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Dodgers Spring Training 2017 Preview: Predictions, Players to Watch and More

The Los Angeles Dodgers need a second baseman. You know this. They know this. Your great-aunt Meredith who doesn't follow baseball knows this. Yet as I type these words, Enrique Hernandez and his .190/.283/.324 2016 slash line sit atop L.A.'s second base depth chart. For a team with the game's gaudiest payroll and legitimate World Series aspirations, that's a bad look. Let's assume the Dodgers brass is working hard to address the club's keystone deficiency and examine some other interesting storylines heading into spring training. (Because it's almost here—hooray!) Dodgers camp will feature crowded position battles in the outfield and at the back end of the rotation, a hyper-talented Cuban still looking to find his footing and the reigning National League Rookie of the Year ramping up for a potential MVP encore. Break out your fungo bat and step into the box when ready.Begin Slideshow




Predicting Los Angeles Dodgers Depth Charts a Month Ahead of Spring Training

As of this writing, the Los Angeles Dodgers have a glaring hole at second base. Hence the persistent trade rumors surrounding the Minnesota Twins' Brian Dozier. Whether the Dodgers acquire Dozier or someone else, the odds are good they'll add a middle infielder of note before the start of spring training. For now, though, let's run down the existing depth chart and look at some key players waiting in the wings. In addition to second base, there are question marks at the back end of the rotation and some uncertainty in the outfield. However, this roster looks strong enough to compete for a fifth straight National League West crown and the Dodgers' first championship in more than a quarter-century.Begin Slideshow




Los Angeles Dodgers’ Top Free-Agent, Trade Targets Post New Year

The Los Angeles Dodgers have spent the offseason getting the band back together, re-signing closer Kenley Jansen, left-hander Rich Hill and third baseman Justin Turner. There's nothing wrong with that. The trio were key contributors in 2016 and among the top free agents at their respective positions. If the Dodgers are going to secure a fifth straight National League West crown, however, and win their first title since 1988, they need to keep shopping. Specifically, Los Angeles has holes to plug in the bullpen, the outfield and, most glaringly, at second base. Let's examine a few realistic trade and free-agent targets, with the operative word being "realistic." Not all of these deals will happen, but they're tied to credible rumors—or at least informed speculation—and a sense of the Dodgers' needs and resources. We'll begin with a right-handed reliever formerly employed by the Dodgers' hated rivals and end with a power-hitting second baseman who simply ...




Does Dodgers’ Expensive Roster Have Enough Firepower to Take Down Cubs?

The Los Angeles Dodgers are going to be good in 2017. For fans of the franchise, this must be at once comforting and beside the point. The Dodgers being good has been a fact of life for the last four seasons. They've averaged 92 wins per year, captured four National League West titles and made two trips to the National League Championship Series. That's one more than the Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos have made in 48 years of existence. The problem, of course, has been ascending from good to great. Coming close to the World Series is nice, but you know what they say about coming close only counting in horseshoes and hand grenades. It's been 28 years since the Dodgers both went to the World Series and won it—a long streak for such a storied franchise. Not to mention one that's been keeping its payrolls well north of $200 million since 2013. And the ...




Dodgers Remain Among NL Elite by Re-Signing Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner

Nearly $200 million and exactly three familiar faces later, the Los Angeles Dodgers have retained a roster worthy of the top of the National League power structure. The first $48 million went into a three-year contract for lefty starter Rich Hill, who continued his late-career revival with a 1.83 ERA in six starts for the Dodgers in the home stretch of 2016. On Monday, Los Angeles committed another $144 million to relief ace Kenley Jansen and third baseman Justin Turner. As Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM confirmed, Jansen's deal is for five years and $80 million: According to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, the reliever's pact also includes an opt-out after 2019. Confirmation on Turner's contract is stuck in the pipeline for the moment. But Joel Sherman of the New York Post teased it will be for four years and $64 million. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com is hearing the same: The Dodgers aren't finished with their ...




