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  1. Would the Dodgers make a run at Jonathan Papelbon as a (really expensive) setup man?

    Jul 17, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon AP

    Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has made it very clear that he’d waive his veto rights and welcome a trade to a contender, and Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles talked to “a baseball source” who expects the Dodgers to make a run for the 33-year-old right-hander.

  2. Brian Wilson is ready to come off of the disabled list

    Apr 13, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Los Angeles Dodgers

    The Dodgers’ bearded reliever is ready to return.

  3. Dodgers will carry Alexander Guerrero on their Opening Day roster

    Mar 21, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Day

    We’re mere hours away from the official start of the regular season, when the Dodgers and Diamondbacks will square off in Australia. The Dodgers have made some last-minute roster decisions which includes 27-year-old Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero making the Opening Day roster. The Dodgers have placed Matt Kemp, Josh Beckett, and Chad Billingsley on the…

  4. Will the Dodgers cut Brandon League and eat $17 million?

    Mar 11, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    This time last year Brandon League had just signed a three-year, $22.5 million contract to become the Dodgers’ closer and now he’s in danger of not even making the team out of spring training. League was awful last season, losing the closer gig and being demoted to a mop-up role while posting a 5.30 ERA…

  5. 2014 Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

    Mar 6, 2014, 5:02 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Los Angeles Dodgers. The Big Question: Can the deep-pocketed Dodgers be stopped? After a midseason turnaround led to 92…

  6. Dodgers agree to one-year deal with Jamey Wright

    Dec 23, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    Jamey Wright AP

    According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran reliever Jamey Wright. No word yet on the exact terms involved, but after having to settle for minor league deals in seven straight offseasons, it looks like he’s finally getting a major league deal. Wright, who…

  7. Report: Dodgers nearing deal with reliever Chris Perez

    Dec 23, 2013, 12:18 AM EDT

    chris perez indians getty

    Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times is reporting that the Dodgers are nearing a one-year deal with free agent reliever Chris Perez. Financial details of the deal are not yet known. Perez had spent the past four seasons as the closer for the Indians, but increasing ineffectiveness and some non-baseball-related incidents made him more trouble…

  8. Dodgers’ playoff roster: Ethier and Capuano make it, League and Marmol left out

    Oct 3, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Andre Ethier Getty

    Andre Ethier spent the past few days trying to convince the Dodgers and their training staff that he was capable enough of playing through an ankle injury to be an asset in the NLDS and apparently it worked. Ethier has made the opening-round playoff roster, but will likely be limited to pinch-hitting duties after sitting…

  9. Dodgers’ 10-game winning streak snapped on pair of Hanley Ramirez errors

    Aug 18, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Los Angeles Dodgers

    When the Dodgers entered Philadelphia to open up a three-game set against the Phillies, the two teams were on wildly divergent paths. The Phillies had lost 19 of 24 games since the All-Star break while the Dodgers had won 23 of 26. In the first two games of the Phillies, they did exactly as they…

  10. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 7, 2013, 6:58 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Pirates 4, Marlins 3: A walkoff homer for Josh Harrison — the utility infielder if you didn’t know — gave this one to Pittsburgh, as the Pirates show no inclination to give up first place. Andrew McCutchen had a fantastic diving catch to save at least one run in the seventh when the game was tied and…

  11. Matt Kemp exits in ninth with ankle injury

    Jul 21, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    kemp getty

    On the same day he returned from the disabled list, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp appeared to twist his ankle sliding into Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki at home plate in the ninth inning today with his team up 9-2. Kemp was at third base when Carl Crawford hit a ground ball to first baseman Chad Tracy.…

  12. Dodgers will use demoted closer Brandon League in “less stressful” situations

    Jun 27, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Not only has Brandon League pitched his way out of the Dodgers’ closer job, it sounds like he won’t even be seeing any action as a setup man for a while. Don Mattingly told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that he plans to only use League in “less stressful” situations, which is a nice…

  13. Dodgers switch closers, dumping Brandon League for Kenley Jansen

    Jun 12, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kenley Jansen

    Overshadowed by the bench-clearing ugliness of last night’s Dodgers-Diamondbacks game is that Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly finally decided to change closers, announcing beforehand that Kenley Jansen would replace Brandon League in the ninth inning. Jansen has always been the far superior pitcher, but Mattingly has repeatedly resisted making a change despite League posting a…

