Dave Stewart is reportedly in line to become the next general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Getty Images)
Former Dodgers pitcher Dave Stewart, the agent to current Dodgers Matt Kemp and Chad Billingsley, will soon be named the general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to multiple reports Wednesday.
Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com was first with the news this morning, followed by a tweet from Bob Nightengale of USA Today that the two parties still needed to iron out the terms. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Stewart expected to hear a formal decision from the Diamondbacks’ top executives by the end of today. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Dodgers farm director De Jon Watson, who also interviewed for the job, “could also join the club to work with Stewart.”
That last nugget should be of interest to Dodgers fans. Even if Watson remains with the Dodgers, here are some things to consider:
Jonathan Broxton allowed a three-run home run to Russell Martin in the eighth inning, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.
The Pirates’ victory means the Dodgers can finish no worse than in a tie with the Milwaukee Brewers for the final wild-card position.
Coincidentally, it was two former Dodgers who combined to get their former team into the playoffs.
The current Dodgers had no interest in celebrating Friday night.
“We want the NL West,” outfielder Matt Kemp said. “I wouldn’t mind having the best record in the National League.”
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.
“That’s no graveyard, that’s an oil well, and they just hit a bonanza.”
Yasiel Puig went 0 for 3 with a walk and scored a run Monday night against Washington. (Getty Images)
Yas or Joc?
Puig or Pederson?
The debate existed only in theory two days ago, when Yasiel Puig was batting second and playing center field in San Diego, and Joc Pederson was still biding his time in Triple-A.
Now Pederson is here at Dodger Stadium, starting in center field while Yasiel Puig sits for the second time in his last five games.
Puig has two hits in his last 30 at-bats coming into Tuesday night’s game, with a right-hander (Doug Fister) on the mound for the Washington Nationals. Pederson — who struck out to end Monday’s game in his first major-league at-bat — is the reigning Pacific Coast League rookie of the year and MVP.
Mattingly downplayed the long-term debate by saying he would “pull (Puig) off and help him a bit, then give him a chance to get back in the water.” He said that Puig wouldn’t have to prove that he deserves the everyday center fielder’s job, but neither did he say when Puig’s next chance would come.
“I haven’t really thought about tomorrow,” Mattingly said. “Just putting it up today and see where we’re at.”
Matt Kemp’s home run in the first inning put the Dodgers on the board Monday. (John McCoy/Staff Photographer)
The game story is here.
The box score is here.
The photo gallery is here.
Matt Kemp was named National League Player of the Week on Monday for the week of July 28-August 3.
In six games, Kemp was tied for the Major League lead with five home runs and nine RBI while leading the NL with a 1.091 slugging percentage and ranking second with 24 total bases. He hit .409 (9-for-22), the N.L.’s fourth-highest mark last week, and compiled a .458 on-base percentage, which was good for sixth. Kemp added a stolen base and six runs scored.
This is Kemp’s fifth career Player of the Week honor, having won previously for the weeks ending May 4, 2008; September 25, 2011; April 8, 2012; and April 15, 2012.
In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Matt Kemp will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time.
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said there is a “small market” for trades to be made in the coming days. (Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO >> Despite rumors swirling around outfielder Matt Kemp, and the recent struggles of several veteran pitchers, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Saturday that “we may not do anything” between now and the non-waiver trade deadline of 1 p.m. Thursday.
“We have a club that’s solid, still has a lot of upside. Have we won four games in a row yet?”
Yasiel Puig has played 10 games in center field, all last season. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
PITTSBURGH >> It was just a thought in the middle of a July game, but it’s one that could have lasting consequences for the Dodgers.
Manager Don Mattingly said that Matt Kemp looked so comfortable playing right field Monday that he entertained the thought of keeping Kemp there and moving Puig to center field.
“It made me think about it,” Mattingly said. “Just how comfortable Matt looked, it changes the combination of guys. So again, you’re always trying to put the best club out there, give yourself the best chance to win. It just popped into my head during the game last night.”