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Sons of Steve Garvey 6 hours ago

Terrible Way to Ring in the New Year

Potentially sad tale of Vinny's 1988 World Series ring turns out okay. And Vinny has better hips than Matt Kemp. Vin Scully can find his way into our hearts even during the gloomiest winter afternoons, as he proved again Thursday when he unwittingly starred in his own holiday movie. The Ribs That Saved Christmas. "I feel like such a dummy," Scully said with a laugh. "Only Scully could lose a ring while putting meat in a bag." So Vinny was shopping at Costco (I would give anything to sample some microwavable mozzarella sticks with him on aisle 27 there) with his wife, and after snagging a...
Sons of Steve Garvey 23 hours ago

Happy Holidays from the Dodgers

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Dodgers designate Brian Wilson for assignment; should the Tigers claim him?

The former Giants closer struggled in 2014, and may be at the tail end of his career. The Los Angeles Dodgers have been one of the busiest clubs in baseball this offseason, overhauling a large portion of their roster. Yesterday saw even more turnover, as the Dodgers announced their signing of right-hander Brandon McCarthy to a four year contract. To make room for McCarthy, the Dodgers designated right-handed reliever Brian Wilson for assignment. Wilson is in the second year of a two year, $19.5 million contract. He is almost assured to clear waivers given his $9.5 million price tag, and...
Sons of Steve Garvey Dec 17, 2014
Dodgers Shave Beard, Take $10M Chance

Dodgers Shave Beard, Take $10M Chance

Brian Wilson designated for assignment by Dodgers (Eric Stephen, True Blue LA) Source: Dodgers land lefty Anderson with $10 million deal (Ken Gurnick, Dodgers.com) It's official: 2015 is Andrew Friedman's "Undo Colletti's Terrible Deals" Year. And Friedman/Zaidi may not be done: Rumor has it that Brandon League is on the trading block. Talk about cleaning house!
Sons of Steve Garvey Dec 11, 2014
Matt Kemp Says Goodbye

Matt Kemp Says Goodbye

From Matt Kemp's Instagram: It is with a lot of emotion that I say goodbye to the city and the fans who have been there since the beginning of my career. You have given me so much. Your faith and support for the last 9 years through good times and bad, homestands and home runs was showcased through the volume of your cheers and the love for your team. I'm thankful to the Dodgers organization for taking a chance on an Oklahoma kid. I believe we control our paths. The paths we take, control our destiny. I'm excited for the future. God Bless
Sons of Steve Garvey Dec 11, 2014

HOT STOVE IS HOT II

CORRECTION: Andrew Heaney to Angels for Howie Kendrick, not Austin Barnes.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) December 11, 2014 Source: McCarthy four years, $48M with #Dodgers.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2014
Athletics Nation Dec 11, 2014

Angels get in on Dodgers trade spree, get Andrew Heaney for Howie Kendrick

The Los Angeles Angels acquired starting pitcher Andrew Heaney from the Los Angeles Dodgers this evening, sending second baseman Howie Kendrick to Chavez Ravine. The Angels pick up the #1 Baseball America prospect of the Miami Marlins, where Heaney started the day. The Marlins for some reason sent Heaney with second baseman Enrique Hernandez (or Kiké), reliever Chris Hatcher, and catcher Austin Barnes to the Dodgers for infielder Dee Gordon, starter Dan Haren, and $10 million cash. The $10 million covers Haren if he does not decide to retire, which he has threatened to do previously if...
Sons of Steve Garvey Dec 10, 2014

HOT STOVE IS HOT

Trade is done: Dee Gordon to #Marlins. Other names not confirmed.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 10, 2014 Im told #Rollins to #Dodgers is done. Dont know who goes to Philadelphia.— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) December 10, 2014 Well then! After losing out on Jon Lester, the new Dodgers front office is certainly showing it's not going to leave the Winter Meetings without making a splash. No idea who's going to PHI for Jimmy Rollins (who is most certainly here to bridge the gap to Corey Seager), or what the return for Dee is. Also, Dan Haren may be going with Dee? This is...
Sons of Steve Garvey Dec 8, 2014

2015 Blogger Softball: It's On!

From theLFP.com: The date for the 2015 Blogger Charity softball tournament is set. It will be held at Big League Dreams in West Covina on April 11, 2015 and starting time should be about 8AM. A few more teams have been added and are listed in the graphic above. A few more will be added later today. I’m still looking for teams to play in the open class who are not blog affiliated. So if you would like to bring your team. Contact me and I can add you to that list. Here is what each team will receive. Includes: 3 game guarantee Softballs Umpires Tournament Director Single Elimination playoffs...
Fenway Nation Dec 5, 2014
Ryan Lavarnway Claimed On Waivers By LAD

