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Lookout Landing

40 in 40: Justus Sheffield

Wisdom’s a gift but you’d trade it for youth. Age is an honor, it’s still not the truth. For decades, Mariner fans have been doomed to a life of unrequited love. The fluky nature of the game is one of MLB’s calling cards, yet the positive aspects of that have veered away from the Pacific Northwest for nearly two decades. More than any other major sport, baseball operates under a constant cloud of randomness, with worst-to-first stories and truly underwhelming playoff runs happening on the regular. Everyone from the richer-than-God Dodgers to the penniless Rays, the annoyingly...

Bears Blog | Chicago Breaking Sports

White Sox-Dodgers deal for outfielder Joc Pederson still possible, sources say

Remember those reports from mid-January about the White Sox and Dodgers discussing a deal for slugging outfielder Joc Pederson? Well, they were legit. And there’s an outside chance that a trade still could come to fruition, a source told the Tribune. There’s a story within a story here. The report...

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Dodgers News: Andrew Friedman Believes Catching Prospect Will Smith Could Win Gold Glove Award But Needs Development At Plate

Following the departure of Yasmani Grandal over the offseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers addressed his void with a trade that brought back...

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Clayton Kershaw, Justin Turner among Dodgers criticizing slow free-agent market

Spring training has started with stars like Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Craig Kimbrel unsigned, prompting some players to call for changes in the system.

Los Angeles Times

Russell Martin thrilled to be reunited with Dodgers: 'I have to pinch myself'

Russell Martin’s first stint with the Dodgers abruptly ended in December 2010, after five seasons in Los Angeles. He was arbitration-eligible that offseason, and his agent asked former Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti for $5 million guaranteed for the 2011 campaign. Colletti declined. Martin,...

Chicago Sun-Times

Cubs, White Sox spring training report: When will Manny Machado sign?

Manny Machado's been a free agent longer than his time with the Dodgers last season.  It's time to put ink to paper and move on.

Baltimore Sun

Orioles prospect Dean Kremer held out of early spring workouts with oblique strain

One of the most promising young pitchers in Orioles camp suffered a setback before he could even report this month. Right-hander Dean Kremer, one of five players the Orioles acquired in their July trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers for Manny Machado, suffered a left oblique strain late last month...

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Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Undecided If Russell Martin Or Austin Barnes Will Be Starting Catcher

After Yasmani Grandal left in free agency to sign with the Milwaukee Brewers, perhaps the biggest need for the Los Angeles Dodgers this offseason was the...

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Russell Martin, Clayton Kershaw reunite as Dodgers spring training begins

Back with the Dodgers after a trade from the Toronto Blue Jays, Martin caught Kershaw during his workout Tuesday – his first time catching him since they were teammates in 2010.

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Former Dodgers Catcher A.J. Ellis Retires From Baseball To Join Padres Front Office

With the calendar turning to February, pitchers and catchers throughout the league are beginning to report for Spring Training in Arizona and Florida. Many free agents, mostly 10-plus year...

SFGate

Giants emerge as odds-on favorites to sign Bryce Harper

The Giants have emerged as odds-on favorites to sign Bryce Harper, baseball’s biggest free agent this offseason. According to the online gambling service BetOnline, the Giants are now even money to land the talented Harper, a six-time All-Star and former MVP who last played for the Washington Nationals. Here’s how the line stacks up, according to a release from the betting site: “Who will sign Bryce Harper for the 2019 MLB Season? San Francisco Giants 1/1 San Diego Padres 5/2 Philadelphia Phillies 4/1 Los Angeles Dodgers 15/2 Washington Nationals 10/1” There’s certainly plenty of...

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Dodgers News: David Freese Glad To Have Avoided Dormant Free Agency

As Major League Baseball free agency dragged onward into February, several big-name stars remain without a new team. The list includes not just Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, but also...

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2019 Dodgers spring training preview: catchers

Among the suitors for J.T. Realmuto all winter, the Dodgers let Yasmani Grandal leave as a free agent and traded for veteran Russell Martin to pair with Austin Barnes. The dropoff offensively from the catching position in 2019 could be steep.

