Player News - Dodgers

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ESPN's Jeff Passan writes that free agent reliever Ryan Madson is "generating a lot of interest."

Passan expects "a handful of relief-pitcher signings" over the next few days as teams "comb the one-year market." Brad Brach is another reliever generating interest for a one-year deal. Madson, 38, posted a rough 5.47 ERA over 52 2/3 innings last summer between the Nationals and Dodgers, but he was tremendous in 2017 and will apparently have multiple destinations to choose from.
Jan 23 - 6:14 PM

Dodgers signed C Josh Thole to a minor league contract.

Andersen Pickard of MLB Daily Dish was first with the news. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Thole can opt out of his contract if he's not on the major league roster by July 1. Thole, 32, hasn't been in the majors since 2016 and split last season between independent ball and the Tigers' minor league system.
Jan 22 - 2:10 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Dodgers have been discussing Joc Pederson in possible trades, and the White Sox are "one of clubs in those conversations."

Jason Kinander of FanSided was first to report that the two sides were talking. The White Sox really need outfield help, so it's not a surprise that they would have some interest in Pederson. It's also not a surprise that the Dodgers are fielding offers for the outfielder, as they appear interested in balancing out their left-handed-heavy lineup. Rosenthal adds that it's "not known if talks are advanced to point where teams are close to a deal." Pederson is under team control through 2020.
Jan 20 - 12:08 PM

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, there is a mystery team in the mix for Manny Machado, and that they reportedly have the highest offer on the table.

Heyman notes that the impression is that the mystery team is not Machado's preferred destination, though if the Phillies and White Sox don't up their offers, perhaps the almighty dollar will win out in the end. The Yankees and Dodgers have each been connected to Machado as well this winter, but Heyman reported earlier on Friday that neither team has made an official contract offer.
Jan 18 - 8:46 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that the Yankees and Dodgers have not made Manny Machado an official contract offer this offseason.

Machado's father, Manuel, told Z Deportes that his son has received offers from the Yankees, Dodgers and Phillies and that there's been "a lot of interest" from the White Sox, but Heyman is hearing otherwise. While it doesn't necessarily matter that he hasn't gotten "official" offers from either club, the Dodgers have never seemed likely to re-sign Machado and him landing with the Yankees has been looking less and less likely by the day.
Jan 18 - 12:30 PM

Andy Martino of reports that the White Sox have discussed a deal with Manny Machado that would allow the team to exercise an option after year three that would trigger club control for an eighth or ninth year.

If the White Sox declined to exercise that option, Machado would have the opportunity to opt out of the deal after 2021. It's a similar contract stipulation that Yusei Kikuchi and Zach Britton agreed to, although with Machado it would obviously be on a much larger scale. All three players are clients of Scott Boras, who has referred to the unique contracts as a "swellopt" (meaning it's a "swell" option for both sides). Martino believes that if Machado might be amendable to this type of contract, it's possible the Yankees could jump back into the bidding.
Jan 18 - 9:38 AM

Dodgers signed RHP Luis Vasquez to a minor league contract.

Vasquez will turn 33 years old in April and has never appeared in a game at the MLB level. He holds an uninspiring 5.49 ERA in 306 2/3 career minor league frames.
Jan 16 - 10:03 PM

Fancred's Jon Heyman hears that the White Sox's reported offer of seven years, $175 million to Manny Machado is "way off."

ESPN's Buster Olney presented those numbers on Wednesday afternoon. Word is the White Sox aren't willing to go beyond seven years for Machado -- or Bryce Harper, for that matter -- but Heyman writes that the dollar value in this case "almost surely begins with a 2," as in $200-million-plus. The Phillies and Yankees are the only other two teams that have been connected publicly to Machado, though darkhorses could certainly emerge if the price drops well below the $300 million he was believed to be demanding at the start of the winter. Machado's agent Dan Lozano released a statement Wednesday evening decrying "completely wrong" reports about the market for his client. The saga continues.
Jan 16 - 4:27 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney says the White Sox's offer to Manny Machado is $175 million for seven years.

He's not the first to say this, but it lends some weight to the previous reports. Obviously, Machado is worth more than $25 million per year, but that doesn't much matter unless someone else steps up. The Phillies and Yankees are his other known suitors at the moment. You'd have to think that other teams would jump into the mix if Machado's market craters to the point where he is seriously considering this White Sox offer. The 26-year-old was said to be seeking a 10-year deal worth more than $300 million at the outset of the offseason.
Jan 16 - 12:24 PM

Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that Manny Machado's offer from the White Sox remains at seven years.

There's some contrasting information out there at the moment, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today backs up Levine's report of seven years. However, Jeff Passan of reported late Sunday that Chicago offered eight years to Machado, with Z101Digital’s Hector Gomez adding that it's worth $250 million. Either way, Machado remains a free agent and surely wants something closer to 10 years and $300 million. The wait continues.
Jan 14 - 11:58 AM

Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that the White Sox have made an eight-year contract offer to free agent superstar Manny Machado.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported earlier in the day that the White Sox had made an offer to Machado "for about $200 million", and now we learn that it's for an eight-year pact. The White Sox have been steadfast in their reluctance to go to 10 years on the contract, and reportedly they're nowhere near the $300 million threshold that Machado had been hoping for. Unless a vaunted mystery team comes into play, or the Yankees jump back into the mix, it looks like the battle for Machado will come down to the White Sox and Phillies.
Jan 13 - 10:49 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the White Sox "have focused their attention this past month" on Manny Machado.

Nightengale says the White Sox have made an offer to Machado "for about $200 million," and they've also tried for a couple trump cards by trading for his brother-in-law Yonder Alonso and signing his friend Jon Jay. The offer is for substantially less than Machado reportedly was seeking, but it's looking like the infielder's market is down to the White Sox and Phillies at this point and Nightengale has indicated that Philly is the favorites to land Harper.
Source: USA Today
Jan 13 - 1:57 PM

Free agent reliever John Axford said he is hoping to sign with the Blue Jays.

"That’s where I want to be," Axford said of Toronto. It's an interesting tactic -- you don't often hear players publicly lobby to sign with a specific team -- but Axford is from Canada and clearly enjoys being north of the border. Whether the Jays feel the same way is a different story, but the 35-year-old says he think he could be a mentor to the club's young pitchers. Axford spent the 2018 season between the Jays and Dodgers.
Jan 12 - 5:34 PM

Dodgers and SS Chris Taylor avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

The 28-year-old utility man is coming off a nice season in which he hit .254/.331/.444 with 17 long balls, 63 RBI and nine swipes in 604 plate appearances. He was projected by to earn $3.2 million in his first season of arbitration eligibility.
Jan 12 - 9:47 AM

Dodgers and OF Joc Pederson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5 million contract.

The 26-year-old slugger brought home $2.6 million in 2018 where he slashed .248/.321/.522 with 25 homers and 56 RBI. Pederson was projected by to earn $4.3 million through the arbitration process. The departures of Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp could allow Pederson to get more playing time in the Dodgers' outfield this year.
Jan 12 - 9:36 AM

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