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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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Dodgers Dilemma: Potential Replacements For Kenley Jansen

PAGES: 1 | 2 Two days before pitchers and catchers report and the Los Angeles Dodgers have already had their first significant injury. Closer Kenley Jansen will be out 8-12 weeks after undergoing surgery to remove a growth in his left foot. The 27-year-old could miss at least a month of the regular season, depending on his recovery process. With that in mind, the first question is: who will replace the hard ...

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This Day In Dodgers History: Orel Hershiser Signs Three-Year Contract

When thinking of the great players who have made their mark in Los Angeles Dodgers history, Orel Hershiser is among the names that certainly stands out. In his sixth year with the Dodgers, "The Bulldog," affectionally nicknamed by his manager Tommy Lasorda, had his first 20-win season, going 23-8 with a 2.26 ERA -- equating to a league-leading 7.1 WAR. Hershiser also set the MLB record for most consecutive ...

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Numbers Suggest Dodgers Will Be A More Patient Team In 2015

PAGES: 1 | 2 Even though plenty of media outlets are proclaiming the San Diego Padres as "offseason winners" with their shocking roster overhaul, it would be foolish to disregard what the Los Angeles Dodgers were able to accomplish. When the Matt Kemp trade was announced, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman repeatedly used the words "highly functional" to describe the new roster, despit ...

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This Day In Dodgers History: Hideo Nomo Signs With The Dodgers

Twenty years ago today, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed a young Japanese-born pitcher named Hideo Nomo. After pitching for five years in Japan, Nomo signed with the Dodgers and took the league by storm. Not only did he pitch well, but he did so with a windup that no one in baseball had ever seen, which earned him the nickname "The Tornado." Although Nomo did not earn a decision in his first six starts, the y ...

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Today In Dodgers History: Al Downing Traded To The Dodgers

On February 10, 1971, the Los Angeles Dodgers traded journeyman outfielder Andy Kosco to the Milwaukee Brewers for All-Star pitcher Al Downing. The left-hander threw seven seasons in Los Angeles, with his best coming in 1971. In 1971 he won 20 games while posting a 2.68 ERA and a league-leading five shutouts. The Dodgers missed the playoffs that season, finishing in second in the division with a record of 8 ...

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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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Assessing The Dodgers’ Risk And Reward Of Signing Yoan Moncada

PAGES: 1 | 2 The latest and greatest Cuban export is 19-year-old Yoan Moncada. Nearly everyone who follows baseball has heard of him by now. Recently, Ken Gurnick gave his thoughts on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ pursuit of the phenom, painting a relatively pessimistic picture of the Dodgers’ chances of landing the slugger due to the penalty tax and other issues that arise. Let’s take a look at the other side o ...

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Today In Dodgers History: Justin Turner Signs With Dodgers

Although Justin Turner was coming off of the best season of his career in 2013, he was non-tendered by the New York Mets and became a free agent. The Los Angeles Dodgers pounced on the utility man, signing him to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training on Feb. 6, 2014. After making his way onto the 25-man roster during Spring Training, Turner was expected to take on the ro ...

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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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Tossing 2014 Aside, Realistic Expectations For Joc Pederson In 2015

PAGES: 1 | 2 When Matt Kemp was traded to the San Diego Padres in December, it left a clear path for the Joc Pederson era to officially begin. Pederson, 23 in April, is one of the most exciting Dodger prospects in recent memory, and for very good reason. Baseball America named him the 34th-best prospect in baseball, pre-2014, while Baseball Prospectus deemed him as the 50th-best prospect during that same ti ...

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Dodgers History: Clayton Kershaw’s Days As A Prospect

With Spring Training around the corner, plenty of attention is being given to the 2015 season and expectations that are set in place. For as much as winning this upcoming season is on the minds of MLB front offices, so too is their respective Minor League systems. Several publications have released their lists of top prospects by team, including Baseball America, Baseball Prospects and MLBPipeline.com, who ...

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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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Roundtable: Should The Dodgers Sign James Shields?

PAGES: 1 | 2 Although it's been a relatively quiet process and taken longer than most expected, only one of the three elite starting pitchers remains a free agent -- James Shields. Jon Lester was the first to come off the market by agreeing to a six-year, $155 million contract with the Chicago Cubs. Over one month later, Max Scherzer signed a seven-year, $210 million contract with the Washington Nationals. ...

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