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Dodgers Sign Cuban Infielder Hector Olivera to 6-Year Deal

Dodgers Sign Cuban Infielder Hector Olivera to 6-Year Deal

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Cuban infielder Hector Olivera has signed a six-year, $62.5 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to his agent Greg Genske.The soon-to-be 30-year-old Olivera's contract includes a $28 million signing bonus, the rep notes. Olivera's main position in Cuba was second base, but he's expected to play third for the Dodgers, who already have Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins playing in the infield.Olivera has played 10 seasons for Santiago de Cuba. During that time, he's compiled a .323 batting average, 96 home runs, 433 RBIs, and a .407 on-base percentage.

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Dodgers Shut Down Starting Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu

Dodgers Shut Down Starting Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu

Matt King/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers starting rotation depth has taken a hit before the regular season has even started as the team has shut down starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu after he experienced discomfort in his left shoulder.

Ryu was sent back to Los Angeles by the team so that he can meet with team doctors. He will start the season on the disabled list.

"I think he's feeling something. If he was feeling nothing, we wouldn't be trying to get him in front of Doc," Don Mattingly said. "We know to move forward it's going to be a heavier workload, so we've got to be sure where we're at. I saw the look on Hyun-Jin's face and it wasn't typical Hyun-Jin."

Ryu started to experience shoulder issues on March 18. The team decided to shut him down once he was unable to play catch on Sunday.

Entering his third Major League season, Ryu has been consistently effective during his brief career in American baseball. In 56 starts, he's gone 28015 with a 3.17 ERA.

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After Initial Reservations, Dan Haren Ready to Pitch for the Marlins

After Initial Reservations, Dan Haren Ready to Pitch for the Marlins

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(JUPITER, Fla.) -- Despite initially claiming he'd rather retire than play for the Miami Marlins, starting pitcher Dan Haren has reported to spring training and will pitch for the team this season.

Haren was part of the deal the Marlins made with the Los Angeles Dodgers that also netted them shortstop Dee Gordon. Haren preferred to play on the west coast, and seriously considered retirement as a result.

"The trade surprised me," Haren said. "My family had a tough time with it."

Marlins officials had even given up on the prospects of convincing Haren to join the team, but he decided that he wanted to come back for a 13th season.

"I wanted to make sure I was going to be 100 percent committed," he said. "I didn't want to give a halfhearted effort. Once I was committed in the offseason to putting in the work, I was ready to go for the year.

"I'm here, I'm happy to be here. I'm ready to get going."

Haren is 142-122 with a 3.77 ERA during his career.

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Dodgers Closer Kenley Jansen Out 8-12 Weeks

Dodgers Closer Kenley Jansen Out 8-12 Weeks

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen underwent surgery on his left foot and is expected to be out indefinitely, according to the team.

Jansen reported discomfort after running last week, and tests showed there was a growth on a bone in his foot.  Jansen will be on crutches for the next 10 days and in a protective walking boot for another 3-4 weeks.  The entire healing process is expected to take between eight to 12 weeks.

The Dodgers' closer is expected to miss the entire first month of the 2015 regular season.

Last year Jansen had a 2.76 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and a 101/19 K/BB ratio over 65 1/3 innings.  Jansen also converted 44 saves in 49 opportunities.

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Dodgers Designate Reliever Brian Wilson for Assignment

Dodgers Designate Reliever Brian Wilson for Assignment

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Reliever Brian Wilson and his infamous beard are out of Los Angeles as the Dodgers have designated the former All-Star for assignment.

Despite the decision, the Dodgers will still pay Wilson his 2015 salary worth $9.5 million.

"At this point, we did not feel he was one of the best seven relief options," Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said on a conference call with reporters.

At one point in his carreer, Wilson was one of the most dominant relievers in Baseball and one of the more colorful personalities in baseball.

From 2008-2011, Wilson averaged over 40 saves during his time with the San Francisco Giants.

Despite his dominance, Wilson underwent multiple elbow reconstruction surgeries and he never quite recovered from it.

In 2014, the 32-year-old Wilson went 2-4 with a 4.66 ERA and a WHIP of 1.61. Those were his highest marks since his rookie year back in 2006.

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Dodgers Trade Outfielder Matt Kemp to the Padres

Dodgers Trade Outfielder Matt Kemp to the Padres

Christian Pederson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have dominated the annual Winter Meetings. And early Thursday morning, the team agreed to send former All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres.

ESPN reports that the Padres will acquire Kemp as well as catcher Tim Federowicz in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland, and pitcher Zach Eflin.

