Player News - Dodgers

Date: Team: Pos:

Dodgers signed RHP Andrew Robinson to a minor league contract.

The deal will presumably include in invitation to spring training, but that has yet to be confirmed. The 29-year-old hurler spent the 2017 season in the Nationals' organization, compiling a 3.69 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 47/13 K/BB ratio across 39 innings.
Jan 21 - 5:39 PM

Twins owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday at the team's TwinsFest he's "totally on board" with signing free agent Yu Darvish or another free agent starter.

"Yes, I’m totally on board with that," Pohlad told fans. "There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there. I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody." Pohlad later admitted to being a Darvish fan, and Twins president and CEO Dave St. Peter said, "There is mutual interest in seeing if something makes sense for both parties. We’re not there yet today but that could accelerate here in the near future. We’ll see." The Twins are on the list of teams the 31-year-old is known to be considering, a list that recently also included the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, and Astros.
Jan 20 - 5:18 PM

Dodgers signed INF Donovan Solano to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Solano, 30, spent all of 2017 at Triple-A in the Yankees organization. He's a career .257/.306/.331 hitter over parts of five seasons in the majors but does offer the Dodgers some infield versatility depth.
Jan 19 - 9:19 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Blue Jays have signed Curtis Granderson to a one-year, $5 million contract.

The deal is pending a physical and also includes incentives. Granderson will turn 37 in March and really struggled down the stretch with the Dodgers last season, finishing with a .212/.323/.452 batting line. However, he did pop 26 home runs and still draws plenty of walks. He'll be used in left or right field (or both) against right-handed pitching.
Jan 15 - 9:10 PM

John Harper of the New York Daily News reports that the Yankees' interest in Yu Darvish is "very real."

Harper says general manager Brian Cashman thinks they'd be able to sign Darvish at a "reasonable" price due to the stalled free agent market, which is part of the reason they didn't offer a stronger package for Gerrit Cole. Harper writes that the Yankees "seem to think" that price could be in the five-year, $80-90 million range. That seems awfully low, especially since there are a good number of clubs still in on the right-hander. Darvish would put the Yanks over the luxury-tax threshold even if they get him at a bargain rate, and the team has been adamant they won't go there. It would likely require them trading Jacoby Ellsbury and/or another player or two.
Jan 14 - 9:22 AM

According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics have expressed interest in free agent southpaw Tony Watson.

Shea notes that with only one left-hander currently slotted into the team's bullpen, the A's are in the market for another reliever. The Athletics would be an interesting landing spot for Watson from a fantasy perspective, because it could put him in the mix for save chances with incumbent Blake Treinen. In addition to Watson, they have also reportedly spoken to Brian Duensing.
Jan 13 - 7:14 AM

Dodgers and OF Joc Pederson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.6 million contract.

Pederson served as a part-time outfielder last year and spent three weeks in the minor leagues. He turned in a weak .212 batting average with 11 home runs and 35 RBI in 102 games.
Jan 12 - 10:59 PM

Dodgers and LHP Alex Wood avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6 million contract.

Wood was eligible for arbitration for the second time. He was brilliant last season, going 16-3 with a 2.72 ERA in 25 starts and two relief appearances.
Jan 12 - 6:47 PM

Dodgers and LHP Tony Cingrani avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.3 million contract.

It's the second time the lefty has been arbitration-eligible. Cingrani posted a 4.22 ERA over 47 relief appearances in 2017 for the Reds and Dodgers.
Jan 12 - 2:33 PM

Dodgers and INF/OF Enrique Hernandez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.6 million contract.

Hernandez was arbitration-eligible for the first time. He batted .215/.308/.421 with 11 dingers last season.
Jan 12 - 2:13 PM

Dodgers and RHP Josh Fields avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.2 million contract.

He was arbitration-eligible for the second time. Fields held a 2.84 ERA over 57 relief appearances last season.
Jan 12 - 1:27 PM

Dodgers and RHP Pedro Baez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

Baez was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter. The talented but often maligned reliever held 2.95 ERA and struck out a batter per inning for the Dodgers last season.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 12 - 9:46 AM

Dodgers and C Yasmani Grandal avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.9 million contract.

Grandal was arbitration-eligible for a final time this offseason. At the moment he's a highly paid backup to Austin Barnes, but Grandal still figures to play plenty for the Dodgers in 2018.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 12 - 9:44 AM

Cody Bellinger told MLB.com's Ken Gurnick on Thursday that he has gained 15 pounds of muscle since the end of the World Series.

Bellinger credited it to a stepped-up conditioning and nutrition program. The 22-year-old first baseman earned National League Rookie of the Year honors in 2017 after batting .267/.352/.581 with 39 home runs, 97 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 87 runs scored in 132 games. He carries monstrous fantasy upside into 2018.
Jan 11 - 3:46 PM

Yu Darvish indicated Wednesday night on his personal Twitter account that he is deciding between six teams.

Darvish was responding to a report from Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, which stated that the free agent starter has received ongoing interest from the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, and Twins. "I know one more team is in," Darvish replied. That team could be the Dodgers, as Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times tweeted Wednesday that it is his "understanding" the reigning NL champions are still in the mix "despite the financial hurdles." Darvish signing this week could finally unclog a free agent market that has been stagnant all winter for both starting pitchers and position players.
Jan 11 - 1:51 AM


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