Player News - Dodgers

Date: Team: Pos:

Dodgers signed INF Brandon Hicks to a minor league contract.

Hicks, 30, batted only .220/.308/.326 at Triple-A with the Giants last season. He'll fill some organizational depth.
Feb 8 - 6:16 PM

Dodgers re-signed RHP Chin-Hui Tsao to a minor league contract.

Tsao, 34, made it up briefly to the majors with the Dodgers last season but spent the bulk of the year at Triple-A, holding a 2.77 ERA and 42/11 K/BB ratio over 39 innings. He's simply a depth guy.
Feb 8 - 6:14 PM

According to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, there's a chance that Hyun-Jin Ryu may not be ready for Opening day.

Dilbeck believes that the biggest decision that the Dodgers will face in spring training is whether or not Ryu, who is returning from shoulder surgery, will be ready to open the season in the starting rotation. If he isn't deemed ready to take the ball every fifth day, he could begin the year on a minor league rehab assignment with Alex Wood filling the void in the rotation.
Feb 7 - 10:19 PM

Freddy Garcia will retire from baseball after pitching for his native Venezuela in the Caribbean Series championship game on Sunday.

Garcia, 39, threw 7 1/3 innings in Triple-A for the Dodgers last season but spent most of the last two years in Taiwan, Venezuela and Mexico. It's been a fine career, as Garcia held a 4.15 ERA across 2,264 innings over parts of 15 major league seasons. He made two All-Star teams and finished runner-up in the 1999 American League Rookie of the Year voting.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 7 - 11:16 AM

Dodgers re-signed 2B Howie Kendrick to a two-year, $20 million contract.

The deal was agreed upon last week and then finalized Thursday after Kendrick passed his pre-signing physical. Kendrick will make $10 million in 2016 and $10 million in 2017, with $5 million deferred each year. He'll act as the Dodgers' primary second baseman again in 2016, but the 32-year-old figures to see starts at third base and left field as well. Kendrick batted .295/.336/.409 with nine home runs, 54 RBI, and six stolen bases in 117 games last season for Los Angeles.
Feb 4 - 12:20 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, teams asking the Dodgers about Yasiel Puig are being told that he is not available for trade.

Puig is coming off a disappointing, injury-riddled 2015 season and it would make very little sense for the Dodgers to sell low. The Cuban outfielder reportedly had a sit-down meeting last month with new manager Dave Roberts, who offered to "wipe the slate clean." Puig is a pretty good bet to bounce back in 2016 -- what will be his age-25 season. He is under contract through 2018 at some very team-friendly rates.
Feb 4 - 11:48 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale says there are "no signs of a potential match" between the White Sox and Dodgers for veteran outfielder Andre Ethier.

Chicago is known to have interest in Ethier and Los Angeles has a surplus of corner outfielders, but the two sides have not been able to work out an agreeable exchange of money and players. Ethier is owed $38 million over the next two seasons and carries a $17.5 million vesting option for 2018. The soon-to-be 34-year-old batted .294/.366/.486 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 142 games last season for the Dodgers.
Feb 4 - 10:05 AM

MLB.com's Phil Rogers reports that the White Sox are "exploring" the possibility of a trade for Andre Ethier.

Rogers cautions that it's "not clear if there's a match" and that the Dodgers "would prefer" to deal Carl Crawford rather than Ethier. Ethier will turn 34 in April and is still owed $38 million over the next two seasons, but he was productive last season with a .294/.366/.486 batting line and 14 home runs.
Feb 1 - 6:21 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Chase Utley could see time at third base this season.

Roberts has also talked to Howie Kendrick about playing third base. Justin Turner (knee) is expected to be ready for Opening Day but the Dodgers may decide to limit his playing time in the early going after his offseason microfracture surgery. Utley started three games at third base in 2015.
Jan 30 - 10:09 PM

Justin Turner (knee) is optimistic he'll be ready for Opening Day.

His rehab from microfracture surgery seems to be going well. Turner more than doubled his career-high in homers last year while batting 10 points above his career average. Howie Kendrick could see time at the hot corner if Turner isn't ready to play an every-day role when the season opens.
Jan 30 - 9:04 PM

Enrique Hernandez (shoulder) said he still has a few weeks left in his throwing program but should be ready for the start of spring training.

Hernandez has made solid progress in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. He said he's been able to hit all winter. The Dodgers used Hernandez as a utility player last year and he should occupy the same role in 2016.
Jan 30 - 4:43 PM

Brandon McCarthy (elbow) has thrown off a mound 4-5 times and is hoping to make one or two starts before the All-Star break.

He's almost 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery. McCarthy has always pitched to contact so it won't be a major concern if he loses some of his velocity. The tall right-hander has mostly struggled since leaving Oakland but showed flashes of his old dominance during a 14-game stretch with the Yankees in 2014 (7-5, 2.89 ERA).
Jan 30 - 4:39 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had a sit-down meeting with Yasiel Puig on Saturday and offered to "wipe the slate clean."

He also told Puig to "be himself," noting that last year's coaching staff is gone. Puig has ruffled more than a few feathers since joining the Dodgers in 2013, but Roberts isn't worried about the past. Coming off an injury-plagued 2015 campaign, Puig has gotten in better shape this offseason by shedding 15 pounds. Puig will have to fight for at-bats in a crowded Dodgers outfield this year.
Jan 30 - 4:29 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he's spoken to Howie Kendrick about "mixing in time" at third base.

Roberts said he'd also be open to letting Kendrick play left field during spring training. With the team's logjam at second base, it makes sense to use Kendrick in a utility role. Kendrick has spent the majority of his career playing second base but has also made 26 appearances in left field and one at third base.
Jan 30 - 4:08 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers and Howie Kendrick have agreed to terms on a two-year contract.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman says the deal is for $20 million, which looks like a steal for the Dodgers. L.A. had been planning to get by with some combination of Chase Utley and Kike Hernandez at second base, but as time went on and Kendrick's price appeared to drop, it made sense to bring him back. Kendrick will turn 33 around the All-Star break and missed quite a bit of time last year due to injury, but he batted .295/.336/.409 when healthy and should be good for solid production for another couple years.
Jan 29 - 5:25 PM


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