Dodgers might need to get more creative after Michael Cuddyer signs with Mets.

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Friday that “we are trying to solve for talent and be as creative as we can to put the best team on the field as we can.”

How creative can Friedman and his colleagues be? We’ll find out soon enough.

One obvious trading partner for the Dodgers’ glut of outfielders all but eliminated itself from consideration Monday, when the Mets signed Michael Cuddyer to a two-year contract. The Mets’ outfield is full now with Cuddyer, right fielder Curtis Granderson and center fielder Juan Lagares.
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Report: Dodgers are “aggressively” shopping outfielders.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, one of the first orders of business for the Dodgers’ new front office includes trading an outfielder.

There’s no surprise there. What’s interesting is the names on the trade list.

The Dodgers never shopped their outfielders aggressively under former general manager Ned Colletti. Now it seems front-office shakeup could be followed by a shakeup of the major league roster.

Stay tuned.

Dodgers announce NLDS roster; Paco Rodriguez, Joc Pederson, Darwin Barney cut.

The Dodgers will carry 12 pitchers and 13 position players on their roster for the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Among the final cuts were left-hander Paco Rodriguez, outfielder Joc Pederson and infielder Darwin Barney.

The Dodgers will carry four starting pitchers and eight relievers, including two left-handers: Scott Elbert and J.P. Howell.

Here is the complete roster:
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Dodgers’ Carl Crawford is having fun again.

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Carl Crawford celebrates a home run hit by Justin Turner (10) against the Washington Nationals in September. (Associated Press photo)

Sometimes baseball statheads like to throw out numbers like this one: “Carl Crawford needs to hit at least .373 over the final two months of the season to reach .300.” Or something like that.

In the case of Crawford, he did need to hit at least .373 over the season’s final two months to reach .300 — and that’s exactly what he did. He’s having fun again, writes Mark Whicker.

Dodgers 11, Colorado Rockies 3: Today’s game story.

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Matt Kemp points to the sky after hitting his 21st home run of the season Monday against the Colorado Rockies. (Getty Images)

DENVER >> The Dodgers won. Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig had a little kerfuffle. Carl Crawford hurt his hamstring. Read all about that here.

Two things I want to emphasize that might not be clear on the surface:

1. Crawford wasn’t removed for precautionary reasons tonight. As he explained in my story, he was in genuine pain.

2. It’s really difficult to know what to make of the Puig-Kemp thing. Could be something, could be nothing. Could be something that happens all the time between closed doors, could be something that never happened before today. Again, we don’t really know. The truth is probably somewhere in between; if it was nothing it wouldn’t have gotten caught on camera and Don Mattingly wouldn’t have been nervously laughing and sipping water after the game:

That’s not good however you paint it, but it’s not enough to draw broad brushstrokes about the Dodgers’ team chemistry. It’s two emotionally charged teammates who didn’t see eye-to-eye in Game 150. Maybe it lingers, maybe it doesn’t. We’ll see.

Dodgers 4, San Diego Padres 0: Tonight’s game story.

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Carl Crawford went 4 for 4 and his three doubles tied a single-game team record. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)


Dan Haren‘s ERA is under 4.00 for the first time since June. How did he do it? Click here for the game story and box score.

Dee Gordon didn’t play today, but he is no longer sliding head-first. More on that in today’s notebook.

Carl Crawford returns to Los Angeles for MRI on sprained left ankle.

Carl CrawfordDodgers left fielder Carl Crawford has returned to Los Angeles to meet with Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Crawford’s rehab from a sprained left ankle recently stalled at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona to the point where he could no longer hit or run.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that Crawford underwent an MRI on his ankle but the team hasn’t announced the results or updated Crawford’s diagnosis.

“I’m not quite sure where the setback came,” Mattingly said. “He was running pretty well a couple weeks ago.”

Crawford sprained the ankle May 27 and has been on the 15-day disabled list since.

After early progress, Carl Crawford’s rehab ‘stuck’ in Arizona.

When Carl Crawford sprained his ankle May 27, the initial estimate was that he would be back in the Dodgers’ lineup by now.

Instead, he’s still rehabbing in Arizona.

“It seems like Carl’s kind of hit that plateau where he’s kind of gotten stuck,” manager Don Mattingly said Sunday. “He didn’t play yesterday. We’re not progressing. Right now, we have no plans for him playing rehab games or anything else.”
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With Carl Crawford improving, Don Mattingly is mum on Matt Kemp’s future.

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Matt Kemp has started the Dodgers’ last eight games in left field. (Associated Press)

Carl Crawford took a few steps closer to rejoining the Dodgers. They were quick steps, too, which is encouraging.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Crawford is about 80-85 percent healthy in his recovery from a sprained left ankle that landed him on the disabled list May 28. Mattingly couldn’t say for certain, but “we’re hoping he’ll be ready when he’s due to come off. I think it’s the last game of the Cincinnati series (June 12).”

Once that happens, what will happen to Matt Kemp?

Kemp, who is struggling with a career-low .243 batting average and has just four hits in his past 34 at-bats, has been spelling Crawford in left. It figures once Crawford is ready to play, Kemp will be the odd man out.

Mattingly wouldn’t go there. Actually, he wouldn’t go anywhere with it.

“We don’t have to talk about that now,” he said. “I don’t want to right now.”

What about a platoon situation with Crawford and Kemp?

“I’m not thinking about any of that right now,” said Mattingly, who said his current thinking was centered more on how his team can put together some victories.

“I’m clearly focused on that,” he said.

Dodgers purchase Jamie Romak’s contract from Triple-A, place Carl Crawford on 15-day DL.

Prepare for a Canadian invasion when the Dodgers host the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

New Dodgers third baseman Jamie Romak waited almost 11 years from the time he was drafted until the time he was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster Wednesday. A veteran of 1,069 minor-league games, Romak joined the Dodgers on Wednesday as Carl Crawford was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle.

After such a long wait to reach the major leagues, what’s a little flight from London, Ontario, Canada to Los Angeles for Romak’s wife? Or his mom, sister, brother and friends?

“Once it sunk in it was really emotional,” the 28-year-old said. “I called my wife, my mom and she started crying. I started tearing up. Everything you wish it would be.”
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