lilly now go out and have the best season of your career. Hernandez also tweeted that Clayton Kershaw (back) threw a bullpen session today along with Mike MacDougal.

Dylan Hernandez is keeping the info coming, apparently Jose Ascansio has failed his physical and left the Dodgers camp. Tough break for this kid, he was a long-shot of making the major league roster anyway.

Well that’s that I guess so have a super rad weekend everyone.

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Feb 102012

Some Dodger randomness to kick your weekend off this Friday afternoon.

Russ Mitchell is still a Dodger! Yep, I know I was shocked too. The Dodgers outrighted Mitchell to AAA Albuquerque today. Dylan Hernandez was the guy that brought us the good news. This means Mitchell cleared waivers unclaimed and is removed from the Dodgers 40-man roster. This is great news as it keeps the young infielder in the organization and gives him some more time at AAA. If he gets on a tear I imagine we will see him again, if not the Dodgers can’t really lose at this point. I still like his power potential and you never know when a guy is going to break out.

David Laurila of FanGraphs sat down with Dodgers assistant GM recently. White discusses Zach Lee, Nathan Eovaldi, and Clayton Kershaw in this must read.

The Dodgers signed Jamey Wright to a minor league deal. The deal includes an invite to spring training, tweets Dylan Hernandez. Dylan adds that the Dodgers are looking at Wright as a reliever, not a starter, according to GM Ned Colletti. Wright, 37, posted a 3.16 ERA, 6.3 K/9, 4.0 BB/9, 0.79 HR/9 in 68 1/3 innings for Seattle last season. Wright faces an uphill battle with the other non-roster right-handed relievers such as Jose Ascanio, Angel Guzman, Shane Lindsay, Fernando Nieve, and Ryan Tucker. The Dodgers have a serious stockpile of bullpen options headed into spring training, I like the approach the Dodgers are taking here.

The Dodgers also signed outfielder Chris Petit to a minor league deal according to Jerry Crasnick. This one slipped through the cracks, sorry guys. He’s got almost zero chance of cracking the major league roster this season.

James Loney finally speaks about his odd behavior last November when he crashed his Maserati.

That’s it! Prospects, Dee Gordon, and an update on the sale of the Dodgers are up next.

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