Nov 152012


The trade of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee to the Los Angeles Dodgers could mean some big things for the Dodgers going into the 2013 season. He is one of the best pitchers in the game behind the plate and can add some needed fire power to a team that is in dire need of some revamps. While Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr states he has no intention of trading the pitcher, this very well could become a reality throughout the course of the next few months.

It has already been known by the league that Dodgers are looking to acquire Lee because of their move to get him in early August when the Phillies put him on the waiver wire list. The trade did not go through, but it was made clear to the rest of the league that the Dodgers were on the hunt for new talent. Adding him to the team could give them the boost to make the Dodgers a great MLB pick going into the 2013 season. He provides the fire power to keep them a viable option to not only get into the playoffs but also go far and possibly into the World Series this year. This team has plenty of talent, and obviously money, but they need the right pieces in place to get things done in the post season. As it stands, Lee has not been traded to the Dodgers, but that could change very soon and Lee could find himself on the team sooner rather than later.

Things are looking up for the Los Angeles Dodgers going into the 2013 MLB season. With a great deal of money and plenty of prospects, they could become the team to beat come this time next season and for years to come in the league. 

 11/15/2012  Posted by at 8:57 pm Dodgers Rumors 4 Responses »
Jul 302012

Update: 1:24pm The Dodgers are out of the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, tweets Ken Rosenthal. Remaining money too big even for the Dodgers and Yankees. The chances of a Dempster deal seem to going up by the minute. Meanwhile, Sean McAdam reports the Dodgers have talked to the Red Sox about Beckett.

The Dodgers have officially entered the Shin-Soo Choo sweepstakes and you can get my take on this by checking out my latest post over at Dodgers Nation.

Here’s the latest on all the rumors.

The Dodgers are officially out on Justin Morneau per Ken Rosenthal.  He’s batting .260/.322/.457 with 13 homers and 46 RBI in 78 games this season. I’m not sad about this one bit. I’ve never liked Morneau and I am glad the Dodgers are exploring other options. He’s got way too many red flags for my liking.

Cliff Lee is definitely available for trade tweets Jon Heyman. The Dodgers figure to go after Lee hard if this report is true. Lee would immediately be the the best available starting pitcher. Heyman says the Dodgers are said to have no interest because of the money involved. Lee is owed $25 million per season from 2013-2015 and carries a $27.5 million club option for 2015 with a $12.5 million buyout. The Dodgers have been linked to Lee previously, so I am not sure if this “no interest” is legit or not. My guess is it’s a ploy to help drive down the price. The Dodgers would’ve spent the same money on Hamels as a free agent so I don’t really see a difference here.

Buster Olney hears the Miami Marlins intend to keep Josh Johnson. This further points to the Dodgers going back to Dempster and checking in on Cliff Lee.

Jayson Stark hears the Dodgers are the front-runners for Shane Victorino. They prefer Hunter Pence, but the Phillies may hold on to him until the off-season. The Dodgers are more likely to acquire Victorino, but they’re also in on Pence, reports Jon Heyman.

Jon Lester is emphatically unavailable. The Red Sox are trying to dump Josh Beckett still, but so far the Dodgers don’t seem too interested.

Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Dodgers checked in on Brandon League, no word other than that. My guess is this could be a precursor to a Javy Guerra or Josh Lindblom trade. Scott Miller confirms the Dodgers are still in on League.

 07/30/2012  Posted by at 12:19 pm Dodgers Rumors 3 Responses »