Dodgers GM Ned Colletti and President Stan Kasten announced the signing of their two time Cy Young award winning pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw signed a seven year, $215 million deal with an out clause after the fifth year. Kershaw is the highest paid pitcher in baseball.
Kershaw also spoke about his new deal and how he celebrated his new found, yet hard earned wealth.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and two time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw failed to come to a contract agreement, and Kershaw has now filed for salary arbitration.
Kersahw was apart of 146 players that filed for arbitration that include 2013 AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price, Arizona’s Mark Trumbo to name a few.
In the last season of his current deal, the 25 year old Kershaw could command big money as a salary arbitration-eligible player. He made $11 million last season, has three straight ERA titles to go along with his two Cy Young awards, and helped his team achieve winning the NL West division.
Dodger closer Kenley Jansen and catcher A.J. Ellis also filed for arbitration, have a strong cases going forth.
Kershaw, Jansen, and Ellis will have an opportunities along with other players to swap proposed salaries with the team on Friday. If deals aren’t reach, then hearings will be scheduled in February in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Dodgers are currently in the process of working out a max deal, that would keep their ace in Los Angeles for several years and financially compensated.
The Dodgers are in one of the most heated battles since claiming the NL West division last season, in attempting to acquire Masahiro Tanaka from Japan.
The Dodgers are in competition with several other teams, but remain the front runner with the New York Yankees as suitors for Tanaka.
The contract for Tanaka could go as high as $100 million, although the Dodgers remain somewhat tight lipped about the ongoing negotiations, don’t count them out for a moment.
Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said that the two sides speak daily, and are committed to possibly bringing in the Japanese phenom. The Dodgers vowed several weeks ago that they would not be outbid, and even though they aren’t going as heavy for Tanaka like they did with Hyun Jin Ryu, they have their target locked in.
The Dodgers have the money and flexibility to sign Tanaka, however one gem could be in their favor, is Tanaka’s wife who wishes to stay on the West Coast to further her music career.
If Tanaka joined the Dodgers, they would have one of the most feared and solid rotations in baseball. Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Dan Haren, Hyun Jin Ryu, along with a solid relief rotation, could be dominate for years to come.
Whatever team signs Tanaka has to complete his physical by 5PM EST on Jan 25th.
Left handed reliever JP Howell and the Los Angeles Dodgers came to an agreement on Tuesday, on a two year $11.2 million contract. The contract also includes a third year option.
The Dodgers were looking to strengthen their rotation this off season, and adding Howell allows them to do just that.
Last season Howell recorded a 2.03 ERA in just over 62 innings, and if he reaches over 120 appearances this season, he’ll be eligible to take advantage of a $6.25 million option for that third year.
Once the deal is complete after Howell passes a physical on Thursday, the Dodgers could still look for another reliever before Spring Training.
Howell was a key reliever in the Dodgers run toward the NLCS last season.
With a roller coaster of a season this Los Angeles Dodgers team has embodied this season, being that it is tinsel town, one can’t escape the irony of drama that surrounds the future of Don Mattingly.
Mattingly has been openly criticized not only by members of the media including myself, and also by Dodger fans for his questionable yet risky decisions this entire season.
One of the brightest baseball minds in the game, knows talent, and grasp the game better than most.
Once said by Bill Parcells, you are what your record says you are.
A team that was once 9.5 games out of first place and 12 games under .500 in his third year as manager, he did not make a great impression on the Dodger ownership and members of the clubhouse.
Mattingly’s response was always just let my guys get healthy and we’ll make it referring to his players. Many of the fans and media recited in unison the famous Jay-Z line “we don’t believe you…you need more people.”
Well Mattingly looked like a prophet of the biggest kind, because his team became healthy and emerged from the crevices of bottom of the NL West to an impressive 42-8 over the next two months and captured the NL West title. After making some trades that bulked up their infield, and ascending past the Arizona Diamondbacks into the playoffs.
Mattingly had battled not only through his team’s injuries, but termination rumors, warranted and unwarranted criticisms, and still he rises in the midst of the NLCS against the formidable opponents known as the St. Louis Cardinals.
Even though the Dodgers are on the brink of elimination trailing 3-1 in the series against the Cardinals, Mattingly still believes in his team.
“We don’t have a lot of time to feel sorry for ourselves. We’ll be ready to play and that’s all there is to it,” Mattingly told CBS.com.
What was the turning point, many of us would say that fateful series against the Milwaukee Brewers. A time where Mattingly faced a serious crossroads if he didn’t lead his team in the right direction.
According to reports from CBS.com the Dodgers are prepared to offer him a possible multi year deal as manager. No one from the Dodgers organization nor Mattingly has commented publicly on the report. Worst case scenario, the Dodgers would pick up his option year estimated at $1.5 million.
The Dodgers finished 92-70 during the regular season and the sky is the limit, the only person standing in the way of the Dodgers success is Mattingly himself.
Does Don Mattingly deserve to be brought back as manager? At this point yes, he defied the odds, and time will tell if he will continue to defy the odds and bring a World Series championship back to Los Angeles. Something that no manager has be able to accomplish that since Tommy Lasorda in 1988.
