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Jimmy Rollins to Giants: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Jimmy Rollins isn’t ready to call it a career just yet. The veteran shortstop agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday, where he’ll attempt to make the 25-man roster out of spring training.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the news.

Rollins, 38, spent the 2016 season with the Chicago White Sox. He hit .221/.295/.329 with two home runs and eight runs batted in while playing in 41 games. The White Sox designated Rollins for assignment in June, and he did not latch on with another big league club.

Rollins spent his first 15 MLB seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, earning three-All-Star selections, four Gold Gloves and the 2007 National League MVP. He is the Phillies’ all-time hits leader and stayed with the franchise through lean years before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to the 2015 season.

That one-year stint was largely unproductive, with Rollins failing to post one win above replacement (minimum 20 games) for the first time in his career, per FanGraphs. He compounded that with an even worse stint in Chicago, and it seemingly looked like his career was over.

Still, it’s not a surprise Rollins would look to prolong his career. He told reporters before the 2016 season that he planned to play “until basically they take the uniform and tell me to go coach somewhere.”

The Giants already have a talented young shortstop in Brandon Crawford, so it’s unlikely Rollins will find much playing time at his regular position. They don’t have much in the way of platoon infielders, however, so Rollins will need to prove he can play away from shortstop. His only fielding experience away from short was one brief appearance at second base with the Phillies in 2002.

The Giants will need Rollins to prove he can play some at second and maybe even third to justify giving him a roster spot. It’s likely they’ll bring in other low-cost options who will compete for a utility spot. While none will have Rollins’ resume—he ranks among the greatest Phillies in history—his performance over the last two years doesn’t speak to his having much left in the tank.


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Jimmy Rollins Designated for Assignment by White Sox: Latest Details, Reaction

The Chicago White Sox designated veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins for assignment Friday and called up highly touted prospect Tim Anderson to fill the roster void. 

The White Sox announced the moves on their official Twitter feed.

Rollins, once among the most offensively gifted shortstops in the league, failed to produce for Chicago through the first couple of months of the 2016 season. The former National League MVP had a .221 batting average with five steals and two homers through 41 games.

The 37-year-old veteran signed with the White Sox back in February. He won a starting job out of spring training but couldn’t rediscover his former magic once the regular season got underway.

It’s unclear what the next step will be for the longtime Philadelphia Phillies star, who spent last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. His skills have shown plenty of natural erosion from the days when he was hitting 20 home runs and stealing 40 bags in Philly.

Even his play in the field, which was also a major asset early in his career, has faded. He posted minus-three defensive runs saved in 2016, according to FanGraphs.

Assuming he has no plans for playing minor league ball while waiting for another chance, he’ll have to see whether another team shows interest. That could happen either through a trade while he’s on the DFA list or if he ends up getting released.

Rollins stated after Chicago signed him that he planned to play “until basically they take the uniform and tell me to go coach somewhere,” per Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune.

Anderson, 22, heads to Chicago after posting a .304 average with 11 stolen bases and four home runs with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights. He’s the franchise’s No. 2-rated prospect, behind only pitcher Carson Fulmer, according to MLB.com.

Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times noted Rollins spoke highly of the rising star back in March after seeing him in the spring.

“They like him here. He has a bright future,” Rollins said. “He has some pop, which is good. Just continue to polish himself defensively and in the field—footwork, turning double plays and making sure he turns the makes the routine plays over and over.”

The White Sox hoped strong play from Rollins would give Anderson more time in the minors to develop those defensive skills. While the call-up may have come early, the young infielder’s offensive numbers in the minors suggest he’s ready for the challenge.


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Jimmy Rollins to White Sox: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

The Chicago White Sox signed veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins to a minor league contract Monday and will invite him to the team’s camp.

CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes reported the White Sox’s acquisition, and 670 The Score’s Bruce Levine confirmed the news. Aaron Gleeman of NBC Sports noted Rollins will be guaranteed $2 million if he makes the Opening Day roster.

Rollins played for the Los Angeles Dodgers last year, batting .224 with 13 home runs and 41 RBI in 144 games. He spent the prior 15 MLB seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies.

“We envision Jimmy contributing both on and off the field,” said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, per ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick.

