About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, 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 re-sign Charlie Culberson.

The Dodgers re-signed utility player Charlie Culberson to a one-year contract Thursday. He will make $550,000.

Culberson, 27, slashed .284/.294/.373 in his first season as a Dodger, splitting the season between Los Angeles and Triple-A Oklahoma City. He only appeared in 38 major league games, but four came in the postseason and another in the Dodgers’ 10-inning win over the Rockies on Aug. 25, in which Culberson hit his only home run of the season to win the game and clinch a National League West title.

SInce he was not yet eligible for arbitration, Culberson was under no deadline to sign with the Dodgers this week.

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Dodgers agree to terms with Chris Hatcher and Scott Van Slyke.

The Dodgers agreed to terms on one-year contracts with two players Thursday: pitcher Chris Hatcher and first baseman/outfielder Scott Van Slyke.

According to the Associated Press, Van Slyke’s deal is worth $1,325,000 and Hatcher’s contract is worth $1.25 million.
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Dodger Stadium will feature a museum this off-season.

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Brooklyn Dodgers uniforms on display at the former Sports Museum of Los Angeles, which will contribute artifacts to the Dodgers’ pop-up museum. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

The Dodgers announced that a pop-up museum located in the left field reserve level team store will open to the public beginning Friday at 11 a.m.

The museum will feature pieces from the Baseball Hall of Fame, the former Los Angeles Sports Museum curated by collector Gary Cypres, items on loan from Dodger players and pieces from the franchise archives.

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Alex Guerrero is close to signing in Japan. Update.

Alex Guerrero JapanAlex Guerrero is close to signing with the Chunichi Dragons of NPB, the top league in Japan. Guerrero, who turned 30 this month, was designated for assignment by the Dodgers in June and hasn’t played since. He batted .136 in 16 minor league games this year.

Update (2 p.m.): Guerrero’s contract is official, per an announcement on the Dragons’ website. He will wear number 42.

Update (10:20 p.m.): it’s a straight one-year contract worth approximately $1.5 million, plus incentives.

Guerrero is still owed $7.5 million this year and next year under the terms of the four-year, $25.5 million contract he signed with the Dodgers prior to the 2014 season.

Sanspo first reported the news (in Japanese).

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Watch: Vin Scully receives Presidential Medal of Freedom Award.

Recently retired Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully is at the White House today to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award, the highest honor a sitting president can bestow upon a civilian.

Here’s one clip of President Barack Obama’s introduction

After President Obama introduced all the honorees — a group that included Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Gates, Frank Gehry, Bruce Springsteen and Diana Ross — they each received their medal.

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