Player News - Dodgers

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Dodgers sent INF Charlie Culberson outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The move removes the veteran infielder from the club's 40-man roster. As he just signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers worth $550,000, there's a decent chance he'll accept the assignment rather than sacrificing the guaranteed money and looking for a better opportunity elsewhere.
Dec 9 - 6:56 PM

Dodgers selected LHP Edward Paredes from the Reds in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

Paredes posted a respectable 2.27 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 53/21 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings this summer for the Double-A affiliate of the Angels. He'll function as organizational bullpen depth for the Dodgers.
Dec 8 - 1:31 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Nationals are "making a push" for Kenley Jansen.

It looked like a two-team race between the Dodgers and Marlins just a bit ago, but the Nats were in serious pursuit of Aroldis Chapman before he signed with the Yankees and remain desperate for a dominant late-inning arm. Jansen may try to top Chapman's five-year, $86 million agreement with New York. The right-hander posted a ridiculous 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers.
Dec 8 - 8:12 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Marlins have made Kenley Jansen an offer of five years and over $80 million.

Passan says it's "almost at the level" of Aroldis Chapman's offer, so it appears to be in the $80-85 million range. It's obviously a massive total, especially when factoring in that the Marlins would also have to forfeit the No. 13 overall pick to sign Jansen. The Dodgers really want to bring Jansen back, but it remains to be seen whether they'd be willing to contend with the Marlins' offer.
Dec 8 - 12:14 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that while the Marlins remain interested in Kenley Jansen, they are uneasy about surrendering the No. 13 pick to sign him.

The Marlins made a hard push for Aroldis Chapman, who opted to sign with the Yankees on Wednesday night. That leaves Jansen as their top bullpen target. While the draft pick compensation involved here could cause them to back off, ESPN's Jayson Stark is reporting that the Marlins have offered Jansen a five-year contract. The Dodgers remain a contender to re-sign Jansen, too. Stay tuned.
Dec 8 - 12:03 AM

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers remain in touch with free agent infielder Chase Utley.

McCullough earlier relayed that the Dodgers were looking into possible trades involving Ian Kinsler and Brian Dozier, but they are keeping their options open at second base as the Winter Meetings draw to a close. Should the veteran Utley ultimately move on, the Angels have been linked to him via a report from FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.
Dec 7 - 7:45 PM

Mark Saxon of ESPN hears that the Marlins "aren't feeling great" about their chances of signing free agent closer Kenley Jansen.

It's unclear what has changed, but this would seem to be good news for the Dodgers, especially if you consider that the Yankees' first choice would be to sign Aroldis Chapman. We know that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has given his blessing to signing either Jansen or Chapman, but it's unclear how high he'd be willing to go to get one of them.
Dec 7 - 2:35 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark hears that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has "signed off on spending the money to sign Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman."

It's probably going to be in the range of $100 million for one of those guys given the kind of attention they're generating from big-market teams. Jansen, 29, registered a dominant 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Chapman, 28, had a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings between the Yankees and Cubs.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 6 - 10:46 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers "prefer to just bring back Justin Turner."

There is talk of trade interest from the Dodgers in White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier, but it sounds like Los Angeles will try to negotiate with Turner first. Turner's free agent market has yet to fully develop, but he figures to hit it big after slashing .275/.339/.493 with 27 home runs in 2016. He has an .856 OPS (136 OPS+) over the last three seasons and also plays a pretty good third base.
Dec 6 - 4:55 PM

The Dodgers want Kenta Maeda to bulk up so he pitch on regular rest more often in 2017.

Maeda only made 13 of his 32 starts in 2016 on four days' rest and logged a total of 175 2/3 innings. He wasn't nearly as effective in the second half (2.95 ERA in the first half compared to a 4.25 ERA in the second half), so the additional mass could help him maintain his performance for a full season.
Dec 6 - 3:22 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Angels have emerged as a possibility for Chase Utley.

Utley is from Long Beach, went to UCLA, and spent the last year-and-a-half with the Dodgers, so there probably is some mutual interest here. The veteran second baseman batted .252/.319/.396 with 14 home runs and 52 RBI in 138 games this past season. It should only require a one-year commitment. He turns 38 later this month.
Dec 5 - 3:14 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Yasiel Puig will begin working with club trainers in January to "shed some bulk."

Maybe a slimmer frame can help Puig avoid the hamstring issues that have plagued him for the last two years. He finished with a disappointing .263/.323/.416 batting line in 2016, tallying only 11 home runs and five stolen bases in 104 games. Puig will remain a big draft-day gamble in fantasy leagues for 2017.
Dec 5 - 2:39 PM

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Giants have expressed interest in free agent J.P. Howell.

Howell was a disappointment with the Dodgers in 2016, registering a 4.09 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 64 appearances, but he did produce a brilliant 1.97 ERA between 2013-2015. Pretty much every team in baseball is seeking lefty relief help. He should do well for himself in this market as a 33-year-old potential bounceback candidate.
Dec 5 - 1:47 PM

Dodgers re-signed LHP Rich Hill to a three-year, $48 million contract.

The deal was agreed to in principle over the weekend and then finalized Monday morning after the veteran left-hander passed his physical. Hill excelled when healthy in 2016, producing a 2.12 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 110 1/3 innings between the Athletics and Dodgers. He'll carry big-time fantasy potential (but some of the same durability concerns) into 2017 -- what will be his age-37 campaign.
Dec 5 - 1:06 PM

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the teams currently in on free agent Kenley Jansen are the Nationals, Marlins, Yankees, Giants, Cubs, and Dodgers.

It's going to be a big-time bidding war that could last well into the offseason. Jansen, thought to be seeking close to $100 million, registered a stellar 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon are also out there in free agency as elite-level closer options. When one domino falls, the others will soon.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 5 - 10:46 AM


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