Author Archives: Chad Moriyama

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Dodgers TV rights close to being awarded to FOX for $6 billion to $7 billion over 25 years

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The Dodgers television contract will total between $6 billion and $7 billion over a 25-year span, thus potentially tripling the sale price of the team, according to Deadline‘s Nikki Finke. Insiders tell me that Fox Sports is close to clinching the exclusive TV rights for the Los Angeles Dodgers by paying between $6 billion and $7 billion over 25 years ... Read More »

Rumor Mill: Fujikawa Down To Five, Otani Meeting With Fighters, Kuroda Off The Market

Didn’t realize it until I was done typing it up, but this is an exclusively Japanese player rumor update. Anyway, Kyuji Fujikawa is reportedly down to five teams, with one of them being the Dodgers. Fujikawa has reportedly met with the Dodgers, Angels, Orioles, Cubs and Diamondbacks. The Rangers are also said to have interest in the 32-year-old, who has ... Read More »

Rumor Mill: Zack Greinke & Hiroki Kuroda front-runners + Kevin Youkilis & Kyuji Fujikawa interest

The Dodgers are the favorite to win the Zack Greinke sweepstakes, according to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to an industry insider, the Dodgers are the favorites to wind up with top free agent starter Zack Greinke, with the Angels and Rangers on the outside looking in. And no starting pitcher on the market is going to be ... Read More »

Interview With Chris Reed: Mechanical & Mental Adjustments, Pitch Confidence, And Change

I had the opportunity to speak with Chris Reed before his Nov. 8 Arizona Fall League game. Edited for sanity, because nobody wants to read “uh” and “um” and laughs and transitions and crap. —– Pitching in the AFL is always difficult, so are you making any conscious adjustments to that or is it just specifically working on things beyond ... Read More »

Interview With Joc Pederson: Mechanical Changes, Mental Approach, And Fatigue

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I had the opportunity to speak with Joc Pederson before his Nov. 8 Arizona Fall League game. Edited for sanity, because nobody wants to read “uh” and “um” and laughs and transitions and crap. —– You admitted that you scuffled to start 2011, but that you made adjustments that helped shape your breakout in 2012, specifically what mechanical changes were ... Read More »

Rumor Mill: Shohei Otani & Hyun Jin Ryu Updates, Out On Torii Hunter, Scout Signings

So a popular question lately has been: “What the hell happened to Shohei Otani?” In short? Nothing, because despite whatever speculation there had been about MLB teams technically having no need to respect NPB exclusivity rights, like I said in a previous post about the situation, I see no upside for an MLB team to just barge in and violate ... Read More »

Interview With Onelki Garcia: His Status, His Bicep & Oblique Injuries, And All Of His Pitches

I had the opportunity to speak with Onelki Garcia before his Nov. 8 Arizona Fall League game, a conversation that was translated by Rodney Linares, manager of the Mesa Solar Sox and a manager in the Houston Astros system. Edited for sanity, because nobody wants to read “uh” and “um” and laughs and transitions and crap. —– After all the ... Read More »

2012 IBWAA Awards Results + My Ballot

I joined the IBWAA and participated in the IBWAA Awards vote in 2012, the results of which you can see in the picture above. So did they match what I voted for? Sort of. I think everything I voted on is self-explanatory, though there’s room for quibbling here and there. Thoughts? Read More »

Around The Web: Dodgers FA SP Options, Hiroki Kuroda Risk, Hyun Jin Ryu Summary

True Blue LA: Eric Stephen looks at the available free agent starting pitchers and concludes that it’s Zack Greinke or bust. When it comes down to it, if the Dodgers are hellbent on adding a starting pitcher they should only add a difference-maker. Dempster is a fall back, while Sanchez (money) and Kuroda (draft pick, age) seem overly expensive and ... Read More »

The Myth Of The Unlimited Payroll

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I’ve already been wrong before about the Dodgers ownership and their willingness to spend. I figured they would be willing to open up the checkbook, but assumed they would stop short of the luxury tax, much like the Yankees have tried to do in recent years. Instead? They have blown that limit away and now project to enter 2013 with ... Read More »

Around The Web: League Contract Reaction, Engle/Guerrero On Staff, Injury/Transaction Updates

Baseball America: Dodgers have hired Patrick Guerrero as their Latin American Coordinator. Guerrero, who lives in the Dominican Republic, will run the organization’s scouting throughout Latin America. The Mariners had fired Guerrero as their Latin American coordinator earlier this month at the same time they announced that Bob Engle, their vice president of international scouting, had decided to leave the ... Read More »

Dodgers sign Brandon League to a 3-year, $22.5 million deal + Analysis

Brandon League has signed a three-year, $22.5 million deal with the Dodgers, according to MLB.com and … everybody. The Dodgers re-signed reliever Brandon League to a three-year contract for $22.5 million Tuesday, and general manager Ned Colletti said the right-hander will be the closer. MLB Trade Rumors provides further information on the option. 10:24pm: The 2016 vesting option can escalate ... Read More »