3:32 AM EDT, Wed October 17, 2018
New York Post

Yasmani Grandal, possible Mets target, benched by Dodgers

LOS ANGELES — Yasmani Grandal’s warts have resurfaced at the worst possible time for himself and the Dodgers. A free agent after this season who could attract attention from the Mets, among others, the veteran catcher was on the bench for Game 4 of the NLCS at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday following a night in...

Los Angeles Times

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw hasn't decided on opt-out clause — yet

Clayton Kershaw cannot say he has not thought about the opt-out clause in his contract. He might not linger on the topic internally, but he has heard questions about it more often as the prospect of free agency draws near. Kershaw can opt out of the final two years and $65 million remaining in...

Federal Baseball

The Nationals could be a fit for Clayton Kershaw

The Washington Nationals have built a super rotation before. What are the chances they do so again with Dodgers superstar Clayton Kershaw? As the Los Angeles Dodgers square off with the Milwaukee Brewers in a highly competitive NLCS, a big question mark surrounding their future looms over the City of Angels. Clayton Kershaw has an opt-out clause that will allow him to become a free agent after this season and the star left-handed pitcher has yet to commit to a decision either way. If the prized ace does elect to forego the final two years of his contract and get a taste of free agency,...

Brew Crew Ball

Alec Asher elects free agency

He made two appearances for the Brewers this year. While the Milwaukee Brewers are still locked in a postseason battle with the Los Angeles Dodgers, most of the rest of the players and teams around baseball are already looking ahead to the winter months. MLB’s offseason doesn’t really start in earnest until the World Series, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any transactions already going on: As an outrighted player w/enough service time, RHP Alec Asher elected minor league free agency now rather than shortly after World Series (h/t @YouKnowAndThat). Asher, just-turned 27,...

Bluebird Banter

Championship Series Day 1 Preview

NLCS Game 1: Dodgers at Brewers After a couple days of wandering in the wilderness, baseball returns to our collective gaze tonight as the National League Championship Series gets underway. The Brewers get the honour of hosting the first couple games of the NLCS, hoping to jump out to an early series lead against the Dodgers. Tonight’s game starts at 8:09 ET. Brewers’ Starter Gio Gonzalez, a waiver wire trade acquisition from the Nationals, makes his first postseason start for his new club. Gonzalez last pitched on September 30, the final start in a pretty good 5 games for the Brewers....


2018 NLCS: Brewers’ Curtis Granderson Doesn’t ‘Remember’ Being Left Off Dodgers’ World Series Roster

Before the waiver trade deadline in 2017, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Curtis Granderson from the New York...

AZ Snake Pit

Snake Bytes 10/10: One Empire Falls

The Dodgers are on their way to the NLCS to face off against the Brewers, but the Yankees will be staying home after falling to the Red Sox. Diamondbacks News Diamondbacks to Explore Trade Market It looks like Arizona’s front office will at least be taking calls on the availability of the likes of Paul Goldschmidt and Zack Greinke. THis could be the start of a rebuild, or it might simply be a careful and thorough inventory. Related: Possible Offseason Plans for Arizona Brad Ziegler Retires The long-time Arizona reliever calls it quits on his 39th birthday. Thank you to all my family,...

Call to the Pen

Los Angeles Dodgers: Has Manny Machado both helped and hurt his free agency?

With a big free agency looming, could Manny Machado be both hurting and helping his market in the playoffs for the Los Angeles Dodgers thus far? After hitting a huge home run that swung the momentum of the deciding game 4 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves on Monday, it should be a […] Los Angeles Dodgers: Has Manny Machado both helped and hurt his free agency? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


2018 NLDS: Ryan Madson ‘Thankful’ And ‘Grateful’ For Opportunity Dodgers Organization Has Given Him

Before the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline, the Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen by acquiring Ryan Madson...


Dodgers News: David Freese Thrilled To Be Back In Postseason, Details Ability To Deliver Big Pinch-Hit Against Braves

One of the main reasons the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired veteran David Freese before the waiver trade deadline...

Lookout Landing

Mariners Moose Tracks, 10/9/18: Jean Segura, Miguel Sanó, and Dejounte Murray

Happy Tuesday! Good morning everyone! Yesterday, the Braves and Indians were eliminated, which means that the Brewers, Dodgers, and Astros will all advance to the LCS. The Red Sox could punch their ticket with a win tonight against the Yankees. Here’s what else you need to know today. In Mariners news... Greg Johns answers some questions about the direction the Mariners will go this offseason in his latest mailbag. Corey Brock at The Athletic wonders if it’s time for the M’s to trade Jean Segura. ($) Congrats, Evan! Rolling out the 2018 @RawlingsSports MiLB Gold Glove Award...


Three veteran minor-leaguers depart Rangers organization

Right-hander Drew Hutchison, who made five starts for the Texas Rangers this season, is among three players who have departed the organization as minor-league free agents.Right-hander Chris Rowley and pitcher-outfielder Anthony Gose also took free agency. Neither Rowley nor Gose appeared with the Rangers this season.Hutchison exercised the opt-out clause in a minor-league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers and signed with the Rangers on Aug. 5. He was 1-1 with an 8.86 ERA for the Rangers.The Rangers obtained Rowley from Toronto on a waiver claim. He was 2-3 with a 3.46 ERA in seven starts at...

