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.

Dodgers’ farm system ranked second in major leagues by ESPN.com.

In Keith Law’s annual (subscribers-only) ranking of every organization’s farm system, the ESPN.com analyst and former Toronto Blue Jays executive ranked the Dodgers’ system second in baseball.

The Dodgers were seventh in Law’s rankings a year ago. His explanation for the surge:

You can say that they bought this farm-system ranking, and you’d be right, and I don’t think they’d particularly care. However, that doesn’t do justice to the successful draft picks in 2013 and 2014 that line their top 10 around the various high-dollar Cuban signings (and that one Mexican lefty named Urias).

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Dodgers sign Brandon Hicks to minor league contract with invitation to spring training.

Brandon Hicks

Brandon Hicks has eight career home runs, one of which came against Clayton Kershaw in May 2014. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers have signed veteran infielder Brandon Hicks to a minor-league contract with a non-roster invitation to spring training. Hicks, 30, has played for the Braves, A’s, Mets and Giants since he made his major league debut in 2010.

Hicks has a .153 batting average in 340 career plate appearances, with experience at first base, second base, shortstop, third base and left field. One of his eight career home runs came in a May 2014 game at Dodger Stadium against Clayton Kershaw, in an eventual 7-4 loss to the Giants in 10 innings.

Hicks will wear number 15 in camp. Here’s the full list of Dodgers non-roster invitees with uniform numbers:

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Dodgers make Howie Kendrick’s two-year, $20 million contract official.

It’s a two-year deal that pays $20 million total. The money is actually going to be deferred over four years ($5 million annually through 2019); Kendrick’s actual salary and luxury-tax figure are an identical $10 million each of the next two years. The two sides agreed to terms last week.

Kendrick will play some second base and some third base — a position he hasn’t played since his rookie year in the majors.

The veteran second baseman blasted the qualifying offer system in an interview with USA Today earlier today. He hasn’t given any other interviews since re-signing with the Dodgers.

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Watch: ‘LOST LA’ episode features Dodger Stadium.

If you’re like me, you enjoy a good historical retrospective of the city you’re living in. Nothing like seeing stills or movies of black-and-white, old-timey people walking the same streets you enjoy jaywalking.

Here, then, is a teaser for a new episode of the KCET original series LOST LA, which airs at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow in Southern California. Dodger Stadium is featured prominently:

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Dodgers’ front office depth chart now includes Greg Maddux, Raul Ibañez.

Greg Maddux

New special advisor Greg Maddux pitched 23 games, regular and postseason, in separate stints with the Dodgers in 2006 and 2008. (Getty Images)


The Dodgers added to their already-deep front office depth chart Tuesday, hiring Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux and retired slugger Raul Ibañez as special assistants. In their roles, Maddux and Ibañez will assist Andrew Friedman and the baseball operations department in scouting, player development, and working with major and minor leaguers, according to a team release.
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