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 to a two-year contract. The Mets’ outfield is full now with Cuddyer, right fielder Michael Cuddyer and center fielder Curtis Granderson . Juan Lagares
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.
Dodgers pitcher Scott Elbert reacts after giving up a two-run home run to St. Louis Cardinals’ Kolten Wong (background) during the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 3-1 loss in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday. (Associated Press photo)
ST. LOUIS >> The Dodgers find themselves in a familiar position after a 3-1 loss in Game 3 of the NLDS. As Mark Whicker writes,
we all know how it ended last year. Clayton Kershaw acknowledged the gravity of moment after being officially named the Dodgers’ Game 4 starter.
Matt Kemp called home plate umpire Dale Scott’s strike zone “terrible,”
but the Dodgers’ bullpen was at least as bad.
The box score is
Matt Kemp is greeted by teammates and bubbles in the Dodgers’ dugout after his eighth-inning home run beat the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, 3-2. (John McCoy/staff photographer)
With one swing of the bat, Matt Kemp
evened the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and Cardinals at one game apiece. The box score is here.
Like they have all season,
the Dodgers got their money’s worth from Zack Greinke, writes Mark Whicker.
Don’t be fooled when MLB Network trumpets its ratings victories for this game tomorrow, writes Tom Hoffarth.
Harold Reynolds might believe the Cardinals are stealing signs, but
he’s probably wrong.
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
, outfielder Paco Rodriguez and infielder Joc Pederson . Darwin Barney
The Dodgers will carry four starting pitchers and eight relievers, including two left-handers:
and Scott Elbert . J.P. Howell
Here is the complete roster:
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Dave Stewart is reportedly in line to become the next general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Getty Images)
Former Dodgers pitcher
, the agent to current Dodgers Dave Stewart and Matt Kemp , will soon be named the general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to multiple reports Wednesday. Chad Billingsley
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:
allowed a three-run home run to Jonathan Broxton in the eighth inning, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. Russell Martin
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.
and Matt Kemp Yasiel Puig had a little kerfuffle. hurt his hamstring. Read all about that Carl Crawford 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 wouldn’t have been nervously laughing and sipping water after the game: Don Mattingly
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.”