There’s no guarantee Rollins will be an everyday starter in 2016, but Hahn’s comments suggest he at least has a strong chance to be a big contributor in the Windy City. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal explains how potential playing time was a huge factor in Rollins’ decision to sign:

The 37-year-old is still fast enough to steal bases and would provide his usual range on defense. As a four-time Gold Glove Award winner, Rollins has always been reliable in the field and made only nine errors last year.

Contrast that figure with Ian Desmond, a shortstop the White Sox have been linked to, who made 27 errors in 2015—as many as Rollins has in the past three seasons.

SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo figured Chicago would cease pursuing Desmond, one of the better free agents remaining on the open market:

Chicago has been active in upgrading its roster this offseason, particularly in the infield. Its forecast for this year looks rather promising with the arrivals of power-hitting third baseman Todd Frazier and talented 26-year-old Brett Lawrie.

Both Frazier and Lawrie were brought aboard through trades, and the decision to sign Rollins is of the low-risk, high-reward variety.

Adding a seasoned pro like Rollins to the mix only figures to improve the White Sox clubhouse environment and provide key leadership from a former National League MVP and World Series champion.

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Jimmy Rollins Latest News, Rumors, Speculation Surrounding Free-Agent 2B

After a 16-year MLB career with the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers at shortstop, free agent Jimmy Rollins may have to switch positions if he wants to continue to be an everyday player.

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Rollins Open to Move to Second Base

Saturday, Jan. 9

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports (via Randy Miller of NJ.com) wrote that Rollins, 37, and 578 hits shy of 3,000, would consider a move to the right side of the infield.

“Rollins (is) open to idea, but waiting to see if (shortstop) opportunities develop.”

That makes sense considering he is a four-time Gold Glove winner at shortstop, and old habits die hard.

However, long baseball careers are made from transitioning to a position that is a better fit as the player gets older, such as a catcher moving to first base or an American League player becoming solely a designated hitter.

His only season in Los Angeles last year was one of his worst. He hit a career-low .224 in 144 games with just 13 home runs and 41 RBI. 

His 12 stolen bases were the fewest since he played just 14 games his rookie season.

Miller reported the Los Angeles Angels have shown interest in Rollins as an upgrade to their current second baseman, Johnny Giavotella, but wondered if it would even be an upgrade after he hit .272 with four home runs with the Angels in 2015.

Rollins can certainly bring leadership to a team in need, but his range and arm can’t be the same they were when he was in his 20s, so holding out for a starting job on a contending team at shortstop could be fruitless.

His best bet is to go to a contender who can use him as an everyday second baseman, or utility player, as he makes a push for 3,000 hits.

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Scott Miller’s Starting 9: Marlins’ Revolving Managerial Door a Sorry, Old Story

1. A Manager Is Just Another Chew Toy for Pit Bull Loria

Everyone knows managers are hired to be fired. But in Miami, they’re not just fired; they’re sliced, diced, pureed, pulsed, chopped, whipped, crushed, frappe’d and blended too.

So here comes new Marlins manager Dan Jennings, one of the game’s most respected talent evaluators, in Miami’s craziest move yet.

This actually is a demotion for Jennings, who comes downstairs from the executive office, where he was vice president and general manager. Not since Jack McKeon—sound familiar, Marlins fans?—with the San Diego Padres from 1988 to 1990 has someone served as both manager and general manager in the majors. (Yes, that is a bit of sarcasm. Demotion, yes, but Jennings will retain his VP title, and the Marlins say he will have the same input in the construction of the team.)

Jennings is a lifetime talent evaluator who is credited with signing and developing, among others, Josh Hamilton, James Shields, Carl Crawford and Rocco Baldelli during his seven-plus seasons as Tampa Bay’s director of scouting before leaving for the Marlins.

And as he himself said during Monday morning’s press conference, “It is out of the box. I will not deny that.”

You think?   

Here is just one of the 3,000 reasons this organization is laughable and you can’t believe anything it says: Club president David Samson and president of baseball operations Michael Hill spoke at length Monday about how the Marlins needed “a new voice.”

So the “new voice” is a guy from the front office who has had a hand in building/maintaining this team all along?

This is not a new voice.

This is an old tale.

