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Angels hire former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus for front office post

The Angels on Wednesday hired former Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus to be a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler. Ausmus, 48, finished his long major league career as a Dodger in 2010. The Tigers hired him three years later. After he posted a .486 winning percentage in four seasons,...

  • Dodgers head to general managers meetings with eyes on Shohei Ohtani

    Dodgers head to general managers meetings with eyes on Shohei Ohtani

    On Monday, merely 12 days after the Dodgers fell in Game 7 of the World Series, the brain trust of Andrew Friedman’s front office will descend on the Waldorf Astoria, a resort tucked amid a cocoon of golf courses and Disney theme parks, for the general managers meetings, the first step toward the...

  • Dodgers and Padres set for Mexico series in May

    Dodgers and Padres set for Mexico series in May

    The Dodgers are headed to Mexico next season. The Dodgers and San Diego Padres will play a three-game series May 4-6 in Monterrey, Mexico, according to a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it publicly. An announcement is expected Monday. The Padres will be the home team....

  • Angels to shop for a second baseman at general managers meetings

    Angels to shop for a second baseman at general managers meetings

    The Angels’ front-office contingent will arrive at this week’s general managers meetings in Orlando, Fla., with one clear and present need: a second baseman. There are more additions they would prefer to make, but in the 90 days before spring training starts, the closest thing to a certainty is...

  • Shohei Ohtani to be made available to MLB teams, Nippon-Ham Fighters announce

    Shohei Ohtani to be made available to MLB teams, Nippon-Ham Fighters announce

    It looks as if it’s only a matter of time that Shohei Ohtani completes his highly anticipated move to the major leagues. Ohtani’s Japanese league team, the Nippon-Ham Fighters, announced Friday they would make the two-way star available to major league teams via the posting system, according to...

  • Dodgers' Seager, Angels' Upton win Silver Slugger awards

    Dodgers' Seager, Angels' Upton win Silver Slugger awards

    Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Angels left fielder Justin Upton each won a Silver Slugger award on Thursday. The award honors the best offensive player at each position, as voted by managers and coaches in each league. Seager won the National League Silver Slugger award for the second time...

  • Two Angels win Gold Gloves

    Two Angels win Gold Gloves

    Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons and catcher Martin Maldonado each won a Gold Glove award, marking the first time in 15 years the Angels had two Gold Glove winners. Simmons, widely considered baseball’s best defensive shortstop, won his third Gold Glove. Maldonado won his first, in his first...

  • Dodgers don't plan big changes to roster and field staff

    Dodgers don't plan big changes to roster and field staff

    The Dodgers’ top executives promised Tuesday that most of the roster and staff that fell one victory short of a World Series championship will return for another run in 2018. Speaking six days after a World Series Game 7 loss to the Houston Astros, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman...

  • Two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay dies in solo plane crash

    Two-time Cy Young winner Roy Halladay dies in solo plane crash

    Two-time Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay died Tuesday after his plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico. He was 40. Halladay, an avid pilot, was the only person aboard his private plane, which crashed about 10 miles west of St. Petersburg, Fla., according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. ...

  • MLB: Qualifying offers extended to nine free agents

    MLB: Qualifying offers extended to nine free agents

    The Kansas City Royals trio of first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Lorenzo Cain was among nine free agents who have received $17.4 million qualifying offers from their teams. Chicago Cubs pitchers Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis also received the offers, as did Rays...

  • Japanese star Shohei Ohtani reportedly chooses CAA Sports to represent him in the U.S., a sign he's ready to play in the majors

    Japanese star Shohei Ohtani reportedly chooses CAA Sports to represent him in the U.S., a sign he's ready to play in the majors

    So it’s looks like Shohei Ohtani is ready to come to the major leagues. A two-way player who throws 100-mph fastballs and launches 500-foot home runs, Ohtani has chosen CAA Sports to represent him in the United States, according to multiple people familiar with the situation who spoke under the...

  • Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger and Dave Roberts are finalists for awards

    Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger and Dave Roberts are finalists for awards

    After a season in which the Dodgers won the most games in 64 years and came within one game of winning their first World Series in 29 years, the individual honors are about to arrive. First baseman Cody Bellinger, pitcher Clayton Kershaw and manager Dave Roberts each was announced Monday as a finalist...

  • Dodgers bring back Logan Forsythe

    Dodgers bring back Logan Forsythe

    The Dodgers exercised their option to retain Logan Forsythe on Monday, agreeing to pay $8.5 million to bring back their second baseman. The move appears to lock in the Dodgers’ starting infield for next season: Cody Bellinger at first base, Forsythe at second, Corey Seager at shortstop, and Justin...

  • Dodgers decline option on Andre Ethier, making him a free agent

    Dodgers decline option on Andre Ethier, making him a free agent

    The Dodgers bid farewell to outfielder Andre Ethier on Sunday, declining his 2018 option and casting the longest-tenured member of their roster into free agency. Ethier, 35, receives a $2.5-million buyout. The Dodgers would have owed him $17.5 million next season had they picked up his option. ...

  • Best and worst moments from the Dodgers' exciting, and excruciating, postseason run

    Best and worst moments from the Dodgers' exciting, and excruciating, postseason run

    Are you over it yet? Sigh. Same here. Too soon. The way the Dodgers’ 2017 season ended was numbing in its finality. Shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday, seven months of a city’s hopes instantly disappeared, as if summer itself was hurriedly swept out of the Dodger Stadium into the cooling November...

  • MLB notes: Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will return to the Yankees

    MLB notes: Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will return to the Yankees

    Scratch Masahiro Tanaka off the list of potential free-agent pitchers. Tanaka said Friday he will stay with the New York Yankees and not exercise the right to opt out of the remaining three seasons of his contract. “It was a simple decision for me as I have truly enjoyed the past four years playing...

  • Dodgers have decisions to make in quest for World Series return

    Dodgers have decisions to make in quest for World Series return

    His eyes gleaming, his season over, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen stood before a crowd of reporters and issued a declaration. “This team is not going to give up,” Jansen said. “We’re going to bring a championship back to L.A. I promise you that.” On any day before Wednesday — on Feb. 1 or July 1...

  • Angels make first move of the offseason, re-sign Justin Upton to five-year deal

    Angels make first move of the offseason, re-sign Justin Upton to five-year deal

    On the first day of the offseason, the Angels re-signed Justin Upton to a five-year, $106-million contract, extending the slugging left fielder’s agreement another year to keep him away from free agency. Upton, 30, had the right to opt out of four years and $88.5 million left on his contract. He...

  • Yu Darvish's unimaginable and inexcusable start gave Dodgers no chance to win World Series

    Yu Darvish's unimaginable and inexcusable start gave Dodgers no chance to win World Series

    It was a cute story, how the Dodgers embraced the newcomer who was not only from another country but was also wired unlike anyone else they knew. The ending was nowhere near as heartwarming. Yu Darvish failed the Dodgers on the sport’s greatest stage. Darvish did the unimaginable and inexcusable,...

  • Dodgers’ best hitters couldn’t end slump

    Dodgers’ best hitters couldn’t end slump

    The ball beat Corey Seager to first base, and the World Series was over. As Seager retreated slowly and deliberately back down the first-base line and toward the Dodgers dugout, the World Series championship celebration exploded all around him. The players of the Houston Astros charged across the...

  • Hopes of ending season with a title evaporate in a Game 7 flash

    Hopes of ending season with a title evaporate in a Game 7 flash

    The drought continues. The emptiness remains. The ache returns. After waiting 29 years for their championship moment, Dodgers fans watched their hopes disintegrate Wednesday night in about 29 minutes. It was so quick. It was so brutal. It was Blue Hell on Earth. In the seventh and deciding game...

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