Player News - Dodgers

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Dodgers re-signed RHP Kenley Jansen to a five-year, $80 million contract.

The deal was agreed to back on December 12 -- nearly a full month ago -- but there was no hurry to take the physical and sign the necessary paperwork given the familiarity between all of the involved parties. It is now officially official. Jansen will return as the Dodgers' closer for 2017 and beyond after posting a brilliant 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio across 68 2/3 innings last year in that role. He also drew serious free agent interest from the Marlins and Nationals, among others.
Jan 10 - 4:54 PM

Dodgers and LHP Vidal Nuno avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.125 million contract.

Nuno, who was acquired from the Mariners for Carlos Ruiz back in November, was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. The 29-year-old posted a 3.53 ERA and 51/11 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings last season and figures to pitch in middle relief for Los Angeles.
Jan 10 - 12:21 PM

Cuban infielder Jose Miguel Fernandez has agreed to a minor league contract with the Dodgers.

He'll get a $200,000 signing bonus, per Ben Badler of Baseball America. Fernandez is thought to be nearly MLB-ready as a 28-year-old second baseman who put up a .319/.403/.423 batting line over parts of eight seasons in Cuba's Serie Nacional. He could make his way onto the Dodgers' major league roster at some point this summer if things go well for him in the upper minors.
Jan 9 - 12:38 PM

According to Jesse Sanchez of, the Dodgers are nearing a deal with Cuban infielder Jose Miguel Fernandez.

Fernandez defected from Cuba in December of 2015 and is currently a free agent. He's viewed by many as major league-ready and could immediately be an option for the Dodgers at second base. The 28-year-old hit .319/.403/.423 over 608 games across eight seasons in the Cuban National Series.
Jan 8 - 3:03 PM

Dodgers re-signed INF Drew Maggi to a minor league contract.

The 27-year-old had a nice season in 2016, slashing .289/.366/.390 with four homers, 24 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 110 games between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City. It would take a couple of injuries for him to get a chance with the big league club in 2017.
Jan 8 - 9:47 AM

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