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2012 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Review: First Base

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Adrian Gonzalez When the Dodgers acquired Adrian Gonzalez from the Boston Red Sox, I saw a plethora of Dodger fans begin to assert wild and crazy things. Not only were the Dodgers guaranteed of making the playoffs, but they were a lock to make the World Series on the back of a hero who was absolutely the right acquisition because ... Read More »

2012 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Review: Catcher

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A.J. Ellis After toiling in the minors for parts of nine seasons with just a couple cups of coffee to show for it, all the while watching the Dodgers treat the catcher position like it was wholly unimportant (trading Carlos Santana, allowing Joe Torre to run Russell Martin into the ground, and Rod Barajas not only being on the team ... 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 »

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 »

Shohei Otani will be drafted by the Nippon Ham Fighters + Answering your Twitter questions

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The big news out of Japan today is that the Nippon Ham Fighters have decided to select Shohei Otani with their first-round pick in tomorrow’s NPB Draft, according to Sanspo. Ever since I tweeted out that information, I’ve been getting a bunch of questions, so I thought I should make a post dedicated to answering them as best I could. ... Read More »

Moving Matt Kemp for Carl Crawford is an interesting idea, but would it actually help any?

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Matt Kemp should move to a corner outfield spot and be replaced in center field by Carl Crawford, says Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles. When we talked to general manager Ned Colletti after the season, he said it’s something the team might revisit later, but is not considering for 2013. Why? Alternatives. Carl Crawford hasn’t played center field since ... Read More »

Dodgers in lead for services of phenom Shohei Otani + Video + Remaining international budget

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The Dodgers are “front-runners” for the services of Japanese high school phenom Shohei Otani, according to the Japanese media. Meanwhile, stateside, Alex Speier of WEEI and Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News both confirm the Dodgers interest in the 18-year-old, who stands 6’4″ at 190 pounds. —– Logan White and the Dodgers scouting department has been cultivating a relationship ... Read More »

Brandon League & His Mechanical Fix

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Brandon League may well have found the treatment for what has ailed him with the help of the Dodgers coaching staff, as there has been a stark change in his mechanics in the month or so since he has arrived. Acquired in a trade with the Mariners, League’s career with the Dodgers got off to a putrid start, as his ... Read More »