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.

Dec 032012

Today was perhaps the calm before the storm. No doubt Dodgers GM Ned Colletti was working all angles today, but here is a quick recap of what leaked out of Nashville today.

Dee Gordon is being shopped by the Dodgers, my guess is in a package for a starting pitcher, James Shields anyone? I will not be shocked at all if Gordon is traded in the next couple of days. Ken Rosenthal says that the Dodgers will only trade Gordon for a significant return.

The Dodgers are engaged with the New York Mets about R.A. Dickey. I am kinda thinking pass here, is it just me? This guy is 38, even in knuckleball years that’s still old. I just don’t think 2013 will have the same fortune for Dickey.

Colletti said he’s yet to make offers to any free agents, writes Dylan Hernandez.  Colletti prefers to “push things to the point that it’s in their court to engage us in a serious negotiation.”

Colletti did meet with Casey Close today, Close represents Zack Greinke. The Dodgers seem all but destined to sign Greinke no matter the cost, reports Jon Heyman.  Heyman asked a Dodgers person about the team’s budget, to which the reply was, “What budget?”  Casey Close is about to get a nice little commission.  The Rangers, Nationals, Angels, and Braves are some of the other teams showing interest in Greinke, but Heyman indicates the Dodgers are the heavy favorite. The Angels appear to have moved on from Grienke after the Rangers and Dodgers scared them off. Yeah, when I read that it made me chuckle.

Dylan Hernandez says Colletti is working with 10-12 teams about potential trades. I told you so. Do not rule anything out ladies and gentlemen. This team could look a lot different over the next several weeks.

“We’re in on so many players that we might need two or three teams,” joked Dodgers GM Ned Colletti today at the Winter Meetings in Nashville. Colletti says his team has gone from being an afterthought to being the go-to team whether they’re involved or not.

James Shields is still one of the Dodgers favorite trade targets right now. And why not? He’s mine too. Do it Ned, do it!

 12/03/2012  Posted by at 9:51 pm Dodgers News, Dodgers Rumors 2 Responses »
Sep 062012

Just when things couldn’t get any worse, wham! Billingsley is officially shut down for the rest of the season. Billingsley was placed on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday night and consequently ended his 2012 season. Billingsley, who is suffering from a partial UCL tear, was originally placed on the 15-day DL on Aug. 25, had a second platelet-rich plasma injection Wednesday and the right-hander will begin a throwing program in two weeks.

If the second plasma injection doesn’t heal the partial tear, Billingsley will have to go under the knife to repair the UCL tear. Billingsley would have to have Tommy John surgery and would miss the entire 2013 season. Losing Billingsley for the playoff run may prove to be the final blow to this playoff contending Dodger team, and losing him for all of 2013 would mean finding a replacement. Say what you want, but Billingsley is one of the best pitchers in the game, and replacing is 2.8 WAR is not as easy as you would think.  The good news is the upcoming free agent class is pretty deep, so the Dodgers should not have any trouble upgrading their rotation this winter.

I would also expect the Dodgers to turn back to Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez talks this winter. But should things not work out there, the Dodgers have a long list of free agents to pick from; Ryan Dempster, James Shields (club option), Jake Peavy (club option), Zack Greinke, Anibal Sanchez, and Colby Lewis are some of the better options. Of course the Dodgers could also bring back Joe Blanton, who is also an impending free agent.  The Blanton experiment  hasn’t had a lot of success so it would not surprise me if the Dodgers try something new.

I fear the worst for Chad and the beard, especially with the Dodgers trying to downplay the situation. I would fully expect Billingsley to have surgery and look to bounce back in his final season before being eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.

Billingsley, 28, had agreed to a three-year, $35 million extension last year that keeps him signed through 2014, with a $14 million club option for 2015. He finishes the season with a record of  10-9 with a 3.55 ERA in 25 starts, going 6-0 and giving up just six runs in six starts after missing his first post-All-Star break start with a small trip to the DL for an unrelated elbow injury. Billingsley has been stellar after his inconsistent first-half of the season, getting back in his lights out groove as the Dodgers reliable number two pitcher in the rotation. That spot will now go to Josh Beckett who has big-game experience and a solid track record, not to mention a World Series ring.

