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Just how badly does South Korean group want a piece of Dodgers?

Let’s say you had a lot of money. No, more than that. Way more than that. Like you were a billionaire.

OK, this is going to take some serious imagination, but play along. The Times’ Bill Shaikin reported a group of South Korean investors are in negotiations to purchase a minority share in the Dodgers. The Korea Joongang Daily, one of two South Korean newspapers that first reported the talks, said the investment group hoped to buy a 20% stake for about $370 million.

Now that seems askew for a couple of reasons. First, the price. A 20% share at that figure would value the Dodgers at $1.85 billion, which is less than the $2.15 billion the Dodgers ownership group paid for the team in 2012.

Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly told The Times back at the end of 2012 that Guggenheim Baseball Management already valued the team at $3 billion. That would make a 20% stake – assuming the Dodgers don’t believe the value of the team hasn’t risen in the last two years – at $600 million. That’s a...

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Ex-Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly accused of insurance fraud

Former Dodgers starting pitcher Ted Lilly, who retired in 2013, has been charged with three felonies for allegedly filing a false insurance claim.

According to the San Luis Obispo Tribune, the charges stem from a claim Lilly filed in regard to damage sustained by a recreational vehicle he owned. The California Department of Insurance alleges Lilly's RV was damaged before he purchased insurance on the vehicle and made a claim.

Authorities said Lilly sought an estimate for the damage from a body shop on March 19. The estimate, which was for $4,600, was then filed into an insurance database.

Lilly then bought an insurance policy from Progressive five days later and claimed the damage on March 28, authorities said.

Lilly has been charged by the San Luis Obispo County district attorney's office with filing a false insurance claim, filing a false statement in connection to the claim and concealing a material fact in connection with the claim.

Lilly, 39, faces a maximum penalty of five years...

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New list of Dodgers' top prospects no longer includes Zach Lee

When a lad and leaving my job as a supermarket clerk to join the family business, one of my customers gave me a little plastic statue of Snoopy doing his happy dance with an inscription from that great philosopher of our time, Linus, that read:

“There is no heavier a burden than a great potential.”

Tell it to Zach Lee.

Lee was considered a great coup when the Dodgers drafted the right-hander with the No. 1 pick in 2010. He spurned a quarterback scholarship at LSU and signed a record $5.25-million deal with the Dodgers, then owned by Frank McCourt.

And if Lee never exactly dominated early in the minors, he still showed definite promise and the word was usually he’d become a middle of the order starter.

Only for now, the shine seems off his star. He struggled in his first season at triple-A last year (7-13, 5.38 ERA, 1.53 WHIP) and never received a call-up when the Dodgers were struggling for a fifth starter during the season nor in September when rosters where expanded.

Now he’s fallen...

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Dodgers go all in with their fragile Brett Anderson gamble

Wonder just how effective Brett Anderson is going to be as a new starting pitcher for the Dodgers? Anderson must be wondering just a bit himself.

Since his back surgery last August, the oft-injured Anderson has yet to throw off a mound. He’s hoping to throw in the next week or two.

“My arm feels good, my back feels good,” Anderson said in a conference call Wednesday. “Anything I would have concerns with feels fine at this point, so I’m happy.”

Anderson is something of the Dodgers' great risk-reward gamble this off-season, not counting the $48 million they gave to Brandon McCarthy for four years. Anderson, who has averaged only 52 innings a season the past four years due to various injuries, was signed for one season at $10 million by the Dodgers. This after the Rockies declined his $12-million option.

He is currently rehabbing from the surgery for a herniated disk with renowned physical therapist Brett Fischer at the Fischer Institute in Arizona.

“He rehabbed Randy Johnson through the...

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Have Dodgers focused on playoffs at expense of regular season?

It’s one month until pitchers and catchers have their first spring workout in Phoenix … and how you liking those new functional Dodgers?

Impressed with how the pieces fit? The skills, the personalities, the egos? It’s been one serious off-season priority. The team that won consecutive division titles stumbled twice in the postseason and the changes were deemed necessary to take the next step.

“Over 162 games, you think that the team that’s the best over that time is going to win,” said Manager Don Mattingly. “When you get into five games, seven games, that’s a different thing. It’s a different mentality of how do we get on base, how do we put the ball in play? We have to catch everything.

“So many more smaller things come into play. Runs are being scored less and less, so adding a run here or there is huge. So I think those are the types that we’re going to be a little different team, as far as the way we can score. And hopefully we’re going to be a team that limits scoring a little...

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Clayton Kershaw contract looks good after Max Scherzer's deal

How’s that Clayton Kershaw contract looking now? You know, the record seven-year deal for $220 million he signed a year ago.

No pitcher ever has signed for more. Despite the local love for Kershaw, some thought it a tad excessive.

Only now comes word Max Scherzer has signed a seven-year contract for $210 million with the Nationals. And that makes Kershaw’s contract look like a very good deal. I won’t say bargain, because it’s kinda tough to be a $220-million bargain, but a very good deal.

Which in no way is meant to disparage Scherzer, who clearly is one of baseball’s best starting pitchers. It’s just that it’s simple to argue Kershaw is the best.

Their careers are pretty easy to compare. Both made their major league debuts in 2008. Kershaw has appeared in 211 games, Scherzer in 209. Their numbers:

Scherzer –- 91-50, 3.58 earned-run average, 1.22 walks plus hits per inning pitched, 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings.

Kershaw –- 98-49, 2.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings.


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