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Nationals acquire Adam Eaton; Rockies land Ian Desmond

The Washington Nationals did make a deal with the Chicago White Sox during their hometown winter meetings, after all, only it was for center fielder Adam Eaton, not lefty Chris Sale.  The price of Wednesday's swap was still steep: Washington parted with three young pitchers, including top prospect...

  • 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...

  • Angels' Billy Eppler hopes for better team health next season, and some pitching depth

    Angels' Billy Eppler hopes for better team health next season, and some pitching depth

    The Angels are operating at MLB’s winter meetings as if they are a pinch and a pluck away from being a contender next season. Second-year General Manager Billy Eppler has said nothing that would indicate otherwise. “Health,” Eppler said when asked Monday about the factors that will control the...

  • 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...

  • Angels look to make tweaks at MLB winter meetings

    Angels look to make tweaks at MLB winter meetings

    The Angels lost 88 times this year and have committed only about $15 million to new acquisitions this off-season, but they do not have many traditional holes to fill in the two months that remain until spring training begins. They have starting pitchers they favor for next season’s starting rotation;...

  • 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...

  • Baseball report: Padres trade Derek Norris to Nationals

    Baseball report: Padres trade Derek Norris to Nationals

    The Washington Nationals have reacquired catcher Derek Norris from the San Diego Padres for minor league right-hander Pedro Avila. Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo announced the trade Friday.  Norris, a 2007 first-round pick of the Nationals, hit .186 with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs last season...

  • Angels' Albert Pujols has foot surgery, expected to be out four months

    Angels' Albert Pujols has foot surgery, expected to be out four months

    Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols underwent surgery on his right plantar fascia Friday, after a conservative approach to his painful injury failed to produce positive results. The tense ligament bothered him for much of the year, but particularly after August, when he wore orthotics that had...

  • 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,...

  • MLB puts a price on winning the All-Star Game

    MLB puts a price on winning the All-Star Game

    You can put a price on victory: $20,000. That’s the bonus that each player on the winning All-Star team will earn starting next season, one of a host of details unveiled Friday when Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Assn. confirmed and announced a new collective bargaining...

  • 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...

  • Twins sign former Astros catcher Jason Castro to three-year deal

    Twins sign former Astros catcher Jason Castro to three-year deal

    The Minnesota Twins signed former Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro to a three-year contract worth $24.5 million, a deal agreed to last week and finalized Wednesday.  Castro will make $8.5 million in 2017, $8 million in 2018 and $8 million in 2019. He became a free agent after six seasons with...

  • 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...

  • Deadline looms for baseball players and owners to reach labor agreement

    Deadline looms for baseball players and owners to reach labor agreement

    The Montreal Expos were the best team in the major leagues. Bo Jackson was playing left field for the Angels. Deion Sanders was playing center field for the Cincinnati Reds. That was the state of baseball in August 1994, in the last days before players went out on strike. The players returned the...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • Angels move to protect prospects at Rule 5 draft deadline

    Angels move to protect prospects at Rule 5 draft deadline

    The Angels made several roster moves Friday to comply with Major League Baseball’s deadline to protect players from next month’s Rule 5 draft. They added left-hander Nate Smith and right-handers Eduardo Paredes, Keynan Middleton and Austin Adams to their 40-man roster, designated right-handers...

  • Rangers sign starter Andrew Cashner to one-year deal worth $10 million

    Rangers sign starter Andrew Cashner to one-year deal worth $10 million

    Right-hander Andrew Cashner is going home for a spot in the Texas Rangers' rotation. A person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Friday that the free-agent pitcher and the team had reached an agreement on a $10-million, one-year deal. That person spoke on condition of anonymity...

  • Comparing Mike Trout with Mickey Mantle

    Comparing Mike Trout with Mickey Mantle

    Mickey Mantle won his first Most Valuable Player award after his sixth major league season. On Thursday, Mike Trout won his second award after his sixth season. It is a rare instance of far-fetched predictions proving true. In the summer of 2010, when Trout was an 18-year-old dominating Class-A...

  • Angels star Mike Trout wins American League MVP award

    Angels star Mike Trout wins American League MVP award

    Conflicting convictions swirled around Mike Trout’s mind as the Angels center fielder awaited Thursday’s most valuable player announcement from his parents’ living room in Millville, N.J.  One segment of his brain assured him he would win; he had the best season. Another, more vehement fragment...

  • 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...

  • Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello are Cy Young Award winners

    Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello are Cy Young Award winners

    Washington’s Max Scherzer and Boston’s Rick Porcello, former teammates with the Detroit Tigers, won the National League and American League Cy Young awards Wednesday. Scherzer became the sixth pitcher to garner Cy Young awards in both leagues. He was the 2013 AL winner with Detroit. In 2016, he...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Braves sign (extremely) veteran pitchers Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey

    Braves sign (extremely) veteran pitchers Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey

    The Atlanta Braves are getting older in their starting rotation next season.  A lot, lot older.  Not content to add one 40-something starter, the Braves made it two by agreeing to terms with 43-year-old Bartolo Colon, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press on Friday.  The...

  • Angels sign Jesse Chavez, hope to use him in starting rotation

    Angels sign Jesse Chavez, hope to use him in starting rotation

    The Angels on Friday agreed to sign swingman right-hander Jesse Chavez to a one-year contract worth $5.75 million with additional available incentives for starting games, according to a source who requested anonymity because the deal is not yet official. The 33-year-old San Gabriel native will...

  • Angels lose first-base coach Gary DiSarcina to Boston Red Sox

    Angels lose first-base coach Gary DiSarcina to Boston Red Sox

    Longtime Angels shortstop and subsequent coach Gary DiSarcina left the organization for the Boston Red Sox on Friday. He’ll serve as the bench coach in Boston, replacing Torey Lovullo, who left last week to be the Arizona Diamondbacks’ manager. DiSarcina played for the Angels from 1989-2000. The...

  • Dodgers' Corey Seager, Angels' Mike Trout among Silver Slugger Award winners

    Dodgers' Corey Seager, Angels' Mike Trout among Silver Slugger Award winners

    Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager and Angels center fielder Mike Trout were among the 18 players who were chosen for the Silver Slugger Awards, it was announced Thursday by Major League Baseball. The Silver Slugger is an annual award, sponsored by Louisville Slugger, given to the top hitters...

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