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 »

Making Moves: Bye Ted Lilly, Corey Seager promoted, Tyger Pederson signs, injury moves

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Ted Lilly was designated for assignment. The Dodgers released pitcher Ted Lilly, who had been designated for assignment on July 25, one day after coming off the disabled list. He’ll now be giving up homers on the free-agent list. Yes, that was $33 million for about 1.9 WAR. —– Stephen Fife made his return, as he was activated from the ... Read More »

Injury Roll Call: Get well soon to Hanley, Puig hurts outfield grass, Kemp limps toward recovery

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Hanley Ramirez injured his right shoulder as he fell into the stands at Wrigley Field on Sunday. Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez appeared to hurt his right shoulder as he went into the stands making a catch in the seventh inning on Sunday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Ramirez, the Dodgers’ best hitter this season and in many ways the ... Read More »

Around The Web: Scott Schebler scouting report, player makeup, Tomohiro Anraku

Feelin’ Kinda Blue: Our own Dustin Nosler with a scouting report on outfielder Scott Schebler. —– WEEI: Gabe Kapler says players need to be educated on the newest statistics. WEEI: Gabe Kapler looks at what goes into ‘makeup’ in baseball, using the case study of Lars Anderson. ESPN: Tomohiro Anraku is a phenom that threw 772 pitches over nine days. ... Read More »

Yasiel Puig kisses Adrian Gonzalez on head, tells ESPN to keep talking, keeps chain swinging

So ESPN and everybody on Twitter were hyping up the apparent discord between Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez during the game tonight, all because Puig was apparently unjustifiably mouthing off to Gonzalez about not scoring from first on his double*. *I mean, really? Really? All three outfielders could die on the field and A-Gon would have to hold at third. ... Read More »

Scouting Report: Darnell Sweeney – July 2013

Darnell Sweeney’s debut was one that caught my eye. He hit the ball better in the Midwest League than he did in the Pioneer League, and was passable on defense. While the easiest comparison for Sweeney is Dee Gordon, it’s not an inappropriate one (maybe just a touch lazy). They are virtually the same player, even though Gordon was/is a better overall prospect. Despite riches elsewhere, ... Read More »

Making Moves: Deadline deal, Wilson & Felix signed, Ozoria & Taylor promoted

The Dodgers signed former Giants closer Brian Wilson to a guaranteed major-league contract. Former Giants closer Brian Wilson has reportedly chosen to sign with the Dodgers, per reports from Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Jim Bowden of ESPN, Bob Nightengale of USA Today and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Nightengale says the deal is only through the 2013 season. Jerry ... Read More »

Injury Roll Call: Kemp is out until forever, Crawford returns, Gwynn Jr. off DL, Griggs to DL

Matt Kemp‘s second home the last couple of seasons has been the disabled list, and he finds himself back on it again with the ankle injury he suffered in his first game back from the 15-day following his shoulder injury. Despite initial reports to the contrary, the Dodgers on Wednesday finally decided to place center fielder Matt Kemp on the ... Read More »

Down On The Farm: Weeks Of July 15 & 22 – Pederson, Windle, Trinkwon, Gould, Curletta

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Sorry, no Julio Urias this week, as the ridiculously young hurler didn’t go beyond two innings in either of his starts. The southpaw hasn’t exceeded two innings since early July. —– Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes (1-3 & 4-3) Player Of The Week – 7/15 It was a short week for the Topes with the Triple-A All-Star Game eating into the week. ... 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 »