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  1. Matt Kemp unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Jan 21, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Death, taxes, Matt Kemp suffering from ailments: Stewart said he doesn’t think Kemp will be ready for 3/22 opener in Australia. “If the season opened April 1, I think Matt would be ready.” — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 21, 2014   On the one hand, sure, an early start for the Dodgers due to the…

  2. Matt Kemp is out of his walking boot

    Dec 25, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

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    Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said earlier this month that Matt Kemp is unlikely to be 100 percent healthy at the start of spring training, but the rehabbing outfielder should be cleared to participate in the club’s season-opening series against the Diamondbacks in Australia. That two-game set, scheduled for late March, will take place at…

  3. Recapping the Winter Meetings and looking ahead to the rest of the offseason

    Dec 13, 2013, 7:10 AM EDT

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    A week in the sun and warmth is over. A week of the hottest hot stove action in recent memory preceded it. It’s pretty easy to say that a great bulk of the work teams needed to do before Opening Day 2014 has been accomplished since we tossed the last of our Thanksgiving leftovers. But…

  4. Report: “Nothing to” reports of a possible Matt Kemp/Red Sox trade

    Dec 9, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

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    There was renewed chatter over the weekend about the Red Sox possibly making a play for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com hears from major league sources that there’s “nothing to” the reports. In fact two sources said the two sides have “barely touched base.” Kemp’s agent, Dave Stewart, told Dylan Hernandez…

  5. Agent thinks Matt Kemp will be traded by the Dodgers

    Dec 9, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT

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    This should super-charge the Matt Kemp trade speculation: Kemp’s agent, Dave Stewart, told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he’d “be surprised” if the outfielder isn’t traded by the Dodgers. “I haven’t heard a player’s name floated around like that and something not happen,” Stewart noted, adding that “Matt wants to be a…

  6. Mariners could part with Nick Franklin and other young talent to bolster roster

    Dec 8, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

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    If you thought the Mariners were going to call it an off-season after signing second baseman Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million contract, think again. They’re only just getting started. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets that the Mariners could use some of their young talent, such as middle infielder Nick Franklin, to bolster…

  7. 2013 Winter Meetings Preview

    Dec 8, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL — Greetings from the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, deep in the dark recesses of the happiest place on Earth. I have been down here with my children since last Tuesday, doing battle with a mouse. The mouse is a worthy adversary. Much respect for him and his hyper-efficiency at separating…

  8. Matt Kemp remains “in play” for the Red Sox

    Dec 7, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

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    It was reported two weeks ago that the Red Sox had checked in on the availability of Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that he remains “in play” as a potential trade target for Boston. A potential match makes sense on paper, as the Dodgers have a surplus of…

  9. Mike Baxter, Dodgers avoid arbitration

    Nov 29, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Mike Baxter

    Black Friday door-buster deals! An outfielder for a mere $700k! OF Mike Baxter has agreed to 1-year contract with #Dodgers to avoid arbitration. — BHSC (@BHSCouncil) November 29, 2013   Baxter was claimed by the Dodgers off waivers from the Mets in October. He was arbitration eligible for the first time as a super two.…

  10. The Red Sox checked in with the Dodgers about Matt Kemp

    Nov 22, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    While the Dodgers aren’t overtly shopping Matt Kemp, teams are aware of their outfield situation in which they have four capable players for three positions. As a result, the Dodgers have been taking some phone calls from teams interest in Kemp. The Red Sox are the latest to inquire, according to Nick Cafardo of the…

  11. The Tigers and Rangers trade is just as much about past mistakes as it is about current need

    Nov 21, 2013, 5:34 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    In case you missed the big news last night, the Tigers traded Prince Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler. Detroit is sending along around $30 million. The net result: the Tigers get Kinsler and about $70 million in salary relief, the Rangers get seven years of Fielder and a $138 million bill for his services.…

  12. The Dodgers are drawing interest in all of their outfielders

    Nov 13, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

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    A great hot stove season meme is “[Team] drawing lots of interest in [good, probably unavailable player], more likely to trade [not as good player].” Here’s a classic of the genre, from the L.A. Times:  Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier andCarl Crawford have drawn interest on the trade market over the first two days of the general managers’…

  13. The Dodgers are listening to offers for their non-Puig outfielders

    Nov 8, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are listening to offers for their outfielders. But before you start bombarding your team’s GM to trade your overpaid second baseUggla for Yasiel Puig, know that he only means Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford. Damn. But yeah, gotta make room for the future.  Not just Puig, but…