Hyun Jin Ryu out pitched Adam Wainwright in a pitchers duel, along with Yasiel Puig breaking out of his slump with a huge hit that aided the Dodgers over the St Louis Cardinals 3-0.
The Dodgers still trail the Cards 2-1 in the NLCS series, and still have games four and five at Dodger Stadium.
“The playoffs are one-day momentum swings,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Right now I feel like we’ve kind of grabbed it.”
The Dodgers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the fourth inning thanks to an RBI double to right that scored Mark Ellis.
Yasiel Puig connected on a pitch he thought would leave the Ravine, watched it sail into right raising his hands in excitement. Puig later saw it bounce off the wall and began to run the bases and ended up at third while clapping his hands igniting the sellout crowd. Carlos Beltran misplayed the ball that bounced off the wall and afforded Puig the triple.
Beltran spoke about the celebration of Puig during that play, “I’m in the outfield,” he said. “I mean, it’s not great. To me, I don’t like it. But what can I say? I don’t play for them. I just play over here. I just need to do my job. It is what it is. As a player, I just think he doesn’t know about how to act.”
Hanley Ramirez obviously felt differently about his fellow teammate, “he brings unbelievable energy every day. When we spoke to him, he told me, ‘I got it today,’ and he did. He’s a great player.”
With Puig stepping out of his slump, the Dodgers got another boost with Andre Ethier and Hanley Ramirez returned to the line up, which provided them an added boost of momentum and offense.
Ramirez connected on a hit off Wainwright, Carl Crawford burned the bases as he barely beat a tag from Cards catcher Yadier Molina that extended the Dodgers lead in the eight inning 3-0.
“What can I say? It couldn’t be better,” Ramirez said. “Really happy we got the first win. Just come back tomorrow and even up the series.”
Kanley Jansen pitched a perfect inning and picked up the save for the victory.
Adam Wainwright began the game 4-0, picked up the loss. He pitched seven innings and gave up two runs, six hits and seven strike outs on the night.
“I felt like tonight if I had got a couple of balls in there, we win the game. I think you just have to tip your hat and move on,” said Wainwright. “I hate to lose like this!”
Ryu was successful in not giving up any runs in the first inning, and picked up his first postseason win as a rookie.
He looked healthier as he sat down 12 out 13 batters on the night. He went seven great innings, gave up three hits along with capturing four strikeouts.
“It’s definitely a big motivation when you see your star players go out there hurt,” Ryu said through a translator. “It really inspires you and motivates you to go out there and do the best you can.”
The Cards didn’t get their first hit until the fifth inning when David Freese got a base hit to right.
“We just had a lot of balls in the air tonight that hit the ground that normally don’t,” Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. “We’re a better club than this.”
Between the solid clutch performance of starter Zack Greinke and two home runs powered by Adrian Gonzalez, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4. Which now forces a game six back in St. Louis on Friday.
Greinke didn’t start begin with his best pitching, however he worked himself out of a bases loaded jam that ended the first inning.
On the brink of elimination, the Dodgers came out with a sense of urgency, as Juan Uribe connected on a single to center that scored Adrian Gonzalez for the 1-0 lead. Greinke helped his own cause when he connected on a single to left that scored Yasiel Puig for the 2-0 as the crowd erupted in celebration.
“That was big. I was real nervous out there with that situation,” Greinke said.
The Cards would quiet the Dodger Stadium crowd when they charged back with two runs of their own in the third, when Carlos Beltran knocked out a RBI triple and Matt Holiday connected on an RBI single.
The Dodgers exploded in the next few innings with home runs from Gonzalez, AJ Ellis, and Carl Crawford for the huge 6-2 lead.
“Guys weren’t ready to lose today,” said Crawford.
When Gonzalez went back to the dugout after his second home run, brought his hands behind his ears and wiggled them like mouse ears. A clear gesture towards the comments that were made in Game 4 by pitcher Adam Wainwright about Gonzalez doing “Mickey Mouse stuff”.
“It’s just having fun,” Gonzalez said. “I’m going to retire them so they’re not talked about once again.”
Brian Wilson had a brilliant performance shutdown performance in the eight inning against the Cards. Wilson’s stock continued to rise with that masterful performance, and his efforts throughout the series.
Kenley Jansen came in the ninth inning and struggled when he gave up two RBI singles to Mike Adams and Pete Kozma that made it a two run game. Jansen settled down for the final out that allowed the Dodgers to live for another game.
The Dodgers trailed the Cards 3-2 in the best of seven series.
Greinke pitched seven concrete innings, allowing two runs on six hits with four strike outs in the win.
“He wasn’t as sharp as he was the first time we faced him,” Beltran said about Greinke. “But guys like that, the best guys in the game, they’re able to regroup and find a way to help their team win.”
Cards starter Joe Kelly gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings of work in the loss.
“We had a couple of opportunities to do something, and we just couldn’t make it happen,” manager Mike Matheny said.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had a slightly different outlook on the next upcoming games in St. Louis.
“We’ve kind of become America’s team because everyone wants to see a seventh game,” Mattingly said. “Probably even the fans in St. Louis would like to see a seventh game, so I figure that everybody’s for us to win on Friday night.”
