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 add four more to front-office ranks.

Confirming four new front-office hires that had been rumored for weeks, the Dodgers appointed David Finley as Vice President, Amateur & International Scouting, Galen Carr as Director of Player Personnel, Jeff Pickler as Special Assistant, Pro Scouting & Player Development, and Jack Cressend as Pitching Crosschecker on Tuesday.

The Dodgers recently lost VP of amateur scouting Logan White to the San Diego Padres, as well as two crosscheckers, Roy Clark (to the Atlanta Braves) and Paul Fryer (to the Boston Red Sox).

Here’s a bit more on each of the new hires:
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Russell Martin signs with the Blue Jays: What it means for the Dodgers.

Russell Martin

Former Dodgers catcher Russell Martin batted .290 with 11 home runs and 67 RBIs for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014. (Associated Press photo)

The band isn’t getting back together after all, and A.J. Ellis‘ status as the Dodgers’ primary is looking a bit safer today.

For the Dodgers, that was the takeaway when Russell Martin finalized a five-year, $82 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.

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Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig has two doubles and an adventurous day in the field in Japan.

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig had two doubles in a 3-for-4 performance last night in Team USA’s 6-1 win over Japan in the Japan All-Star Series. It was the first win for the traveling MLB squad against a Japanese all-star team known as “Samurai Japan.”

Puig made a diving catch in right field and also did this:

MLB has more on the game here; the box score is here. Dodgers catcher Drew Butera went 0 for 4 in the game.

Dodgers senior VP Josh Byrnes on Billy Gasparino, Ryan Jackson.

Josh Byrnes

Josh Byrnes was the general manager in San Diego and Arizona before becoming the Dodgers’ senior vice president of baseball operations. (Associated Press photo)

Josh Byrnes prefers writing scouting reports using words to looking at spreadsheets. It turns out being a numbers geek isn’t a prerequisite for a front-office job with these Dodgers.

You can read more about that here, including Byrnes’ thoughts on his dismissal from San Diego.

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Scott Boras responds to allegation that he covered for Manny Ramirez’s PED use.

Manny Ramirez

Manny Ramirez’s drug supplier, Tony Bosch, met with agent Scott Boras to concoct a cover story for Ramirez’s failed drug test in 2009 — or so Bosch claims. (Associated Press photo)

Then-Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez was popped for violating baseball’s performance-enhancing drug policy in 2009. Today, Newsday reported that Ramirez’s agent Scott Boras “orchestrated a meeting to help fabricate medical records and concoct a cover story to explain (Ramirez’s) failed drug test.”

The source: Anonymous sources citing testimony given by Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch to federal investigators.

Boras, who represents current Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, infielder Alex Guerrero and prospects Corey Seager and Julio Urias, issued a statement that disputes Bosch’s claim. It reads:
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Gabe Kapler: ‘I desperately wanted to be inspired on a regular basis.’

Gabe Kapler

Gabe Kapler is the Dodgers’ new director of player development. (Getty Images)

I spoke to Gabe Kapler, the Dodgers’ new director of player development, for a story that will run soon.

Here a couple direct quotes from Kapler that I didn’t include. You get a sense for how philosophically driven he is, a facet of his character that’s been written about before. (See here, here and here).

On his new job:
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Report: Seattle Mariners looking for cleanup hitter, could target Matt Kemp.

According to CBSsports.com, the Seattle Mariners are one team who could put together a trade proposal for a very available Matt Kemp.

From Jon Heyman:

The Dodgers are looking to deal an outfielder, or possibly two, and the assumption had been that Carl Crawford and/or Adnre Ethier were most likely to be dealt, but Matt Kemp‘s name is clearly out on the trade market, too.

Word is, there is some interest in Kemp after his nice second half in L.A. last year, so he could be the righthanded middle-of-the-order bat several teams need.

The Mariners could use the help on offense — and move Kemp to his preferred position — after they got an MLB-low .556 OPS from their center fielders in 2014.

Dodgers sign three 16-year-old Caribbean prospects.

The Dodgers announced three international signings Wednesday: 16-year-olds Frank Sanchez (Juan Uribe’s nephew), Edwin Reyes and Jerson Dometilia.

Sanchez, a 16-year-old shortstop from San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, was signed by scouts Patrick Guerrero, Franklin Taveras, Bob Engle.

Reyes, a 16-year-old shortstop from Azua, D.R., was signed by scout Franklin Taveras.

Dometilia, a 16-year-old catcher/infielder from Willemstad, Curacao, was signed by scouts Rolando Chirino and Patrick Guerrero. He reportedly has some power, having won the home run derby at the end of the 2013 Junior League World Series.

Dodgers, Rangers to invade Alamodome for two exhibition games next March.

The Dodgers announced that they will play two exhibition games against the Texas Rangers in San Antonio, Texas, March 20 and 21, 2015.

This is the third year for the event, dubbed the “Big League Weekend,” a two-game Major League Baseball exhibition hosted at the Alamodome in Downtown San Antonio.  The games will be played on Friday, March 20 (5 p.m. PST) and Saturday, March 21 (11 a.m.). Tickets go on sale Friday, November 14.

The Dodgers are also scheduled to play split-squad games against the Oakland A’s and Colorado Rockies in Arizona March 20 and 21, respectively.

According to event organizers, more than 75,000 fans packed the Alamodome when the Rangers hosted the San Diego Padres in the inaugural Big League Weekend in 2013.  It was the first baseball event in the building’s 20-year-history. Last year, the Rangers hosted the Houston Astros.

The Dodgers were the Major League affiliate of the Double-A San Antonio Missions from 1977-2000.

Yasiel Puig whiffs in Japan debut.

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig went 0 for 2 early Wednesday morning in Japan as a team of MLB All-Stars lost 2-0 to a team of Japanese All-Stars.

Puig struck out and walked in his only two plate appearances against Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda. Maeda, who has been reportedly interested in coming to MLB in 2015, threw five shutout innings. Puig grounded out against reliever Kazuhisa Makita in his only other plate appearance.

The MLB All-Stars got only three hits in the game against Maeda, Makita, Yuji Nishino and Shohei Otani — the 20-year-old with a 99-mph fastball who is expected to start next Tuesday.

According to MLB.com, the schedule for the exhibition games is as follows:

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