Dodgers sign Brett Anderson to one-year contract.

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The Dodgers have agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson on a contract for 2015. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers have agreed to terms with free agent left-hander Brett Anderson on a one-year contract. The deal is worth $10 million plus $4 million in incentives, according to multiple reports Monday.

The contract is unofficial because it is pending a physical. The Dodgers have not confirmed the signing.
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It’s (almost) official: Dodgers trade Matt Kemp to San Diego.

The Dodgers continued a furious Winter Meetings trade spree Thursday morning by dealing Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres. Kemp, a star outfielder and the Dodgers’ longest tenured player, has been informed of the trade, which has not been announced by either team because it is still pending approval from the league.

Soon, Kemp will be heading south along with catcher Tim Federowicz in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland and pitcher Zach Eflin, according to multiple reports.

The full story is here.

Reports: Dodgers to acquire Jimmy Rollins from Philadelphia Phillies.

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Jimmy Rollins has more hits than any player in Philadelphia Phillies history (2,306). (Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO — The Dodgers have acquired shortstop Jimmy Rollins, from the Philadelphia Phillies, a baseball source confirmed. Buster Olney of ESPN.com wasfirst with the news.

The Dodgers had been pursuing multiple deals to acquire a shortstop who would not be bound to a long-term contract. Rollins, 36, whose contract expires after the 2015 season, certainly fits that bill. Although he had the right to veto any trade because of his service time in Philadelphia, he apparently had no problem coming to Los Angeles.

It is unknown at this time who the Dodgers would be giving up to acquire Rollins, or if a third or fourth team is involved.

Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said Tuesday that 20-year-old prospect Corey Seager is expected to be in the team’s major league camp during spring training. But his chances of being the Dodgers’ Opening Day shortstop were slim.

“When you have a guy like Corey (Seager) — we’re not going into the season expecting him to contribute,” Zaidi said. “If he works his way into the lineup, great. We’re not expecting him to contribute. The guys that we’re looking at are all in the kind of timeframe where we’re comfortable if they’re a good fit this year.

“We value positional versatility too. So guys that aren’t only shortstops can move around the infield and accommodate Seager a year from now or whatever, I think guys like that will be of value to us as well.”

Rollins has played 18,080 innings at shortstop in a 15-year career and one-third of an inning at second base. He has 2,306 career hits — most in Phillies history — including 216 home runs and 453 stolen bases. In 2014, playing at the hitter-friendly Citizens Bank Park, Rollins batted .243 with 17 home runs and 28 stolen bases.

The trade would be the Dodgers’ first major deal under new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, who previously acquired veteran reliever Joel Peralta from the Tampa Bay Rays in November.

Contract offers for all: Dodgers keep 40-man roster full on tender day.

The Dodgers agreed to terms on a one-year contract with infielder Darwin Barney. Their other remaining arbitration-eligible players were all tendered contacts (Drew Butera, A.J. Ellis, Dee Gordon, Chris Heisey, Kenley Jansen, Juan Nicasio, Justin Turner).

Heisey was acquired earlier today in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds.

The bottom line: The Dodgers’ 40-man roster remained the same on a day when many teams’ rosters shrank.

Dodgers trade Matt Magill to Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Chris Heisey.

The Dodgers traded right-handed pitcher Matt Magill to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday for outfielder Chris Heisey.

Heisey, who turns 30 on December 14, joins a crowded outfield situation in Los Angeles after appearing in 119 games last season for Cincinnati, his fifth major-league season. The right-handed hitter owns a career slash line of .247/.299/.422 in 543 games, all with the Reds.

Magill, 25, spent all of 2014 at Triple-A Albuquerque. The Simi Valley native had an 0-2 record and a 6.51 ERA in six starts for the Dodgers in 2013.

The Dodgers face an 8:59 p.m. deadline to tender a contract to players with less than six years’ service time. Those who were not tendered a contract today by their 2014 teams are free agents. Trades such as these are common when teams have a need for a player who will not be tendered a contract by their current club.

The pertinent question now is: Why do the Dodgers need another outfielder? Stay tuned.

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

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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.

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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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Dodgers hire GM Farhan Zaidi, senior vice president, baseball operations Josh Byrnes.

The Dodgers formally announced the hires of Farhan Zaidi (general manager) and Josh Byrnes (senior vice president, baseball operations) on Thursday.

The announcement, which had been in the works for days, provides some clarity as to how the front office under Stan Kasten and Andrew Friedman will work.

“Farhan’s primary focus will be the Major League team and player acquisitions while Josh will concentrate on the oversight of scouting and player development,” Friedman said in a statement released by the team. “However, they will both work closely with me on all aspects of baseball operations in our efforts to make the Dodgers’ front office and team the best it can possibly be.”

Zaidi, 37, was previously the Oakland A’s assistant general manager.

Byrnes, 44, had been without a job since he was fired as the San Diego Padres’ general manager in June.

Zaidi will meet with the media tomorrow at Dodger Stadium.

More to follow.

Source: Dodgers will name Farhan Zaidi their next general manager.

The Dodgers will name Oakland A’s assistant general manager Farhan Zaidi their next GM, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Former San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes is also expected to be appointed to a front-office role when the official announcement is made.

Those announcements are expected sometime this week.

Zaidi, 37, would succeed Ned Colletti, who was named senior advisor to President, Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman in October.

Zaidi was hired into the A’s baseball operations department in 2005 and spent the next 10 years in Oakland. He was instrumental in signing Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $36 million contract in February 2012 according to the San Francisco Chronicle and was regarded as a front-office advocate for the club’s scouting reports.

According to the A’s media guide, Zaidi’s primary responsibilities included “providing statistical analysis for evaluating and targeting players in the amateur draft, free agent and trade markets. He also assists on arbitration cases, minor league contracts and works closely with the coaching staff during the season in analyzing data from advance scouting reports.”

Prior to joining the A’s, Zaidi served as business development associate for Small World Media, the fantasy sports division of The Sporting News, and also worked as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group.

Zaidi earned his bachelor of science degree in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998 and a Ph.D in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011.

Dodgers extend Hanley Ramirez qualifying offer.

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Hanley Ramirez hit 13 home runs and stole 14 bases in an injury-plagued 2014 season. (Associated Press photo)

As expected, the Dodgers have extended a qualifying offer to free agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez has until 2 p.m. next Monday to accept the offer, which amounts to a one-year contract worth $15.3 million.

If Ramirez rejects the offer and signs with another team, the Dodgers would receive a compensatory draft pick in June 2015.

Ramirez, 30, slashed .283/.369/.448 in the final year of a six-year, $70 million contract that he signed as a member of the Miami Marlins. Though he was a steadying force on offense (132 OPS-plus), he struggled mightily on defense. His .963 fielding percentage matched Washington’s Ian Desmond for the lowest among regular National League shortstops and his -10.3 UZR was the lowest among all NL shortstops.

The Dodgers cannot move Ramirez to third base without displacing Juan Uribe, or to first base without displacing Adrian Gonzalez. If that doesn’t make a return to Los Angeles unlikely, Ramirez would be taking a voluntary pay cut from the $16 million he made last year if he accepts the qualifying offer.

In the last two years, 22 free agents have received qualifying offers and none have accepted.

Though Ramirez’s nagging injuries were a constant source of concern last season, there should be a sizable market for a player with a career batting average of .300, plus power and the ability to steal a base. Ramirez could prolong his peak years by moving to the American League, where he can be a designated hitter.