Call to the Pen

Los Angeles Dodgers: David Freese was an Underrated Acquisition

David Freese has proven to be a valuable piece of the Los Angeles Dodgers. How could he help the club throughout their Playoff run? The Los Angeles Dodgers made an underrated acquisition when they acquired David Freese prior to the August 31 Waiver Trade Deadline. In the deal, the Dodgers sent Minor League infielder, Jesus Manuel […] Los Angeles Dodgers: David Freese was an Underrated Acquisition - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Los Angeles Times

Did you think the Dodgers were suddenly a changed team just because the playoffs started?

Manny Machado didn’t smile or scowl. He slipped on a yellow designer shirt and nonchalantly shrugged. “It’s a baseball game,” he said. Machado is 26 and already a millionaire several times over. He has made four All-Star teams and is in line to sign a nine-figure deal on the free-agent market this...


Dodgers News: Matt Kemp Enjoyed Time With Braves, But Not Letting That Serve As Deterrent In NLDS

The shock of the baseball offseason came when the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a trade with the Atlanta Braves...


Manny Machado Credits Dodgers Ownership, Front Office For Making Him ‘Feel Like I’m At Home’

No one made a bigger splash at the non-waiver trade deadline this season than the Los Angeles Dodgers, acquiring...

Bluebird Banter

Thursday bantering

A few bits of Blue Jays news this morning: MLB Trade Rumours has more on our offseason and manager search. TSN has some more information on our young posistion players transitioning to the Majors. And Gregor Chisholm has answers to key FAQs about Blue Jays’ offseason. Poor A’s - i felt a bit for them losing to the Sith yesterday after such a good season, but such is the Wildcard game. Talking of Wildcard games, here is every single Wild Card game, ranked. So, now we are down to the final 8: NLDS Rockies vs. Brewers When: Game 1 Thursday, 5:07 p.m. ET, on FS1 Braves vs. Dodgers When:...

Bless You Boys

Detroit Tigers News: FBI probes baseball’s wrongdoing in Latin America

Meanwhile, a hug nearly crashed the internet during the wild card game. The Dodgers know who the bad guys are They know, because they employ them and grade them on just how egregious their conduct is in pursuing international free agents. SI.com has a pretty incredible tale, just a year after the Atlanta Braves were severely sanctioned for their wrongdoing in the international market, of FBI investigations aimed to shed light on the messy world of the market for baseball players in Latin America. Former Los Angeles Dodgers Director of Player Development, and current Philadelphia Phillies...

Lone Star Ball

Dodgers implicated in S.I. report on DOJ investigation

A blockbuster Sports Illustrated report indicates that the Los Angeles Dodgers could be in the crosshair of the D.O.J. in an investigation of international free agent signings The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the center of a Sports Illustrated report on the ongoing Department of Justice investigation into major league baseball teams’ recruiting and signing of international free agents. The SI report indicates that the investigation, which as at a point where there is testimony and evidence being submitted to a federal grand jury, significantly focuses on Cuban defectors who have to obtain...

South Side Sox

Gamethread: Tiebreakers

A doubleheader of Brewers at the northsiders and Rockies at Dodgers mark an unprecedented baseball day! There are a lot of good tiebreaker game previews out there written by writers more interested and qualified than yours truly. But we know we have at least WIN05 on the north side, infiltrating that ballpark and operating as our own SSSecret agent. The northsiders have to be a little frustrated; they played strong ball down the stretch, but just got up and caught my Milwaukee, who played even better. Personally, I’d love to see the prematurely coronated masters of the baseball universe...


Could that have been Clayton Kershaw’s last start as a Dodger?

Kershaw has an opt-out clause in his contract that would allow him to become a free agent this offseason and possibly sign with another team. If the Dodgers lose out in a wild-card game, he would not pitch again this year.


Dodgers News: Hyun-Jin Ryu Not Focused On Looming Free Agency

The Los Angeles Dodgers figure to be heavily represented in the upcoming free agent class...

Lone Star Ball

Passan: Federal grand jury investigating MLB

Jeff Passan writes that MLB is being investigated by a federal grand jury over its “international dealings” Major league baseball is being investigated by a federal grand jury over its practices in regards to the signing of international free agents, according to Jeff Passan. Passan says club officials have been subpoenaed, with the signing of Hector Olivera — a Cuban player who was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers — being one area of interest. We have discussed before that signing Latin American players is generally seen as a shady, corrupt business, similar to college football...

Los Angeles Times

Dodgers lineup gets big lift from David Freese

A few weeks ago, David Freese thought he would end his season playing in meaningless games for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They were fading in the standings. The non-waiver trade deadline had passed. The waiver deadline was fast approaching. His place in Pittsburgh appeared cemented. Then, on Aug....


Dodgers News: 1,000 Career RBI ‘Cool Moment’ For Matt Kemp

When the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a salary-motivated trade with the Atlanta Braves during the past offseason...


Dodgers Farm System Ranked No. 8 By MLB Pipeline In Update

Despite recent trades and graduations, the Los Angeles Dodgers continue to boast a bevy of talent and potential...


Dodgers News: Manny Machado Admits Home Run On Bobblehead Night Was ‘Definitely Huge’

Searching for a high-impact talent at the non-waiver trade deadline, the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Manny Machado...

Dodgers and Astros' deadline deals: Blockbuster vs lackluster

Ned Colletti joins Baseball Central to talk about the huge trade made by the Los Angeles Dodgers that saw them acquire Yu Darvish among others, and the less impressive deal made by the Houston Astros for Francisco Liriano.