Player News - Dodgers

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Dodgers signed RHP Justin De Fratus to a minor league contract.

It's unclear if the deal will include an invitation to major league spring training. The 30-year-old hurler hasn't appeared in a big league game since 2015. He split his 2017 season pitching for Double-A Arkansas (Mariners) and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the Independent Atlantic League. He'll add minor league bullpen depth for the Dodgers.
Feb 17 - 3:57 PM

Contrary to an earlier report, Alex Wood (ankle) threw a 28-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

There had bee an announcement that he would be held out from his session, but did participate in fielding drills, but it looks like he was feeling good enough to throw anyways. It doesn't sound like the ankle injury should be a problem moving forward.
Feb 17 - 3:24 PM

Alex Wood (ankle) will not throw a bullpen session on Saturday but is scheduled to participate in pitcher's fielding practice drills.

Wood suffered a minor ankle sprain on Thursday, but it isn't expected to impact him much going forward. He'll be back on the mound in a day or two.
Feb 17 - 11:46 AM

Dodgers signed LHP Cesar Ramos to a minor league contract.

The deal does not include an invitation to spring training. Ramos, 33, spent all of last season at Triple-A in the Phillies organization, holding a 4.00 ERA while splitting his time between starting and relieving.
Feb 16 - 2:54 PM

Dodgers re-signed INF Chase Utley to a two-year, $2 million contract.

The deal was announced earlier this week and is now official. Utley will receive $1 million each season. It's a small price to pay for the veteran infielder who is lauded for his clubhouse presence and professionalism, although we must point out that the 39-year-old has batted just .235/.310/.382 over the last three seasons. Utley will back up at second, third and first base.
Feb 16 - 2:08 PM

Alex Wood (ankle) threw off a mound with a trainer watching on Friday.

Wood had a precautionary X-ray after he sprained his right ankle Thursday, but he said he's fine and that he could've thrown his normal bullpen session Friday if he needed to. This isn't anything to worry about at this point.
Feb 16 - 1:33 PM

Alex Wood will undergo an X-ray after spraining his right ankle Thursday.

Wood will not participate in workouts Friday but presumably could return to action soon if his tests come back clean. The Dodgers will obviously be careful with him early on in camp.
Feb 16 - 12:18 PM

Corey Seager said Friday that his right elbow held up well during offseason workouts.

Seager dealt with an elbow injury down the stretch last season but didn't require offseason surgery. He has not yet thrown beyond 100 feet, so the elbow hasn't been fully tested yet, but to this point it doesn't look like it will be an issue for him. Additionally, Seager noted that his back -- which was also a problem for him last year -- feels good.
Feb 16 - 11:04 AM

Alex Wood had his throwing session postponed Thursday after injuring his right ankle during morning exercises.

The injury appears minor, and Wood is scheduled to throw Friday.
Feb 15 - 4:44 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Thursday that Austin Barnes and Yasmani Grandal will split time at catcher this year.

Barnes posted an excellent .895 OPS in 102 regular-season games last season and was the Dodgers' primary catcher throughout their playoff run, but Grandal might have a larger claim on playing time leading into 2018 because he handles right-handed pitching better. It'll be a tricky situation for fantasy owners.
Feb 15 - 12:25 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts named Clayton Kershaw his Opening Day starter on Tuesday.

Official workouts haven't even begun at Dodgers camp in Arizona, but Roberts figured he might as well get this announcement out of the way. Kershaw has started the Dodgers' last seven Opening Days and will set a new franchise record when he makes his eighth Opening Day start on March 29 against the Giants. He enters the 2018 season as the No. 1 pitcher in fantasy baseball after going 18-4 with a 2.31 ERA, 0.949 WHIP, and 202/30 K/BB ratio over 175 innings in 2017.
Feb 13 - 5:39 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Chase Utley has signed a two-year deal with the Dodgers.

He'll get a $2 million total guarantee, per Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times. It's a bit surprising that Utley was able to land a multi-year pact given that he's entering his age-39 season and many younger players in this market have had to settle for one-year deals or non-guaranteed minor league contracts. But the Dodgers love his veteran clubhouse presence and the coverage he gives them at multiple spots on the infield. Utley hit .236/.324/.405 over 353 plate appearances with the National League champs in 2017.
Feb 13 - 4:45 PM

Harold Reynolds said on MLB Network on Tuesday morning that Matt Kemp lost 41 pounds during the offseason.

Reynolds added that Kemp was pushing to lose 50 pounds. It's a shocking number, but Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi recently said that the veteran outfielder has gotten himself into "great shape" this offseason. No matter the actual number, shedding some pounds should help with his persistent leg issues and by extension, his defense in the outfield. As of now, he's in the mix to compete for playing time in left field in his return to the Dodgers.
Feb 13 - 12:45 PM

Andrew Toles (knee) is expected to be slightly behind schedule this spring.

Toles is working his way back from surgery last May to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. He's expected to get some at-bats on the minor league side in addition to the major league side this spring, but there's nothing to indicate he won't be ready for the season. The Dodgers have a bunch of moving pieces in their outfield, so it will be interesting to see how Dave Roberts makes it work.
Feb 13 - 12:38 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers have reached an agreement with Chase Utley.

No word yet on the terms involved. Utley turned 39 in December and had an underwhelming .236/.324/.405 batting line last season, but the Dodgers value his presence in the clubhouse. And so, he'll hang on for at least one more year. He'll likely serve as a backup infielder and pinch hitter in 2018.
Feb 13 - 11:26 AM


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