Darwin Barney’s +46 defensive runs saved at second base from 2012-14 ranks first in the major leagues. (Associated Press photo)
According to multiple reports Monday morning, the Dodgers have acquired second baseman Darwin Barney from the Chicago Cubs. The 28-year-old veteran had been designated for assignment six days ago.
Update (12:30 p.m.): The trade is official. The Dodgers acquire Barney and cash from the Cubs for a player to be named later. Barney hasbeen added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster so there is no corresponding move at the moment.
Barney, 28, is hitting 230/.265/.328 in 217 plate appearances with the Cubs this season. Known for his defense, Barney’s Ultimate Zone Rating per 150 games is +15.5. He’s got +7 Defensive Runs Saved this season and +46 over the past three seasons, first in the majors.
Prior to being designated for assignment by the Cubs, Barney had hit safely in eight of his previous 10 games, batting .385 (15-for-39) with two doubles, two triples and an RBI since July 1. He hit .230 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 72 games overall.
Update (2:06 p.m.): Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said via text message: “We added him because we believe he is a plus defender who can play second, short and third.”
SAN FRANCISCO >> The Giants traded minor-league pitchers Heath Hembree and Edwin Escobar to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for veteran right-hander Jake Peavy. He is expected to start tomorrow against the Dodgers, according to multiple reports.
Update (11:00 a.m.): The Giants have confirmed the trade. It’s official.
Peavy is 14-2 with a 2.21 earned-run average in his career against the Dodgers. He pitched for the San Diego Padres from 2002-09.
Sunday’s game is an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecast. Hyun-Jin Ryu is scheduled to start for the Dodgers at AT&T Park.
The Dodgers signed first-round draft pick Grant Holmes on Tuesday. The pitcher from Conway (South Carolina) High School received less than $2.51 million and more than $2.4 million to sign, well above the $1.98 million slot value for the 22nd overall pick.
Holmes said Monday that his fastball has been clocked between 94 and 96 mph. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder struck out 82 batters in 40 innings as a senior, posting a 4-1 record with a 0.35 ERA while earning Gatorade South Carolina Player of the Year honors.
Holmes’ mother broke the news on Twitter:
Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn had 3,151 hits in his career. (Getty Images)
Dodger fans, take heart: Bob Welch held Tony Gwynn under a .300 lifetime batting average (actually .292). The only time Gwynn struck out three times in a game was a 1986 contest against the Dodgers. Welch was pitching. Somewhere in heaven, the old Padre is giving props to the old Dodger.
Gwynn died Monday at age 54.
Having battled an especially vicious form of cancer with the same tenacity that he fouled off unhittable pitches — before an opposite-field singles through the 5.5 hole — Gwynn passed away with eight National League batting titles. Also with baseball’s near-unanimous belief that “T” was the greatest pure hitter of the last half of the 20th Century.
Gwynn’s son, Tony Jr., a Dodger from 2011-13, told us in April that his father’s health had been improving. (Gwynn’s brother, Chris, also played for the Dodgers from 1987-91 and from 1994-95.) According to a recent report, Gwynn took a turn for the worse. From CSNPhilly.com:
In recent months, the battle has gotten tougher. Gwynn has tried some new treatments that have sapped his energy and weakened his immune system. In March, he had to take a leave of absence from San Diego State University, where he has been head baseball coach since 2003. The Aztecs went on to win the Mountain West Conference tournament with a Tony Gwynn bobblehead sitting in the dugout taking in all the action.
Gwynn, who was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, totaled 3,141 hits in 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres from 1982-2001, compiling a career .338 batting average – 18th best of all-time – in 2,440 games. The 15-time All-Star won eight batting titles and five Gold Glove Awards. He was a key member of the 1984 and 1998 San Diego Padres National League Championship teams.
Bob Welch pitched for the Dodgers from 1978-87. (Getty Images)
Former Dodgers pitcher Bob Welch
has died after suffering a heart attack at his home last night, the Dodgers announced Tuesday. He was 57.
Welch pitched for the Dodgers from 1978-87, winning 115 games. He started game one of the National League Championship Series in 1978 and 1981, winning the first.