Owner Jeffrey Loria is George Steinbrenner on training wheels, blowing through managers like Kleenex.

Since 2010, the Marlins have employed seven: Fredi Gonzalez, Edwin Rodriguez, Brandon Hyde (0-1 as interim in 2011), Jack McKeon, Ozzie Guillen, Mike Redmond and now Jennings.

Loria is paying three managers this summer alone: Guillen, who is in the final year of the four-year, $10 million deal he signed to manage the Marlins before the 2012 season, Redmond and Jennings.

Try as he might with moon shot after moon shot, slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who hit a ball completely out of Dodger Stadium and pounded the three longest homers in the majors last week, cannot outdistance this circus. Since this managerial Wheel of Misfortune started in earnest in 2010, Stanton has played for an average of 1.17 managers per season.

Jennings is immensely popular throughout the industry, an old-time baseball man, a good guy, good sense of humor, beloved by many.

But you already know how this story is going to end: with stains on Jennings and, if he’s not careful, knives from Loria and Samson in his back. And the fact that nobody from the Marlins even bothered to thank Redmond at Monday’s press conference for his effort and for some of the good things he’s done…it’s just reprehensible.

“I will tell you even my mom, whom I love, asked me, ‘Are you crazy? Have you lost your mind?'” Jennings joked.

Sadly, Ma Jennings, maybe you don’t want to know the answer.


2. All-Underachieving Team

It’s mid-May. These guys have to turn it around soon…don’t they?

First base: Albert Pujols, Angels. Not only does he have a relatively pedestrian six homers and 14 RBIs, but he also entered the week hitting .231 with a .283 on-base percentage and a .403 slugging percentage, which ranked 20th among qualifying MLB first basemen. For the bargain price of $24 million this year.

Second base: Chase Utley, Phillies. Though Philadelphia is starting to play a little better, Utley is slogging along at .138/.214/.241. Glory daysthey’ll pass you by in the wink of a young girl’s eye.

Shortstop: Jimmy Rollins, Dodgers. Utley’s former double-play partner did go 4-for-5 against the Rockies on Friday and by this week had boosted his slash line all the way up to .196/.277/.348. Though the Dodgers own the second-best record in the National League, fans nevertheless are beginning to wonder when phenom Corey Seager, 21, will be ready (he’s hitting .281/.324/.344 at Triple-A Oklahoma City). Oh, and one other thing about Rollins: “It’s mesmerizing how many plays he takes off at shortstop,” one scout says.

Third base: Josh Harrison, Pirates. Harrison was an All-Star last summer who finished ninth in NL MVP voting. He was awarded with a four-year, $27.3 million deal last month that could be worth $50 million if all of the options are exercised. The emergence of Harrison caused the Pirates to bump Pedro Alvarez over to first base, but Harrison’s encore so far is not helping raise too many Jolly Rogers.

Catcher: Chris Iannetta, Angels. One of the majors’ finest offenses from a year ago is a late starter this summer. Iannetta is hitting .123/.217/.137.

Left field: Melky Cabrera, White Sox. The Sox had a very good week and look like they are making their move. It will become much easier for them once Cabrera, slugging a career-worst .296, heats up.

Center field: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates. How rough has it been for Cutch? Not that his painfully slow offensive start is driving him batty, but he’s admitted to talking to his bat while trying to get going. Easiest prediction of the year: When the season’s over, Cutch will be hitting far above his current .233/.331/.383.

Right field: Carlos Beltran, Yankees. It’s clear the Yankees signed him a year too late, but that .271 on-base percentage really stands out. Beltran’s career OBP: .355.

Designated hitter: Victor Martinez, Tigers. I’m grading on a curve here, as Martinez missed most of spring training following knee surgery. So he started behind, and he’s going to catch up. But through his first 33 games, one homer and .224/.317/.280 is a rough start.

Starting Pitcher: Taijuan Walker, Mariners. So many people were on Seattle’s bandwagon this spring (yes, my hand is raised as well), and part of that is because the pitching was in place behind King Felix Hernandez. But Walker (1-4, 7.22 ERA) has been a colossal dud so far. “I saw him this spring and thought he would win the Cy Young Award,” one scout says. Ugh.

