Julio Urias, Corey Seager headline list of Dodgers’ 17 non-roster invitees to spring training.

Julio Urias

Prospect Julio Urias, 18, pitched one Cactus League inning for the Dodgers in 2014 and did not allow a runner to reach base. (Associated Press photo)

Eighteen-year-old pitching prospect Julio Urias has earned a non-roster invitation to the Dodgers’ 2015 spring training camp. He and top shortstop prospect Corey Seager headline a list of 17 non-roster invitees to the Dodgers’ spring training camp announced Friday.

Shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena, who was designated for assignment nine days ago with four years remaining on his $25 million contract, is also in that group.

Here is the full list:
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Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy believes steroid users belong in Hall.

Brandon McCarthy

New Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy believes that Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mike Piazza belong in the Hall of Fame. (Getty Images)


If you’re sick of hearing about the Hall of Fame and whether known steroid users have a place in it, hang on. A non-voter chimed in today with his 800-word opinion: New Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy.

Voicing his support for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and others, McCarthy writes:

The question of whether performance enhancing drug (PED) users should be allowed to gain admittance to the Hall of Fame is one that I’ve thought a lot about. Admittedly, it’s a mess. The ramifications extend far and wide, but I believe the answer is to admit those players whose on-field accomplishments merit it and leave history to be the final judge and jury. Ultimately, I believe the greatest injustice would be to leave worthy players—some of whom are objectively among the greatest ever—out of the Hall of Fame, when there very well may be guys already enshrined who have used performance enhancing drugs. Who knows how many PED users are already in the Hall of Fame?

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Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi on signing pitcher Chin-Hui Tsao.

Chin-Hui Tsao, in all likelihood, will never pitch a meaningful game for the Dodgers this season. He signed a minor league contract last month and has not received an invitation to the club’s major league spring training camp.

But Tsao’s alleged involvement in fixing a game in the Taiwanese League has been well-documented (see here and here) and makes his return to North America intriguing, to say the least. Tsao pitched for the Dodgers in 2007, appearing in 21 major-league games. He also spent time in the Rockies and Royals organizations before returning to his native Taiwan.

Now he’s back, in a minor-league uniform at least. General manager Farhan Zaidi briefly discussed Tsao and the controversy surrounding the pitcher on Wednesday:
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Former Dodgers pitcher Pedro Martinez elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Baseball Hall of Fame called for former Dodgers pitcher Pedro Martinez on Tuesday.

The right-handed pitcher was listed on 91.1 percent of ballots, second only to Randy Johnson. Two others were elected, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio. It’s the first time three pitchers have been inducted to the Hall of Fame in the same year.

Former Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza was listed on 69.9 percent of ballots, short of the 75 percent needed for induction.

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IBWAA elects five to Hall of Fame.

In its 2015 Hall of Fame election the IBWAA selected Randy Johnson (with 98.24% of the vote), Pedro Martinez (95.15%), John Smoltz (82.82%), Jeff Bagwell (81.94%) and Tim Raines (79.30%). A 75% threshold is required for election.

I wrote a bit about the IBWAA yesterday and why I was paying particular attention to its Hall of Fame election results this year. Here are the full voting results, based on 227 ballots and an average of 11 players named on each ballot:

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AP: Brett Anderson can make up to $14 million this season with Dodgers.

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The Dodgers signed left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson to a one-year contract worth $5 million in base salary. He can earn up to $14 million. (Getty Images)

Brett Anderson‘s one-year contract with the Dodgers will pay the left-handed pitcher up to $14 million this season, according to the Associated Press. Via ESPN:

Anderson gets a $5 million signing bonus as part of his $10 million, one-year contract and can make an additional $4 million in performance bonuses.

The 26-year-old left-hander, whose deal was completed last week, is due half the signing bonus on Jan. 15 and the rest on Feb. 15. He receives a $5 million salary and can earn bonuses based on innings pitched: $300,000 each for 150 and 155; $350,000 apiece for 160, 165, 170 and 175; and $400,000 each for 180, 185, 190, 195 and 200.

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Ten Hall of Fame questions with IBWAA founder Howard Cole.

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Pedro Martinez is on both the BBWAA and IBWAA Hall of Fame ballots for the first time. (Getty Images)

Tomorrow is the big day for the Hall of Fame class of 2015, as the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will announce its election results at 11 a.m. on MLB Network.

A candidate must be named on 75 percent of ballots to gain induction, as usual. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Mike Piazza, John Smoltz, Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines are the most prominent names in the spotlight this year. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is on the ballot for the final time as a player. Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire, remarkably, might be on the ballot for the final time as well if he isn’t named on 5 percent of the ballots.

The website BaseballThinkFactory.com is tabulating the results of BBWAA votes as they are made public on the internet. Not all votes will be made public on the internet.

I did not receive a BBWAA ballot, since I don’t have the necessary 10 years’ experience required to vote in the Hall of Fame election.

I did, however, cast a ballot in the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America Hall of Fame election. Those results will also be announced tomorrow. The IBWAA, founded in 2009, has several members (like myself) who belong to the BBWAA as well. A few even cast ballots in both Hall of Fame elections.

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Report: Baltimore Orioles still haven’t ruled out acquiring Andre Ethier from Dodgers.

Andre Ethier

Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier still has three years and $53.5 million remaining on his contract, plus a $17.5 million vesting option for 2018. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)


File this one in the lukewarm rumor file.

We’ve reported in the past the multiple teams showed interest in Andre Ethier. Evidently the Baltimore Orioles are one of those teams, and they still have not ruled out acquiring him from the Dodgers, according to a report Sunday on masnsports.com.

From Roch Kubatko:

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