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Are the Los Angeles Dodgers a mystery team on Manny Machado?

As we learned that the Manny Machado sweepstakes may have multiple mystery teams, a member of Machado’s own family leaks that a return to the Los Angeles Dodgers may be in the cards. Friday evening, multiple reports surfaced that Manny Machado doesn’t have just one mystery team involved in his free agent bidding, but he […] Are the Los Angeles Dodgers a mystery team on Manny Machado? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Dodgers News: Andrew Friedman Feels Russell Martin, Austin Barnes Make For ‘Really Good’ Defensive Catching Duo

With Yasmani Grandal signing with the Milwaukee Brewers in free agency, the Los Angeles Dodgers were left with a hole at the starting catching position for the...


2019 Cincinnati Reds: Annual caravan to Reds Country rolls with optimism in its wake

The trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers has helped with season-ticket sales. The Cincinnati Reds also promise more moves are coming.         


Dodgers Lose Upside And Depth By Sending Ronny Brito & Andrew Sopko To Blue Jays In Russell Martin Trade

The Los Angeles Dodgers took from depth in their Minor League system, as they normally do, to bring back veteran catcher and the organization’s draftee Russell Martin in a trade...

MLB.com FastCast: LeMahieu to Yanks, Martin to Dodgers - 1/11/19

The Yankees sign DJ LeMahieu, the Dodgers trade for Russell Martin, plus Jacob deGrom and Mookie Betts set arbitration deal records About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United Sta

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Full details on Russell Martin trade

Full details, figures, and quotes that have recently surfaced regarding the impactful trade that sent catcher Russell Martin to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for two prospects. Updated Financial Terms According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, who was on a conference call with Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins shortly after the trade was […] Blue Jays: Full details on Russell Martin trade - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

South Side Sox

Contrasting $300 million offers for Machado and Harper

Could incentives, on top of a generous salary, be enough to sign Manny, Bryce — or both? With each passing day, multiple rumors abound around the two generational talents who just happen to be free agents, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. One day has the Philadelphia Phillies with the edge to win Machado, the next day the Chicago White Sox — and who knows what the New York Yankees are doing with all the infielders they’ve already signed. A similar story applies to Harper, who perhaps has more suitors, including the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers, with even the...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Getting to know prospect Ronny Brito

Introducing shortstop Ronny Brito, the newest member of the Blue Jays organization who was acquired in the Russell Martin trade from the Dodgers. Even though the prospects coming back to the Blue Jays are not the focus of what figures to be a tremendously impactful trade that has Russell Martin heading back to Los Angeles, […] Blue Jays: Getting to know prospect Ronny Brito - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Tip of the Tower

TorontoBlue Jays: Russell Martin trade closes book on eventful era

With Martin being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Toronto Blue Jays have closed the book on an era that would have been tough to sustain. It might not have been clear at the beginning but since Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins were brought on board their main objective has been working towards a remodel […] TorontoBlue Jays: Russell Martin trade closes book on eventful era - Tip of the Tower - Tip of the Tower - A Toronto Sports Site - Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Raptors, Toronto FC, Raptors and Argonauts

Bluebird Banter

Thank You Russell Martin!

The Blue Jays struck a deal Friday afternoon to send Russell Martin and $16.4m (his AAV of his 5 year deal) to the Dodgers for a pair of Minor Leaguers, thus bringing an end to Martin’s tenure with his home country’s lone team. Martin joined the Jays on November 18, 2014, a Free Agent signing coming off a massive season in Pittsburgh. The Jays outbid the Cubs by guaranteeing a 5th season, one which will be played in Dodger Blue. In signing Martin, the Jays brought in a hometown hero who was one of the best catchers of his generation. While he was on the back half of his prime, he...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Dodgers reacquire catcher Martin in trade with Blue Jays

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reacquired catcher Russell Martin in a trade with Toronto, a day after losing free agent Yasmani Grandal to Milwaukee.