The Dodgers will also reportedly send the Padres around $31 million to cover the remaining $107 million on Kemp's current contract.

Kemp had been with the Dodgers for his entire nine-year career and was seen as the face of the franchise up until recently. In 2014, Kemp played in 150 games while hitting .287 with 25 home runs and 89 RBIs. In 2011, Kemp finished second behind Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers in the MVP voting in the National League.

The trade does help alleviate a logjam out in the Dodgers outfield. Along with Carl Crawford, Andre Either, and Yasiel Puig, the deal also helps clear the way for top hitting prospect Joc Pederson to earn playing time.

This past season, the Padres ranked last in baseball in runs scored, batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage.

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Dodgers Trade Dee Gordon to the Marlins, Acquire Howie Kendrick from Angels

Dodgers Trade Dee Gordon to the Marlins, Acquire Howie Kendrick from Angels

BananaStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the middle of a complete overhaul as they've traded second baseman Dee Gordon to the Miami Marlins while also acquiring second baseman Howie Kendrick via trade from the Los Angeles Angels.

In return for Gordon, the Dodgers received pitcher Andrew Heaney, infielder Enrique Hernandez, reliever Chris Hatcher, and minor leaguer Austin Barnes from the Marlins. The Marlins will acquire Gordon, pitcher Dan Haren, and infielder Miguel Rojas.

The 26-year-old Gordon was an All-Star in 2014 after batting .289 with 92 runs scored, 176 hits, and a National League-leading 64 stolen bases.

In order to get Kendrick, the Dodgers had to depart with the recently acquired Heaney and ship him to the Angels.

"We feel like within the totality of the moves, we made ourselves a better team," Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. "Adding Howie Kendrick we felt like fit us really well: right-handed bat, tremendous hitter, really good defender, and then the young players we got should help us in 2015 and beyond."

The 31-year-old Kendrick had spent his entire nine-year career with the Angels. This past season, he hit .293 with seven home runs, 75 RBIs, and scored 85 runs.

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ESPN: Phillies Trade Rollins to Dodgers

ESPN: Phillies Trade Rollins to Dodgers

Mitchell Leff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Switch-hitting shortstop Jimmy Rollins was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.The Dodgers acquire Rollins from the Philadelphia Phillies, the team he's played with for all 15 of his major league seasons. It is not yet known what the Phillies received in return. The 36-year-old Rollins replaces Hanley Ramirez, who signed with the Red Sox as a free agent.Rollins had a storied career in Philadelphia, winning the National League MVP in 2007 and helping the team win the World Series in 2008. He is the franchise's all-time leader in hits, at-bats and doubles.Rollins is in the final year of his contract and will make $11 million this season.Rollins played in 138 games for the Phillies last season, hitting .243 with 78 runs scored, 17 home runs, 55 RBIs and 28 stolen bases.

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L.A. Dodgers Acquire RHP Juan Nicasio from Rockies

L.A. Dodgers Acquire RHP Juan Nicasio from Rockies

iStockphoto(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio from the Colorado Rockies on Monday for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The Dodgers designated infielder Ryan Jackson for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Nicasio.

In 33 games with the Rockies last season, Nicasio went 6-6 with a 5.38 ERA. He struck out 63 batters in 93 2/3 innings of work.

The Rockies originally signed Nicasio as an amateur free agent in 2006. In his big league debut against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 28, 2011, he allowed one unearned run across seven frames.

Nicasio is 21-22 over his four-year big league career.

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Angels’ Mike Trout Named AL MVP, Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw Wins NL MVP

Angels’ Mike Trout Named AL MVP, Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw Wins NL MVP

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Two of the best players in Major League Baseball earned their due on Thursday. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout won the American League MVP, while Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw won the National League MVP.

The 22-year-old Trout finished second in the MVP voting the past two years, but has finally won the award in just his third full season, and in unanimous fashion. He's the third youngest A.L. player ever to win the award.

Trout batted .287 with 36 home runs, 111 RBIs, and 115 runs scored in 2014.

Kershaw had won his third National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday. He becomes the first player to win the N.L. Cy Young and MVP awards in the same season since Bob Gibson for the St. Louis Cardinals back in 1968.

Despite missing all of April, the 26-year-old Kershaw went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP, and 239 strikeouts in 198.1 innings pitched.

The Dodgers went 21-4 in Kershaw's 27 starts, and were only three games over .500 when anyone else pitched.