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2019 Dodgers spring training preview: outfield

Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp were traded, and center fielder A.J. Pollock was signed as a free agent, giving some right-handed balance to an outfield group that leans heavily to the left.

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Dodgers News: Stan Kasten Believes Ownership Has Allocated Funds Smartly By Addressing Roster Weaknesses While Remaining Under Luxury Tax Threshold

The Los Angeles Dodgers entered the offseason with heightened expectations of making a splash in free agency after falling short in back-to-back World Series appearances. To this...

Blog Red Machine

Cincinnati Reds: Predicting the 2019 starting rotation

The Cincinnati Reds front office have flipped the script on the rotation heading into 2019 after trades with the Dodgers, Nationals, and Yankees. Let’s take a look at what the rotation will probably look heading into Opening Day 2019. The Cincinnati Reds pitching staff in 2018 was maligned by injuries, inconsistency, and lack of experience at […] Cincinnati Reds: Predicting the 2019 starting rotation - Blog Red Machine - Blog Red Machine - A Cincinnati Reds Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Crawfish Boxes

Astros Top Three Left Field Prospects For 2019

Here are the Astros top left field prospects going into the 2019 season Now that 2019 is here, it is time to start looking at the top three prospects at each position as we lead up to the Astros top 30 prospect list. This week I will look at the left field position. Placing outfielders in certain positions is tough but I will do my best. Top 3 Prospects By Position: Catcher First Base Second Base Third Base Shortstop 1. Yordan Alvarez (AAA) The Astros got a steal in Alvarez when they acquired him from the Dodgers in a trade for Josh Fields. Alvarez had a breakout 2017 and continued to see...

Fish Stripes

Real Deals: Top prospect targets on the Los Angeles Dodgers

Which Dodgers prospects should Marlins fans be hoping to get in a potential J.T. Realmuto trade? Our fourth and final installment of potential J.T. Realmuto trade centerpieces—barring any changes to the market—takes us back to the West Coast, as we check in on the Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s been a busy weekend already breaking down candidates on the Reds, Padres and Braves. The following is a list of Dodgers’ prospects that Marlins fans should be keep tracking of, as we near the possibility of Realmuto wearing Dodger Blue. C Keibert Ruiz (Baseball America’s #20 Prospect) Similar...

Fish Stripes

Real Deals: Top prospect targets on the Cincinnati Reds

Which Reds prospects should Marlins fans be hoping to get in a potential J.T. Realmuto trade? As we near the seemingly imminent J.T. Realmuto trade, it is important to familiarize ourselves with some of the top prospects around the league that may end up on the Marlins in the return package. Remember, the main motivation for shopping him in the first place is to obtain controllable difference-makers who fit the franchise’s rebuilding timeline. There are four major suitors remaining in the Realmuto sweepstakes, according to SiriusXM’s Craig Mish: the Reds, Padres, Dodgers and Braves. We...

Lone Star Ball

Eli White, Anderson Tejeda among BA’s top middle infield prospects

Baseball America’s list of top second base and shortstop prospects includes a pair of Ranger minor leaguers Baseball America is releasing top prospect rankings by position, and the Texas Rangers have representatives on BA’s list of top second base prospects and top shortstop prospects. Anderson Tejeda is ranked #21 on the BA list of top shortstop prospects, while Eli White, who came over from Oakland in the Jurickson Profar trade, is at #12 on the list of top second base prospects, right behind Jeter Downs, who the Los Angeles Dodgers landed in the Yasiel Puig/Matt Kemp/Alex Wood...

