2013 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Review: Left Fielders

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Carl Crawford Carl Crawford entered 2013 as an afterthought in the minds of most baseball fans. He was coming off of an injury-plagued and unproductive stint with the Boston Red Sox before becoming a salary dump as he headed to the West Coast in the monster Adrian Gonzalez deal. Once an ultra-elite defensive left fielder who had great speed and ... Read More »

Down On The Farm – Winter Leagues Update: Guerrero returns, Cruz leaves + Dominguez, Reed, Romak

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In minor news, Luis Cruz signed a deal with the Chiba Lotte Marines for $750,000 and will be headed to Japan for 2014. Sort of surprising since he looked impressively bad in 2013. —– Dominican Winter League Alexander Guerrero – 2B Guerrero returned from his thigh injury Monday to play in his first game since Nov. 12. He went 1-4 ... Read More »

The terms of Brian Wilson’s rumored return borders on fan fiction + Dodgers in on J.P. Howell

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I’m not sure this could go any better if I planned it myself. But here goes… —– The Dodgers are close with Brian Wilson… Dodgers and Brian Wilson appear to be getting close on a contract agreement. — Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) December 3, 2013 …but HE only wants a one-year deal… The #Dodgers and free-agent closer Brian Wilson are talking ... Read More »

Ronald Belisario won’t be around anymore, so could John Axford be his replacement?

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The non-tender deadline was yesterday, with Clayton Kershaw, A.J. Ellis, Kenley Jansen, and Ronald Belisario all needing decisions. The Dodgers decided to non-tender Beli, and we all assume the other three will be dealt with. #Dodgers non-tender Ronald Belisario, bit of a surprise — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 3, 2013 This was a surprise, not because Beli deserved to be ... Read More »

2013 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Review: Shortstops

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Hanley Ramirez .345/.402/.638/1.040; .442 wOBA; 191 wRC+; .293 ISO; unexpectedly solid defense at an extremely important defensive position (shortstop) where offense is secondary; and ~5.3 WAR. In any other season, we’d be taking about the likely MVP and certain Silver Slugger winner. However, 2013 will largely go down as a “what could have been year” for Hanley Ramirez despite the ... Read More »

What could a Hanley Ramirez extension look like?

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Hanley Ramirez is in extension talks with the Dodgers, though it’s nothing close to finished, according to Dionisio Soldevila of ESPN Deportes. But more importantly, what might this extension look like? Hanley Ramirez said recently that he has had ongoing extension talks with the Dodgers, Dionisio Soldevila of ESPNDeportes.com reports (Spanish language link). The 29-year-old is under contract for next ... Read More »

Dodgers avoid arbitration with Elbert, Butera, Baxter, so they’ll probably be with the team in 2014

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The news today is that the Dodgers avoided arbitration with Scott Elbert, Drew Butera, and Mike Baxter, which isn’t really significant in itself. However, it’s noteworthy because it means they’ll all have contracts for 2014 and they were prime non-tender candidates. With the deadline to tender contracts on Monday night, the Dodgers on Friday signed left-handed reliever Scott Elbert, backup ... Read More »

2013 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Review: Second Basemen

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Mark Ellis Mark Ellis‘ tenure with the Dodgers is a pretty simple one to sum up: good to excellent defense, below-average hitting made worse by Don Mattingly‘s insistence on batting him second, and the inevitable leg injury. 2013 provided more of the same old same old from Mark. Ellis saved roughly seven runs with the leather while hitting just .270/.323/.351/.674, ... Read More »

2013 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Review: First Basemen

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Adrian Gonzalez Adrian Gonzalez entered 2013 providing hope for the first base position that the Dodgers haven’t had since James Loney‘s strong push to end 2007. After the late-season trade that sent Adrian from the Boston Red Sox to Los Angeles — and a solid but unspectacular end to the season, offensively — there was hope that another off-season away ... Read More »

Down On The Farm – Winter Leagues Update: Reed, Magill + Guerrero’s status + Pederson & Gordon done

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The Arizona Fall League and Australian Baseball League have wrapped up, while Alexander Guerrero has still not returned from his thigh/hamstring injury. He is close to returning, but time is running out. Winter is coming … to an end. —– Dominican Winter League Dee Gordon – CF Gordon’s time in the DWL has come to an end, as he last ... Read More »

2013 Los Angeles Dodgers Season Review: Catchers

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A.J. Ellis A.J. Ellis entered 2013 as a key, but underrated, component to the team’s success. He was a player who patrolled a scarce defensive position and could consistently work counts, provide occasional pop, and handle a deep and talented pitching staff. Of course, it was always unlikely that he’d match his stellar 2012 campaign (.270/.373/.414/.787, 13 HR, 3.7 fWAR/3.3 ... Read More »

Dodgers to sign Dan Haren to 1 year, $10 million deal, hope he can buck his career trend

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The Dodgers will sign pitcher Dan Haren to a one-year, $10 million deal with a vesting option for 2015, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Sources: Haren to #Dodgers, one year, $10M plus 2015 option that vests at 180 innings. Pending physical. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 25, 2013 Haren will be 33 next season and is coming off ... Read More »