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.
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Former Dodgers infielder Jeff Hamilton has listed his 1988 World Series trophy with Worthridge Auctions and Retail. The auction is currently active, with little more than 12 days remaining. The minimum bid: $2,250.
Here’s a description of the item, via worthridge.com:
Offered here is the beautiful World Series trophy presented to Dodgers third baseman Jeff Hamilton. The trophy is manufactured by Balfour, and features brass pennants with all the team names surrounding a brass finial with a crown adornment. Press pin facades of the two World Series combatants are featured in the center area. The brass band around the base is inscribed, “Los Angeles Dodgers / World Championship Trophy / Presented by the Commissioner of Baseball / October 20, 1988 / Jeff Hamilton.”
This trophy is 12″ tall, and is in near mint condition with no significant issues. These gorgeous trophies are only given to players and team personnel, making this a highly sought-after addition to any Dodgers collection. The trophy is accompanied by an LOA from Jeff Hamilton.
Hanley Ramirez batted .283 with 13 home runs and 71 RBIs in 2014. (Getty Images)
was not expected to return to Los Angeles in 2015. Andrew Friedman’s decision to let him sign elsewhere was going to save the Dodgers a lot of money wherever Ramirez signed, but it was not terribly difficult. The Dodgers had good reason not to give Ramirez a multi-year contract, and Ramirez did not reject the Dodgers’ qualifying offer
only to sign a one-year deal somewhere else.
The Boston Red Sox had several reasons to take an interest in Ramirez. They have a designated hitter, David Ortiz, who turned 39 on Tuesday and can become a free agent after the 2015 season. They have their shortstop of the future, Xander Bogaerts, already in place. They have a glaring need for offense at third base (Boston third basemen had a .580 OPS last season, 14th in the American League).
They also draft seventh in next year’s entry draft. Only the teams that draft 1-10 are able to sign a player who rejected a qualifying offer and keep their pick, so the Red Sox had more incentive than some teams to make a big pitch.
Soon, it appears, they will have Ramirez under contract for next season and beyond:
The Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Mike Bolsinger from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash. Bolsinger had been designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Thursday.
The 26-year-old Bolsinger made his major league debut last season. He made nine starts and one relief appearance for Arizona, going 1-6 with a 5.50 earned-run average.
The Dodgers designated lefty Jarret Martin for assignment. The 25-year-old reliever spent the season in Double-A.