Player News - Dodgers

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According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Joe Blanton and Jerry Blevins are on the Dodgers' radar.

Now that the Dodgers have landed their second baseman with Logan Forsythe, Rosenthal hears that their next move will be a reliever. The catch is that they are only willing to offer a one-year deal. Blanton and Blevins surely hoped for more at the start of the winter, but their chances of getting it have grown smaller with spring training approaching. Blanton, 36, posted a 2.48 ERA and 80/26 K/BB ratio across 80 innings with the Dodgers last season. Blevins was excellent with the Mets last season, putting up a 2.79 ERA and 52/15 K/BB ratio over 42 innings.
Jan 24 - 8:33 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Brett Anderson has agreed to a contract with the Cubs, pending a physical.

We can't consider Anderson passing the physical a slam dunk given all his previous injury issues. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan says the contract is worth $3.5 million and contains incentives that could push the total to $10 million. Anderson didn't have any arm problems in 2016, but he was limited to just 11 1/3 innings with the Dodgers due to back, wrist and blister issues. He's made more than eight big league starts just once in his last five campaigns. However, Anderson has mostly pitched well when able to take the mound, and Rosenthal says the Cubs were impressed by a bullpen session the southpaw threw recently in Arizona. He'll be an option for their rotation, although he might be on the outside looking in as it stands right now.
Jan 23 - 9:51 PM

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman on Monday didn't rule out re-signing Chase Utley even after the trade for Logan Forsythe.

"Never say never," Friedman said about the possibility of bringing back Utley. The second baseman would obviously have to be willing to accept a bench role, but perhaps he might consider it in order to remain in Los Angeles. Utley batted just .252/.319/.396 with 14 home runs for the Dodgers in 2016.
Jan 23 - 8:16 PM

Dodgers acquired 2B Logan Forsythe from the Rays in exchange for RHP Jose De Leon.

The Dodgers finally have their second baseman after months of trade talks with the Twins involving Brian Dozier that ultimately led to nothing. They refused to give up more than De Leon for Dozier but have landed Forsythe for De Leon straight up in a deal that makes sense for both sides. Forsythe has batted .273/.347/.444 over the last two seasons and is under team control for $15.5 million through 2018.
Jan 23 - 7:06 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Dodgers and Rays are "deep into discussions" on a trade that would send Logan Forsythe to Los Angeles.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says the Rays will be getting Jose DeLeon for Forsythe and that the trade should be announced soon. It will be the second time Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has traded for Forsythe, as he was with the Rays when they acquired him from the Padres. Forsythe has batted .273/.347/.444 over the last two seasons and is under team control for $15.5 million through 2018.
Jan 23 - 6:49 PM

Alex Hassan has announced his retirement from baseball.

Hassan broke the news himself on Twitter, saying that he's re-enrolled at Duke in order to finish his degree. The 28-year-old was a pretty good prospect for the Red Sox a few years ago, but he really struggled at the Triple-A level in 2016 and finishes his career with just nine plate appearances in the majors (all in 2014).
Jan 20 - 8:37 AM

Dodgers released RHP Adrian Salcedo.

Salcedo, who turns 26 next month, still has 94 games remaining on his third PED suspension. He hasn't pitched at all since 2015 as a member of the Twins organization.
Jan 17 - 1:44 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, free agent Carl Crawford has "pretty much called it a career."

Cafardo was told by a Dodgers official that the 35-year-old is ready to hang up his cleats. Crawford has been out of the league since getting let go by the Dodgers last June. Assuming this is it for Crawford, the four-time All-Star will finish his career with a .290 average, 136 HR, 766 RBI and 480 steals over 1,716 MLB appearances. He played for three teams—the Rays, Red Sox and Dodgers—throughout his 15-year career.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 14 - 4:42 PM

Dodgers and LHP Luis Avilan avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

He was eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason. Avilan holds a career 2.98 ERA over parts of five seasons in the majors.
Jan 13 - 2:14 PM

Dodgers and RHP Josh Fields avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.05 million contract.

He was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Fielder put up a 2.79 ERA in 22 appearances with the Dodgers in 2016.
Jan 13 - 2:12 PM

Dodgers and LHP Alex Wood avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.8 million contract.

It's the first time he's been eligible for arbitration. Wood posted a 3.73 ERA over 14 appearances -- 10 starts -- for the Dodgers last season.
Jan 13 - 2:11 PM

Dodgers and C Yasmani Grandal avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.5 million contract.

Grandal was arbitration-eligible for the second time this offseason. He slugged 27 bombs for the Dodgers in 2016.
Jan 13 - 2:09 PM

Kenley Jansen said that he would not be playing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

Jansen -- who re-upped with the Dodgers on a five-year, $80 million contract on Tuesday -- isn't the only member of his squad that will be skipping the World Baseball Classic. Kenta Maeda is expected to likewise tell Team Japan that he will not be participating. In addition, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said that Clayton Kershaw was unlikely to pitch in the event.
Jan 11 - 7:30 PM

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said that Trayce Thompson (back) is a question mark for the beginning of spring training.

Friedman explained that while Thompson has been moving toward taking part in baseball activities as his rehab progresses, his availability for spring training remains dodgy. He has not yet swung a bat this offseason. The 25-year-old outfielder missed the second half of the 2016 campaign due to a pair of stress fractures in his back. In 80 games played last season, he hit .225/.302/.436 with 13 homers and five steals.
Jan 11 - 5:45 PM

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich told the Denver Post on Tuesday that Joe Blanton is among the free agent relievers the club is considering.

Greg Holland is another possibility for Colorado. "As I have said before, we have checked in on a lot of guys, those guys included," Bridich said. "There are multiple teams interested in those types of guys." Blanton got lit up by the Cubs in the 2016 NLCS, but he registered an impressive 2.48 ERA and 80/26 K/BB ratio across 80 innings for the Dodgers during the regular season.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 10 - 10:36 PM


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