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Kershaw and Kluber Take Home NL, AL Cy Young Awards

Kershaw and Kluber Take Home NL, AL Cy Young Awards

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber were named, respectively, the National League and American League Cy Young Award winners Wednesday.Kershaw has now won the award three times in the last four seasons, joining Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Greg Maddux, Jim Palmer, and Sandy Koufax as the only pitchers to achieve that feat.The 26-year-old Kershaw was dominating after missing the first part of the season with a back injury. He threw his first career no-hitter and led the majors in wins (21), ERA (1.77), and WHIP (0.86), while striking out 239 batters in 198.1 innings.Kershaw received all 30 first-place votes that were cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto came in second and St. Louis' Adam Wainwright came in third.As for Kluber, he narrowly beat out Seattle's Felix Hernandez for the award. Kluber finished with 169 points, while Hernandez received 159 points.The 28-year-old Kluber, who was only in his second full season as a starter, pitched 235 2/3 innings, striking out 269 batters, while compiling an 18-9 record with a 2.44 ERA and a 1.095 WHIP.

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Dodgers Introduce General Manager Farhan Zaidi

Dodgers Introduce General Manager Farhan Zaidi

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Even though they've won the NL West the past two seasons, the Los Angles Dodgers are hoping that new general manager Farhan Zaidi will help take the franchise back to the World Series.

The Dodgers have completely overhauled their front office in recent months, including the hiring of former Rays general manager Andrew Friedman to become the team's new president of baseball operations.

Zaidi broke into Major League Baseball back in 2005 with the Oakland Athletics. He was assistant general manager/director of baseball operations before accepting his new role with the Dodgers.

While speaking to the media, Zaidi said he'd look to model what the San Francisco Giants, their NL West rival, have built as they've won three World Series titles the past five seasons.

"I think any time a team has that kind of success, you really have to study them hard and see what lessons there are to learn," said Zaidi, who was introduced as the team's new GM on Friday at Dodger Stadium. "I'm sure that's something we'll look at. It's a fair question. I don't think you can win three World Series in five years just by being lucky. I think that's maybe stating the obvious."

Zaidi earned a bachelor's degree from MIT in 1998 and his Ph.D. in 2011.

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Dodgers Set to Hire Zaidi as GM

Dodgers Set to Hire Zaidi as GM

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are set to hire Oakland Athletics executive Farhan Zaidi as their next general manager, according to ESPN. The move is expected to be made official later this week.

Zaidi will work under the Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, who was hired away from the Tampa Bay Rays on Oct. 15.

Zaidi had been with the Athletics for the past ten years, where he served in various roles including assistant general manager and director of baseball operations. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998 and a Ph.D in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011.

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Don Mattingly will Return to the Dodgers in 2015

Don Mattingly will Return to the Dodgers in 2015Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Even though the Los Angeles Dodgers front office has undergone a shake up, manager Don Mattingly will be with the team next season. In his introductory press conference, Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers newly-named ...

Kershaw Can’t Hang On, Cardinals Advance to NLCS

Kershaw Can’t Hang On, Cardinals Advance to NLCS

Zoonar/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) -- Clayton Kershaw was on fire until the seventh inning.The Los Angeles Dodgers' ace had only allowed three base runners before giving up back-to-back singles and then a three-run home run to Matt Adams, which was enough to lift the St. Louis Cardinals over the Dodgers 3-2, sending the Birds into their fourth straight NL Championship Series.Kershaw, who was pitching on three days rest, finished the day allowing four hits, three earned runs, two walks, and nine strikeouts, as he falls to 0-3 with a 9.72 ERA in his last three playoff games.Cardinals starter Shelby Miller pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and two runs, while striking out four.Trevor Rosenthal allowed two base runners in the ninth but got Carl Crawford to hit into a fielder's choice to end the game, earning his third save of the series.St. Louis will now take on the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS. Game 1 is Saturday night in St. Louis.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB - NLDS Game 4: St. Louis Cardinals 3 - Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (Cardinals win series, 3-1)

San Francisco Giants 3 - Washington Nationals 2 (Giants win series, 3-1)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/6/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/6/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB NLDS Game 3: Washington Nationals 4 - San Francisco Giants 1 (Giants lead series, 2-1)

 

MLB NLDS GAME 3: St. Louis Cardinals 3 - Los Angeles 1 (Cardinals lead series, 2-1)

NFL: Seattle Seahawks 27 (4-1) - Washington Redskins 17 (1-4)

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Kemp’s Homer Helps Dodgers Even Series

Kemp’s Homer Helps Dodgers Even Series

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Despite giving up a late lead for the second straight night, Matt Kemp's eighth inning home run lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night. The victory helped the Dodgers even the best-of-five series at one game apiece before it shifts to St. Louis on Monday.

Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead in the third when Dee Gordon ground out to second, plating A.J. Ellis before Zack Greinke scored on an Adrian Gonzalez single. Greinke seemingly was in control while on the hill, tossing seven scoreless innings and giving up just two hits.

Manager Don Mattingly went to his bullpen in the eighth and J.P. Howell gave up a game-tying, two-run homer to Matt Carpenter. The Cardinals jubilation was short lived as Kemp led off the bottom of the inning with his go-ahead blast off Pat Neshek.

"He tried to get me with a couple of sliders," Kemp said. "I laid off some tough ones that were close on the plate, but he left one just out on the plate that I could do something with and I put a good swing on it."

After falling 10-9 in Game One, the Dodgers now travel to St. Louis with the series tied an Hyun-Jin Ryu pitching against John Lackey in Game Three.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB Playoffs: San Francisco Giants 2 - Washington Nationals 1 in 18 Innings (Giants lead series, 2-0)

Los Angeles Dodgers 3 - St. Louis Cardinals 2 (Series tied, 1-1)

Top 25 College Football: (1) Florida State 43 (5-0) - Wake Forrest 3 (2-4)

(11) Ole Miss 23 (5-0) - (3) Alabama 17 (4-1)

(25) TCU 37 (4-0) - (4) Oklahoma 33 (4-1)

(5) Auburn 41 (5-0) - (15) LSU 7 (4-2)

(12) Mississippi State 48 (5-0) - (6) Texas A&M 31 (5-1)

(7) Baylor 28 (5-0) - Texas 7 (2-3)

Utah 30 (4-1) - (8) UCLA 28 (4-1)

(9) Notre Dame 17 (5-0) - (14) Stanford 14 (3-2)

(10) Michigan State 27 (4-1) - (19) Nebraska 22 (5-1)

(13) Georgia 44 (4-1) - Vanderbilt 17 (1-5)

Arizona State 38 (4-1) - (16) USC 34 (3-2)

Northwestern 20 (3-2) - (17) Wisconsin 14 (3-2)

(20) Ohio State 52 (4-1) - Maryland 24 (4-2)

(21) Oklahoma State (4-1) - Iowa State 20 (1-4)

(22) East Carolina 45 (4-1) - SMU 24 (0-5) 

(23) Kansas State 45 (4-1) - Texas Tech 13 (2-3)

NASCAR: Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Nationwide Kansas Lottery 300

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Cardinals Rally, Beat Kershaw in Game 1

Cardinals Rally, Beat Kershaw in Game 1

Elsa/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- In a matchup that featured two of the top pitchers in the game, the St. Louis Cardinals won a 10-9 game over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game One of the National League Divisional Series (NLDS) on Friday night. The Cardinals scored eight runs in the seventh inning to come from behind against Clayton Kershaw before holding off the Dodgers late.

It started out as a blowout in favor of Los Angeles, as they built up a 6-1 lead through five innings. After Randal Grichuk homered in the first to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead, the Dodgers quickly took the lead scoring twice in the third. Two more runs were added in the fourth before A.J. Ellis launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth off Adam Wainwright.

Meanwhile, Kershaw was mowing down opponents striking out eight batters through six innings. The southpaw had only given up two hits, both solo home runs, going into the seventh inning. It was then that the Cardinals made their rally.

The first four batters of the inning would reach on Kershaw, culminating on a Matt Adams RBI single. Pete Kozma then struck out for the first out of the frame before John Jay singled in another run to make it a 6-4 deficit. After another strikeout got the Dodgers within an out of ending the inning, Matt Carpenter cleared the bases with a double, giving St. Louis a 7-6 lead and chasing Kershaw.

The Cardinals would go on to score three more runs when Matt Holliday homered off reliever Pedro Baez for a 10-6 lead. Los Angeles threatened to take the lead back in both the eighth and ninth innings. Adrian Gonzalez's two-run homer in the eighth made it a 10-8 ballgame, while an RBI ground out got the Dodgers within a run and put the tying score at third. However, Yasiel Puig struck out to end the ballgame and give St. Louis a 1-0 series lead.

Game Two of the NLDS is set for 9:30 p.m. on Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Lance Lynn (15-10, 2.74 ERA) gets the call for the Cardinals while the Dodgers send Zack Greinke (17-8, 2.71 ERA) to the hill.

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