When the Dodgers purchased the Oklahoma City baseball franchise and made it their Triple-A affiliate, the RedHawks nickname figured to have a short shelf life. Sure enough, the Oklahoma City Dodgers were born today.
All of the elements of the new Oklahoma City jerseys and logo were developed by the Los Angeles Dodgers’ graphic design team. Oklahoma City University alumni, coaches and players donned the new threads for this photo reposted to the Oklahoma City Dodgers’ Twitter account:
The Triple-A club begins play April 9, 2015.
Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels has four years remaining on his contract. (Getty Images)
If the Dodgers want to acquire Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, as has been rumored, it will reportedly cost them one of their top position-player prospects.
The Dodgers would prefer to keep shortstop Corey Seager and center fielder Joc Pederson, according to FoxSports.com, which would make a play for Hamels unlikely.
Hamels, who is from San Diego, cannot contractually block a trade to the Dodgers according to the report.
The Phillies are attempting to rebuild their expensive, aging roster, making them less interested in a veteran outfielder (Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford or Matt Kemp) than teams in “win-now mode.” Hence their interest in the Dodgers’ prospects.
Hamels, who turns 31 on December 27, ranks sixth among active pitchers with a 3.27 ERA and second with a 1.142 WHIP. He finished sixth in 2014 Cy Young Award balloting after going 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA in 30 starts.
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.
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.
The Dodgers outrighted left-handed pitcher Jarret Martin to their Triple-A Oklahoma City roster today. Martin, who went 1-1 with seven saves and a 3.29 ERA in 46 relief appearances for Double-A Chattanooga in 2014, was designated for assignment on Nov. 22, when the club acquired pitcher Mike Bolsinger from Arizona.
Louis Riley Mattingly and Vin Scully will have something to talk about someday … when Louis can talk.
On Saturday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and his wife Lori welcomed Louis into the world. Saturday was Scully’s 87th birthday.
Mattingly has four children, all sons. Louis Riley is eligible to be drafted in 2032. Logan White is already keeping an eye out.
The Dodgers received a compensatory-round draft pick Tuesday, when Hanley Ramirez‘s four-year contract with the Boston Red Sox became official.
Right now, that pick will be the 33rd overall selection in the June draft. It could become a lower pick if Ervin Santana (Braves), Melky Cabrera (Blue Jays), David Robertson (Yankees), Francisco Liriano (Pirates), James Shields (Royals) or Max Scherzer (Tigers) sign with another team. Each of those players rejected a qualifying offer from his 2014 team.
MLB.com has a nice visual breakdown of the compensatory round draft order.
Who can be had with the 33rd overall pick? According to baseball-reference.com’s version of WAR, the best 33rd overall draft pick of all-time is Mike Gallego. The Oakland A’s drafted the diminutive infielder out of UCLA in 1981. He went on to play 13 major-league seasons on the strength of his middle-infield glovework.
The Dodgers also have their own-first round pick next June, the 26th overall selection.
Forty-nine players appeared in a game for the Dodgers in 2014. On Monday it was announced that 54 will receive full postseason shares for a total of $2,015,860.01, or $31,542.85 each. The Dodgers additionally issued 9.65 partial shares and four “cash awards.”
So who gets all that money? Good question.
Typically the extra shares go to the staff that serves the team on a daily basis: The traveling secretary, clubhouse attendants, and others who don’t make major-league money. ESPN.com had a neat feature on this topic recently.
The four teams that were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs (Dodgers, Angels, Tigers, Nationals) all received the same total playoff share. Players received half of the gate receipts from the four series; that money is then divided equally among the four teams, who are then free to choose how to distribute it.
The San Francisco Giants received the most money of any playoff team. A full World Series share was worth a record $388,605.94 this year.
The Dodgers traded Pedro Martinez to the Montreal Expos for Delino DeShields in 1992. Martinez won 209 games over the remainder of his career. (Getty Images)
Four former Dodgers — Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra, Gary Sheffield and Jason Schmidt — are among the players listed on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this year. The results of the writers’ vote will be revealed January 6, 2015.
Martinez, who came up in the Dodgers organization, is considered a lock for induction on the first ballot. He won 10 games as a Dodger and 209 games combined for the Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies.
Sheffield and Garciaparra had fine careers, but will need help to gain the 75 percent majority needed for induction. Schmidt earned $15.4 million for each of his three wins in a Dodgers uniform and $360,870 for the other 127, according to baseball-reference.com.
Juan Nicasio pitched better at Coors Field than he did on the road last season. (Getty Images)
The Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio
from the Colorado Rockies on Monday for a player to be named later or cash.
To make room for Nicasio on the 40-man roster, infielder Ryan Jackson was designated for assignment. The Dodgers claimed Jackson off waivers from the Padres on Nov. 3.