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  1. Clayton Kershaw skips bullpen session due to stiff back

    Feb 22, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

    kershaw ap

    Much like Giants ace Tim Lincecum, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has experienced back stiffness following his first couple of workouts in spring camp. Also like Lincecum, who was able play to play catch Wednesday, Kershaw’s issue is thought to be minor. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick that Kershaw’s scheduled Wednesday bullpen session…

  2. Matt Kemp needs to bat fourth, not third for the Dodgers

    Feb 22, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Fact: people like me spend way too much worrying about how lineups are arranged. Simulations suggest that only the worst lineups, ones that even Dusty Baker would never conceive of, have a real impact on run scoring. The difference between what a major league manager would typically run out there and a supposed optimal lineup…

  3. Indians cancel Jon Garland signing after pitcher doesn’t take physical exam

    Feb 22, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v New York Mets

    Last week the Indians and Jon Garland agreed to a minor-league contract and as usual with such deals it was pending a physical exam. Those are usually just a formality, but Garland is coming back from shoulder surgery and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that he never took the physical exam ……

  4. Ronald Belisario tested positive for cocaine, said he used it only once

    Feb 22, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario already faces a drug suspension at the beginning of the year, but it appears that his drug problems extend beyond whatever it was that sent him to rehab last year: he told reporters this morning that he tested positive for cocaine. It’s unclear when he tested positive, but Belisario says that…

  5. Dodgers likely to stick with Javy Guerra as closer

    Feb 21, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Javy Guerra

    Javy Guerra did an excellent job stepping into the Dodgers’ closer role as a rookie, converting 21-of-23 saves with a 2.31 ERA and 38/18 K/BB ratio in 47 innings after replacing Jonathan Broxton. Kenley Jansen was even better in a setup role, setting the all-time record for strikeouts per nine innings while holding opponents to…

  6. Running down the rosters: Los Angeles Dodgers

    Feb 15, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp

    Quantity over quality was the theme of the Dodgers’ winter. The team signed nine free agents for this year’s roster, none of whom will cost more than $4 million in 2012. Let’s dig right in… Rotation Clayton Kershaw Chad Billingsley Ted Lilly Aaron Harang Chris Capuano Bullpen Javy Guerra Kenley Jansen Matt Guerrier Todd Coffey…

  7. 2012 OPS projections: top 10 right fielders

    Feb 13, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Saving the best for last, here are the top 10 right fielders: 1.008 – Jose Bautista (Blue Jays) – 547 AB – 1.056 in 2011 .958 – Justin Upton (D-backs) – 574 AB – .898 in 2011 .911 – Mike Stanton (Marlins) – 560 AB – .893 in 2011 .868 – Jason Heyward (Braves) –…

  8. UPDATE: The Indians sign Jon Garland to a minor league deal

    Feb 13, 2012, 8:54 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v New York Mets

    UPDATE: It’s now being reported that the Indians have a minor league deal in place for Garland, pending a physical. 8:50 AM: Ken Rosenthal reports this morning that the Indians are “working on” a deal for righty Jon Garland. Garland used to be a decent innings-eater, but the innings ate him last year. His season ended…

  9. 2012 OPS projections: top 10 center fielders

    Feb 12, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    It’s an AL East-heavy top 10 in the center field projections: .903 – Matt Kemp (Dodgers) – 597 AB – .986 in 2011 .847 – Curtis Granderson (Yankees) – 574 AB – .916 in 2011 .845 – Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox) – 612 AB – .928 in 2011 .845 – Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) – 560…

  10. 2012 OPS projections: top 10 third basemen

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Evan Longoria, Carlos Corporan

    My top 10 third basemen, by OPS: .943 – Evan Longoria (Rays) – 566 AB – .850 in 2011 .901 – Alex Rodriguez (Yankees) – 523 AB – .823 in 2011 .885 – Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals) – 571 AB – .798 in 2011 .871 – David Wright (Mets) – 597 AB – .771 in 2011…

  11. 2012 projections: top 10 second basemen

    Feb 8, 2012, 12:17 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    The top 10 at second base is led by the one player at the position I have projected to hit .300 this year: .882 – Robinson Cano (Yankees) – 638 AB – .882 in 2011 .859 – Ian Kinsler (Rangers) – 560 AB – .832 in 2011 .855 – Chase Utley (Phillies) – 532 AB…

  12. The 911 call from James Loney’s freeway incident is released

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:28 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    TMZ has the audio of the 911 call from a witness at the scene after James Loney crashed into several cars with his Maserati on an L.A. freeway in November. The call, which is nearly five minutes in length, begins with Loney passed out in the driver’s seat, but the witness becomes frantic after the…

