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Dodgers' system bodes well for future as prospects earn raves

You want to win, you’d best have a system. A plan, long- and short-term. Something to sustain you now while always building layers below. That was always the Dodgers’ plan. President Stan Kasten was anything but coy in announcing how new ownership would approach turning the Dodgers around. Moves...

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  • A new season means a new role for Howie Kendrick

    A new season means a new role for Howie Kendrick

    Howie Kendrick has played 9,402 career innings at second base, six at third base. He was the Dodgers' starting second baseman last year. Yet, had he insisted on the same role this year, the Dodgers might not have brought him back.In the last two weeks, with no club willing to surrender the draft...

  • Finally the required Andre Ethier rumor: White Sox exploring deal

    Finally the required Andre Ethier rumor: White Sox exploring deal

    Ah, finally a real Andre Ethier rumor. Inevitable as a spring blossom, but seemingly made more so this year because it can be argued this time the Dodgers need to trade him before his 10-5 rights kick on April 21. After that, they can’t deal him without his permission. Yet it’s been oddly quiet...

  • It would serve Corey Seager better to dial back superstar storyline

    It would serve Corey Seager better to dial back superstar storyline

    OK, all together now, slow calming breath. All that hyperventilating is so unhealthful. It's one thing to be filled with anticipation, it's another having your heart burst out of your chest. At some point, it's best to reach for the Xanax. So can we just let Corey Seager be a kid, please? A 21-year-old...

  • Greg Maddux and Raul Ibanez join Dodgers front office

    Greg Maddux and Raul Ibanez join Dodgers front office

    A Dodgers front office already stocked with multiple executives with experience as general managers has now added to its stable a Hall of Fame pitcher and one of the more beloved players in recent memory. The team announced the hiring of Greg Maddux and Raul Ibanez on Tuesday, with both men to...

  • Curbing endless Yasiel Puig tumult: Dodgers simply need him to hit

    Curbing endless Yasiel Puig tumult: Dodgers simply need him to hit

    So Yasiel Puig and newbie Manager Dave Roberts finally sat down and had some face time. That’s swell but hardly earth-shattering, and it certainly won’t be the last time. And Clayton Kershaw came up with one of the greatest non-denial denials since Woodward and Bernstein when asked if he had told...

  • Dodgers might move Howie Kendrick around the infield

    Dodgers might move Howie Kendrick around the infield

    The re-signing of Howie Kendrick added yet another name to the Dodgers' stacked depth chart at second base. Manager Dave Roberts suggested one possible solution Saturday for the logjam: Kendrick could also play some third base, joining an infield rotation that includes Justin Turner, Chase Utley...

  • Dodgers offer Yasiel Puig a fresh start in 2016

    Dodgers offer Yasiel Puig a fresh start in 2016

    A lone television camera illuminated the face of Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke. His grin was sheepish. His tone was contrite. "Yeah," Van Slyke said. "That was a mishap." The spotlight shone upon Van Slyke thanks to a combination of his father's loose lips and the gravitational pull of his...

  • Dodgers' Vin Scully hopes to end his career in San Francisco

    Dodgers' Vin Scully hopes to end his career in San Francisco

    Vin Scully said Saturday he hopes to end his Hall of Fame career as the voice of the Dodgers by calling a game against the rival Giants — in San Francisco. The Dodgers conclude the regular season at AT&T Park on Sunday, Oct. 2. Scully grew up in New York, where the Giants and Dodgers both played...

  • As Dodgers ticket prices rise it's fair to ask: Is baseball pricing itself out of the family market?

    As Dodgers ticket prices rise it's fair to ask: Is baseball pricing itself out of the family market?

    By now, we should be numb to the cost of supporting our favorite teams. We shrug, and we pay up, and up, and up. And then, one day, something makes you go, "Huh." This was my "huh" moment on Friday: $48 for a seat in the left-field bleachers at Dodger Stadium? Not every seat, and not every game....