  14. Dee Gordon will begin his transition to center field in the Dominican Winter League

    Oct 29, 2013, 10:38 PM EDT

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    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times shares this scoop: What happens in the Dominican Republic winter league could significantly affect the Dodgers’ plans for next season. The league will not only offer the Dodgers their first extended look at recently signed Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero, it will also be where Dee Gordon attempts to move from shortstop…

  15. Matt Kemp undergoes ankle surgery

    Oct 21, 2013, 7:36 PM EDT

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    Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp had surgery two weeks ago to “clean up” his left shoulder and now Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that he underwent surgery today to remove cartilage from his left ankle. Kemp sprained his ankle in a home plate collision on July 21 and the injury lingered until he…

  16. Despite finish, Clayton Kershaw should come first for Dodgers this winter

    Oct 19, 2013, 1:00 AM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

    After 36 starts and 255 stellar innings, Clayton Kershaw finally let the Dodgers down on Friday, giving up seven runs in three-plus innings in Game 6 loss to the Cardinals. The defense played a role, but Kershaw was the first to admit afterwards that he just wasn’t his usual self. Maybe it was a bad…

  17. Matt Kemp needs surgery to “clean up” shoulder

    Oct 8, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Matt Kemp has already been ruled out for the playoffs with an ankle injury and now Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers outfielder will undergo surgery to “clean up” his left shoulder. Kemp is expected to have plenty of time to recover from both injuries before spring training, but obviously…

  18. NLDS Game 3 lineups: Braves vs. Dodgers

    Oct 6, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

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    Listed below are the starting lineups for Sunday evening’s NLDS Game 3 between the Braves and Dodgers. This best-of-five series is currently tied 1-1. First pitch is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET at Dodger Stadium. The game will be broadcast by TBS. Atlanta Braves CF Jason Heyward RF Justin Upton 1B Freddie Freeman LF Evan…

  19. Yasiel Puig makes presence known in postseason debut

    Oct 4, 2013, 12:42 AM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Batting fifth for just the second time as a major leaguer, Yasiel Puig went 2-for-3 and collected an outfield assist in his first postseason game as the Dodgers beat the Braves 6-1 on Thursday. Puig had mostly been hitting at the top of the order, but manager Don Mattingly opted to drop him to the…

  20. Dodgers-Braves lineups announced for tonight’s game

    Oct 3, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

    McCann Gonzalez

    Gosh, I hope Don Mattingly filled out his lineup card properly or else he’ll have to answer to Brian McCann: Dodgers: Carl Crawford LF Mark Ellis 2B Hanley Ramirez SS Adrian Gonzalez 1B Yasiel Puig RF Juan Uribe 3B Skip Schumaker CF A.J. Ellis C Clayton Kershaw P Skip Schumaker in center, starting is not…

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

    Oct 3, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    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…

  22. NLDS Preview: Dodgers vs. Braves

    Oct 3, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    NLDS Dodgers Braves Baseball

    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Dodgers and Braves have in store for us in the National League Division Series. The Teams Los Angeles Dodgers (92-70) vs. Atlanta Braves (96-66) The Matchups Game 1 Today in Atlanta: Clayton Kershaw vs. Kris…

  23. Welcome to the 2013 playoffs

    Sep 30, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell surveys the field before his team takes on the Baltimore Orioles in an MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    We still have one game left that, technically and statistically speaking, belongs to the regular season. But practically speaking — and in our hearts — we are into the playoffs now. Game 163 between the Rays and Rangers is do-or-die and very, very few regular season games can say that. So: toss your technical orthodoxy.…

  24. Matt Kemp will have minor shoulder surgery and will not participate in the playoffs

    Sep 29, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

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    The 2013 season keeps on getting worse for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. Having already missed time this season due to a strained right hamstring, inflammation of the AC joint in his right hsoulder, and a sprained left ankle, Kemp has now been ruled out of the playoffs, per Dylan Hernandez. Hernandez tweeted that Kemp was…

  25. Matt Kemp’s sprained left ankle is still an issue

    Sep 29, 2013, 9:47 AM EDT

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    Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp has batted .314 with an .870 OPS in 39 plate appearances since returning from his severe left ankle sprain on September 16. But that ankle injury still lingers. Kemp was scratched from the Dodgers’ starting lineup on Saturday night against the Rockies with what is being termed an ankle flareup…

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