Making Moves: Medina & Aquino Signed, Three More Invited To Spring Training

The Dodgers continue to spend internationally with the signings of teenagers Michael Medina and Carlos Aquino out of the Dominican Republic, both of whom Chad covered here. —– The Dodgers signed three more players to minor-league deals with invitations to Spring Training: Victor Garate, Mario Santiago, and Ryan Mount. Garate is a former Dodger prospect who is probably best known ... Read More »

MLB has “major concerns” with Dodgers TV deal + issues with local TV & other carriers

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The Dodgers have not had their TV deal with Time Warner Cable (for SportsNet LA) cleared by the MLB yet, as I mentioned yesterday, and chances that it’ll be allowed to stand as is are bleak, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Major League Baseball has major concerns over the Los Angeles Dodgers’ record new TV deal, and unless ... Read More »

[Updated] SportsNet LA will be home to the Dodgers in 2014, courtesy of Time Warner Cable

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The Dodgers new ownership group created American Media Productions in December of last year with the goal of launching a regional sports network dedicated to the team, and now they’ve announced that the network will be called SportsNet LA and will be home to the Dodgers starting in 2014, according to a Time Warner Cable press release. The press release ... Read More »

Dodgers sign Michael Medina & Carlos Aquino + video

The Dodgers have signed 16-year-old Dominican outfielder Michael Medina and Dominican shortstop Carlos Aquino, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America & Roberto Baly of Vin Scully Is My Homeboy, respectively. Medina was signed for $275,000, whereas Aquino agreed for $75,000. Medina, who is from Santo Domingo and trained with Amauris Nina, is 6-foot-2, 185 pounds and played in the ... Read More »

Injury Roll Call: Matt Kemp Progressing, Scott Elbert Undergoes Another Elbow Surgery

Ken Gurnick reports that Matt Kemp is ahead of schedule in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery, and that Kemp expects to be ready for Opening Day. Kemp has reported still feeling soreness in the shoulder he injured after crashing into the outfield wall in Colorado on consecutive days: “That’s my goal,” said Kemp. “I’m hitting off the tee, no ... Read More »

Making Moves: Koufax Returns, Gallagher/Contreras Released, A.J./Belisario Avoid Arbitration

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The Dodgers came to terms on contracts with both A.J. Ellis (1-year, $2 million) and Ronald Belisario (1-year, $1.45 million) on Friday. Both players avoided arbitration by signing, as Chad covered. —– Austin Gallagher was released by the Dodgers. On Friday, he received a 50-game suspension from baseball for testing positive for methylhexaneamine, a banned substance. The team also released ... Read More »

We figured Don Mattingly would be managing for a contract in 2013 and now it’s all but official

Dodgers fans have assumed for a while now that 2013 would determine how much longer Don Mattingly would be with the club (maybe Ned Colletti as well), and now that’s all but official. Last fall, Mattingly politely asked the club to exercise its one-year option before this final year of his contract. The Dodgers politely refused. He will thus begin ... Read More »

[Updated] Dodgers agree to $7 billion to $8 billion deal with TWC, now have a channel to themselves

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The Dodgers have reached a deal with Time Warner Cable on a television contract worth between $6 billion and $7 billion dollars, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, but that’s not the most interesting part to me. The Dodgers have agreed with Time Warner Cable on a new television contract that will provide the team with a ... Read More »

Everybody say goodbye to Justin Sellers, who got arrested for being a dipshit

Justin Sellers, current occupant of the Dodgers 40-man roster, might not have to worry about being on it for much longer, as he was recently arrested by the police (h/t True Blue LA/@dpwtv). Police said Justin Sellers was doing “wheelies” on his motorcycle in a neighborhood near Riva Drive. When officers tried to pull him over, police said Sellers took ... Read More »

Dodgers avoid arbitration with A.J. Ellis & Ronald Belisario, sign both to one-year deals

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Ronald Belisario & A.J. Ellis have agreed to terms with the Dodgers, thus avoiding arbitration, report Ken Gurnick of MLB.com and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Belisario’s contract is for one year and $1.45 million, while Ellis signed on a one-year, $2 million contract. Assuming he can stay clear of trouble, Belisario figures to be a key component in the ... Read More »

Making Moves: Peter Moylan & Jesus Flores Sign Minor Deals, 3 More Dominicans Inked

The Dodgers have signed former Braves righty reliever Peter Moylan and former Nationals backstop Jesus Flores to minor-league deals with invitations to Spring Training. Flores has shown enough flashes that he could feasibly challenge for the backup job should Tim Federowicz falter, though he’s almost certainly going to spend the majority of the season in Albuquerque. Moylan figures to be minor-league ... Read More »

Making Moves: Dodgers Sign Ariel Sandoval, Ink 6 To Minor Deals, Release 12

The Dodgers have signed Dominican outfielder Ariel Sandoval for $150,000, according to Baseball America‘s Ben Badler. The scouting report on Sandoval is promising: Sandoval is 6-foot-2, 180 pounds and impressed the Dodgers with his potential to hit for both average and power from the right side of the plate. He’s an above-average runner who should begin his career in center ... Read More »

Moving Dee Gordon off shortstop seems like a bad idea because it probably is

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The Dodgers have talked about moving Dee Gordon off shortstop and into the outfield, according to Dylan Hernandez. The Dodgers have talked about moving the fleet-footed Gordon to the outfield but appear inclined to keep him at shortstop for now. Gordon figures to start the season at triple-A Albuquerque. “I hate to give up on him at short,” Mattingly said. ... Read More »

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 »