Closer: Steve Cishek, Marlins. There are many reasons this team is off to a disappointing start and Redmond is an ex-manager. Cishek’s blowing four of his first seven save opportunities is a very large one.


3. Where It Turned Around for the Nationals

The Nationals have become the club we all thought they would be, ripping off 15 wins in their past 19 games heading into this week. And if Matt Williams’ team is playing deep into October this autumn, circle April 28 and 29 on your calendar as the dates it all turned around.

Yes, part of their slow start was because Jayson Werth, Denard Span and Anthony Rendon all opened the season on the disabled list (Rendon is still out). But that slow start ended for good not only when Washington stormed back from a 9-1 deficit against the Atlanta Braves to win 13-12 on April 28 but also when the Nats closed that series by winning 13-4 the next day.

“That game in Atlanta, I never said after any regular-season game, ‘This game means a lot,'” ace Max Scherzer told B/R over the weekend. “But when we had that great comeback and then won again the next day, that’s what got it going. Those two games. You can’t take one.

“That was one of the best regular-season wins I’ve ever been a part of. It was a cloud-nine moment, and I didn’t even play.”


4. The Long and Short of It

Talk to nearly anyone in the game, and the answer is just about unanimous: Nationals’ right-hander Tanner Roark is the best “sixth man” going (meaning the next starter up after a five-man rotation). He would be a part of any rotation in the game, except where he isin Washington.

The Nationals know how good they have it too. Pitching coach Steve McCatty was still teasing Roark the other day about his numbers from Arizona last Wednesday: The tall right-hander worked 1.2 innings in relief, threw 49 pitches, surrendered three hits, walked two…and didn’t allow a run.

“I’ve never seen that before,” McCatty says.

Just the latest example of Roark the Magician.


5. You Want Out of the Box? This Is Out of the Box

So Cubs manager Joe Maddon canceled batting practice before Friday’s day game following Thursday night’s 6-5 win over the Mets.

Result? The Cubs outslugged the Pirates 11-10 in 12 innings.

Of course.

“I think it’s the most overrated thing we do,” Maddon said of batting practice before the game at Wrigley Field. “On a daily basis, we swing the bat way too often. I don’t know what the genesis of that was. If I had to nail it down, the ’80sthe early ’80swhen hitting coaches became more prominent and all this teaching became more prominent, batting practice became a longer exercise.

“And extra batting practice and hitting off tees and hitting in cages and swinging and swinging and swinging, and I think it can be counterproductive. I think guys can hit themselves right through feel. You can be feeling really well, and my point is if you do it too often, you get to the point where you lose that feel.”


6. Error: Colorado general manager Jeff Bridich

Regarding the ongoing (and endless) debate over whether the Colorado Rockies are going to trade Troy Tulowitzki or should trade Tulowitzki (the answer is yes, by the way), Bridich is taking the old blame-the-messenger route.

“Most of the media likes to create news,” he told reporters, via the Los Angeles Times.

He also told MLB Network Radio’s Jim Bowden it was media speculation.

Timeout here, because that’s a load of bunk.

This all started last week when Tulowitzki’s agent, Paul Cohen, told the New York Post on the record that he planned to meet with Tulo to discuss whether to ask for a trade.

“To say that is not a possibility would be silly,” Cohen said.

That is not media speculation.

That is an agent and a superstar steaming down the tracks together like a locomotive. And even though Tulowitzki backed off later in the week, this story isn’t going away.


7. Weekly Power Rankings

1. Bryce Harper: If he stays off the disabled list, you are looking at the NL MVP.

2. Mad Men: I’d like to buy the world a Coke…but only after Harper’s next at-bat is finished!

3. Giancarlo Stanton: Ka-BOOM! 

4. Adrian Beltre and Miguel Cabrera: Messrs. 400. Welcome to the club. Now…is Beltre a Hall of Famer?

5. B.B. King: Farewell to a legend. And it is so awesome that back in the day, Will “The Thrill” Clark greeted callers with an answering machine message featuring King’s “The Thrill Is Gone.” Perfect then; touching now.