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly took no chances on closing out the series on this night. Clayton Kershaw was phenomenal and Juan Uribe sealed the 4-3 Dodgers win over the Atlanta Braves, with a big home run.
The Dodgers won the series 3-1, and advanced to the NLCS for the first time since 2009. They will face the winner of the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals series.
“We’ve moved one step closer, and we don’t have to get back on a plane tomorrow. It’s a good feeling,” said Mattingly.
Carl Crawford made sure Kershaw’s start would not be in vein as he homered twice, once in the first and once in the third inning for the 2-0 lead.
Braves third baseman Chris Johnson connected on an RBI single that scored Freddie Freeman, and later Andrelton Simmons grounded into a fielders choice and Evan Gattis tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth inning.
Kershaw pitched six solid innings where he didn’t give a run, was replaced by Ronald Belisario. Belisario gave up a run to Jose Constanza, and Braves took the lead 3-2 lead in the seventh inning.
Brian Wilson pitched a perfect eight inning and was awarded the victory.
With Yasiel Puig on base after hitting a double, Juan Uribe connected on a two run home run after two failed bunt attempts for the 4-3 lead.
“This moment today, I’ll never forget! I think a lot of people feel like that,” said Uribe.
“The smile on his face when he hit that homer is priceless,” Mattingly said.
Kenley Jansen slammed the door shut with a brilliant ninth inning for the save as Jansen and AJ Ellis celebrated the victory on the field.
“This team has a lot of fun. We don’t think about being the team to beat and all that stuff. We just go out there and play and try to have fun,” Crawford said.
With a sellout crowd, fans celebrated with the Dodgers, Kershaw, Puig, and some other players high fived and talked with fans as they ran across the field.
“They were loud,” Kershaw said. “They want it just as much as we do.” Kershaw continued about what this win meant to the team, “there’s a handful of guys that have never gotten to do that before.”
David Carpenter took the loss after he gave up the two run homer to Uribe.
“To end the way it did tonight, it’s going to hurt. It’s going to be a long way back,” Fredi Gonzalez said. “But tip your hat to the Dodgers and congratulate Donnie and his staff.”
The Los Angeles Dodgers capitalized on a pivotal Game 3, with a blowout 13-6 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night. The Dodgers took a 2-1 series lead in the best of five series at Dodger Stadium.
After starter Hyun Jin Ryu gave up two runs in the first inning, Ryu connected on sacrifice fly that scored Yasiel Puig. Later in the inning, Carl Crawford crushed a three run homer that scored AJ Ellis and Juan Uribe as the Dodgers led 4-2.
“Guys were unhappy with the way they played, so we wanted to get back to playing the way we did the first game,” Crawford said. “We knew it was going to be at home in front of our home crowd, and we were going to have some extra energy for that.”
The Braves fought back with two runs in the third inning capped off by Chris Johnson who grounded into a fielder choice play that allowed Freddie Freeman to score.
With back to back singles by Adrian Gonzalez and Skip Schumaker the Dodger regained the lead 6-4.
After Ryu was pulled by manager Don Mattingly in favor of lefty Chris Capuano (1-0), the Dodgers exploded offensively in the fourth and eight innings and jumped out to a 13-4 lead.
Crawford made the defensive play of the game in the eight inning when dove over the left field wall and caught a foul ball for the out.
“I’m fine. I landed in a way it didn’t hurt. I didn’t think the ball was going to go into the stands. It kept floating and I didn’t see the wall coming. I felt myself flipping over. Good thing is I held onto the ball, so that’s all that matters,” said Crawford.
Reliever Paco Rodriguez struggled to get the final out in the ninth inning, and allowed a two run home run by Jason Heyward, the Braves still trailed 13-6.
Mattingly made another chance and allowed Kenley Jansen to finish the job for the victory.
The electric sellout Dodger crowd was loud and in full force with the blue rally towels that were handed out.
Braves starter Julio Teheran gave up six runs and eight hits in 2 2/23 innings of work for the loss.
“I didn’t have my best, and I tried my best. It was just one of those games that you do everything, and the things don’t go as you expect,” said Teheran.
Ryu also had a terrible outing in his rookie playoff debut and gave up four runs on six hits in three innings of work.
“I felt a little more anxious than compared to those games,” Ryu said through a translator.
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Dan Haren have reached a deal on a one year, $10 million with incentives.
Haren who grew up in the Southern California area, had a strong desire to pitch again on the West Coast, and mainly in California after having a dismal year for the Washington Nationals.
Currently resides in Orange County, the Dodger deal couldn’t have come at a better time for him. He’s now will be able to spend the year with his family, something Haren couldn’t do while with the Nationals.
It’s also reported the deal includes a 2015 option that vests at 180 innings pitched, is contingent on Haren passing a physical.
He was 10-14 last season with a 4.50 ERA, however has a lifetime record of 129-111 with a 3.73 ERA.
The Dodgers look to shore up their bullpen with the signing of Haren adding depth to their rotation that currently includes 2013 Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, Silver slugger Zack Greinke, and Hyun Jin Ryu.