Kenley Jansen Re-Signs with Dodgers: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Relief pitcher Kenley Jansen reportedly re-signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN and Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Bowden reported the contract is for five years and worth $80 million. Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports later reported Jansen chose the Dodgers over better offers from other clubs and has an opt-out clause after three years. The deal does not include a no-trade clause, per Rosenthal.  Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported the Washington Nationals were willing to pay as much as $5 million more than the Dodgers. Jansen, 29, was excellent for the Dodgers in 2016, compiling 47 saves in 53 opportunities to go along with 104 strikeouts, a 1.83 ERA and 0.67 WHIP in 68.2 innings pitched. It was his fifth straight season with 25 or more saves and his third straight season with at least 35 saves. He's established himself as one of baseball's better closers, ensuring ...




Rich Hill Re-Signs with Dodgers: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

The Los Angeles Dodgers were so enamored with Rich Hill after acquiring him in August that they have decided to keep him around with a new contract extension, announcing Monday that they had signed him to a three-year contract. Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reported the deal is worth $48 million.   While Hill is always a significant injury risk, there's no denying his performance on the mound when he's able to take the ball.  Hill showed his capability for dominating a terrific lineup when he shut down the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. He gave up two hits and two walks with six strikeouts over six innings in a 6-0 win.  When Hill is at the top of his game, even at 36 years old, there is a strong argument to be made that he's one of the best left-handed starters in baseball. The Dodgers already have the ...




Brandon McCarthy Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Dodgers Pitcher

The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to make a splash on the open market during the offseason, and Buster Olney of ESPN The Magazine reported that they are shopping right-handed pitcher Brandon McCarthy in an effort to create additional space on the 40-man roster.  Continue for updates. Trading McCarthy Could Clear Room for Hill Sunday, Dec. 4 Olney noted Los Angeles' 40-man roster sits at 39, which means the team would have to free some space in order to sign free-agent pitcher Rich Hill and other players. Trading McCarthy would help it do just that. This comes after Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register said the Dodgers and Hill were "closing in on [a] multi-year deal," which could increase the urgency to trade McCarthy or Scott Kazmir, who Olney also noted was being shopped. It is not surprising Los Angeles is looking to bring back Hill after he posted a 1.83 ERA and 0.79 WHIP in six starts for ...




Scott Kazmir Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Dodgers Pitcher

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a crowded roster heading into the meat of their offseason and are reportedly shopping left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir to create additional space, per Buster Olney of ESPN The Magazine. Continue for updates. Trading Kazmir Would Help Dodgers Add Hill Sunday, Dec. 4 Olney noted Los Angeles couldn't sign free agent Rich Hill and other players with a 40-man roster already at 39 without making some moves, such as trading Kazmir. Los Angeles eventually signing Hill appears to be approaching as reality, as Bill Plunkettof the Orange County Register said the two sides were "closing in on [a] multiyear deal." Clayton Kershaw served as the anchor for the Dodgers rotation in 2016, but Hill was a major reason they reached the National League Championship Series and took the eventual World Series champion Chicago Cubs to six games. The southpaw made six starts for the team down the stretch after beginning the season on the Oakland Athletics ...




Brian Dozier Would Be Perfect Fit in Rebuilding Dodgers’ Flawed Offense

The Los Angeles Dodgers didn't get in on what was possibly the best season ever for second basemen in 2016. Chase Utley and others didn't provide much hitting, baserunning or defense. Sounds like a good excuse to target a guy who can give them all three, and the first one especially: Brian Dozier. In this context, his name may stand out most because he's not Ian Kinsler. The Detroit Tigers' veteran second baseman is the one the Dodgers have been most often linked to on the hot-stove rumor mill.  But as Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported, the Dodgers also have Dozier on their radar. And, shoot, why wouldn't they? The Minnesota Twins' 29-year-old All-Star is coming off a career year that featured an .886 OPS, 42 home runs and 18 stolen bases. With his contract running out and the Twins in need of more young building blocks, even Dozier wasn't blindsided when he was asked about a ...




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