Jays Journal

Blue Jays trade Russell Martin to the Los Angeles Dodgers

In a not so surprising development, the Blue Jays have traded their veteran catcher Russell Martin to the Los Angeles Dodgers. It felt like it was just a matter of time before the Blue Jays would move on Russell Martin this winter, and that’s exactly what happened on Friday afternoon, as it was announced that he […] Blue Jays trade Russell Martin to the Los Angeles Dodgers - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Dodgers bring Russell Martin back to LA in trade with Blue Jays

Dodgers send two minor-leaguers to Toronto for the 36-year-old catcher as the Blue Jays will also pay the majority of Martin's $20 million salary in 2019.

Los Angeles Times

Dodgers trade for catcher Russell Martin

The Dodgers on Friday found a solution for their vacancy at catcher: They brought back Russell Martin, sending a pair of minor leaguers to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for their former backstop. The Blue Jays also sent cash considerations to offset the $20- million salary that Martin, who...


Tampa Bay Rays interested in free agent infielder D.J. LeMahieu

The free agent is looking to sign now that Jed Lowrie is off the board. According to a report from Jon Heyman, the Tampa Bay Rays are interested in free agent infielder D.J. LeMahieu. With recent run on 2B, LeMahieu is drawing interest. Rays, #SFGiants among interested teams. #Brewers, Dodgers, others could also fit. excellent defender. @Ken_Rosenthal mentioned SF.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 11, 2019 LeMahieu, 30, has consistently been a solid player over the past few seasons. After making his MLB debut in 2011 with the Chicago Cubs, LeMahieu took some time to find his...


AP source: 2B Dozier, Nationals agree to $9M, 1-year deal

Dozier, who played for the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers last season, would fill Washington's need for a new starting second baseman and could help add some power to the lineup, particularly important if slugging outfielder Bryce Harper ends up leaving the Nationals as a free agent.


J.T. Realmuto trade talks “picking up” with Rays in the mix

MLB.com’s Joe Frisario is reporting that J.T. Realmuto trade talks are “once again picking up” with little to nothing unchanged from what we already knew about the Marlins asks for the star catcher and the teams involved. J.T. Realmuto trade talks are once again picking up, as the Marlins are engaged in substantive discussions with six clubs. According to a source, the Braves, Dodgers, Astros, Padres, Rays and Reds are considered the front-runners to acquire Realmuto. As it’s been all offseason, the Marlins’ asking price remains extremely high. In return, Miami seeks a top...

Red Reporter

Cincinnati Reds rumors - Still in mix for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto?

The catching rumors persist. Late last night, the Milwaukee Brewers inked free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal to a 1-year contract that will pay him just a few thousand bucks more than the $17.9 million qualifying offer he declined from the Los Angeles Dodgers at the end of the 2018 season. There is quite a bit to unpack there, all told. For one, that Grandal - easily the best free agent catcher on the market - only landed a 1-year guarantee is noteworthy, particularly given the rumors of the 4-year contract he was discussing late last month with the New York Mets. Instead, he’ll settle...

Over the Monster

MLB Roundup 1/10: Brewers sign Yasmani Grandal

And the A’s might be getting some bad news soon. Yasmani Grandal signs one-year deal with Brewers Any hope that the Red Sox would jump in on the Yasmani Grandal market if it fell far enough to improve their catching situation went out the window on Wednesday. The former Dodgers catcher did see his market drop quite a bit due to both his implosion defensively in the postseason as well as the draft pick compensation attached to his free agency. Ultimately, he did make a bit more than the qualifying offer he rejected at the start of the offseason, but not by much. On Wednesday night, the...

The Crawfish Boxes

Brewers Sign Catcher Yasmani Grandal

Catcher widely rumored to be of interest to the Astros goes to Milwaukee for $18.25 million/1 year. With the departure of former All Star catcher and team leader Brian McCann, the catching position has been widely viewed as one of the leading areas of team need for the 2019 Astros. Earlier this winter they signed the former Rangers catcher, Robinson Chirinos, but many perceived him as more appropriate as a back up catcher for a team competing for another World Series Probably the leading catcher free agent available this year was Yasmani Grandal, formerly of the Dodgers, one of the best...

