Sep 092013

The Los Angeles Dodgers are nearing a five-year, $32MM contract with top Cuban infield prospect Alexander Guerrero, according to the latest update from Jesse Sanchez of The official announcement should come within the next day or so.

The Dodgers have long been the favorites to sign him, dating back to July 23, when news broke that the Dodgers had signed Guerrero to a seven-year $32MM deal. That news was obviously a bit premature as the 26-year-old Cuban defector, has been in contact with the Dodgers for several months but an agreement couldn’t be finalized until he secured an unblocking license from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Guerrero is widely projected as a power hitting second baseman and could hit the majors sooner rather than later. He lacks range and that critical first-step quickness to be a solid shortstop defender. Guerrero is certainly an offense first kinda player, however, he isn’t considered a premium talent, but his raw right-handed power has been too impressive to ignore.

In his final season in Cuba, Guerrero hit .290/.402/.576 with 21 home runs in 328 plate appearances for Las Tunas. For the last five seasons, Guerrero has posted solid offensive numbers, though the Cuban league is known for over inflated offensive numbers. I could envision Guerrero’s journey to the Dodgers being very similar to Yasiel Puig. Assuming he does well in the minors it’s not out of the question to think Guerrero could be in the running to make the club next spring.

It remains to be seen what impact, if any, the signing will have on the Dodgers’ pursuit of a second baseman this winter. Strictly referring to one, Robinson Cano who is likely to be heavily targeted by the Los Angeles Dodgers this winter. Of course, stealing away one of the best players in the game is no easy task, especially when he plays for the New York Yankees. The good news is Scott Boras was told by Cano to go kick rocks after he jumped ship to Roc Nation Sports, owned by the prominent Jay-Z.

 09/09/2013  Posted by at 8:19 pm Dodgers News, Dodgers Rumors, Prospects No Responses »
Sep 092013

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in striking distance of becoming the 2013 National League West champs as they host the Arizona Diamondbacks for three games at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers have a magic number of 10 to clinch the division and face the D’backs seven times in the next 11 days.

The Dodgers will try to snap their four-game losing streak on Monday night as they open a series at home against the Diamondbacks. The Dodgers are 5-7 against the Diamondbacks this season, including just 1-5 at Dodger Stadium. That means the red hot Ricky Nolasco, who has been lights out since joining the Dodgers, will certainly have his hands full tonight.

Nolasco allowed one run in seven innings in Arizona to win his Dodgers debut on July 9 and has continued his phenomenal pitching ever since. He is 7-1 with a 2.27 ERA in 11 starts as a Dodger, and brings a home scoreless streak of 20⅓ consecutive innings into Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

Tuesday’s game on KCAL features Edinson Volquez who struggled mightily in his first start with the Dodgers, but since the beginning of 2012 is 2-1 with a 3.03 ERA in five starts against Arizona, with 28 strikeouts and 13 walks in 32⅔ innings. Hopefully we see more of the 2012 Volquez tomorrow night, on the opposite side is Trevor Cahill, who is 3-0 with a 3.29 ERA in five starts since returning from the disabled list, including allowing six total runs over his last four starts.

Wednesday’s game on Prime Ticket features the Korean phenom Hyun-jin Ryu who will finish the series finale against Arizona. Ryu is well rested after getting the last eleven days off. Ryu is hoping to improve on his 8-3 record and his 2.78 ERA in 14 starts this season. Ryu has been flat out dominant at home going 7-2 with a 2.07 ERA at home. The D’backs will have Patrick Corbin on the mound, who is hoping to get things back on track after losing the last three straight starts and since the beginning of August is 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA in seven starts.

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Dodgers vs. D’backs trivia: The last time the Dodgers won a series against the Diamondbacks at home was Oct. 1-3, 2010. The Dodgers are 5-7 against the Diamondbacks this season, including just 1-5 at Dodger Stadium.

 09/09/2013  Posted by at 6:53 pm Dodgers News No Responses »
Jul 302013

Update: Brian Wilson‘s deal is a guaranteed major league deal, according to Jerry Crasnick, and Jim Bowden says it’s worth $1MM plus performance bonuses. Not too big of a gamble for the Dodgers at this point. Anything on the trade market would have been a much bigger risk, plus this deal doesn’t cost the Dodgers any prospects.

Update: The tentative plan for Wilson is to begin at the Dodgers’ complex in Arizona, then go to Rancho Cucamonga, and then report to the Dodgers in two weeks, tweets Brown.  In theory, the signing should take the Dodgers out of the bullpen trade market. Thus, allowing them to focus on the infield and starting rotation again.