“The Los Angeles Dodgers are saddened to learn of the passing of Bob Welch,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement released by the team. “He was one of the greatest competitors to wear the Dodger uniform. Dodger fans will always remember his confrontation with Yankee great Reggie Jackson in Game 2 of the 1978 World Series, when the 21-year-old rookie struck out Jackson to end the game.”
As a 21-year-old rookie, Welch was called on to close out game two of the 1978 World Series at Dodger Stadium. His final pitch ended a nine-pitch duel with Jackson to earn the save:
Carl Crawford limps off the field after suffering a sprained left ankle in the eighth inning of the Dodgers’ 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. (Getty Images)
Carl Crawford sprained his left ankle in the eighth inning of the Dodgers’ game against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. The 32-year-old rolled the ankle on the turf while fielding Chris Heisey‘s double into the left-field corner. He had to be helped off the field by head athletic trainer Stan Conte and was replaced by Scott Van Slyke.
A picture of Crawford’s ankle as the injury occurred can be found here.
Update (11:15 p.m.): Crawford said he will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday.
“I think it’s going to take a while,” he said.
The injury is severe enough that Crawford entered the Dodgers’ clubhouse after the game in a wheelchair. He then limped into the showers and came back to his locker wearing a protective boot.
Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will miss today’s and tomorrow’s games due to a chest cold. Charley Steiner, Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra will have the call on SportsNet LA. Rick Monday and Kevin Kennedy will be heard on AM 570 Fox Sports Los Angeles.
Scully, 86, has been broadcasting Dodgers games for 65 years.
Josh Beckett threw the first no-hitter of his career in the Dodgers’ 6-0 win in Philadelphia. The 34-year-old right-hander threw 128 pitches — a career high — walked three batters and struck out six.
The last Dodgers pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Hideo Nomo in September 1996. Beckett became the 21st Dodger to throw a no-hitter and the 11th since the franchise moved to Los Angeles.
With two outs in the ninth inning, Beckett walked Jimmy Rollins and fell behind Chase Utley 3-1. He came back to strike out Utley to seal the victory with two called strikes, sending the Dodgers pouring out of the dugout to celebrate.
Miguel Olivo was released by the Dodgers on Thursday. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers released Miguel Olivo
on Thursday, two days after the catcher slugged teammate Alex Guerrero
and bit off a portion of his ear in the middle of a Triple-A game in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Olivo had been suspended by the Albuquerque Isotopes on Wednesday. The Dodgers have 39 players on their 40-man roster.
The 35-year-old was only added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster in April after a somewhat tumultuous spring training. Olivo signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers in January and received an invitation to the major-league camp. Despite batting .263 (5 for 19) in limited Cactus League playing time, Olivo was returned to the minor leagues as the Dodgers opted to keep three catchers (A.J. Ellis, Drew Butera and Tim Federowicz).
Olivo requested his release at the time but ultimately accepted an assignment to Albuquerque, where he batted .368 (28 for 76). After Ellis was placed on the disabled list and Federowicz struggled to hit major-league pitching, the Dodgers purchased Olivo’s contract May 1 and let him start six of the next 10 games.
But Olivo struggled to hit too. He struck out nine times in his last 13 at-bats while failing to collect a hit. When Ellis was activated from the disabled list May 14, Olivo was optioned back to Albuquerque. Tuesday marked Olivo’s fourth start since returning to the minors.
Yasiel Puig is batting .322 with nine home runs and 35 RBIs this season for the Dodgers. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig
has been named the National League Player of the Week for the week along with Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock.
Puig batted .348 (8 for 23) with three home runs and 10 RBIs during the week. Sunday, his career-long 16-game hitting streak ended in the Dodgers’ 5-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. During the streak, Puig also managed to set a franchise record by collecting at least one extra-base hit and one RBI in eight straight games.
For the season, Puig ranks among the National League leaders in batting average (.322, seventh), on-base percentage (.411, fifth), slugging percentage (.586, fourth), OPS (.997, fourth), home runs (9, tied for sixth) and RBIs (35, tied for second).
Puig was chosen NL Player of the Week seven days into his career on June 10, 2013. That was the only time he had won the award prior to today. After his batting average dipped in the final month of his rookie season, Puig adjusted his approach this season with noticeable impact.
The winners of the award receive a watch courtesy of Game Time.