Ryan Lavarnway Claimed On Waivers By LAD

(Ed Zurga—)Ryan Lavarnway spent parts of four seasons (97 total games) with the Boston Red Sox. In that time, the 27-year old barely hit above The Mendoza Line (.201). He was thought to be a rising catching star after being drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 draft out of Yale University. He was part of the only all-Yale Red Sox battery when catching Craig Breslow. On Friday, he was claimed on waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was always a guy who looked like he should have great power—but he's only had five major league HRs. We wish him the best in his new home at Chavez Ravine.
Over the Monster Dec 3, 2014

Los Angeles Dodgers entering Jon Lester sweepstakes with 'serious interest'

The #mysteryteam has revealed itself. The venerable Peter Gammons mentioned that there was a group of general managers that believed there was a mystery team in on Jon Lester in addition to the reported interest from the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants and the Boston Red Sox. The mystery team appears to have been revealed. The Los Angeles Dodgers are prepared to make a late run at Jon Lester according to a report from Rob Bradford and Alex Speier of WEEI.com. Bradford and Speier report that that the Dodgers have serious interest and are have the resources to make a "hard, late...
Friars on Base Dec 3, 2014

Heyman: Dodgers Want Prospect Austin Hedges?

It is well known that the Los Angeles Dodgers have been looking to move outfielder Matt Kemp since last off-season. With the San Diego Padres in dire need of some impact bats to complement their pitching staff, rumors have surfaced that the two teams could be an ideal fit to pull of a deal–a rarity […] Heyman: Dodgers Want Prospect Austin Hedges? - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Sons of Steve Garvey Nov 25, 2014

Friedman and Zaidi Pick Up Where Colletti Left Off; Sign DFAd Pitcher Nicasio, In Hopes He Might Someday Start Again

Yay, another big bold move from the Dodgers' new brass: Juan Nicasio. Pardon me while I temper my excitement. LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers acquired pitcher Juan Nicasio from the Colorado Rockies for a player to be named or cash, the team announced Monday, continuing a trend of stockpiling young, inexpensive pitchers who could compete this spring to be the team's fifth starter or an extra bullpen arm. Nicasio, 28, went 6-6 with a 5.38 ERA for the Rockies last season pitching in both relief and as a starter, but in his first three seasons in the big leagues he was exclusively a starter....
Sons of Steve Garvey Nov 25, 2014

HanRam to Boston...Where 3B Is Now Occupied By Fat Guy

Dodgers shortstop (and I use that loosely) Hanley Ramirez is off to the Red Sox, for four years / $88M: The Boston Red Sox agreed with Hanley Ramirez on Monday on a four-year, $88 million deal with a vesting fifth year for an additional $22 million, according to a major league source. Ramirez, who will turn 31 on Dec. 23, has primarily played shortstop throughout his 10-year career but has also told teams he would be willing to change positions. Ramirez was originally projected as a fall-back plan for the Red Sox in the event they were unable to sign the switch-hitting Pablo Sandoval....
Sons of Steve Garvey Nov 22, 2014
Oscar Hopeful Ties into Crosstown Rivalry

Oscar Hopeful Ties into Crosstown Rivalry

An ad for the movie "Birdman" in the sports section of today's LA Times.
Rays Index Nov 21, 2014

Rays Trade Joel Peralta To Andrew Friedman And The Dodgers

The Rays have announced that they have traded Joel Peralta and triple-A reliever Adam Liberatore to the Los Angeles Dodgers for relief pitcher Jose Dominguez and single-A starting pitcher Greg Harris. Dominguez has made 14 appearances out of the bullpen for the Dodgers over the last two seasons. Harris was […]
DRaysBay Nov 21, 2014

Rays trade Joel Peralta and Adam Liberatore to Dodgers for younger arms

They received Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris. The Rays have traded former relief ace Joel Peralta and triple-A pitcher Adam Liberatore to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two right-handed pitchers, first reported in my twitter stream by Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune. #Rays trade RHP Peralta, LHP Liberatore to LAD for RHP Jose Dominguez (40-man) and Class A RHP Greg Harris. Will add Dominguez to 40-man — RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) November 21, 2014 Peralta will be 39 in 2015, and last season he struggled to a 4.41 ERA, his highest since 2009, leading some observers to be surprised when...

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