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  • Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw begins offseason throwing program

    Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw begins offseason throwing program

    Hours before he flew to the East Coast, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw played catch to start his off-season throwing program. After sitting out six weeks in 2016 because of a herniated disk, Kershaw maintained his optimism about completing a winter in good health. “It didn’t hurt today,” Kershaw...

  • As prices rise for Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, Dodgers show interest in Royals closer Wade Davis

    As prices rise for Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, Dodgers show interest in Royals closer Wade Davis

    On Monday morning, as the industry gathered for its annual ritual of bartering and bluffing known as the winter meetings, reports surfaced about Miami’s willingness to offer a five-year, $80-million contract to Kenley Jansen. In the afternoon, Aroldis Chapman expressed his desire for a six-year...

  • Dodgers hope Yasiel Puig can shed some bulk for 2017

    Dodgers hope Yasiel Puig can shed some bulk for 2017

    For the second winter in a row, the Dodgers have asked outfielder Yasiel Puig to reduce the bulk from his frame, which some evaluators believe has hampered his ability to be effective at the plate in recent years. Manager Dave Roberts indicated he spoke with Puig last week, as the player continues...

  • Dodgers making progress on reunion with Rich Hill as winter meetings approach

    Dodgers making progress on reunion with Rich Hill as winter meetings approach

    On the eve of the winter meetings, the Dodgers appeared on the verge of re-signing the pitcher they viewed as the best of this free-agent class. The team was believed to be making progress toward a multi-year reunion with Rich Hill, according to people familiar with the situation. The people requested...

  • Dodgers cut ties with reliever Louis Coleman

    Dodgers cut ties with reliever Louis Coleman

    The Dodgers declined to tender a contract to right-handed reliever Louis Coleman, who was the lone casualty at Friday’s deadline to offer contracts to players eligible for arbitration. The Dodgers tendered contracts to the six other players who were arbitration-eligible: catcher Yasmani Grandal,...

  • The Dodgers are winners in the new MLB labor deal

    The Dodgers are winners in the new MLB labor deal

    One of the silliest experiments in baseball history died painlessly late Wednesday night.  No one mourned. The “This Time It Counts” fiasco — trying to legislate meaning to the All-Star Game by giving the winning league the home-field edge in the World Series — passed away after 14 years. The stunt...

  • Dodgers avoid arbitration with Chris Hatcher and Scott Van Slyke

    Dodgers avoid arbitration with Chris Hatcher and Scott Van Slyke

    The Dodgers have avoided arbitration with reliever Chris Hatcher and outfielder Scott Van Slyke. Each player signed a non-guaranteed, one-year contract for 2017. Hatcher signed for $1.25 million and Van Slyke signed for $1.325 million.  Friday is the deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible...

  • MLB players and owners avert lockout with new labor deal only hours before deadline

    MLB players and owners avert lockout with new labor deal only hours before deadline

    In the end, baseball’s labor talks yielded to the moral of a fable: Don’t get too greedy, lest you kill the golden goose. With three hours before the collective bargaining agreement expired, and with the threat of a lockout in the absence of a new one, Major League Baseball players and owners agreed...

  • Why MLB labor talks are down to their last day

    Why MLB labor talks are down to their last day

    Baseball has enjoyed labor peace for 21 years, largely because the owners abandoned their pursuit of a salary cap. If a sport awash in money shuts down Wednesday night, it might well be because the players believe the owners want to get dangerously close to the equivalent of a salary cap. Baseball’s...

  • Dodgers Dugout: Ian Kinsler? Brian Dozier? Who is going to play second base?

    Dodgers Dugout: Ian Kinsler? Brian Dozier? Who is going to play second base?

    Hi, my name is Houston Mitchell, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. If it takes the Dodgers as many years to win the World Series as it did the Cubs, then their next title will be in 2096. Next season’s team The Dodgers have some holes to fill before next season. Let’s take a look...

  • After $1 billion in player spending, Dodgers under MLB mandate to cut debt

    After $1 billion in player spending, Dodgers under MLB mandate to cut debt

    The Dodgers, who have spent more than a billion dollars on player payroll in the first four seasons of Guggenheim Baseball Management, face a mandate to reduce debt in order to conform to Major League Baseball rules. The club is expected to reduce payroll for a second consecutive season, with the...

  • Former Dodgers star Shawn Green takes a swing as technology entrepreneur

    Former Dodgers star Shawn Green takes a swing as technology entrepreneur

    In an event space packed with venture capitalists looking to invest in the next big thing, he did not stand out. He slipped a black jacket over a blue shirt, mingling with the hundreds of people enjoying hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and painfully loud music. He could deliver a sales pitch for his...

  • Letters: Bruins not getting anywhere in this rivalry

    Letters: Bruins not getting anywhere in this rivalry

    Before the season, UCLA was said to have the better team, better quarterback, better coach, better schedule and better chance to win the Pac-12, but after their latest epic fail, in the form of a thorough beat-down administered by the far superior and more talented Trojans, it’s clear the Bruins...

  • Dodgers Dugout: What can you do about rising season ticket prices?

    Dodgers Dugout: What can you do about rising season ticket prices?

    Hi, my name is Houston Mitchell, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you out there, even you Giants fans. Rising season ticket prices The Dodgers raised the price of season tickets and for season-ticket parking for the 2017 season, a move that has angered...

  • Video: President Obama's speech honoring Vin Scully

    Video: President Obama's speech honoring Vin Scully

    It was a very pleasant afternoon at the White House on Tuesday, when President Obama presented Vin Scully with the nation’s highest civilian honor. Scully, who retired last month after 67 years as the voice of the Dodgers, sat between Diana Ross and Bruce Springsteen during the ceremony. In all,...

