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March In Review: Top Dodgers prospects, Matt Kemp’s 2014, Yasiel Puig’s projections

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In March I was finally able to get going and I released my 2014 Prospect Rankings, wrote a little about Matt Kemp, and wrote extensively about Yasiel Puig. Besides game threads or game recaps, here’s what I was up to. ===== Things Looking Up For Matt Kemp, But Reality Will Require Patience It really is an unfortunate, delicate balance at ... Read More »

February In Review: Hanley extension, Ryu’s second year, mailbag

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A busier month for me than January, but I was set back a bit by illness. Fortunately, I still managed to write about Hyun Jin Ryu‘s sophomore campaign, extending Hanley Ramirez, two Spring Training position previews, started a mailbag (yes, really), and made a GIF. ===== The Time To Extend Hanley Ramirez Is Now With Clayton Kershaw now locked up, ... Read More »

January In Review: Dodgers & Utility Infielders; Clutchitude

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Was a bit of a slow month for me in January as I continue to research/compile my Prospect Profiles, but I managed to tackle the utility infielder issue for the Dodgers and continued my Clutchitude series. —– With Attention Focused on Masahiro Tanaka, Utility Infield Remains Dodgers Biggest Hole As Dodgers fans wait for the second-by-second updates on Masahiro Tanaka ... Read More »

Clayton Kershaw agrees to a record-breaking deal that somehow feels like a bargain

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The Dodgers have agreed with Clayton Kershaw on a 7-year, $215 million contract, one that has an opt-out clause after five years, according to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com. It’s a record-breaking deal that makes him the highest paid pitcher in history, passing both CC Sabathia‘s average annual value and Justin Verlander‘s total contract amount. Yet, the deal feels like 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 »

Yimi Garcia, high-spin fastballs, and Trackman

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The Dodgers recently protected Yimi Garcia on their 40-man roster, as the now 23-year-old posted a stellar AA season in 2013. Garcia finished the season with a 2.54 ERA in 60.1 innings, and 85 strikeouts to just 14 walks. The team was impressed enough to send him to the Arizona Fall League, where he held his own over 12.2 innings, ... 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 »

Ronald Belisario won’t be around anymore, so could John Axford be his replacement?

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The non-tender deadline was yesterday, with Clayton Kershaw, A.J. Ellis, Kenley Jansen, and Ronald Belisario all needing decisions. The Dodgers decided to non-tender Beli, and we all assume the other three will be dealt with. #Dodgers non-tender Ronald Belisario, bit of a surprise — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 3, 2013 This was a surprise, not because Beli deserved to be ... 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 »