Aug 282012


Update: Roy Oswalt has cleared waivers, according to Ken Rosenthal. He believes the Dodgers will look into acquiring him. Buster Olney tweets that the Red Sox have placed Daisuke Matsuzaka on waivers, Olney also adds that  along with Matsuzaka, Mark Buerhle is another big contract pitcher that would fit well with the Dodgers.

Update: Erik Bedard has been released by the Pirates today. I fully expect the Dodgers to kick the tires on Bedard, especially considering he wouldn’t require the Dodgers to give up any prospects for his services.

The Dodgers aren’t done yet folks. Ned Colletti is still working around the clock to find a starting pitcher for the final weeks of the season. Though a third of the Dodgers roster has been acquired via trade over the last few weeks, the Dodgers aren’t done shopping yet, tweets Ken Rosenthal. However, no trade appears to be imminent. Rosenthal adds that he doesn’t think the Dodgers are going to be able to acquire the impact pitcher they are in search of.

The Dodgers have already acquired two starters via trade this summer, adding Josh Beckett, and Joe Blanton. The rotation currently consists of Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley (currently on 15-day DL), Ted Lilly (expected back from DL within a week), Chris Capuano, and Aaron Harang.

Colletti must complete a deal by Friday to enable the new player postseason eligibility. The Dodgers could trade for a starter in September, but he would not be eligible for the postseason should the Dodgers qualify. This of course makes no sense because that’s the sole purpose of an acquisition at this point.

There are no known pitchers that have cleared waivers at this point. However, that doesn’t mean anything as I am sure you know. Today we heard that Justin Vargas and Kevin Millwood had been placed on waivers, no word if either has been claimed by the Dodgers yet. My guess is it would be difficult to find an upgrade on the market right now, so I would be surprised to see any trades get done in the next day or so.

Here are some players who could potentially be available on waivers right now; Ubaldo Jimenez, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, James Shields, Yovani Gallardo, Shaun Marcum, Carlos Zambrano, Edinson Volquez, Aaron Cook, and Jon Lester.  Any pitcher mentioned you would want to see in the rotation?

 08/28/2012  Posted by at 7:19 am Dodgers Rumors 1 Response »
Jul 282012

Update 2:10pm: The Rays are looking for a package north of what the Brewers got for Greinke, tweets Jon Heyman. He also says the Cardinals have entered the mix. Ken Rosenthal mentioned on a live Fox interview that there is a 20% chance the Dodgers trade for Dempster and either LaHair or Soriano. It’s safe to assume the Dodgers are waiting on the Phillies and Rays before making a deal with the Cubs.

Update 10:54am: Buster Olney is tweeting that rival executives are starting to believe the Rays will ultimately deal James Shields before Tuesday’s deadline. This conflicts of course with a report in the Tampa Bay Times that quoted manager Joe Maddon as saying he doesn’t believe Shields will be dealt. Olney is one of the most reliable sources in the business, so my money is on Shields being dealt.

[singlepic id=2 w=180 h=180 float=left]The clock continues to go tick tock and Ned Colletti continues to work around the clock to land the starting pitcher, and additional big bat the Dodgers desire. Unfortunately the starting pitching market is dwindling by the moment. Cole Hamels has extended with the Phillies, Zack Greinke is an Angel now (poor guy), Matt Garza  is hurt, and won’t be dealt before the deadline. So that leaves James Shields  as one of the best remaining pitchers on the trade market. The Dodgers are reportedly zeroing in on Shields but no word how far along talks are at the moment.

Shields, 30, owns a 4.52 ERA this year but finished third in the Cy Young Award voting just last season.  A case could largely be made that he was actually more deserving of the award, but was overlooked in large part because he’s pitching for the Rays.  Tampa Bay has club options for 2013 ($9MM) and 2014 ($12MM) in his contract, so Shields is obviously highly desirable. He’s also proven he can pitch in the AL East, the toughest division to pitch in. It’s a new day, with the deadline just a few short days away, there figures to be plenty of rumors circling the web today. I will keep all the Shields’ rumors on top for today just to keep things simple around here.

The Dodgers are emerging as a front-runner for Shields, but the Braves, Indians, and Rangers are still in the mix as well.

 07/28/2012  Posted by at 10:52 am Dodgers Rumors 1 Response »