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Dodgers released RHP Brian Wilson.

The 32-year-old bearded one was terrific in limited duty for the Dodgers in 2013 but registered a troublesome 4.66 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 54/29 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 innings in 2014. He should should attract interest from team's in need of bullpen help, though his days of closing out games are likely over.
Dec 19 - 9:25 PM

Dodgers designated OF/1B Kyle Jensen for assignment.

They needed room on the 40-man roster following the addition of Jimmy Rollins. Jensen was just acquired last month from the Marlins in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The 26-year-old has yet to play in the majors but has slugged at least 24 homers in each of his last four minor league seasons.
Dec 19 - 12:56 PM

Dodgers acquired SS Jimmy Rollins and cash considerations from the Phillies in exchange for RHP Zach Eflin and LHP Tom Windle.

They had to wait for the Matt Kemp trade to become official (which it did Thursday night), as Eflin was part of the package the Dodgers got from the Padres. Rollins makes for a nice one-year option for the contending Dodgers, as he's coming off a nice 2014 season that saw him bat .243/.323/.394 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI while also played pretty good defense at shortstop. The Phillies are sending $1 million to the Dodgers in the deal.
Dec 19 - 11:28 AM

Dodgers acquired RHP Joe Wieland from the Padres in the Matt Kemp trade.

Wieland has logged just 85 1/3 innings since the beginning of 2012 due to elbow issues, but he'll enter spring training healthy. The Dodgers are set in their rotation for now, but Wieland will be among the top candidates to fill in once the inevitable Brett Anderson injury comes.
Dec 18 - 11:39 PM

Dodgers acquired C Yasmani Grandal and RHPs Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin from the Padres in exchange for OF Matt Kemp, C Tim Federowicz and cash considerations.

Grandal came on strong at the end of last season as he further distanced himself from ACL surgery, hitting .291/.408/.519 with four homers in September. The switch-hitting catcher has plenty of upside offensively and the Dodgers are hoping he'll help offset some of the offense they'll lose by trading away Kemp.
Dec 18 - 11:35 PM

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, free agent Kevin Correia has become "more engaged" with 3-4 teams.

In other words, he may be getting close to choosing a team. Correia posted a rough 5.44 ERA in 26 starts and three relief appearances this past season between the Dodgers and Twins. He should come very cheap.
Dec 18 - 3:31 PM

Dodgers acquired C Shawn Zarraga from the Brewers for INF/OF Matt Long and LHP Jarret Martin.

Zarraga posted a promising .309/.416/.389 batting line in 92 games this past season between Double-A and Triple-A, but the 25-year-old catcher is not a highly-regarded prospect. Zarraga was a 44th-round pick of the Brewers in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft.
Dec 18 - 2:01 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are talking to teams about a trade involving Brandon League.

Rosenthal says that the Dodgers are willing to eat almost half of League's $7.5 million salary for next season in order to move him. League is coming off a nice season, having posted a 2.57 ERA over 63 appearances, so he could draw some interest with the Dodgers paying down part of his contract.
Dec 16 - 10:44 PM

Dodgers designated RHP Brian Wilson for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Brandon McCarthy on the 40-man roster. Wilson exercised his $9.5 million player option for 2015 back in November, but the new Dodgers front office is prepared to eat his salary in order to turn the page. The 32-year-old had a mediocre 4.66 ERA and 54/29 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 innings this past season.
Dec 16 - 2:55 PM

Dodgers signed RHP Brandon McCarthy to a four-year, $48 million contract.

The two sides reached an agreement last week and now the deal is official. McCarthy was fantastic down the stretch for the Yankees this season, posting a 2.89 ERA and 82/13 K/BB ratio over 90 1/3 innings. His injury history makes him a risk, but he'll have a good chance to repeat those numbers with a move over to the National League and a pitcher-friendly home ballpark.
Dec 16 - 1:52 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Dodgers plan to designate Kyle Jensen for assignment when the signing of Brandon McCarthy becomes official.

Jensen was just acquired last month from the Marlins in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The 26-year-old has yet to play in the majors but has slugged at least 24 homers in each of his last four minor league seasons.
Dec 15 - 8:07 PM

Chris Withrow had surgery last week to repair a herniated disk in his lower back.

Withrow has dealt with chronic back problems during his career and decided to get the issue addressed. He's currently in rehab mode from Tommy John surgery this past June, so it shouldn't delay his return to the mound. He's unlikely to contribute until around midseason next year.
Dec 11 - 4:45 PM

Infielder-outfielder Enrique Hernandez was sent from the Marlins to the Dodgers in the Dee Gordon trade.

Hernandez, who was picked up by the Marlins in the Jarred Cosart deal in July. hit .248/.321/.421 in 134 major league at-bats as a 22-year-old last season. It's unlikely that he has a future as a regular anywhere on the diamond, but he can cover a bunch of position and swing the bat a bit, which should make him a useful piece.
Dec 11 - 1:51 AM

Catcher Austin Barnes was sent from the Marlins to the Dodgers in Wednesday's seven-player deal.

Barnes had a really promising 2014 season, hitting .296/.406/.507 in 78 games after moving up to Double-A. He turns 25 this month and it's unclear if he's really a future major league catcher, but the on-base skills are real and he's athletic enough to play the outfield or maybe second base. A future as a quality bench player is possible.
Dec 11 - 1:49 AM

Reliever Chris Hatcher was traded from the Marlins to the Dodgers in the Dee Gordon deal

Hatcher, should he make the team, will be able to chat with Kenley Jansen about the good old days of being a catcher. He actually reached the majors as a backstop in Sept. 2010 before converting to the pen the next year. He had a nice little breakthrough last season, posting a 3.38 ERA and a 60/12 K/BB ratio in 56 innings for the Marlins. Still, we're not particularly optimistic about his chances of keeping it up. Obviously, if he does, he's a nice bullpen piece.
Dec 11 - 1:46 AM

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