Jan 202014
 

Scrooge McDuck and the Los Angeles Dodgers have much in common, less a giant safe filled with gold. Although they may be stashing their money in something a bit more modern, the Dodgers have every bit of a fortune and are still looking to spend if they please.hanley-ramirez

The rumor mill swirled a bit more as Masahiro Tanaka, the phenom out of Japan is looking to command a $17 million dollar contract, with no report of years to go along with it. The Dodgers are not balking at the steep price tag, even after signing a massive contract to Clayton Kershaw worth $215 million, $10 million to #4 or #5 starter Dan Haren, $10 million to set up man Brian Wilson, and other smaller signing like Juan Uribe and J.P. Howell. The thing is, although the Dodgers have a massive payroll that is going to get larger, they have not grabbed a lot of players this off-season. If fact, they let a lot of them walk in free agency.

Nick Punto, Skip Schumaker, Ronald Belisario, Mark Ellis to name a few.

The next move is to lock up oft injured Hanley Ramirez, who could see time at 3rd base in the future, depending on Juan Uribe and rare prospect Corey Seager a few years away from the bigs. Hanley’s deal will not be the blockbuster of a Troy Tulowitski or Josh Hamilton, even though the young short stop was an MVP candidate last year. The reason behind the lack of a massive contract is the same reason why he wasn’t MVP, he gets injured too often. This doesn’t mean the Dodgers won’t try to lock him up for 3-5 years in the $16-18 million range, but $20 million plus would be surprising.

Yahoo’s Tim Brown stated, “With Kershaw behind Dodgers, Hanley Ramirez negotiations remain in early stages and ongoing.”

He is still only 30 years old, with at least a few years of supreme batting remaining; depending on which side of Hanley we see.

 01/20/2014  Posted by at 6:31 pm Dodgers News, Dodgers Rumors, Prospects No Responses »
Jan 152014
 

The Kershaw speculation appears to be over as the Dodgers avoided salary arbitration and signed Clayton Kershaw to a monster 7 Year, $215,000,000. I needed to put in the zeros so you can comprehend that monster contract.Clayton Kershaw

The 2 time Cy Young award winner was speculated to have wanted to test free agency, look into a 3 year deal, even hit a 10 year deal worth $300 million, but the contract was settled on a bank busting 7 year deal.

The contract includes an opt-out clause in the 5th year, which is good for Clayton, since the Dodgers expect a World Series berth in that time, perhaps to push for an extension if it was worth it. The contract also make it the highest contract for a pitcher in Major League History with an average of over $30 million per year.

Dodgers are still in on Masahiro Tanaka, and obviously aren’t phased by any price tag. Scary.

 01/15/2014  Posted by at 1:35 pm Dodgers News, Dodgers Rumors No Responses »
Sep 262013
 

We are all speculating who the Don Mattingly, Ned Colletti and crew will have on their roster for the post season. Here we will take a look at the easy choices, as well as a breakdown of a couple of the questionable, tough choices. We do know that the Dodgers will carry 11 pitchers and 14 position players. Here we go with the gimmies:

Position Players (Starters)

A.J. Ellis (C) - Tim Federwicz (C)

Adrian Gonzalez (1B)

Mark Ellis (2B)

Hanley Ramirez (SS)

Juan Uribe (3B)

Matt Kemp (OF)dodgervictory

Yasiel Puig (OF)

Carl Crawford (OF)

Position Players (Bench)

Michael Young (Util) – Colletti didn’t bring Young to be at home during the postseason. Say what you want about his batting average in his later years, you want a potential clutch player who can play all infield positions in a pinch. Speaking of pinch, how about pinch hit?

Skip Schumkaer (Util) – Baseball smarts, he can play about everywhere, great club house guy, and he has earned it.

Nick Punto (Util) – Plays everywhere in the infield, the Little Pony is smart, relatively quick and useful for a sacrifice.

Pitchers (Starters)

Clayton Kershaw (SP)

Zach Greinke (SP)

Hyun-Jin Ryu (SP) – Ryu who at one point made some waves for rookie of the year, has bounced back from his… back injury and is primed to be a #3 starter. Not to mention the St. Louis Cardinals are top heavy with lefty hitters.

It is worth to mention that there is no reason to have a 4th starter, I’ll talk about long relief coming up.

Pitchers (Relief)

Kenley Jansen (RHP)

Paco Rodriguez (LHP)

Ronald Belisario (RPH)

J.P. Howell (LPH)

Chris Withrow (RPH) – Do not let being a rookie scare you. Withrow blazes the ball, has been holding up well and can throw a couple innings if needed.

Brian Wilson (RPH) – Everything has been pointing to Wilson getting put in tough situations to simulate the playoff. The experiment has paid off and he should hold up nicely in postseason.

