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  1. Dodgers’ bullpen nearly coughed up the lead in 7-5 victory over the D-Backs

    Mar 23, 2014, 2:26 AM EDT

    Australia Baseball Dodgers Diamondbacks

    Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill couldn’t overcome his control issues and the Dodgers took advantage in the second and final game played at the Sydney Cricket Grounds in Australia, winning 7-5. They fly back home having swept the D-Backs in the two-game overseas set. The Dodgers rallied for a two-out run in the first inning when…

  2. 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…

  3. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  4. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Dodgers re-sign left-handed reliever J.P. Howell to a two-year, $11.5 million contract

    Dec 17, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

    j.p. howell getty

    From ESPN’s Buster Olney comes word that the Dodgers finalized a two-year contract with left-hander J.P. Howell on Tuesday afternoon. The two-year pact, which carries $11.5 million in guaranteed money along with a $6.25 million vesting option for 2016, will be officially announced Thursday after Howell passes his pre-signing physical exam. Howell drew heavy free…

  8. Dodgers close to re-signing J.P. Howell

    Dec 16, 2013, 9:12 PM EDT

    j.p. howell dodgers

    Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers are close to re-igning left-hander J.P. Howell to a multi-year contract. Howell was said to be talking to the Rockies last week before Colorado decided to sign fellow southpaw reliever Boone Logan to a three-year, $15 million contract. Despite throwing in the high-80s with his fastball Howell…

  9. Report: Rockies nearing a multi-year deal with Boone Logan

    Dec 12, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post is reporting that the Rockies are close to signing left-handed reliever Boone Logan on a deal believed to be three years in length and around $15 million. The deal will not be finalized until Logan passes a physical. Logan, 29, is an eight-year veteran having spent time with the…

  10. Rockies working on a deal with J.P. Howell

    Dec 12, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

    j.p. howell dodgers

    Now that the Nationals are out of the left-handed reliever market after finally finding their southpaw yesterday some of the other dominoes can start falling, with Troy Renck of the Denver Post reporting that the Rockies are deep in talks with J.P. Howell. Howell is a soft-tosser, averaging just 87.4 miles per hour with his…

  11. Nationals interested in reliever Eric O’Flaherty

    Dec 5, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

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    The Nationals are on the lookout for a left-handed reliever and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that former Braves reliever Eric O’Flaherty is their latest target. O’Flaherty required Tommy John surgery on his left elbow this May and is expected to miss at least the first month of the 2014 season, but that…

  12. Report: Angels interested in free agent reliever Joe Smith

    Nov 21, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Joe Smith Getty

    The Angels failed to retain left-hander Jason Vargas when he jumped at a four-year, $32 million contract from the Royals today, but Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports that the club continues to pursue free agent reliever Joe Smith as a possible bullpen upgrade. Smith quietly owns a 2.97…

  13. J.P. Howell: Yasiel Puig was bullied in the Dodger clubhouse

    Nov 15, 2013, 9:41 AM EDT

    Yasiel Puig Getty

    Bullying has been all over the sports landscape recently. The Incognito-Martin thing most obviously. Earlier this week the Tigers won MLB’s philanthropic award for the team’s anti-bullying initiative. And outside of sports bullying has become something that people are talking about and taking increasingly seriously as a threat to young people. Against that backdrop, Dodgers…

  14. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  15. Cardinals put Game 6 out of reach with a fifth-inning outburst

    Oct 18, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    After going up 4-0 in the third inning, the Cardinals continued to tack on runs in the fifth. In doing so, they chased Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw from the game after 98 pitches. The lefty did not record an out in the fifth. The inning started off with Yadier Molina singling to right field. Yasiel…

  16. Last night was not Don Mattingly’s finest hour

    Oct 12, 2013, 8:59 AM EDT

    Don Mattingly AP

    Carlos Beltran delivered the walkoff RBI single in the 13th inning last night to lead the Cardinals to a 3-2 victory over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS, but a number of questionable decisions from Don Mattingly set the events in motion. The first occurred in the top of the eighth inning after…

