Player News - Dodgers

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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

The Phillies are considering Chase Utley to become their new bench coach, according to FOX 29's Howard Eskin in Philadelphia.

The Phillies still have two more spots on their coaching staff to fill after hiring Pedro Guerrero to be the assistant hitting coach on Wednesday. Utley hasn't actually retired yet, but if he were to hang up his playing cleats, this would be a fun move. Utley was one of the best second basemen in the sport during his time with Philadelphia and he is still one of the most popular players in the city. He also has a long reputation of being a smart, respected presence in the clubhouse, so a transition into coaching could be a natural fit.
Nov 22 - 9:17 PM

Dodgers purchased the contract of RHP Dennis Santana from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Santana, 21, held a 4.11 ERA and 129/45 K/BB ratio over 118 1/3 innings between High- and Double-A this past season. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 9:34 PM

Dodgers purchased the contract of RHP Trevor Oaks from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Oaks, 24, posted a 3.64 ERA and 72/18 K/BB ratio over 84 innings for Oklahoma City this season. He now can't be taken in the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 9:32 PM

According to Patrick Mooney of NBC Sports Chicago, the Cubs have identified free agent reliever Brandon Morrow as an offseason target.

Morrow put up a stellar 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 regular-season innings for the Dodgers and then shut down the Cubs in the National League Championship Series. Mooney says the Cubs "are also expected to monitor" the market for free agent Addison Reed as they look for new late-inning relief options. The asking price on Orioles closer Zach Britton is said to be "too high."
Nov 16 - 11:54 AM

Dodgers catching prospect Will Smith went 2-for-4 with a homer for Glendale in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday.

Smith's homer was the second of his AFL season, and it came in the first inning off of Milwaukee pitching prospect Jon Perrin. A 2017 compensation selection (32nd overall), Smith had a flawed first full professional season, but he's still one of the better catching prospects in baseball because of his approach at the plate, sneaky speed and developing power. As long as he stays behind the plate -- and he's generally graded as an above-average defender there -- he has a very high floor as both a real and fantasy prospect.
Nov 15 - 7:27 PM

Andre Ethier intends to continue his playing career next season.

Ethier recently hit the free agent market after the Dodgers bought out his $17.5 million for 2018. He turns 36 next April and has been limited to just 38 games over the past two seasons. He's going to have to earn a prominent role at his next stop.
Nov 14 - 5:09 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, "there are hints" that Yu Darvish is at the top of the Twins' offseason wish list.

It would be an uncharacteristic move for cost-conscious Minnesota to jump up and snag a top-tier free agent, but the team is badly in need of pitching help and Twins general manager Thad Levine was part of the contingent that brought Darvish over from Japan when he was with the Rangers. Heyman notes that the Twins also have interest in Jake Arrieta as well as "next-tier starters" Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb. They're also in touch with some high-dollar free agent relievers, like Wade Davis and Greg Holland.
Nov 14 - 10:25 AM

The BBWAA announced Monday that Cody Bellinger was named National League Rookie of the Year.

It was another unanimous selection. In fact, this marks the fourth time that both Rookie of the Year Award winners were unanimous in the same year. Bellinger was a surprise call-up in late April, but he provided an immediate jolt to the Dodgers’ lineup, ultimately leading the team with 39 homers and 97 RBI while hitting .267/.352/.581 over 132 games. He surpassed Frank Robinson and Wally Berger for the NL rookie home run record. Paul DeJong finished second in the NL ROY balloting and Josh Bell finished third.
Nov 13 - 6:50 PM

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants have "checked in on" Brandon Morrow.

They'll have competition, as Shea notes that "many teams are calling on Morrow," who posted a 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 relief innings for the Dodgers this season. The Giants are expected to go after at least one reliever this winter as they look to stabilize things ahead of closer Mark Melancon.
Nov 13 - 1:52 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cardinals "are looking at high-end starters, including Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta."

Heyman does add the caveat that "they will first investigate the trade market before committing to a big-ticket free agent." President of baseball operations John Mozeliak has stated that a middle-of-the-order bat and a closer are bigger priorities for the Cardinals this winter than a starter, but it sounds like they'll still at least kick the tires on Darvish and Arrieta. However, if they do add a starter they might ultimately wind up settling on a lesser name, whether it be via trade or free agent signing.
Nov 13 - 11:18 AM

Dodgers re-signed LHP Colt Hynes to a minor league contract.

The 32-year-old left-hander split his 2017 season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, compiling a 3.70 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 42/12 K/BB ratio in his 56 innings of work. He'll continue to provide organizational pitching depth for the Dodgers.
Nov 11 - 8:52 AM

Brandon Morrow told MLB Network Radio on Thursday that he'd like to remain with the Dodgers as a free agent.

Morrow qualified the statement with an "all things being equal," suggesting that he wants to get out there and get the biggest deal he can. Of course, the Dodgers have the flexibility to be generous. One imagines they'll make a significant bid to keep him.
Nov 9 - 4:44 PM

Cody Bellinger won the Players Choice Outstanding NL Rookie Award on Wednesday.

Bellinger wins the hardware over Josh Bell and Paul DeJong, who are also competing with him for the BBWAA 2017 National League Rookie of the Year Award. And by competing, we mean they were also nominated. The left-handed hitting rookie smashed 39 homers and slugged .581 for the Dodgers in 2017 and was a key factor in the middle of the lineup for the National League champs.
Nov 8 - 8:08 PM

O'Koyea Dickson has elected to become a free agent.

Dickson was outrighted off the Dodgers' 40-man roster on Monday. The 27-year-old should be able to find a new home rather quickly after posting an .811 OPS with 24 home runs and 76 RBI in 116 games this season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, though it will probably be on a minor league deal.
Nov 8 - 10:14 AM

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