  • Letters: What's wrong with being high on the Trojans?

    Letters: What's wrong with being high on the Trojans?

    “Besides Alabama, are there many team in the country that would be more feared right now?” So says Bill Plaschke of USC. It is my opinion that anyone making those statements about a team that opened the season with a 52-6 loss and beat a highly overrated Washington team 26-13 has a problem. Could...

  • Dodgers raise the price on every season ticket (and parking too)

    Dodgers raise the price on every season ticket (and parking too)

    The Dodgers raised the price on every season ticket Thursday, stunning some fans hit with double-digit increases for a second consecutive year. The Dodgers also increased parking prices for season-ticket holders by as much as 27%. In each of the four full seasons under the ownership of Guggenheim...

  • Dodgers' Dave Roberts is National League manager of the year

    Dodgers' Dave Roberts is National League manager of the year

    The interview was over but the camera still focused on Dave Roberts. As he took off his headset, his wife Tricia walked into the picture and planted a big, triumphant, nationally televised kiss on her husband, the newly crowned National League manager of the year. “I’m sure I’m going to get some...

  • Dodgers Dugout: Where does Corey Seager rank among Dodgers rookie of the year winners?

    Dodgers Dugout: Where does Corey Seager rank among Dodgers rookie of the year winners?

    Hi, my name is Houston Mitchell, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout, which will always remain a politics-free zone. Rookie of the year Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was named the winner of the National League rookie of the year award on Monday, becoming the 17th Dodger to win the...

  • Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen reject Dodgers’ qualifying offers

    Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen reject Dodgers’ qualifying offers

    Third baseman Justin Turner and closer Kenley Jansen declined one-year, $17.2-million qualifying offers from the Dodgers on Monday, as expected. They are expected to land multi-year deals in Los Angeles or elsewhere for at least three times as much money. Jansen had a 1.89 ERA with a career-high...

  • Corey Seager could be just the start of another long run of top young Dodgers players

    Corey Seager could be just the start of another long run of top young Dodgers players

    The Dodgers have become baseball’s ultimate modern franchise. They have an oversized front office that is heavily dependent on analytics. Many of their starters can’t pitch into the sixth inning. They have replaced everyday players with platoons. Monday offered longtime fans a welcome return of...

  • Dodgers' Corey Seager is unanimous choice for NL rookie of the year

    Dodgers' Corey Seager is unanimous choice for NL rookie of the year

    For their latest rookie of the year, the Dodgers can thank one of their owners. The basketball-playing one. Cal Ripken Jr. stood tall. Shortstops did not, at least not in a baseball world populated by the likes of Ozzie Smith, Mark Belanger and Luis Aparicio. Ripken wanted to play shortstop, so...

  • A look at the teams with the most rookie of the year award winners

    A look at the teams with the most rookie of the year award winners

    Corey Seager on Monday became the 17th Dodger to win the rookie-of-the-year award. A look at the franchises with the most rookies of the year (note: the award was first given out in 1947): 17 Dodgers Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe, Joe Black, Jim Gilliam, Frank Howard, Jim Lefebvre, Ted Sizemore,...

  • Dodgers trade Howie Kendrick to Phillies

    Dodgers trade Howie Kendrick to Phillies

    The Dodgers traded Howie Kendrick to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, cutting ties with their second veteran this week. By trading Kendrick and catcher Carlos Ruiz rather than keeping them on the 2017 roster, the Dodgers could save about $13 million. It is unclear whether the Dodgers would...

  • Dodgers prioritize re-signing or replacing Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen

    Dodgers prioritize re-signing or replacing Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen

    On Monday afternoon, 16 days after the Dodgers season ended, the team completed two procedural maneuvers that underscored the top priority for this off-season, extending $17.2-million qualifying offers to closer Kenley Jansen and third baseman Justin Turner. Both Jansen and Turner are expected...

  • Dodgers to trade Carlos Ruiz to Mariners

    Dodgers to trade Carlos Ruiz to Mariners

    Rather than enter the off-season carrying three catchers on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers were close Sunday evening to finishing a trade sending veteran backup Carlos Ruiz to Seattle in exchange for pitcher Vidal Nuno, according to people familiar with the situation who requested anonymity because...

  • Federal lawsuit may finally bring some justice to Dodgers' botched television situation

    Federal lawsuit may finally bring some justice to Dodgers' botched television situation

    This could be a save the size of Kenley Jansen. This could be a walk-off homer that sounds like Charlie Culberson. After enduring three years of suffering at the hands of battling billionaires, Dodgers fans might have found someone even more powerful to finally put their favorite baseball team...

  • Cubs edge Indians, 3-2, force Game 6 of World Series

    Cubs edge Indians, 3-2, force Game 6 of World Series

    He rose from his seat as the Cubs clung to a one-run lead in the seventh inning, unfurled his 6-foot-4 frame and climbed atop a Wrigley Field bullpen mound. The ballpark registered his presence. Aroldis Chapman is impossible, his teammates explained afterward, to miss.  “Any time you’ve got a power...

  • Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen wins NL reliever of the year award

    Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen wins NL reliever of the year award

    In what could be his final season as a Dodger, Kenley Jansen won Major League Baseball’s Trevor Hoffman Award, handed out annually to the best reliever in the National League. Baltimore closer Zach Britton won the Mariano Rivera Award, given to the American League’s best reliever. Travel issues...

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