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Down On The Farm – Winter Leagues Update: Alexander Guerrero concern, Chris Reed

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Our latest installment covers the last two weeks or so of Winter League action, including perhaps reason to worry about Alexander Guerrero‘s readiness. The lack of updates goes hand-in-hand with the lack of relevant prospects still playing. —— Dominican Winter League Alexander Guerrero – 2B Guerrero has reached safely in just six of his last 22 plate appearances with a ... Read More »

2013 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Review: Relief Pitchers

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Kenley Jansen Since debuting in 2010, Kenley Jansen has been one of the game’s truly elite relief aces, and 2013 was his best showing yet. Kenley began the year as the set-up man to Brandon League after League was gifted a ridiculous three-year deal, and though the cries were numerous and persistent to not give Brandon high-leverage situations over Kenley, ... Read More »

2013 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Review: Right Fielders

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Yasiel Puig Entering 2013, the Dodgers had quite the outfield logjam with three major league players under long-term contracts, as well as two prospects who looked like they could easily make an impact within the next year or two. The name with the most buzz out of those five outfielders was Cuban import Yasiel Puig, who tore up Spring Training ... Read More »

2013 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Review: Center Fielders

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Matt Kemp Matt Kemp entered 2013 coming off serious shoulder surgery to repair a badly torn labrum in his left/lead shoulder. It was an unavoidable injury, but the recovery time was stalled by the club allowing him to play through it down the stretch in 2012. Ned Colletti, Don Mattingly, and everybody involved allowed the emotions of trying to sneak into ... Read More »

2013 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Review: Left Fielders

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Carl Crawford Carl Crawford entered 2013 as an afterthought in the minds of most baseball fans. He was coming off of an injury-plagued and unproductive stint with the Boston Red Sox before becoming a salary dump as he headed to the West Coast in the monster Adrian Gonzalez deal. Once an ultra-elite defensive left fielder who had great speed and ... Read More »

Down On The Farm – Winter Leagues Update: Guerrero returns, Cruz leaves + Dominguez, Reed, Romak

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In minor news, Luis Cruz signed a deal with the Chiba Lotte Marines for $750,000 and will be headed to Japan for 2014. Sort of surprising since he looked impressively bad in 2013. —– Dominican Winter League Alexander Guerrero – 2B Guerrero returned from his thigh injury Monday to play in his first game since Nov. 12. He went 1-4 ... Read More »

2013 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Review: Shortstops

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Hanley Ramirez .345/.402/.638/1.040; .442 wOBA; 191 wRC+; .293 ISO; unexpectedly solid defense at an extremely important defensive position (shortstop) where offense is secondary; and ~5.3 WAR. In any other season, we’d be taking about the likely MVP and certain Silver Slugger winner. However, 2013 will largely go down as a “what could have been year” for Hanley Ramirez despite the ... Read More »

2013 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Review: Second Basemen

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Mark Ellis Mark Ellis‘ tenure with the Dodgers is a pretty simple one to sum up: good to excellent defense, below-average hitting made worse by Don Mattingly‘s insistence on batting him second, and the inevitable leg injury. 2013 provided more of the same old same old from Mark. Ellis saved roughly seven runs with the leather while hitting just .270/.323/.351/.674, ... Read More »

2013 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Review: First Basemen

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Adrian Gonzalez Adrian Gonzalez entered 2013 providing hope for the first base position that the Dodgers haven’t had since James Loney‘s strong push to end 2007. After the late-season trade that sent Adrian from the Boston Red Sox to Los Angeles — and a solid but unspectacular end to the season, offensively — there was hope that another off-season away ... Read More »

Down On The Farm – Winter Leagues Update: Reed, Magill + Guerrero’s status + Pederson & Gordon done

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The Arizona Fall League and Australian Baseball League have wrapped up, while Alexander Guerrero has still not returned from his thigh/hamstring injury. He is close to returning, but time is running out. Winter is coming … to an end. —– Dominican Winter League Dee Gordon – CF Gordon’s time in the DWL has come to an end, as he last ... Read More »

2013 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Review: Catchers

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A.J. Ellis A.J. Ellis entered 2013 as a key, but underrated, component to the team’s success. He was a player who patrolled a scarce defensive position and could consistently work counts, provide occasional pop, and handle a deep and talented pitching staff. Of course, it was always unlikely that he’d match his stellar 2012 campaign (.270/.373/.414/.787, 13 HR, 3.7 fWAR/3.3 ... Read More »

Down On The Farm – Winter Leagues Update: Seager, Pederson, Alexander Guerrero, Gordon, Reed

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Alexander Guerrero injured his thigh during Dominican Winter League play, and the Dodgers have made it clear they don’t want him playing unless he’s 100%. Guerrero’s DWL trainers have cleared him to play, according to Guerrero himself. Clearly a conservative, smart move by the club to protect their newest investment. —– Arizona Fall League Corey Seager – SS Corey was ... Read More »

Down On The Farm – Winter Leagues Update: Seager, Pederson, Alexander Guerrero, Gordon, Luis Cruz

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Alexander Guerrero made his Winter League debut in the Dominican Winter League. —– Arizona Fall League Corey Seager – SS Corey played in just two games this past week but did hit an eight-inning, game-tying grand slam in the first of those two contests (a game the Glendale Desert Dogs would win in the ninth inning). Brian Cavazos-Galvez and Chris ... Read More »