JT and a Wedding Kept Kenley Jansen in Dodger Blue

The Dodgers’ nation let out a huge sigh of relief as the news spread that Kenley Jansen had agreed to stay a Dodger for the next five years (with an opt out clause after three years) for the nice, round figure of $80 million. What made him turn down more lucrative offers in places where the outfield grass might seem greener? I believe Kenley was influenced – and Dodger fans…

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Breaking: Kenley Jansen Remains in Dodger Blue

In news breaking across the wires, the Los Angeles Dodgers have retained Kenley Jansen, to the tune of five years and $80 million. He has an option to leave after three years. Over the past couple of weeks rumors have had Jansen and the Dodgers far apart as he weighed very attractive financial offers from the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals. There was even speculation he would reunite with…

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Derrel Thomas, From the Penthouse to the Basement, and Back Again

Derrel Thomas experienced the heights of what baseball can offer as a number one draft pick, and reached the pinnacle when his Dodgers won the 1981 World Series. After his baseball career Thomas seemingly lost everything when he was implicated in a drug sting. I briefly met Thomas yesterday, and I’m happy to say, he has come full circle to once again represent the Dodgers with class and his warm…

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Kenley Jansen

Remember That It’s Not Your Money

The annual winter meetings came and went, ending on Thursday afternoon. All 30 MLB clubs were present to make deals and discuss trades as is the customary tradition every year around this time. Each team looks to the winter meetings as a way to upgrade their rosters. The winter meetings are not the end all or be all of the hot stove offseason, but it’s normally where the majority of…

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Stan Kasten

Check Mate

I get so annoyed with hearing that the Dodgers are in on every rumor under the sun. Yet no moves get made. Then you hear about other teams in on players and those deals get done. Then I hear soundbites of Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts saying the winter meetings are slow for him. Andrew Friedman says things like he thinks the winter meetings will be slow. Tell that to the…

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Dodgers Lock Rich Hill In For Three Years

The Dodgers and pitcher Rich Hill have agreed to terms. The southpaw will wear Dodger Blue for the next three years, and the team will pay Hill the big green to the amount of $48 million smackeroos. Here’s how it breaks down: He’ll receive an upfront signing bonus of $2 million. 2017: $12 million 2018: $16 million 2019: $18 million The contract is backloaded, so Hill must remain healthy if he…

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Rich Hill

Dodgers Reportedly Nearing Agreement With Rich Hill, And it Makes Sense

Reports are surfacing that the Dodgers are close to reaching an agreement with right handed starter Rich Hill. The Dodgers acquired Hill at the trade deadline this season from the Oakland A’s along with Josh Reddick for three top prospects, Grant Holmes, Frankie Montas, and Jharel Cotton. While Reddick was pretty bad, Hill was pretty good. In 6 starts for the Dodgers he was 3-2 with a 1.83 ERA and…

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Charlie Culberson

Dodgers Show Tenderness To Non-Tenders (Except Poor Louis Coleman)

The Dodgers showed some touching tenderness to three non-tender candidates on Friday morning. The club announced they have signed contract extensions with outfielder/first baseman Scott Van Slyke, infielder Charlie Culberson and right handed pitcher Chris Hatcher. Van Slyke had an injury riddled 2016, appearing in only 52 games and garnering just 113 plate appearances. He batted only .225 and hit just one home run while posting a .606 OPS. Historically…

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Happy Birthday, Walter Alston!

Today is a very special day for the Dodgers – it’s Walter Alston‘s birthday. At 23 years, Alston is the longest-tenured Dodgers manager (a record which will probably never be broken), and is the third-longest tenured of any manager, right behind John McGraw and Connie Mack. They just don’t make ’em like ol’ Smokey anymore. As the story goes for many of the great managers from the days gone by,…

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Andrew McCutchen

Should The Dodgers Go After Andrew McCutchen?

The Pirates are rumored to be shopping franchise center fielder Andrew McCutchen. The question I am asking is if the Dodgers should be in on these trade discussions? Should the Dodgers go after McCutchen? With the free agent market nearly barren for position players and impact right handed bats, the Dodgers may have to get creative via trades to find that type of slugger, especially if they do not resign…

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Baseball Hot Stove: Why This Phrase is Used And What it Means

(Here’s some interesting history and tidbits on the origins of the term Hot Stove.) Baseball Hot stove is an interesting term which is often used to refer to the activities that happen off season or between seasons. When this term is used, it brings up images of baseball fans gathering around a hot stove to chatter during the winter season. This is often a convenient means of catching up with…

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Stan Kasten

Stan Kasten Denies Dodger Debt

Is anyone surprised that the Dodgers are in massive debt? I know Mark has been decrying over the “trade” hamstringing the Dodgers financially for years. However it’s not just the trade that has done that, its wild ineffective spending that predates the Andrew Friedman era. Stan Kasten, Ned Colletti, and the Guggenheim people have thrown money around like a rapper in a hip-hop video for years and it seems it…

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Take off the Handcuffs!

Common Sense is Uncommon!  Sadly… When Andrew Friedman was hired by Stan Kasten and Guggenheim it was his mandate to grow the farm and build a winner from within. Kasten said  “Oh, and you have to keep Mattingly for a year.”  The year before, the front office signed Kemp and Ethier to silly contracts and consummated THE TRADE! OK, I’ll play along… maybe THE TRADE did put “butts in seats.”   I just…

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Top 5 Moments of 2016-Kenley Jansen Breaks Dodger Save Record

It may have been a blip on the calendar to some of you, but on June 20, 2016 Right handed super closer Kenley Jansen recorded his 162nd career save to overtake Eric Gagne and become the Dodger’s all-time franchise save leader. It was so much more than a blip as it marked the peak of an incredible career and talent. Jansen went from a Mendoza line hitting catcher in the minor…

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Happy Thanksgiving Dodger Fam!

I know it’s been a bit slow over here over the last couple of weeks. However the hot stove is in a stand still until the owners and players agree upon a new collective bargaining agreement. The old CBA is due to expire on December 1st. So until that happens there is very little activity. The winter meetings are scheduled from December 4-8, and it would seem unlikely for a…

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Snail Pace Hot Stove and other Tidbits

The hot stove has started and predictably the Dodgers are in on every rumor under the sun. We all know that Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner are free agents. I feel with each passing day another team can get in there and take them away just like with Zack Greinke. Baseball can be a fluid sport and next season a new team could rise up. The Cleveland Indians rose up this…

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