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Jeff Spiegel has been a staff contributor for DodgersNation.com since 2012. Jeff grew up in Oak Park, California before attending the University of Oregon. Follow Jeff on Twitter at @jeffspiegel.

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What Does The Hector Olivera Signing Mean For The Dodgers?

If there has been one word to sum up the Dodgers offseason thus far, I think the one I would choose is depth. With big names like Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez headed out of town, the front office's goal has seemingly been to strengthen the team's 40-man roster from the bottom up. As I've said before, the goal is to avoid being in a place where you have to trade actual players for Kevin Correia and Roberto H ...

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Can Alex Guerrero Be The Dodgers’ Secret Weapon In 2015?

PAGES: 1 | 2 Among the major story lines heading into the 2015 season is the premise that the Los Angeles Dodgers' offense has gotten worse. Dee Gordon, Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez are gone. They're to be replaced by veterans Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins, and presumably Joc Pederson. Add in another year of getting older for Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Juan Uribe, and, well, this premise seems to ...

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Brandon Beachy’s Signing With Dodgers Offers Plenty Of Upside

If there's one thing the Los Angeles Dodgers have heading into the 2015 season, it's depth — especially among pitchers. Saturday morning, that depth got even stronger as they signed Brandon Beachy to a one-year contract with a club option for a second year. For me, this move is brilliant. Beachy is recovering from his second Tommy John surgery and won't be ready until midway through the upcoming season (hop ...

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Wait A Minute — Are The Dodgers Still The Best Team In The West?

Have you ever had one of those moments in life where something causes you to question an assumption you've carried with you? Where you caught yourself wondering if maybe — just maybe — "the way things are" might not be the way things actually are anymore? Because James Shields to the San Diego Padres kinda, sorta, turned into one of those moments for me. Shields. Kemp. Cashner. Myers. Upton. Ross. Norris. B ...

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Dodgers Dilemma: Is Yoan Moncada’s Value Higher Than The Risk?

With rumors swirling that the Dodgers are perceived to be favorites to sign Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada, Dodger fans probably find themselves in one of two camps. The first is a group of folks who will forever endorse Cuban signings thanks to the success of Yasiel Puig — an expensive gamble that has, and will continue, to pay massive dividends to the Dodgers. The second is a group of folks who, while ackno ...

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Building The Farm: Dodgers System Returning To Prominence

PAGES: 1 | 2 From 1979 to 1982, the Los Angeles Dodgers produced four consecutive Rookies of the Year. From 1992 to 1996, the Dodgers upped the ante with five consecutive Rookies of the Year. The truth is, for people who have been around baseball, the success of the Dodgers has long been founded upon a strong farm system. You don't produce nine Rookies of the Year in 17 seasons by accident (and that doesn't ...

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You Know Joc Pederson’s Name, But Do You Know The Player?

PAGES: 1 | 2 | 3 Despite being among the favorites to win the 2015 World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers' new roster is fraught with uncertainty. Of the question marks, however, none looms larger than center fielder Joc Pederson. In Pederson, the Dodger front office is banking on the fact that one of the team's top prospects won't remain a question mark for long — something the experts seem to agree with. A ...

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Evaluating The Dodgers Offense: Did It Get Worse?

PAGES: 1 | 2 As far as I can tell, the object of playing offense in baseball is to score runs — and in 2014, the Los Angeles Dodgers did a pretty darn good job of that, finishing sixth in MLB in runs scored and second in the National League. Last week, however, Buster Olney released his list of the "Top 10 MLB Lineups" and the Dodgers actually dropped in the rankings — falling outside the top 10 and even ou ...

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Dodger Dilemma: Still An Outfield Logjam– Or Not?

The Dodgers have too many outfielders! (Or so the narrative goes...) With Matt Kemp gone, and Andre Ethier eternally on the trading block (last rumored to be garnering interest from the Orioles), I think the question needs to be asked: do the Dodgers really have too many outfielders? Well, let's count: Yasiel Puig (the only sure thing), Joc Pederson (the rookie who has waited for his chance), Carl Crawford ...

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Dodgers Fantasy Baseball Is Done, How Matt Kemp Trade Helps

You guys, I'm starting to get the sense that this new front office operates SLIGHTLY differently from the old one, huh? After a few years of trying to build a fantasy baseball team in real life, the new Dodgers front office has continued their deconstruction Thursday morning, sending Matt Kemp to the Padres for catcher Yasmani Grandal and a pair of pitching prospects (one of whom is rumored to be the guy he ...

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“Genius Squad” Continues Dodgers Roster Overhaul With Big Day

PAGES: 1 | 2 To the common fan, the beginning of the Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi era in Los Angeles has been an uneventful one. Sure, they moved around some players on the fringe of the roster, but nothing major — right? WRONG! As Fangraph's so beautifully points out, Zaidi and Friedman are doing what Ned Colletti has failed to do for years -- construct a roster that goes 40+ deep. Basically, to put it ...

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Dodgers Offseason Wishlist — Relief Pitching, Catcher & More

PAGES: 1 | 2 Just under one week since MLB Free Agency officially began, it's safe to say the market thus far has been relatively quiet. Of course, that is unless you're into 6'3 shortstops with a career MLB batting average of .083. Now, the Los Angeles Dodgers have also used the last few weeks to tie up some loose ends. Notably: Brian Wilson and Dan Haren officially re-joining the team by picking up their ...

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Despite Struggles, Dodgers Need To Re-Sign Hanley Ramirez

PAGES: 1 | 2 As I look at Twitter and see the comments about Hanley Ramirez, I'm shocked. To be honest, I can't believe I even feel the need to justify the opinion of wanting Hanley Ramirez back, but, alas, here we are. To begin with, I want you to understand I'm a realist — meaning, I understand three things very well: the Los Angeles Dodgers aren't going to have a $400 million payroll this season, Ramirez ...

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Dodgers Bullpen: A Postseason Kiss of Death?

PAGES: 1 | 2 Stop me if you've heard this before, but the Los Angeles Dodgers' bullpen is shaky and inconsistent. Okay, okay — so this isn't breaking news, but the question is, can it be fixed? With the St. Louis Cardinals looming in the NLDS, let's take a look at the pieces the Dodgers have to work with — keep in mind the Dodgers took just 11 pitchers into the NLDS last season, which is something I project ...

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