  14. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 11, 2013, 5:46 AM EDT

    Ed Hickox, weather

    White Sox 10, Blue Jays 6: “The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.” Carl Sandburg said that about fog. “It was worse than when it rains. With the lights, it made it really really bright. It was weird.” Adam Dunn said that about fog. Which may…

  15. Have the Dodgers finally ditched Brandon League for Kenley Jansen as closer?

    May 15, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Kenley Jansen

    When the Dodgers acquired Brandon League last season and made him their closer many people wondered why they’d do that with a far superior option available in Kenley Jansen. And then when the Dodgers re-signed League to a bloated three-year, $22.5 million deal and stuck with him as their closer many people wondered the same…

  16. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 8, 2013, 6:50 AM EDT

    New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning of their MLB Inter League baseball game at CitiField in New York

    Mets 1, White Sox 0: For as good a pitcher as Matt Harvey is, something is clearly wrong with him given that he did not get the win in this game. The object of the game is to win it, Matt. You clearly lack The Will to Win, as I’m sure Hawk Harrelson mentioned during…

  17. Mets get a walkoff grand slam to beat Dodgers in 10

    Apr 25, 2013, 12:14 AM EDT

    New York Mets Jordany Valdespin celebrates after hitting grand-slam walk-off home run to beat Los Angeles Dodgers in MLB game in New York

    Jordany Valdespin‘s first homer of 2013 was memorable; he delivered a grand slam off Josh Wall in the bottom of the 10th to give the Mets a 7-3 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday. It was the second walkoff slam of the year, with Baltimore’s Matt Wieters collecting the other. Valdespin, who earlier entered the…

  18. 2013 Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

    Mar 16, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

    Don Mattingly Reuters

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Los Angeles Dodgers. The Big Question: Will the big spending lead the Dodgers back to the postseason? It’s a…

  19. Kenley Jansen off blood thinners, already throwing

    Jan 27, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT

    jansen getty

    Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register has a dose of excellent news for the Los Angeles bullpen: Reliever Kenley Jansen said he is completely recovered from the surgical procedure he underwent in October to address an irregular heartbeat and has been told by doctors there should be no further issues. “I’m doing well,” Jansen…

  20. The Dodgers fan caravan bus was involved in a minor accident

    Jan 25, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT

    dodgers logo

    From Dodgers.com: The bus carrying a large group of Dodgers on its annual caravan was involved in a very minor hit-and-run traffic accident Friday but there were no injuries. On the bus were Clayton Kershaw, Adrian Gonzalez, Brandon League and Don Mattingly. If the Dodgers begin the season 12-16, I predict that Plaschke or Simers will…

  21. Report: Dodgers “looking into” signing Rafael Soriano

    Jan 14, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

    Rafael Soriano Getty

    The market for free agent reliever Rafael Soriano has been pretty weak this winter, mostly because of the draft pick compensation tied to him after he opted out of his contract with the Yankees and then rejected a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer. However, the deep-pocketed Dodgers could come to the rescue. “20 percent chance”…

  22. Brandon Webb scheduled to throw for teams this month

    Jan 1, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT

    webb getty

    1500 ESPN’s Darren Wolfson was the first to report it and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com can confirm: free agent right-hander Brandon Webb, who hasn’t appeared in the majors since Opening Day 2009, will throw for teams later this month. The Twins — per Wolfson’s initial report — will send a rep. The other interested…

  23. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  24. The Dodgers aren’t looking at Brian Wilson

    Dec 2, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    Well, this is a first. The free-spending Dodgers have no plans to make a run at non-tendered closer Brian Wilson, sources told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Wilson was said to be quite interested in pitching in SoCal with the Dodgers or Angels, but both teams have already signed closers this winter. The…

  25. The Reds re-sign Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, $21 million deal

    Nov 28, 2012, 8:39 AM EDT

    Jonathan Broxton

    UPDATE: Yes, it was close to Brandon League‘s deal. Ken Rosenthal reports that Broxton is getting three years and $21 million guaranteed. The salaries climb, paying him $4 million in 2013, $7 million in 2014, $9 million in 2015 and either a $1 million buyout or a $9 million option for 2016. That may seem crazy…

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