  13. Why doesn’t anyone go year to year anymore?

    Feb 7, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    kershaw getty wide

    Baseball owners got a good thing going on. Sporting a pretty impeccable record after three seasons, Clayton Kershaw was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter. Coming off a season that saw him take the NL Cy Young Award and the pitcher’s triple crown, he had a chance to set a new salary record…

  14. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers avoid arbitration with two-year deal worth $19 million

    Feb 7, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    Rather than letting an arbitrator choose between the reigning Cy Young winner’s $10 million request and the team’s $6.5 million counter, Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers have agreed to a two-year contract worth $19 million. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Kershaw will get $7.5 million this season, $11 million in 2013,…

  15. Hong-Chih Kuo agrees to one-year deal with Mariners

    Feb 6, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    kuo reuters

    Hong-Chih Kuo has parlayed reported interest from multiple teams into a major-league contract with the Mariners, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. After three years as one of the most dominant relievers in baseball Kuo was awful last year, allowing 29 runs in 27 innings. As usual he missed a ton of…

  16. Mariners have interest in free agent lefty Hong-Chih Kuo

    Feb 5, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    hong-chih kuo getty

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported last Sunday that free agent left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo was drawing interest from “three West Coast teams.” We can now identify one of those clubs. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, the Mariners have been “looking closely” at Kuo recently and could be moving toward an agreement. Kuo…

  17. How many relievers do the Dodgers plan on carrying this year?

    Feb 3, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

    Kenley Jansen

    The Dodgers just spent another $1.3 million to add Todd Coffey to what already appeared to be a full bullpen. It’s not a bad deal — worse relievers have signed for more money this winter — but I’m not sure what they felt they needed him for. The Dodgers already have the following relievers on…

  18. MLB’s worst position situations: 2012 edition

    Feb 2, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Jason Bourgeois, Jordan Schafer, Brian Bogusevic

    After declaring the Houston Astros in position of the game’s worst rotation earlier today, I thought it’d be fun to look at the rest of the worst. So here are MLB’s most gruesome position situations heading into the 2012 season: Catcher: Dodgers – A.J. Ellis, Matt Treanor, Tim Federowicz The Dodgers let the slugging-heavy Rod Barajas…

  19. Prosecutors drop DUI charge against James Loney

    Feb 1, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    James Loney

    James Loney was arrested in November and charged with suspicion of driving under the influence after crashing his Maserati into multiple other cars, but now TMZ reports that prosecutors have dropped the charges. Loney refused to take a breathalyzer test and the police reported noted that he “exhibited eyelid tremors and his shirt was soiled…

  20. Ronald Belisario is already at Dodgers camp, but drug suspension looms

    Jan 31, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ronald Belisario AP

    Ronald Belisario missed all of last season because he couldn’t secure a visa, but this year the Venezuelan reliever has already reported to Dodgers camp in Arizona in the hopes of reclaiming a bullpen job. Of course, since nothing ever seems to come easy with Belisario he’d first have to serve a 25-game suspension for…

  21. Pat Burrell and the Class of 1998

    Jan 30, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Pat Burrell, Charlie Manuel

    Pat Burrell, the first overall pick in the 1998 draft, is expected to announce his retirement in the coming days. J.D. Drew, another top player from the same class, may do the same. So, here’s a look at the top players from the 1998 draft, as judged by Baseball-Reference’s version of WAR (the list only…

  22. Hong-Chih Kuo drawing interest from three teams

    Jan 29, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

    kuo reuters

    Veteran reliever Hong-Chih Kuo has failed to draw much free agent interest since being non-tendered by the Dodgers in mid-December. But that may start changing as spring training approaches. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, three West Coast teams have been “kicking the tires” recently on the 30-year-old left-hander. Kuo pitched only 27…

  23. Ike Davis is the NL’s second-best first baseman?

    Jan 24, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    Ike Davis, Miguel Montero

    With Albert Pujols and now Prince Fielder following Adrian Gonzalez to the American League, the NL has bled some remarkable talent at first base the last two winters. That’s one sure Hall of Famer and two more legitimate possibilities switching leagues while still in their primes. Left is Joey Votto and, well… Reds: Joey Votto…

  24. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

  25. MLB execs think Dodgers will be “in play” for Prince Fielder

    Jan 22, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    fielder getty face

    This is more speculation than rumor, but it’s worth passing along anyway given the subject matter. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says a “surprising number” of team executives have told him that they think the Dodgers will “ulimtately be in play” for free agent first baseman Prince Fielder. That might seem impossible given the…

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