About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

The Dodgers will draft 26th and 33rd next June, but that could change.

The Dodgers received a compensatory-round draft pick Tuesday, when Hanley Ramirez‘s four-year contract with the Boston Red Sox became official.

Right now, that pick will be the 33rd overall selection in the June draft. It could become a lower pick if Ervin Santana (Braves), Melky Cabrera (Blue Jays), David Robertson (Yankees), Francisco Liriano (Pirates), James Shields (Royals) or Max Scherzer (Tigers) sign with another team. Each of those players rejected a qualifying offer from his 2014 team.

MLB.com has a nice visual breakdown of the compensatory round draft order.

Who can be had with the 33rd overall pick? According to baseball-reference.com’s version of WAR, the best 33rd overall draft pick of all-time is Mike Gallego. The Oakland A’s drafted the diminutive infielder out of UCLA in 1981. He went on to play 13 major-league seasons on the strength of his middle-infield glovework.

The Dodgers also have their own-first round pick next June, the 26th overall selection.

Dodgers vote to distribute 54 full postseason shares.

Forty-nine players appeared in a game for the Dodgers in 2014. On Monday it was announced that 54 will receive full postseason shares for a total of $2,015,860.01, or $31,542.85 each. The Dodgers additionally issued 9.65 partial shares and four “cash awards.”

So who gets all that money? Good question.

Typically the extra shares go to the staff that serves the team on a daily basis: The traveling secretary, clubhouse attendants, and others who don’t make major-league money. ESPN.com had a neat feature on this topic recently.

The four teams that were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs (Dodgers, Angels, Tigers, Nationals) all received the same total playoff share. Players received half of the gate receipts from the four series; that money is then divided equally among the four teams, who are then free to choose how to distribute it.

The San Francisco Giants received the most money of any playoff team. A full World Series share was worth a record $388,605.94 this year.

Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra, Gary Sheffield join Hall of Fame ballot in 2015.

Pedro Martinez

The Dodgers traded Pedro Martinez to the Montreal Expos for Delino DeShields in 1992. Martinez won 209 games over the remainder of his career. (Getty Images)

Four former Dodgers — Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra, Gary Sheffield and Jason Schmidt — are among the players listed on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this year. The results of the writers’ vote will be revealed January 6, 2015.

Martinez, who came up in the Dodgers organization, is considered a lock for induction on the first ballot. He won 10 games as a Dodger and 209 games combined for the Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies.

Sheffield and Garciaparra had fine careers, but will need help to gain the 75 percent majority needed for induction. Schmidt earned $15.4 million for each of his three wins in a Dodgers uniform and $360,870 for the other 127, according to baseball-reference.com.

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Dodgers acquire right-hander Juan Nicasio from Colorado Rockies.

Juan Nicasio

Juan Nicasio pitched better at Coors Field than he did on the road last season. (Getty Images)


The Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio from the Colorado Rockies on Monday for a player to be named later or cash.

To make room for Nicasio on the 40-man roster, infielder Ryan Jackson was designated for assignment. The Dodgers claimed Jackson off waivers from the Padres on Nov. 3.

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Jeff Hamilton’s 1988 World Series trophy is up for auction.

Image courtesy of worthridge.com

Image courtesy of worthridge.com

Former Dodgers infielder Jeff Hamilton has listed his 1988 World Series trophy with Worthridge Auctions and Retail. The auction is currently active, with little more than 12 days remaining. The minimum bid: $2,250.

Here’s a description of the item, via worthridge.com:

Offered here is the beautiful World Series trophy presented to Dodgers third baseman Jeff Hamilton. The trophy is manufactured by Balfour, and features brass pennants with all the team names surrounding a brass finial with a crown adornment. Press pin facades of the two World Series combatants are featured in the center area. The brass band around the base is inscribed, “Los Angeles Dodgers / World Championship Trophy / Presented by the Commissioner of Baseball / October 20, 1988 / Jeff Hamilton.”

This trophy is 12″ tall, and is in near mint condition with no significant issues. These gorgeous trophies are only given to players and team personnel, making this a highly sought-after addition to any Dodgers collection. The trophy is accompanied by an LOA from Jeff Hamilton.

Reports: Hanley Ramirez will sign with Boston Red Sox.

Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez batted .283 with 13 home runs and 71 RBIs in 2014. (Getty Images)

Hanley Ramirez was not expected to return to Los Angeles in 2015. Andrew Friedman’s decision to let him sign elsewhere was going to save the Dodgers a lot of money wherever Ramirez signed, but it was not terribly difficult. The Dodgers had good reason not to give Ramirez a multi-year contract, and Ramirez did not reject the Dodgers’ qualifying offer only to sign a one-year deal somewhere else.

The Boston Red Sox had several reasons to take an interest in Ramirez. They have a designated hitter, David Ortiz, who turned 39 on Tuesday and can become a free agent after the 2015 season. They have their shortstop of the future, Xander Bogaerts, already in place. They have a glaring need for offense at third base (Boston third basemen had a .580 OPS last season, 14th in the American League).

They also draft seventh in next year’s entry draft. Only the teams that draft 1-10 are able to sign a player who rejected a qualifying offer and keep their pick, so the Red Sox had more incentive than some teams to make a big pitch.

Soon, it appears, they will have Ramirez under contract for next season and beyond:


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Dodgers trade for Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Bolsinger.

The Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Mike Bolsinger from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash. Bolsinger had been designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

The 26-year-old Bolsinger made his major league debut last season. He made nine starts and one relief appearance for Arizona, going 1-6 with a 5.50 earned-run average.

The Dodgers designated lefty Jarret Martin for assignment. The 25-year-old reliever spent the season in Double-A.

Dodgers trade prospect Jose Dominguez to Rays for Joel Peralta, Adam Liberatore.

Joel  Peralta

Joel Peralta made 69 appearances for the Tampa Bay Rays last season. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers acquired veteran right-hander Joel Peralta and left-hander Adam Liberatore from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for pitchers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris.
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Zach Lee, Chris Reed, Scott Schebler added to Dodgers’ 40-man roster.

Zach Lee

Pitching prospect Zach Lee was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster Thursday. (Associated Press photo)

The Dodgers added pitchers Zach Lee and Chris Reed, and outfielder Scott Schebler to their 40-man roster Thursday. Each player was eligible to be taken in the Rule 5 draft in December unless they were on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster by the end of the day.
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Report: Dodgers haven’t ruled out re-signing Hanley Ramirez.

Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez batted .283 with 13 home runs and 71 RBIs in 2014. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers have not ruled out re-signing Hanley Ramirez, according to SBNation.com. Ramirez rejected the Dodgers’ qualifying offer Nov. 10 and is currently a free agent.

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