The In-betweeners (Position Players)

Dee Gordon (SS, PR) – Whaaaat? Dee Gordon? Yes. You need speed. Look at your lineup. Between pitchers, A.J. Ellis, Juan Uribe and Adrian Gonzalez, a speedy base runner is extremely helpful. It is also a spot where Dee Gordon hasn’t had any mental blunders (fingers crossed).

Jerry Hairston (Util) – A gamble, but here is the low down: He can play infield and the outfield. His atrocious batting average is a result of pinch hitting.

The In-betweeners (Pitchers)

Carlos Marmol (RHP) – This is a scary option, but even more scary is Brandon League. The thing is, Marmol just strikes out a lot more batters, plain and simple.

Edinson Volquez (RHP) – He is used simply as a blow-out pitcher or heavy into extra innings. You need a long relief guy, especially if it is early in the series and don’t want to kill your bullpen.

Left Out

Brandon League (RHP) -  Brandon League does not have overpowering stuff, not a strikeout pitcher when he closed out games. If you have an option for the ball to go into the catcher glove vs. another fielders glove, I’ll take the catcher. It is also worthy to note Mattingly has not put League in any tough situations whatsoever for who knows how long. League, despite his 2 year contract remaining with the Dodgers, Mattingly isn’t setting him up for success.

Ricky Nolasco (RHP) - No Nolasco? As we saw by his last game, Ricky has not righted his ship. The playoffs are not the time to do so. The rental may be hurt by that, but it is business. His wonderful start with the Dodgers will not be forgotten, but this is a risk, even if he is pitching in a blowout. He is the likely swap for Volquez, obviously.

Andrew Ethier (OF) – If he is healthy, he replaces Jerry Hairson. That is all that needs to be said there. His absence makes it a bit easier to not platoon when they face lefties. Cardinals have no starting lefties however, Braves have Paul Maholm, Pittsburgh have Francisco Liriano and Jeff Locke. He might be sitting regardless.

Capuano/Fife (SP) – Injured, erratic

Scott Van Slyke (OF) – I mustache you a question about Scott; do you expect him to be effective? Big power off the bench, but hasn’t seen a lot of at bats or playing time for that matter. Makes him tough. Michael Young will serve as the big pop off of the bench. Hairston beats him in the ability to play the infield. You need diversity.

 

 09/26/2013  Posted by at 8:26 pm Dodgers News, Dodgers Rumors No Responses »
Apr 302013
 

After a stellar outing on Sunday, Clayton Kershaw immediately left his shut out game and was placed on the bereavement list by the Dodgers. It was not immediately known why, but reports stated he would be ready for his Friday start against the Giants in San Francisco. Today we learned that Clayton Kershaw’s father passed away.

It was later reported that Ned Colletti, the General Manager of the Dodgers, has suffered the loss of his mother.

In both cases, the immediate cause of death is unknown.

On behalf of the Dodger Rumors team, we wanted to wish our condolences for the the losses to their families.

 04/30/2013  Posted by at 11:03 pm Dodgers News 6 Responses »
Mar 312013
 

clayton kershaw

After months of speculation of a long term extension getting done between the Dodgers and their ace Clayton Kershaw, it appears that the two sides are close to a record setting deal. The Dodgers have been working out a deal with the former Cy Young winner over the past several days according to Dylan Hernandez. It’s fair to assume that the deal could be announced sometime today. The magic number seems to be an eight-year $200MM deal. Of course Kershaw is worth every cent, and it would make him the highest paid pitcher ever. He’s the best pitcher in baseball, so why shouldn’t be compensated as such.

Kershaw will be paid $11MM in 2013, and isn’t eligible for free agency until after the 2014 season. I’ve been saying for almost a year now how critical it is for the Dodgers to lock Kershaw up now. Costs are soaring in the thriving world of Major League Baseball, contracts are getting higher and higher each season, growing at a ridiculous rate, and the time to buy is now. Locking up Kershaw through his age 25-32 seasons will undoubtedly save the Dodgers millions over the next several years. More importantly, they lock up the best pitcher in baseball, and secure their starting rotation for many years to come.

We saw the Dodgers give a six-year $147MM contract to Zack Greinke, then two months later the Seattle Mariners signed Felix Hernandez to a seven-year $175MM deal. Then just two days ago the Detroit Tigers agreed to a $180MM five-year contract extension with Justin Verlander. The deal can be worth as much as $202 million over the next eight seasons. My guess is Kershaw comes somewhere near that $202MM mark. Nice haul for a guy who just turned 25-years-old. So what do you think? Will it be the eight-year $200MM? Will it be more?

Huge thanks to MLB Universe Edits for the photo. These guys rock!

 03/31/2013  Posted by at 12:32 pm Dodgers Rumors No Responses »