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Friedman: Dodgers' moves geared to produce 'highly functioning' team

Fri Dec 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Now it can all be said. In a whirlwind 10-day span that ended Friday, Andrew Friedman revamped the bulk of the Dodgers’ roster, mostly near the top after previously attacking the bottom. “I’m not sure where to begin,” Friedman said following the finalization of all but one of nine trades and tw

Padres unveil Kemp, acquire Upton thanks to 'rock star' GM

Fri Dec 19, 2014

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres took a break from a dizzying series of trades Friday afternoon to introduce one of their new sluggers, Matt Kemp. Kemp, in turn, put the blockbusters by General Manager A.J. Preller into perspective as only a guy fresh from Hollywood could. “This is unbelievable. He’s a GM rock s

Kemp deal is complete, and Dodgers' roster essentially is as well

Thu Dec 18, 2014

After a bizarre week of waiting, the Dodgers’ deal sending outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego was finally made official Thursday night. Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz will become Padres, and $32 million of the Dodgers’ money will be sent to San Diego to help pay for the $107 million remaining on Kemp’s contract.

Kemp deal reportedly finalized, trade to become official

Thu Dec 18, 2014

After a bizarre week of delays and speculation, the Dodgers' deal sending outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego will finally be made official Thursday night, according to multiple reports. Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz will become Pad

Report: Kemp's physical uncovers arthritis

Thu Dec 18, 2014

The Matt Kemp saga continues, as the Dodgers and Padres have yet to finalize their agreed-upon trade for the slugger more than one week after agreeing upon it. A possible reason for the delay was reported Thursday by USA Today: Kemp's physical exam, taken Tuesday in San Diego, uncovered arthritis in both of his hips. Kemp has had

Kemp's trade to Padres must be finalized by Thursday

Wed Dec 17, 2014

The Dodgers agreed to trade Matt Kemp a week ago, but as of late Wednesday night he was still a Dodger. And, if the deal sending him to San Diego isn’t finalized shortly, Kemp will have to remain one for the foreseeable future. The Dodgers’ blockbuster trade of the 30-year-old outfielder appears to have hit a snag of

Baseball could benefit from influx of Cuban talent

Wed Dec 17, 2014

WASHINGTON – At a dinner in one of Fidel Castro’s palaces in 1999, the leader of Cuba and several top Major League Baseball executives discussed one of the few common bonds between their countries: baseball. The executives, including baseball commissioner Bud Selig, were there for an exhibition game between the Baltimore Orio

Newly acquired McCarthy shares mutual trust with Dodgers front office

Tue Dec 16, 2014

In 2014, Brandon McCarthy figured out how to have sustained success. At least he believes that, and the Dodgers believe that, which is why they signed him to a four-year, $48 million contract made official Tuesday. The Pasadena native and 31-year-old right-hander will slot in as the team’s No. 4 starter. A dominant 14-start stretch

Dodgers DFA Brian Wilson, make McCarthy signing official

Tue Dec 16, 2014

In another surprise move, the Dodgers designated right-handed reliever Brian Wilson for assignment Tuesday to make room for right-handed starter Brandon McCarthy. Of course, it was the previous Dodgers’ regime who gave Wilson a $9.5-million player option for 2015, which he quickly exercised when his 2014 went awry. But the new regi

Dodgers sign LHP Anderson to fill out rotation

Mon Dec 15, 2014

Andrew Friedman has taken another gamble, signing free-agent left-hander Brett Anderson to a one-year deal worth $10 million. Anderson, who turns 27 in February, will probably head to spring training as the Dodgers' fifth starter. But the likelihood of him filling that role all season is slim; he has virtually no track record of staying

What might be next for dealing Dodgers?

Fri Dec 12, 2014

SAN DIEGO - Andrew Friedman and Farhan  Zaidi were still making deals in their sleep. The Dodgers chose four players in the minor-league phase of the Rule 5 draft Thursday morning. Neither Friedman nor Zaidi attended the draft, which caps the winter meetings every year, presumably staying in their rooms at the Manchester Grand Hyatt

Moura: Angels, Dodgers finding balance between present and future needs

Fri Dec 12, 2014

SAN DIEGO – When Andrew Friedman dealt James Shields to Kansas City two years ago, he called it the hardest trade he’d ever made. It’s not hard to see why. Then presiding over a 90-win Tampa Bay team, Friedman traded away the best pitcher in the history of the franchise for a package of unproven prospects, sacrificing l

Kemp trade is latest piece of Dodgers' reconstruction

Thu Dec 11, 2014

SAN DIEGO – The Dodgers reached agreement on two transactions and officially announced three others involving 14 players in all Wednesday – and managed not to shed an outfielder, the one transaction everyone agreed they need to make this winter. That changed in the early hours of Thursday morning. Capping an unprecede

Reports: Dodgers trade Kemp to Padres for catcher Grandal

Thu Dec 11, 2014

SAN DIEGO -- Matt Kemp is no longer a Dodger, and the Dodgers' massive roster rehaul is one step closer to completion. As he walked to the podium at the Manchester Grand Hyatt five minutes before midnight Wednesday to finally announce upgrading at second base by dealing away Dee Gordon and netting Howie Kendrick, Dodgers president of bas

Reports: Dodgers trade Kemp to Padres for catcher Grandal

Thu Dec 11, 2014

SAN DIEGO -- Matt Kemp is no longer a Dodger, and the Dodgers' massive roster rehaul is one step closer to completion. As he walked to the podium at the Manchester Grand Hyatt five minutes before midnight Wednesday to finally announce upgrading at second base by dealing away Dee Gordon and netting Howie Kendrick, Dodgers president of bas

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