Analysis

Where do Yasiel Puig & Hyun Jin Ryu stand in the 2013 Rookie Of The Year chase?

After yesterday’s seven-inning, no-run (earned, at least) gem against the Cardinals dropped Hyun Jin Ryu‘s ERA below 3.00, it got me thinking about Don Mattingly‘s recent comments that he was underrated in the Rookie Of The Year chase. As far as Ryu’s rookie-of-the-year candidacy, it has the backing of Manager Don Mattingly. “I think he should be considered,” Mattingly said. ... Read More »

Dodgers were close to firing Mattingly, creating a horrid narrative, and imploding blogosphere

Yesterday, in a bit of candidness, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly admitted to the press that he was on the verge of being fired earlier in the season, and that he knew that because he was told so directly by president Stan Kasten. “[Team president Stan Kasten] was really honest, because I think he didn’t want to do anything, but he ... Read More »

Dodgers sign Brian Wilson, everything is terrible

The Dodgers have signed Brian Wilson, because Ned Colletti loves former Giants and absolutely loathes me. Brian Wilson has chosen to sign with Dodgers, according to source. Had three offers. Will start in minors. — Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) July 30, 2013 Tentative plan with Brian Wilson is to begin return at Dodgers complex in Arizona. Then to Rancho Cucamonga. Report ... Read More »

Hanley talks extension, seeking relief help + in on Cuban trio of Gonzalez, Hinojosa, Alvarez

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Hanley Ramirez would like to remain a Dodger for life, reports Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Hanley Ramirez said that if the Dodgers approach him at any time about extending his contract, he would be open to talking. “Definitely, because I want to stay here,” Ramirez said. “I want to stay here forever.” Ramirez will become a free ... Read More »

On Yasiel Puig & Luis Gonzalez, being a teammate, loving fans, and sucking up to the media

The national media built Yasiel Puig up into an overnight sensation, and as with most things that get hyped to high heaven in America, the next phase was tearing him down. Suffice to say, that phase is currently underway. Both the good and bad narratives are created for a reason: money. Excitement leads to constant page views and eyes glued ... Read More »

Dodgers trade Steven Ames, Josh Wall, Angel Sanchez for Ricky Nolasco, international slot money

After an extended rumored pursuit of the right-handed starter, the Dodgers landed Ricky Nolasco from the Marlins in a trade for prospects RHP Steven Ames, RHP Josh Wall, and RHP Angel Sanchez, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (confirmed by MLB). The Dodgers are paying Nolasco’s salary, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. International slot money is also ... Read More »

Dodgers finalize trade for Carlos Marmol, staff does think they can fix him

While I was sleeping yesterday (of course), the Dodgers did indeed finalize a trade with the Cubs for right-handed reliever Carlos Marmol, cash, and international bonus pool money for Matt Guerrier. I didn’t write it up immediately because I figured my article on why he might be of interest to the Dodgers was sufficient. Plus, the breakdown of the details ... Read More »

Chase Utley to the Dodgers trade speculation + Ricky Nolasco & Matt Garza updates

Chase Utley is a name being thrown around internally by the Dodgers, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Not much to substantiate it other than his sources, but it feels like this rumor was inevitable. From 2005-09, Utley put up a line of .301/.388/.535/.922. Add plus-plus defense at second base to that equation and you have a potential future ... Read More »

Should the Dodgers acquire Ricky Nolasco? Matt Garza? + international bonus pool space

The Dodgers are among multiple teams in pursuit of Marlins right-handed starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco, according to multiple reports. NL West rivals and the Orioles are named by Fox Sports‘ Ken Rosenthal. Four of the five teams in the West — the Giants, Dodgers, Padres and Rockies — have expressed interest in Nolasco, according to major-league sources. The Orioles, another ... Read More »

Rumor Mill: Andre Ethier, Clayton Kershaw, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Lucas Tirado

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With the emergence of Yasiel Puig — and, to a far less extent, Scott Van Slyke — the rumors surrounding Andre Ethier being dealt have understandably cropped up once again. A couple of teams have called the Dodgers, and apparently he is available, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe. Teams are internally starting to discuss Ethier’s availability, while ... Read More »