Well, that didn’t last very long now did it? It’s official. The Dodgers have signed free agent reliever Brian Wilson, tweets Tim Brown. The Beard will officially don the Dodger blue. Not sure how I feel about this yet. He’s had a long road to recovery from April 2012 Tommy John surgery. He’s been impressing scouts over the last couple weeks. Now, he’s a Los Angeles Dodger. After spending his his entire career with the San Francisco Giants, being one of the best closers in all of baseball, racking up a whopping 171 saves, Brian Wilson is a freaking Dodger. Go figure.

For me it is going to be tough to get on board with “The Beard.” It is like Barry Bonds becoming a Dodger. Something just isn’t right about it. I have literally despised this guy for the last six years. Now I’m suddenly expected to root for the guy? I don’t think so. He’s got a lot to prove in my opinion. I bleed Dodger blue, Wilson does not. He’s tainted with the orange and black. I’m not really sure how I should feel right now. Time will eventually tell. If he can do what he did in San Francisco here in Los Angeles, become the elite once again, fill the void left by Eric Gagne, then maybe I can eventually swallow my pride a bit. This is the game of baseball in 2013, I get it. No different than what happens with the Yankees and Red Sox. Still, it’s not easy. Maybe if Brian Wilson dyed his beard blue…

 07/30/2013  Posted by at 11:46 am Dodgers News, Thinking Blue No Responses »
Jul 302013

According to Bob Nightengale, the Dodgers have emerged as the front runners to sign free agent Brian Wilson. The feedback from Dodger fans across the internet have this potential signing landing with mixed reviews. Rightfully so. Dodger fans have despised Brian Wilson for years, suddenly he is going to don the Dodger blue? His talent is undeniable, his track record speaks for itself, but there is something about this that doesn’t feel right.

My first question is why would we want him in Dodger blue? It’s not because of his beard, you know the one that goes far beyond ridiculous. It’s not because he is coming off a 48 saves season, that was 2010. Sure he had 36 in 2011, but he also missed a big part of the season due to injury. Then in 2012, he manages to post two innings before going down and having reconstructive elbow surgery. The Giants non-tendered him, a huge red flag, too big to be ignored? Sure the Giants are in talks for Wilson right now, but they are in last place and probably just trying to drive the price up on the Dodgers.

Wilson is also an ex-Giant, and it’s not like we have a great history with bringing ex-Giants to Los Angeles. Okay, so Jeff Kent worked out pretty well. However, Jason Schmidt and Juan Uribe should be reason enough to avoid ex-Giants until the end of time.

Wilson, 31, will be bringing his career ERA average of 3.21, his 171 career saves, and his infamous beard somewhere in the next few days. Jim Bowden adds that Wilson has narrowed his list of teams down to three, the Giants, Pirates, and Dodgers. Wilson is negotiating in the offer/counter stage, but prepare yourselves for the Dodgers to sign him folks. Will it be the Dodgers, Giants, or Pirates? Could a mystery team sweep in at the last minute? How do you feel about “The Beard” in Dodger blue?

 07/30/2013  Posted by at 11:17 am Dodgers Rumors 1 Response »
Jul 252013

The Dodgers have officially designated left-handed pitcher Ted Lilly for assignment Thursday, the team announced via Twitter. Updating the earlier item, Mark Saxon of ESPNLA adds that the move comes as a result of a disagreement on whether or not Lilly would head to the minor leagues to adjust to a relief role.

Lilly,37, acquired during the Frank McCourt era, has pitched in the majors since 1999, doing so for the Expos, Yankees, Athletics, Blue Jays, Cubs and Dodgers. As recently as 2011, Lilly pitched nearly 200 innings with an ERA of 3.97, but lately has been plagued by injuries and ineffectiveness. Lilly departs the Dodgers with an ERA of 5.09 in five starts this season for the Dodgers.

To fill Lilly’s roster spot, the Dodgers have recalled utility player Elian Herrera from Triple-A Albuquerque. Herrera, 28, has played in three games for the Dodgers this season. At Triple-A, he had a batting line of .290/.375/.384. I’m thrilled about the call-up, Herrera provides some versatility to the Dodgers offense and has tremendous heart. The little spark plug should immediately bolster the Dodgers bench, and wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a few starts in the infield.

The Dodgers’ acquisition of Ricky Nolasco filled the fifth rotation spot, displaced Lilly out of the rotation for good. With Chris Capuano doing his thing and Stephen Fife beginning rehab for a shoulder injury,Lilly’s time as a Dodger comes to an inevitable end. Obviously there was no way for the Dodgers to trade Lilly at this point, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a team like the Yankees doesn’t give him a chance.

 07/25/2013  Posted by at 7:51 pm Dodgers News, Transactions No Responses »