Player News - Dodgers

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ESPN's Jim Bowden reports a deal between the Dodgers and free agent Rich Hill "will get done."

Bowden said an official announcement is expected on Sunday. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Hill's new deal is expected to be in the neighborhood of three years and $48 million. That's a big raise for Hill, who inked a one-year, $6 million pact with Oakland last offseason. The 36-year-old had his best season in 2016, contributing a stellar 2.12 ERA over 110 1/3 innings.
Dec 3 - 10:42 PM

According to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers are "getting closer" to re-signing free agent Rich Hill.

A source told Peter Gammons earlier today that Hill and the Dodgers were in agreement on a three-year deal worth over $40 million. That could very well be the case, but it doesn't look like a deal will be finalized before Sunday. Hill was limited to only seven starts in the second half because of blister issues but was excellent when healthy last season (2.12 ERA over 20 outings for the Dodgers and A's).
Dec 3 - 8:24 PM

According to Peter Gammons, one team with interest in Rich Hill thinks that he has a three-year deal with the Dodgers worth more than $40 million.

This doesn't mean that a deal is done, but it certainly wouldn't be surprising if he ultimately returned to Los Angeles. The Dodgers need all of the help that they can get in their rotation, and bringing back the veteran left-hander would be a great first step toward stabilizing their pitching staff.
Dec 3 - 3:01 PM

Dodgers non-tendered RHP Louis Coleman.

The 30-year-old right-hander was a staple of the Dodgers' bullpen in 2016, compiling a 4.69 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 45/24 K/BB ratio over 48 innings in his 61 appearances. Now a free agent, he'll look to secure a spring training invitation elsewhere.
Dec 3 - 10:42 AM

Dodgers and OF Scott Van Slyke avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.325 million contract.

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported the contract terms. Van Slyke earned $1.225 million in 2016 while being limited to just 52 games due to back and wrist injuries. The 30-year-old required season-ending surgery on his right wrist in August. He was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
Dec 1 - 4:37 PM

Dodgers and RHP Chris Hatcher avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.25 million contract.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports provided the contract details. Hatcher, who was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter, struggled a 5.53 ERA and 43/21 K/BB ratio over 40 2/3 innings this season before going down with a Grade 3 strain of his oblique in July. Still, he gets a slight raise from the $1.065 million he made in 2016.
Dec 1 - 4:33 PM

Mark Saxon of ESPN.com reports that the Cardinals aren't pursuing free agent third baseman Justin Turner.

This comes after Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported on Tuesday that the Cardinals have interest in Turner. It's worth noting that Saxon wrote at the time of Morosi's report that he heard a few weeks ago that the Cardinals didn't see Turner as a fit. The Cardinals would probably have to trade Jhonny Peralta to make room for him, but there's no doubt he'd be an upgrade. Perhaps they'd rather just focus their resources on landing an outfielder. We'll soon find out who is right here.
Nov 30 - 12:37 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports that the Yankees, Dodgers, Rangers, and Astros are in full pursuit of free agent left-hander Rich Hill.

Bowden also notes that the Red Sox and Orioles are in the mix, though apparently to a lesser extent. It's no surprise to see this group of contenders vying for the services of arguably the top starting pitcher in a weak class of free agents. There's been speculation about him landing a three-year deal in the range of $45 million, but the competition could at least increase the annual salary. Hill missed a bunch of time this past season due to a lingering blister issue, but he posted a brilliant 2.12 ERA over 20 starts between the Athletics and Dodgers.
Nov 29 - 3:41 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Cardinals have interest in free agent third baseman Justin Turner.

The Dodgers would surely like to keep Turner, but they are going to face plenty of competition. The 31-year-old has put up an .856 OPS (136 OPS+) in 386 games over the past three seasons. The Cardinals have already announced that Matt Carpenter will make the move to first base in 2017, but they'd still have a surplus in the way of infielders if they end up signing Turner. Because Turner rejected a qualifying offer from the Dodgers, teams will have to surrender a draft pick in order to sign him.
Nov 29 - 9:20 AM

Dodgers signed OF Henry Ramos to a minor league contract.

Ramos, a 24-year-old former fifth-round pick of the Red Sox, batted .263/.306/.402 in 398 plate appearances this summer between Double-A and Triple-A. He won't have much of a shot at cracking the major league roster with Los Angeles.
Nov 28 - 2:54 PM

Dodgers signed RHP Madison Younginer to a minor league contract.

The 26-year-old hurler appeared in eight games for the Braves in 2016, compiling a 6.43 ERA, 2.29 WHIP and 4/4 K/BB ratio in seven innings. He'll add minor league bullpen depth for the Dodgers.
Nov 26 - 9:38 AM

Dodgers purchased the contract of C Kyle Farmer from Double-A Tulsa.

The 26-year-old backstop is now protected from the Rule 5 draft. Farmer hit .258/.324/.410 with seven homers and 35 RBI in 78 games between two minor league levels in 2016.
Nov 21 - 2:33 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Cubs have done "background work" on free agent reliever Kenley Jansen.

Per Rosenthal, the Cubs' "inquiries appear more a matter of due diligence than the foundation of a serious pursuit." Closer isn't necessarily a need for the Cubs as Hector Rondon is plenty capable of filling that role. After spending nearly $300 million on free agents last offseason, the Cubs don't figure to be big spenders this winter. Jansen will probably fall out of the Cubs' price range but it doesn't hurt for them to explore all possibilities.
Source: Fox Sports
Nov 19 - 8:24 PM

Dodgers signed OF Narciso Mesa to a minor league contract.

The 25-year-old spent the first seven seasons of his minor league career with the Nationals organization. In 2016 he hit a deplorable .198/.250/.333 with three homers, 19 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 64 games between Class-A Hagerstown and High-A Potomac. He's nothing more than organizational filler at this point.
Nov 19 - 11:20 AM

Dodgers signed C/1B Wynston Sawyer to a minor league contract.

The 25-year-old has played just four games above High-A ball in his career, but he did hit a solid .286/.422/.474 with 12 homers and 54 RBI in 92 games in 2016 primarily at High-A Frederick. He'll provide organizational depth for the Dodgers.
Nov 19 - 11:16 AM


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