8. Shelby Miller Joins the So-Close Club

One out away from a no-hitter Sunday against the Marlins, all Atlanta’s right-hander got was some dugout high-fives, some “attaboys” and a place on this list:


9. Please Don’t Shout ‘Fire!’ in a Crowded Stadium

Did you see that the smokestack in Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark caught fire during a game last week against the San Francisco Giants? And they played on without a delay.


9a. Rock ‘n’ Roll Lyric of the Week

One reason I will take the Rolling Stones over the Beatles (no offense, love the Beatles too) is because the Stones soaked themselves in the blues early on. And B.B. King always said he got on his knees and thanked them because that is one reason King and others remained popularbecause legends like the Stones paid homage. Sleep well, Mr. King.

“Well, there’s one kind of favor I’ll ask of you
There’s just one kind of favor I’ll ask of you
You can see that my grave is kept clean
And there’s two white horses following me
And there’s two white horses following me
I got two white horses following me
Waiting on my burying ground”

— B.B. King, “See That My Grave is Kept Clean”


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Early Grades for the Dodgers’ Offseason Acquisitions

The Los Angeles Dodgers made headlines this offseason with a flurry of personnel moves. Three weeks into the 2015 season, these recent additions have provided varying contributions.

Although the sample size is still relatively small, we’ve decided to hand out an April report card for the newest Boys in Blue.

This evaluation follows the order in which Los Angeles acquired these players during the winter.

All stats courtesy of ESPN.com and FanGraphs unless otherwise noted.

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Makeovers Were the Rage This Offseason, and the Dodgers’ Was the Best in Show

For as wonderful as the World Series was, the three-and-a-half months that immediately followed were just as mesmerizing. 

Armed with new front offices, and/or money and/or a directive to get instantly better before spring training, several clubs aggressively went about this last offseason with a makeover in mind.

The hot stove season was a blur of wheeling, dealing and one blockbuster acquisition after another. It started before the winter meetings, punched into overdrive once they started in San Diego in early December and finished off with a record-setting contract for the top free agent on the market, Max Scherzer, the completion of a stunning franchise transformation with James Shields’ signing with the Padres, and a record signing bonus for an international free agent, Yoan Moncada.

But for all the impressive moves that went down last offseason, there was one renovation that will produce the best results in 2015 and well beyond. The Los Angeles Dodgers not only made moves to get better on the field for this coming season, but the men in charge of making them—president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, senior vice president of baseball ops Josh Byrnes and general manager Farhan Zaidi—were also part of the franchise makeover that will pay dividends on and off the diamond.

“We obviously traded away some very good players tonight,” Friedman told reporters at a late-night press conference after trading Matt Kemp to San Diego at the winter meetings, part of his nine trades in his first 25 days at the helm. “But we feel with the totality of the moves, we made ourselves a better team.”

Not all the moves were met with complete praise. Dealing Kemp was a shock to the fanbase and what the Dodgers had become over the last six seasons, but it was a necessary move to clear the logjam in the outfield and, according to the front office, improve the clubhouse dynamic.

The overhaul was done decisively and with specific goals in mind. Friedman and Co. wanted to gain future payroll flexibility, which they did by moving Kemp’s expensive, long-term contract and acquiring expiring contracts in Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick to go with the expiring contract of Juan Uribe. They also wanted to eliminate the elephant in the corner of the clubhouse, one that created tension at times and uneasiness at others.

Trading Kemp and allowing Hanley Ramirez to leave via free agency meant getting rid of two alpha male personalities, one who dominated one corner and another who dominated the complete opposite corner of the team’s recently remodeled clubhouse.

“That was the most eye-opening thing,” catcher A.J. Ellis told CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman a few weeks ago. “For people allegedly only concerned about computer printouts, they’re taking a serious look at the character of people and what kind of culture they’re creating here.”

There was an on-the-field mandate as well. The Kemp trade that brought in catcher Yasmani Grandal and made way for center field prospect Joc Pederson, along with the acquisitions of shortstop Rollins and second baseman Kendrick, was done with defense in mind, specifically improving it.

Those moves could give the Dodgers one of the best up-the-middle defenses in the National League, starting with Grandal, who is also a massive offensive upgrade from Ellis. Rollins and Kendrick are also significant defensive spikes in the middle infield over Ramirez and Dee Gordon, who the Dodgers traded to the Miami Marlins, which eventually turned into the deal for Kendrick. Pederson is regarded as the best defensive outfielder in the organization as well as being a 30-30 guy at Class AAA Albuquerque.