  • Street is renamed to honor Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully

    Street is renamed to honor Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully

    With a delegation of present and former Dodgers packed inside City Hall, the Los Angeles City Council on Friday unanimously passed a motion to change the address of Dodger Stadium to 1000 Vin Scully Avenue. The address has been on Elysian Park Avenue, which will be renamed in honor of the team's...

  • Dodgers sign second baseman Howie Kendrick

    Dodgers sign second baseman Howie Kendrick

    A backlog of infielders did not prevent the Dodgers from reuniting with second baseman Howie Kendrick. The sides agreed to a two-year, $20-million contract Friday, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke anonymously because the deal was not official. The contract is pending a physical....

  • Dodgers reportedly, rightly, in discussions to re-sign Howie Kendrick

    Dodgers reportedly, rightly, in discussions to re-sign Howie Kendrick

    Howie Kendrick, still out there. Still available, if not more available than ever. The Dodgers bid adieu to Kendrick after the 2015 season, or so they thought. They had Enrique Hernandez and re-signed Chase Utley for a whopping $7 million to share duties at second base. General Manager Farhan Zaidi...

  • Chase Utley's appeal hearing will probably happen during spring training

    Chase Utley's appeal hearing will probably happen during spring training

    Chase Utley is expected to get his chance to appeal his two-game suspension, probably during spring training. No date has been set for the appeal hearing, according to a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it. If the full suspension is upheld, Utley would miss the first...

  • Council votes unanimously to rename street Vin Scully Avenue

    Council votes unanimously to rename street Vin Scully Avenue

    Several members of the Dodgers sat in the Los Angeles City Council chambers Friday to watch history unfold off the field. Seems it’s hard not to be on board with naming the street that leads into Dodger Stadium as Vin Scully Avenue. All were Friday morning, with the City Council voting unanimously...

  • Now Dodgers outright Brandon Beachy to triple-A

    Now Dodgers outright Brandon Beachy to triple-A

    He’s up, he’s down, he’s … what exactly? Brandon Beachy’s full return from a second Tommy John surgery in three years took another turn Wednesday when the Dodgers outrighted the right-hander to triple-A Oklahoma City. That opens a spot on their 40-man roster, always an interesting development,...

  • Taking Dodgers' Yasiel Puig to (conditioning) class

    Taking Dodgers' Yasiel Puig to (conditioning) class

    And here I thought Cuba had this great educational system. Apparently they left out a few things, or Yasiel Puig skipped a couple of classes. How else do you explain his failure to understand basic human anatomy? How else do you explain this comment from Puig on Tuesday? “I don't see the correlation...

  • Talking to Yasiel Puig weighs on the mind of Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts

    Talking to Yasiel Puig weighs on the mind of Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts

    The white Toyota 4Runner rolled into the parking lot at 4:03 p.m. on Tuesday, and from the passenger seat emerged Yasiel Puig. A small group awaited him near a soccer field packed with children. Puig smiled as a Dodgers official affixed a microphone to his neckline. He removed his sunglasses and...

  • Dodgers officially name Neil Rampe to lead new training staff

    Dodgers officially name Neil Rampe to lead new training staff

    The Dodgers finally made their new training staff official Tuesday, naming Neil Rampe as their head trainer. Rampe spent the past eight seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks as the manual and performance therapist, holding that position since 2008. His hire with the Dodgers was first reported seven...

  • Dodgers have doubled down on their Cuban bet but still await results

    Dodgers have doubled down on their Cuban bet but still await results

    The Cubans are coming, the Cubans are coming! Anyway, they’d better be. The Dodgers are what you might call heavily invested in Cuba. They’ve sent more money to Cubans than the entire country of Venezuela. The market on Cuban free-agent players remains comparatively unregulated and the Dodgers...

