Player News - Dodgers

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs are "closing in" on a contract with Brandon Morrow.

Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM previously reported that the Cubs were "moving quickly" on Morrow, and it appears the two sides are nearing a deal. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that it's a two-year contract with a club option for a third year, and Heyman says Morrow will receive $10-11 million per season. Finally healthy for the first time in years, Morrow posted a 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings for the Dodgers last season. He could be in line to close for the Cubbies, although the expectation is that they will look to add another late-inning reliever.
Dec 10 - 3:01 PM

Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM in Chicago reports that the Cubs "are moving quickly" on Brandon Morrow.

It was Levine who reported previously that Morrow and Addison Reed were "high on the Cubs' wish list," and it appears the club is more aggressive on Morrow. Morrow put up a 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings last season with the Dodgers and could possibly close for the Cubs if they can lock him up. He has a lengthy injury history but has the potential to be dominant.
Dec 10 - 2:53 PM

CBS Chicago's Bruce Levine says free agent relievers Brandon Morrow and Addison Reed are "high on the Cubs' wish list."

Morrow is on a lot of teams' lists after posting a 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 innings this past season. The Cubs have a late-inning need, assuming closer Wade Davis leaves in free agency. With the Winter Meetings looming, the team could move quickly to secure one of its priority options to avoid being left out in the cold.
Source: CBS Chicago
Dec 9 - 9:25 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Yimi Garcia will earn $630,000 in his one-year contract with the Dodgers.

The two sides avoided arbitration on Friday by agreeing to a one-year contract, but financial terms were not disclosed at the time. Garcia is expected to be ready for the start of spring training after missing the entire 2017 season following Tommy John surgery.
Dec 4 - 7:34 PM

The Dodgers announced Friday that they have hired Brant Brown and Luis Ortiz as assistant hitting coaches.

The pair of former big leaguers will also share the role or minor league hitting coordinator. Brown has spent the past five seasons in the Mariners' organization, the past two as their offensive coordinator. Ortiz served as the Padres' field and hitting coordinator for the past three seasons. The pair will work under hitting coach Turner Ward.
Dec 2 - 11:55 AM

Dodgers and RHP Yimi Garcia avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

The financial details of the deal aren't known. Garcia, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time, missed all of 2017 following Tommy John surgery but is expected to be ready for spring training.
Dec 1 - 5:09 PM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Dodgers are willing to trade catcher Yasmani Grandal this offseason.

Los Angeles could look to Austin Barnes to be the everyday backstop in 2018, and with Grandal again entering arbitration and looking at a raise on his $5.5 million dollar salary from 2017, he would make for a very expensive backup. The 29-year-old is coming off a year where he registered a .767 OPS and hit 22 homers while playing solid defense behind the plate, so even at a salary north of $6 million he should draw interest from teams looking for a starter behind the plate and left-handed bat.
Nov 29 - 11:11 PM

Dodgers signed OF Travis Taijeron to a minor league contract.

Taijeron batted .272/.383/.525 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI in 125 games this summer with the Triple-A affiliate of the Mets, though he struggled mightily in his first taste of the majors after getting a late-August callup. The 28-year-old outfielder seems doubtful to make a significant impact with Los Angeles.
Nov 29 - 10:29 AM

Dodgers signed RHP Jesen Therrien to a minor league contract.

Therrien underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in September and will miss the entire 2018 season, so there's probably a provision in this deal that will allow the Dodgers to retain his rights for 2019. The 24-year-old right-hander posted a shiny 1.41 ERA and 65/9 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings between the Double-A and Triple-A affiliates of the Phillies before getting shut down.
Nov 29 - 10:26 AM

Jim Bowden of SiriusXM reports that six teams are "legitimately in" on Yu Darvish and there are "another handful that are staying close."

Darvish's season ended with a whimper in the World Series, but he's still arguably the top free agent this winter and might get paid the most. The Twins are one team known to have serious interest in the right-hander. Darvish posted a 3.86 ERA and 209/58 K/BB ratio over 186 2/3 innings for the Rangers and Dodgers in 2017.
Nov 27 - 9:51 PM

Dodgers signed SHP Pat Venditte to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The switch-pitcher spent all of this past season at Triple-A in the Phillies organization, posting a 3.36 ERA and 69/36 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings. Venditte has consistently put up nice numbers in the minors, but it hasn't translated to success in the majors to this point.
Nov 27 - 9:16 PM

Andre Ethier said a report that he planned to retire from baseball is "totally untrue."

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reported earlier Sunday that Ethier had informed family and friends that he was going to retire, but the veteran outfielder says that's not the case. The 35-year-old says that he's healthy and that teams have already shown an interest in signing him for 2018. Ethier was limited to just 38 games from 2016-17 due to injury.
Nov 26 - 3:20 PM

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that Andre Ethier has informed family and friends that he is retiring from Major League Baseball.

Ethier told Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times earlier this month that he planned to continue his playing career in 2018, but evidently he's changed his mind after spending some time with his family. The 35-year-old was limited to just 38 games from 2016-17 due to injury but will finish with a fine .285/.359/.463 batting line and 162 home runs over parts of 12 big league seasons.
Nov 26 - 2:10 PM

Twins general manager Thad Levine said Sunday in an interview on SiriusXM that he's in "active conversations" with the agents for Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb.

Levine also referred to Shohei Ohtani and Darvish as priorities for the team and said they're in negotiations with the agents for top free agent relievers, as well. Worth noting is that Levine was part of the contingent that brought Darvish over from Japan when he was with the Rangers. It goes along with previous reports indicating that the Twins will be in the mix for high-end pitching this offseason as they look to inject some much-needed talent into their rotation and bullpen.
Nov 26 - 11:33 AM

According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Dodgers have released Jose Miguel Fernandez.

Fernandez was signed for a $200,000 bonus out of Cuba last January and went on to bat .306/.367/.496 with 16 home runs and 65 RBI in 93 games between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, but he basically disappeared in late July. There are no stats on the record for him after July 29. We'd guess there's a lot more to the story here, but the Dodgers haven't released any details.
Nov 23 - 3:04 PM

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