River Ave. Blues

The Dodgers and A.J. Pollock may have set the market for the Yankees and Aaron Hicks

Three years and three months ago the Yankees swung a trade that was maybe a tad confusing at the time and has since played a major role in the team’s return to prominence. The Yankees sent John Ryan Murphy to the Twins for Aaron Hicks in November 2015. They traded a 24-year-old catcher coming off […] The post The Dodgers and A.J. Pollock may have set the market for the Yankees and Aaron Hicks appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Brew Crew Ball

Brewers still discussing Corey Kluber trade with Cleveland, per report

Milwaukee is still looking to acquire another pitcher MLB.com’s Jon Morosi is reporting that the Milwaukee Brewers are still engaged in trade talks regarding Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber. The Crew have been connected to Kluber in some way or another for most of the offseason. Morosi reports that Milwaukee and the Los Angeles Dodgers are the ones still in communication with Cleveland regarding a potential trade. He goes on to state that either team must make a “more compelling offer” to obtain the two-time Cy Young winner or Kluber will stay with Cleveland for his ninth...

Red Reporter

Red Reposter - Yasiel Puig in Reds country, more JT Realmuto rumors

Thursday links! When the Cincinnati Reds swung the massive deal that sent what’s left of Homer Bailey to the Los Angeles Dodgers with a pair of prospects, they landed a lot more than just Matt Kemp, Alex Wood, seven million bucks, Kyle Farmer, and Yasiel Puig. While the on-field output should see a massive upgrade thanks to that trade, the life, the energy, and the enthusiasm about the Reds has already seen a massive uptick, and there hasn’t really been a bigger driver of that than Puig himself. Despite the frigid January temperature, Puig was in Cincinnati yesterday, shopping around...

Pinstripe Alley

Suitors for Bryce Harper are dwindling, but where are the Yankees?

The Dodgers just signed A.J. Pollock, so there aren’t many teams left that both need and can afford Harper. The Dodgers just added a big outfield piece by signing free agent A.J. Pollock to a four-year, $55 million contract. The deal includes a player option for 2023, with a $5 million buyout. Los Angeles had been connected to Bryce Harper, and at one point were considered the favorite to land the superstar. At the start of the offseason, MLB Trade Rumors predicted that Harper would sign a 14-year, $420 million contract with the Dodgers. In a chat session, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes stated...

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Dodgers News: A.J. Pollock Won’t Become Consumed By Comparisons To Bryce Harper & Yasiel Puig

By remaining below the $197 million luxury tax threshold in 2018, many believed the Los Angeles Dodgers set themselves up to make a significant splash in free agency. The class was expected...

SportsDay

Two-strike pitches a difference maker for new Rangers reliever McAllister

ARLINGTON -- In signing right-handed reliever Zach McAllister, the Texas Rangers hope that he can return to a previous high level of performance.From 2015-17, McAllister was an effective reliever with Cleveland. He was 9-8 with a 2.99 ERA and had more strikeouts than innings: 204-183 1/3.It all fell apart last season. McAllister was 1-2 with a 6.20 ERA in 45 innings. Cleveland released him, and he took free agency after being designated for assignment by Detroit. McAllister finished the season with the Los Angeles Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate.The difference stemmed from one specific situation....

Fish Stripes

Braves, Padres, Dodgers, Reds reportedly 4 finalists for J.T. Realmuto

Several months of trade negotiations have narrowed the field of suitors. Now, can the Marlins capitalize and get them to bid against one another? “The final chapter of the saga is upon us.” Those aren’t my words; they comes from SiriusXM and Five Reasons Sports Network host Craig Mish, who’s been all over the J.T. Realmuto situation for the past year: Update : Padres making a late charge for Realmuto. Braves & Marlins staring each other down hoping the other blinks. LA & CIN remain very in. The final chapter of the saga is upon us.— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) January 28,...

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Dodgers News: Stan Kasten Maintains Belief Fans Prefer ‘Homegrown Kids’ To Superstar Free Agents

Although Guggenheim Baseball Management made an immediate splash upon taking control of the Los Angeles Dodgers by assuming more than $250 million in salary via a trade with...

MLB.com FastCast: Dodgers sign A.J. Pollock - 1/24/19

While rumored to be in pursuit of a trade for J.T. Realmuto, the Dodgers reportedly sign A.J. Pollock to a multi-year deal About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and c

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

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