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Around The Web: Stadium Upgrades, TV Contract, HGH Testing, Quotes Of The Year

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MLB.com: The Dodgers are making extensive upgrades to Dodger Stadium, and I have to say that it all sounds awesome. The most obvious upgrade — and the one senior vice president of planning and development Janet Marie Smith mentioned first — is the replacement of the scoreboards located above the right- and left-field pavilions with larger, 1080 high-definition LED boards, ... Read More »

Around The Web: Dodgers Curse Of Plenty, Bench Depth, A.J./Belisario Arbitration

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Grantland: Jonah Keri on the riches of the Dodgers and the curse that comes along with it. That, in a nutshell, is The Curse of Plenty. The Dodgers have more money to spend than anyone, without enough top players to go after. They’ve clogged their roster with merely decent talent at multiple positions because their general manager is impulsive and ... Read More »

Around The Web: TV Contract, Dodgers Risk, Stan Kasten Interview, Prospects/Veterans

“If you are what you say you are…” —– Dodgers Now: Bill Shaikin reveals that the Dodgers are no longer exclusively talking with Fox, as they’ve met with Time Warner now. The Dodgers and Time Warner Cable have met to discuss a potential deal for the team’s television rights, according to two people familiar with the talks but not authorized ... Read More »

Shohei Otani expected to announce he’ll sign with Nippon Ham Fighters on Sunday, according to Sanspo

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Shohei Otani has announced today that he will hold a press conference on Sunday, and, according to Sanspo, the expectation is that he will say he has chosen to stay in Japan with the Nippon Ham Fighters. —– On Dec. 7, Nippon Ham announced that Shohei Otani will hold a news conference on Dec. 9 in the Iwate Prefecture. It’s ... Read More »

Around The Web: Player Trade Value, TV Revenue, Stolen Base Value, NPB/MLB Fight

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Grantland: Part 1 of Jonah Keri ranking the 50 best players in terms of trade value. No Dodgers here yet, but Carlos Santana finds a spot at #43. The other two catcher rankings are the ones likely to elicit the most hate mail. In the first draft of this list, I had Santana considerably higher. Twenty-six-year-old switch-hitting catcher, career .806 ... Read More »

Around The Web: Steven Cohen, Draft Auction, HOF Vote, NCAA & Amateurism

Los Angeles Times: Steven Cohen has been implicated in an insider trading scheme. Tuesday the Wall Street Journal reported that Cohen had been implicated in a massive $276-million insider trading scheme. Remember him? The guy who was once the front-runner for the Dodgers? Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd that’s why some of us didn’t want him as owner. —– The Book: Tom Tango argues ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Shohei Otani, Japanese high school phenom pitcher, opts for career in MLB + Dodgers status

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Shohei Otani, the fire-balling high school Japanese pitching phenom, has opted for a career in the MLB, according to the Associated Press. Otani, a 6-foot-4 right-hander who has thrown a fastball between 99 and 100 mph, has been scouted by several major league teams including the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. The 18-year-old Otani said “I think I ... Read More »

Dodgers hire Gerry Hunsicker as Senior Advisor of Baseball Operations

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The Dodgers have hired Gerry Hunsicker to be the Senior Advisor of Baseball Operations, according to an official release from the team. LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today hired Gerry Hunsicker as Senior Advisor, Baseball Operations. Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement. “Gerry brings a wealth of senior level experience and knowledge that will assist baseball ... Read More »