The front office also filled out the rotation with Brandon McCarthy, who they believe can be a premium No. 4 starter now that he is out of Arizona and using his entire repertoire of pitches, and they attempted to redo a bullpen that was the team’s Achilles’ heel last year.

Guggenheim Baseball Management, the ownership group that features president Stan Kasten and figurehead Magic Johnson, took the first sledgehammer swing this offseason, luring Friedman and removing former GM Ned Colletti. Friedman then brought in Byrnes and Zaidi, along with scouting director Billy Gasparino and farm director Gabe Kapler.

Those men then sledged their way into making a 94-win club and two-time defending division champion better. Between the foul lines and behind closed doors, the Dodgers found a way to improve themselves.

In a sport where there are guaranteed contracts and no salary cap, front offices matter to an infinite degree. And where they grab headlines from Oakland to San Diego to Chicago to Boston, the Dodgers might have assembled the best of the bunch.

So when star players on the current roster exceed their prime and are no longer the best of the best, the Dodgers have positioned themselves for continued success. Wise, experienced, analytical and ridiculously aggressive, this front office has made the Dodgers’ overhaul the best in baseball.

And it will make it the best going beyond next October. 


All quotes, unless otherwise specified, have been acquired firsthand by the author. Follow Anthony on Twitter @awitrado and talk baseball here.

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Dodgers’ Position-by-Position Breakdown at 2015 Spring Training

The Los Angeles Dodgers underwent their first full workout of spring training this week, officially turning the page on a busy offseason and opening the 2015 chapter with high hopes.

Succumbing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the playoffs for a second straight year prompted the franchise to rethink its overall philosophy last October. Ownership opted to hire an entirely new front office, headed by president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi, shortly after the postseason defeat.

This analytic-minded duo wasted little time revamping the roster, trading away fan favorites Matt Kemp and Dee Gordon while allowing Hanley Ramirez to walk via free agency in an effort to improve defense, chemistry and financial flexibility.

Spring training games against other MLB opponents at Camelback Ranch don’t begin until March 4, but the Boys in Blue are eager to see what their new—and hopefully improved—roster can do on the field.


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Complete Los Angeles Dodgers 2015 Spring Training Preview

It’s been quite an offseason for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are set to kick off spring training when pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch on Feb. 19.

Not only was there a change of leadership at the top with a revamped front office, but the team itself will look noticeably different from the one that saw its season end in the first round of last year’s playoffs.

New president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi wasted little time configuring the roster to align with their belief in cost-effective, analytics-based baseball.

The duo promptly traded away fan favorites Dee Gordon and Matt Kemp during the winter meetings in December after allowing Hanley Ramirez to walk in free agency. Rather than absorb a sunk cost in reliever Brian Wilson, who exercised his pricey player option for 2015, the Dodgers simply cut him outright.

Half of the infield and about 40 percent of the starting rotation will feature new faces, ones the Dodgers entrusted to carry the team back to the postseason for a third consecutive season.

Los Angeles has essentially made a gamble with its flurry of moves this winter: improved defense and more contact at the plate will make up for the loss of power in the lineup. Questions still remain about the bullpen, however, and it’s not a lock that the team can reach the 94-win plateau from last season.

Fans have heard about the metrics all winter. But now it’s finally time to take these names off a sheet of paper and instead put them on an actual field. Here’s the complete spring training preview for the 2015 Dodgers.


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Biggest Winners and Losers from Dodgers Offseason

There’s less than three months remaining until Opening Day, and the Los Angeles Dodgers look decidedly different than they did at the beginning of the offseason.

For starters, the front office was stripped down and replaced with a new regime headed by president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi.

The metrics-minded duo wasted little time revamping the roster, trading away several popular players in an effort to improve the team in less noticeable ways while saving money and replenishing the farm system.

Los Angeles also saw other players walk away, either for a lucrative deal elsewhere in free agency or simply because they were no longer wanted.

It has been one of the busiest winters for the Dodgers in recent years, and there’s still time for more moves to be made before the regular season begins. For now, though, here are the winners and losers from the first three months of the team’s offseason.

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