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Seven things to look for when the Dodgers go to camp

So not the most intriguing of springs awaits the Dodgers, with starting and roster spots all but locked down before the first player reports. That doesn’t mean there won’t be storylines and decisions to be made. Here are seven things to watch for when pitchers and catchers report to Phoenix Feb....

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • Do the Dodgers really want their fans to miss Vin Scully's final season?

    Do the Dodgers really want their fans to miss Vin Scully's final season?

    It's a wonderful bit of sentimental synchronicity, a sweet one-two tug at a city's heart, an entire year of misty eyes and memories. From one civic celebration to the next, the Kobe Bryant Farewell Tour soon will be followed by the Vin Scully Farewell Tour. Or, um, not. Is it a farewell tour if...

  • Now is not the time to add the designated hitter to the National League

    Now is not the time to add the designated hitter to the National League

    Impose the designated hitter upon the National League and, next thing you know, the Dodgers and Angels could be playing in the same division. The DH in the NL could lead to the demise of the NL as we know it. And that's an unnecessarily significant issue for baseball owners to consider now, as...

  • 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...

  • Former MLB pitcher John Rocker supports Donald Trump for president

    Former MLB pitcher John Rocker supports Donald Trump for president

    Former major league pitcher John Rocker was known for being outspoken about his not-so-politically correct beliefs.  And now he wants a president who shares the same quality.  Rocker told the Daily Caller that he "absolutely" endorses top Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and that...

  • 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...

  • Angels claim middle infielder Ronald Torreyes off waivers from Yankees

    Angels claim middle infielder Ronald Torreyes off waivers from Yankees

    The Angels claimed middle infielder Ronald Torreyes, who played briefly for the Dodgers last season, off waivers from the New York Yankees on Monday. To make room on the 40-man roster for Torreyes, left-handed reliever Bobby LaFromboise was designated for assignment. Torreyes, 23, who has made...

  • Julio Urias, Jose De Leon lead Dodgers' camp non-roster invitees

    Julio Urias, Jose De Leon lead Dodgers' camp non-roster invitees

    You know spring training is starting to grow close when the Dodgers begin their annual community caravan – now apparently dubbed “Love LA Tour” – and the non-roster invitations go out. The Dodgers gave out 16 invitations to players in the system but not on their 40-man roster on Monday, none exactly...

  • Reliever Kevin Jepsen agrees to one-year deal with Twins

    Reliever Kevin Jepsen agrees to one-year deal with Twins

    Right-hander Kevin Jepsen have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $5,312,500. The agreement, announced Friday, gives the pitcher a raise of more than $2 million from his earnings of $3,025,000 last year. The settlement was above the $5,225,000 midpoint between the...

  • Dodgers' left-handed rotation could make for busy right-handed relievers

    Dodgers' left-handed rotation could make for busy right-handed relievers

    If the Dodgers rotation looks like it will side with the liberals, the bullpen could lean distinctively conservative. The Dodgers are scheduled to start four left-handers in their rotation in 2015 – Clayton Kershaw, Scott Kazmir, Brett Anderson and either Hyun-Jin Ryu or Alex Wood. And if teams...

  • Angels pitcher Garrett Richards signs for $6.425 million, avoids arbitration

    Angels pitcher Garrett Richards signs for $6.425 million, avoids arbitration

    The Angels avoided arbitration with their best pitcher Thursday, agreeing to terms with right-hander Garrett Richards on a one-year, $6.425-million contract for 2016. Richards, in his second year of arbitration, settled slightly higher than the midpoint of the salary figures he and the team exchanged...

  • Even with Aroldis Chapman not facing charges, the Dodgers made the right decision

    Even with Aroldis Chapman not facing charges, the Dodgers made the right decision

    This is how it goes in baseball, if not the bigger picture: You make the best decision you can with the information available at the time. There is no use kicking yourself when future events make you wonder if it would not have been better to come to a different conclusion. There are no flux capacitors...

  • The draft that doomed the Angels

    The draft that doomed the Angels

    There is no better fit between a team and a remaining free agent than the Angels and power-hitting left fielder Yoenis Cespedes. However, with owner Arte Moreno reluctant to pay a luxury tax and to sign Cespedes for at least five years, the Angels are expected to let the opportunity pass. The Angels...

  • The day Glenn Frey played sports broadcaster with Dodgers' Vin Scully [Video]

    The day Glenn Frey played sports broadcaster with Dodgers' Vin Scully [Video]

    It’s been a miserable start to 2016 for rock ’n’ roll, first with the loss of David Bowie and now the Eagles’ Glenn Frey. Frey, who died Monday at age 67, was a huge sports fan who adopted Los Angeles as his home. He could often be seen at Lakers games, and like many, he let his mind run to what...

  • 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...

  • Angels sign Al Alburquerque; Efren Navarro is designated for assignment

    Angels sign Al Alburquerque; Efren Navarro is designated for assignment

    Efren Navarro, a former Lynwood High standout who developed into a versatile and valuable reserve for the Angels over the past two years, was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for reliever Al Alburquerque, whose signing was officially announced Tuesday. Navarro, a 50th-round...

  • Lack of a big move hasn't hurt Angels season-ticket sales

    Lack of a big move hasn't hurt Angels season-ticket sales

    Angels season-ticket sales have held firm despite the lack of a big splash in the free-agent or trade markets this winter, according to Tim Mead, vice president of communications for the club. The team recently passed the 16,000 mark for the sale of full-season equivalents, which include full-season...

  • 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....

  • Local pro pitchers are healthy and ready for spring training

    It's hard to say what was more impressive on Sunday afternoon viewing the scene at Harvard-Westlake's O'Malley Family Field. First there were three first-round draft picks from Harvard-Westlake hanging out together _ Max Fried, Lucas Giolito and Jack Flaherty. There also were three pitchers looking...

  • Orioles will re-sign slugger Chris Davis; Royals set to sign Ian Kennedy

    Orioles will re-sign slugger Chris Davis; Royals set to sign Ian Kennedy

    Chris Davis and the Orioles are together again. Multiple people with knowledge of the situation say Davis has agreed to a seven-year, $161-million contract with Baltimore, pending a physical. The people spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the Orioles have not...

  • Jake Arrieta and Cubs are $5.5 million apart in arbitration figures

    Jake Arrieta and Cubs are $5.5 million apart in arbitration figures

    NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta had the largest gap among 35 players who swapped proposed figures with their teams in salary arbitration, and new Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman also had a big difference. After going 22-6 and helping the Cubs reach the NL Championship Series, Arrieta asked...

  • Angels sign Alburquerque; trade arbitration figures with Richards, Calhoun

    Angels sign Alburquerque; trade arbitration figures with Richards, Calhoun

    The Angels agreed to terms with veteran reliever Al Alburquerque on a one-year, $1.1-million contract, pending a physical, on Friday, but have yet to reach 2016 contract agreements for two arbitration-eligible players, pitcher Garrett Richards and right fielder Kole Calhoun. The Angels offered...

  • 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...

  • Angels exchange salary figures with Garrett Richards, Kole Calhoun

    Angels exchange salary figures with Garrett Richards, Kole Calhoun

    The Angels were unable to come to agreements on 2016 contracts for pitcher Garrett Richards and right fielder Kole Calhoun by Friday, so the sides exchanged salary figures in anticipation of possible arbitration hearings in February. The Angels offerered Richards, in his second year of arbitration,...

  • 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...

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