Jan 232014
 

The grass was not greener in Seattle. Not by a long shot; just ask Chone Figgins. After a stellar career with Angels, Chone Figgins pulled a Adrian Beltre and jumped ship from So-Cal to Seattle.

Well now that that’s all over, the Los Angeles Dodgers are taking an absolutely zero risk by signing Chone to a minor league contact, in hopes that he’ll compete for a bench position. Dee Gordon and Justin Sellers are expected to be his main competition for in infield, but Chone also has plenty of playing time in the outfield, making him a bit more versatile.

The only problem with Chone is he hasn’t played at the major league level since 2012. And… when he did play at the major league level he hit just .181 in 166 at-bats. Oh yeah he also didn’t make the cut to play for his home town Miami Marlins in 2013.

In conclusion, Figgins is not a risk to the Dodgers, as long as he remains in the minors.

 01/23/2014  Posted by at 10:02 am Dodgers News, Transactions No Responses »
Dec 232012
 

Update: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the Indians have signed Nick Swisher to a four-year, $56 million contract.The deal also includes a $14 million option for 2017 that will vest based on his number of plate appearances in 2016.

The hot stove is burning in Los Angeles as as the rumor storm continues to brew in Dodgertown. We already heard today that Joel Hanrahan will be dealt to the Boston Red Sox and former Dodger Jerry Sands is indeed part of the return package. Well, at least he will get some playing time in Pittsburgh, and former Dodgers tend to thrive in Pittsburgh, so best wishes to you Jerry. Before Hanrahan was dealt we heard that the Pirates were wanting Dee Gordon in any deal for Hanrahan.

The Mariners recently spoke with the Dodgers about Chris Capuano, Jon Paul Morosi reports. However, it doesn’t appear that discussion went very far. We heard earlier today that the Mets were also in hot pursuit of Capuano and Aaron Harang.

The Red Sox asked the Dodgers about Andre Ethier at the start of the winter and heard he was “not available,” according to a recent tweet by Jon Heyman. For the millionth time there is zero chance Ethier is traded this winter, unless the Dodgers can pry the disgruntled Giancarlo Stanton away from the Miami Marlins. Apparently the Mariners also asked about Ethier, unsurprisingly talks didn’t get far.

Then there is Nick Swisher, who apparently has the Dodgers and Angels high on his wishlist. Jim Bowden is tweeting that Nick Swisher is giving “serious consideration” to the four-year, $52MM offer from the Indians.

In some not rumor related Dodgers info, the Dodgers signed 32-year-old journeyman third baseman Dallas McPherson. He will serve as organizational depth as a member of the Albuquerque Isotopes.

 12/23/2012  Posted by at 8:43 am Dodgers News, Dodgers Rumors, Transactions No Responses »
Dec 222012
 

The Dodgers have been heavily shopping Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang ever since the Winter Meetings. Their efforts have no doubt increased after the signings of Greinke and Ryu. The New York Mets appear to be the most serious pursuer, according to Ken Davidoff. The Dodgers are highly favored to deal at least two of the Ted Lilly, Capuano, and Harang trio. I don’t anticipate an eight man rotation for the Dodgers in 2013, but it would be by far the best if they did. But that is just pure ridiculousness.

I’m sure the Dodgers would be willing to take some prospects off the Mets’ hands in order to shed themselves of their pitching surplus. Of course I am sure they would also like to pull off another blockbuster and pry David Wright away from New York. There are confirmed reports that the Dodgers have discussed their pitching surplus with the Mets.

The Mets are in desperate search for a right-handed outfielder that can handle duties in right field. Ethier can play right field, but he doesn’t hit right-handed. That speculation shouldn’t matter because Ethier isn’t available and the Mets have only $10MM to spend. Not really thinking they can take on a lot of money at this point.

 12/22/2012  Posted by at 9:31 pm Dodgers Rumors 1 Response »
Dec 192012
 

Last week we heard from Dodgers GM Ned Colletti saying the Dodgers are probably done spending, more or less, according to Mark Saxon of ESPNLA. The Dodgers still have some holes to fill and if the above is true, there is a major trade storm brewing in Los Angeles.

The Dodgers have Dee Gordon on the trading block and the Mariners have been the biggest aggressor in the pursuit of the Dodgers shortstop. The Dodgers have been putting out “feelers” to see what kind of return they could net for Gordon, but the Dodgers don’t seem very inclined to trade him unless the return is overwhelming. Gordon could probably net a big haul and I wouldn’t be surprised if he isn’t on the roster come next spring.