Lone Star Ball

Grandal to Milwaukee on one year deal, per reports

Multiple reports indicate that the Brewers have agreed with Yasmani Grandal on a one year, $18.25 million contract The Milwaukee Brewers and free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal are in agreement on a one year deal for $18.25 million, per multiple reports. Grandal had rejected at the beginning of the offseason the qualifying offer the Los Angeles Dodgers made to him, which was worth $17.9 million. Grandal, 30, was in a tricky spot this offseason. He had a rough postseason that cast some doubts on his defense (although he is considered one of the better pitch framers out there), and with the...

Amazin Avenue

Mets among teams considering free agent second baseman Brian Dozier

Dozier had a down year for the Twins and Dodgers last year. The New York Mets have “had talks regarding Brian Dozier,” according to Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports. Despite the rumor, Heyman adds that other teams—including the Washington Nationals and Colorado Rockies—are more logical fits for the second baseman’s services, especially considering the Mets’ acquisition of Robinson Cano in a trade earlier this offseason. Dozier played his first six-and-a-half seasons with the Minnesota Twins, where he hit .248/.325/.447 with 167 home runs and a 109 OPS+ in 955 games. The 31-year-old...

Call to the Pen

Boston Red Sox in talks to extend a core player to long-term deal

At the end of the 2018 season, the Boston Red Sox walked away with a shiny World Series trophy and two of their top relievers entered free agency. So, the latest Boston Red Sox rumors have involved replacing or re-signing those pitchers. As Joe Kelly ironically signed with the Dodgers, that leaves Craig Kimbrel. And, […] Boston Red Sox in talks to extend a core player to long-term deal - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Purple Row

The Rockies don’t have a catcher problem

The current group is already good at what makes catchers most valuable On Friday, January 4, MLB.com’s Mike Petriello tweeted his hot stove plea to the Rockies: Flogging an extremely dead horse here, but I have no idea why the Rockies aren’t all-in on Grandal. Elite framing would make those quality young P even better, their lineup still needs lots of help, and they’re not as good as the Dodgers are right now. Go forth. Although former Dodger and current free agent Yasmani Grandal had a less-than-stellar 2018 post-season, Petriello has been his consistent advocate. To summarize,...


Dodgers News: Dave Roberts ‘Very Happy’ To See Paul Goldschmidt Traded Out Of NL West

With MLB free agency mired in a bit of a lull, most of the attention has since shifted to the trade market. A few blockbusters have come to fruition in recent weeks, including one between...


Chris Taylor, D.J. LeMahieu And More Internal & External Options Dodgers Could Turn To For Solution At Second Base

It's weird to think that it's already January and the Los Angeles Dodgers roster has just as many question marks as it did when the 2018 season ended. Besides the trade completed...


Dodgers Trade For Jaime Schultz, Send Caleb Sampen To Tampa Bay Rays

The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Jaime Schultz in a trade that sent Minor League right-handed pitcher Caleb Sampen to the Tampa...

Tampa Bay Times

Rays deal reliever Jaime Schultz to Dodgers for minor-league pitcher Caleb Sampen

The Rays made a minor trade on Tuesday, dealing right-handed reliever Jaime Schultz to the Dodgers in exchange for minor-league right-hander Caleb Sampen.Schultz made history in his major league debut last May, striking out the side in his one inning of relief in Oakland-to


Rays trade RHP Jaime Schultz to the Los Angeles Dodgers for RHP Caleb Sampen

The oft-injured reliever is being dealt for a rookie league arm. The Tampa Bay Rays have traded RHP Jaime Schultz to the Los Angeles Dodgers for RHP Caleb Sampen. Schultz was designated for assignment earlier this week to clear a roster spot for reliever Oliver Drake, who the Rays had acquired that same day. A 14th round selection in the 2013 draft, Schultz would go on to become one of the better pitching prospects in the Rays system, but struggled with injuries and poor command. He made his major league debut in 2018 and pitched in 22 games, showing promise with an ability to rack up...

Righty Daniel Hudson becomes a free agent in 2019

31-year old righty Daniel Hudson will enter free agency in 2019 after posting a 4.11 ERA over 40 games with the Dodgers in 2018 About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States

McAllister enters free agency ahead of 2019 season

After spending time with the Indians, Tigers and Dodgers in 2018, Zach McAllister enters free agency for the 2019 season About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and con