  • Revitalized Joe Blanton signs one-year deal with Dodgers to be a reliever

    Revitalized Joe Blanton signs one-year deal with Dodgers to be a reliever

    Joe Blanton is returning to the Dodgers. Yes, the same Joe Blanton who posted a 4.99 earned-run average for them in 2012. And, yes, the same Joe Blanton who was even worse with the Angels the following season, when he was 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA. The once-ineffective starter is now a reliever, one...

  • Dodgers add old friend Joe Blanton to their bullpen

    Dodgers add old friend Joe Blanton to their bullpen

    Joe Blanton is returning to the Dodgers, this time as a reliever.Blanton, now 35, agreed to a one-year, $4-million contract to be a long reliever with the Dodgers. Blanton pitched for the Dodgers in 2012, when they acquired him in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies. Blanton made 10 starts for...

  • Will Dodgers trade Andre Ethier before he earns 10-5 rights in April?

    Will Dodgers trade Andre Ethier before he earns 10-5 rights in April?

    Andre Ethier, still here. What’s an exciting Dodgers’ off-season without some Ethier trade speculation? Predictable as packed health clubs after New Year’s Day. Only this year, it is a tad different. This year, the cries to unload Ethier are less because he was unproductive and looked headed toward...

  • Free agents still available make for a solid baseball lineup

    Free agents still available make for a solid baseball lineup

    It has been a long time, Rams, so long that the Dodgers played a game in the Coliseum more recently than you have. It has been a long time too, Rams, since you had a winning season. That was 2003, when Eric Gagne won the National League Cy Young Award and the Angels still played at Edison Field....

  • Dodgers avoid arbitration with four more players, including Kenley Jansen

    Dodgers avoid arbitration with four more players, including Kenley Jansen

    The Dodgers pushed their payroll to about $200 million Friday by reaching agreements on one-year contracts with their four remaining arbitration-eligible players. The largest salary was awarded to closer Kenley Jansen, who will earn $10.65 million this year, an increase from the $7.425 million...

  • Letters: At least Rams will end one long L.A. drought

    Letters: At least Rams will end one long L.A. drought

    With apologies to Cleveland, welcome home "Los Angeles" Rams. Rodney K. Boswell Thousand Oaks :: I am pulling out my Rosey Grier jersey and putting on my Ferragamo shoes. I think I'll watch Fred Dryer reruns tonight or maybe catch a "hacksaw" horror double feature. While I'm sure it will cost a...

  • Dodgers avoid salary arbitration with Kenley Jansen

    Dodgers avoid salary arbitration with Kenley Jansen

    The Dodgers settled the last of their potential arbitration cases Friday, as they signed closer Kenley Jansen to a new contract, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke under condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been officially announced.Under the terms of the one-year...

  • Dodgers avoid arbitration with Justin Turner and Yasmani Grandal

    Dodgers avoid arbitration with Justin Turner and Yasmani Grandal

    The Dodgers continued to eliminate possible arbitration cases Friday, agreeing to one-year deals with third baseman Justin Turner and catcher Yasmani Grandal. The Dodgers have now reached agreements with five of their six players who filed for salary arbitration, leaving only the biggest – closer...

  • Luis Avilan and Dodgers avoid salary arbitration

    Luis Avilan and Dodgers avoid salary arbitration

    The Dodgers avoided salary arbitration with Luis Avilan, agreeing to a one-year contract with the left-hander worth $1.39 million. With Avilan, Scott Van Slyke and Chris Hatcher signed for the upcoming season, the Dodgers have three remaining arbitration-eligible players: closer Kenley Jansen,...

  • Shortstop Alexei Ramirez agrees to one-year deal with San Diego Padres

    Shortstop Alexei Ramirez agrees to one-year deal with San Diego Padres

    Free-agent shortstop Alexei Ramirez agreed to terms of a one-year contract with the San Diego Padres on Thursday, pending passing a physical. The 34-year-old Ramirez had spent his entire eight-year career with the Chicago White Sox. Upgrading at shortstop was one of San Diego's top off-season needs....

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