Chris Capuano, perhaps the Dodgers most sought after trade chip this winter. He has one guaranteed year left on his current deal with the Dodgers, so it makes a lot of sense for teams looking for rotation help without having to worry about spending big money on a multi-year deal. So far the Rangers are said to have interest, the Pirates remain in the mix as well, and the Dodgers are still interested in adding Joel Hanrahan to their bullpen via trade, according to Buster Olney. Jon Heyman also confirmed the rumor in his latest post. Hanrahan has one year left on his current deal as well, so a trade between the Dodgers and Pirates makes a lot of sense. As for the Rangers, I wonder if the Dodgers could pry Ian Kinsler away with Jurickson Profar waiting in the wings.

Heyman says the Dodgers could add Chris Perez or Bobby Parnell to their radar if things don’t work out with the Pirates. The Dodgers have been connected to Nick Swisher as of late, pointing to the fact that the Dodgers are not done revamping the roster.

Danny Knobler says the Dodgers are shopping Andre Ethier and looking to replace him with Michael Bourn. The Dodgers are looking for a leadoff hitter, further pointing to the fact that the Dodgers don’t envision Dee Gordon being the starting shortop/leadoff hitter in 2013. However, the Dodgers aren’t expected to trade Andre Ethier to make room for Swisher or anyone else in their outfield, Heyman adds. One person connected to the Dodgers said it’s almost 100% certain that Ethier will open the season as the starting right fielder, barring an injury of course. Nick Cafardo reports that a Dodgers official emphatically denied the recent rumor of a Ethier for Jacoby Ellsbury swap. Ethier’s name has been running wild on the hot stove and the Dodgers have repeatedly denied that they are not shopping their All-Star and have “zero intention” of trading him, tweets Ken Rosenthal.

Aaron Harang, has been reportedly shopped very heavy since the Winter Meetings, but Harang remains a Dodger with Christmas just a few days away. Perhaps nobody wants him for Christmas, I know I sure don’t. Interest in the Dodgers pitching surplus should heat up now that the Pirates, Mariners, Indians, Twins, and Blue Jays among the many teams looking for starting pitching.

Then there is the other Dodgers’ starter on the outside looking in, Ted Lilly. Once one of the better left-handed pitchers in the game, he’s now coming off an injury plagued season and is no doubt highly favored to have a new team come next spring. Although I wouldn’t rule out the Dodgers moving him to the bullpen at this point if they can’t find a serious buyer right away.

Nick Punto is one of the newer names to hit the Dodgers’ trade block. The Dodgers have a huge surplus of infielders on the roster, so changes are coming way. The Dodgers have Jerry Hairston, Elian Herrera, Justin Sellers, Dee Gordon, the newly acquired Scott Schumaker, and then of course…

Juan Uribe, well, we could never get that lucky. The Dodgers upgraded their rotation to the best in all of baseball, at least on paper. So that took care of one item on my Christmas wish list for 2012. Now if we could only trade Juan Uribe, but I just know he will somehow remain a Dodger. A trade or release of Uribe and his $7MM is all I want for Christmas Santa.

 12/19/2012  Posted by at 9:17 pm Dodgers Rumors 7 Responses »
Dec 072012
 

The Los Angeles Dodgers can’t seem to catch a break so far this winter as they are still awaiting on Zack Greinke‘s decision. The winter’s top prize seems like he will be signing with the Rangers any day now. The Dodgers are willing to pony up a record setting amount of money to make Grienke the richest pitcher in baseball, however, it doesn’t seem like Greinke wants to pitch for the Dodgers to me. If he wanted to play for the Dodgers wouldn’t he have signed as soon as the Dodgers attempted to show him the money. Some blame it on taxes, some blame the Dodgers for not wanting to include a no-trade clause, I just don’t think Greinke wants to be a Dodger.

Negotiations with Ryu-Hyun Jin haven’t gone much better as the Dodgers still seem far apart in reaching a deal. The deadline to reach a deal is less than 48 hours away, so it’s crunch time fellas. It looks like talks are going to go right down to the wire and the Dodgers are becoming less optimistic that a deal gets done.

The Dodgers are still keeping tabs on Anibal Sanchez, Kyle Lohse, James Shields, and their trade options regarding R.A. Dickey and James Shields. I’m sure there are plenty more as well. No talks of David Price, so I am officially debunking that rumor. I haven’t found a reliable source on that yet. No C.C. Sabathia either. I will say that a lot of speculation is growing that the Dodgers are talking a Dee Gordon for Felix Hernandez trade scenario, but at this point it is just speculation.

The Dodgers are still looking for a left-handed reliever after losing Randy Choate to the Cardinals. I am good with Scott Elbert and Paco Rodriguez until one or both of them show they aren’t capable of handling the job.

The Dodgers are also still looking for an outfielder, a solid bench/utility player, and remain intent on putting an All-Star at every position. So what about Emilio Bonifacio? I like the way he would fit in with the Dodgers current roster. That’s my out of the box thought for the day. Not a big fan of the Skip Schumaker rumors yet, maybe he could grow on me, but I just don’t see it. I’m still reeling at the loss of Alfredo Silverio yesterday, not happy about this, not one bit.