  17. Post-season legend Carlos Beltran helps the Cardinals walk off victorious in the 13th

    Oct 12, 2013, 1:38 AM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals - Game One

    In a battle of squandered opportunities, the Cardinals squandered one fewer. Between the fourth and the twelfth innings, the Cardinals and Dodgers traded zeroes — one part effective pitching, one part curious managerial decisions, one part offensive futility. Beltran was the heart and soul of the Cardinals tonight. His two-run double in the third inning…

  18. Dodgers add Carlos Marmol and Edinson Volquez for NLCS

    Oct 11, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol Getty

    Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers are making some changes to the playoff roster for the NLCS, adding Carlos Marmol and Edinson Volquez and removing Chris Capuano and Paco Rodriguez. Capuano is a surprise removal after throwing three shutout innings of relief against the Braves in Game 3 of the NLDS and Rodriguez…

  19. Braves jump ahead of Dodgers on run-scoring single from Jose Constanza

    Oct 8, 2013, 12:11 AM EDT

    Jose Constanza AP

    The Braves have relied on a cast of unlikely heroes to take the lead over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLDS this evening. After Ronald Belisario took over for Clayton Kershaw in the seventh inning, he gave up a one-out triple to Elliot Johnson down the right field line. Yasiel Puig went into…

  20. Dodgers rout Braves to take 2-1 lead in NLDS

    Oct 7, 2013, 12:11 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Three

    It was a close back-and-forth affair between the Braves and Dodgers for the first three and a half innings in Game 3 of the NLDS in Los Angeles tonight. The game was tied at four-all, then the Dodger offense woke up, building a lead as large as nine runs entering the bottom of the ninth.…

  21. Joey Votto has reached base in nine consecutive trips to the plate

    Sep 7, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Reds first baseman Joey Votto last made an out in the eighth inning on Thursday in the series finale against the Cardinals. Since then, he has gone 4-for-4 with five walks in nine trips to the plate against Dodger pitchers. Last night, in a 3-2 victory, Votto drew a walk off of Chris Capuano, singled…

  22. Miguel Montero on Zack Greinke: “He’s a little chickens**t”

    Jun 15, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT

    Miguel Montero Zack Greinke AP

    MLB handed down suspensions yesterday for Tuesday’s benches-clearing brawl between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers, with Arizona’s Ian Kennedy receiving a 10-game suspension and Eric Hinske getting five games. J.P. Howell and Skip Schumaker both got two games on the Dodgers’ side of things while Ronald Belisario served his one-game suspension last night. There was some…

  23. MLB hands down the suspensions for Tuesday night’s Dodgers-Diamondbacks melee

    Jun 14, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT

    Trammell Mattingly

    The discipline has been handed down for the Dodgers-Diamondbacks melee on Tuesday night. Twelve different people were disciplined with eight being handed suspensions. The breakdown: Ian Kennedy gets a ten-game suspension; Eric Hinske gets a five-game suspension; J.P. Howell and Skip Schumaker each get two-game suspensions; Ronald Belisario gets a one-game suspension; Dodgers coach Mark…

  24. Diamondbacks, Dodgers brawl after Zack Greinke gets drilled

    Jun 12, 2013, 12:42 AM EDT

    Miguel Montero, Yasiel Puig

    The fourth hit by pitch of Tuesday’s game between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers finally did the trick; Ian Kennedy nailed Zack Greinke in the shoulder in the bottom of the seventh, touching off a modest brawl. Punches were thrown after the benches and bullpens cleared, but most of the action was limited to yelling and…

  25. Carl Crawford takes batting practice against teammates, calls it “a step in the right direction”

    Mar 12, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT

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    From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times: Carl Crawford faced relievers Kenley Jansen and J.P. Howell on Tuesday, marking the first time he took live batting practice against major league pitchers since he was shut down two weeks ago. “A step in the right direction,” said Crawford, who resumed working out last week. Crawford began experiencing forearm tightness in…

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