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

Joel  Peralta

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.

Zach Lee

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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Report: Dodgers haven’t ruled out re-signing Hanley Ramirez.

Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez batted .283 with 13 home runs and 71 RBIs in 2014. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers have not ruled out re-signing Hanley Ramirez, according to SBNation.com. Ramirez rejected the Dodgers’ qualifying offer Nov. 10 and is currently a free agent.

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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.

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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.