If you would have told fans of the Dodgers at the conclusion of last year’s World Series that someone like Jason Heyward would be a key part of the 2023 Opening Day roster, they probably… More
Dodgers News and Notes: Freeman Injury Update and More
The Los Angeles Dodgers now find themselves just two weeks away from the start of the 2023 season.
Several of the Dodgers players have been participating in the World Baseball Classic. Team USA, with Mookie Betts and Will Smith, and Team Mexico, with Julio Urías and Austin Barnes, have both moved on to the second round.
Teams Canada and Great Britain did not advance, meaning that Freddie Freeman and Trayce Thompson are both back at Dodgers camp.Continue reading “Dodgers News and Notes: Freeman Injury Update and More”
Dodgers Bullpen: More Thoughts on the 2023 Closer Role
For the first time in what could be decades, the Los Angeles Dodgers will apparently begin regular season play without a designated closer. Of course, this idea could change as the year progresses — or even by the end of Cactus League play. But, for now, all indications are the team will employ a closer-by-committee strategy that enables the coaching staff to utilize the bullpen more on specific matchups rather than a role-by-inning approach.
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Dodgers Injury News and Notes
Three weeks in to Spring Training, and the injuries are starting to pop up for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The most significant injury of Spring Training happened last week when Gavin Lux tore his ACL running from second to third.Continue reading “Dodgers Injury News and Notes”
Dodgers Prospect Watch: Keeping an Eye on Andy Pages
Prior to Gavin Lux’s season-ending ACL injury last week, the outfield was one of the most talked about departments as far as big-league roster spots go for the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, with Chris Taylor seemingly scheduled to see significantly more playing time in the infield, it could perhaps open the door for several dark horses to see action in the outfield at the beginning of the season.
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Gavin Lux Likely Out for Season with Torn ACL
About that vaunted Los Angeles Dodgers depth…
This statement is indeed tongue in cheek, as normally the Dodgers do have a ton of depth at almost every position on the team and in the farm system. But, this season, they’re a little lean everywhere. And, of course, three games into Spring Training, a major player incurs a major injury.Continue reading “Gavin Lux Likely Out for Season with Torn ACL”
Dodgers Prospect Watch: What Lies Ahead for Ryan Pepiot?
One of the first evaluations almost every Dodgers fan makes heading into Cactus League play is the quality of the major league starting rotation. Los Angeles is almost always in the MLB Top 10 to start the year, but more times than not, the starting five has an entirely different look as the home stretch of the regular season approaches.
The 2023 campaign probably will be no different.
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Dodgers Payroll: Early Thoughts on 2023 Luxury Tax
So far, everything seems to be smooth sailing for the Los Angeles Dodgers during the early days of 2023 spring training at Camelback Ranch. Although there was an initial scare resulting from the omission of Clayton Kershaw from the upcoming World Baseball Classic, the veteran lefty assures he’s in excellent health and that the exclusion is nothing more than complications regarding insurance.
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Dodgers News and Notes from Day One of Spring Training
Happy Pitchers and Catchers Report Day to all who celebrate!
The Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team is going to look quite different this season than it has previously. 12 members of last years team are off to other various baseball adventures, or retirement. (Godspeed, Jake McGee. And probably David Price).Continue reading “Dodgers News and Notes from Day One of Spring Training”
Dodgers Shake Up Outfield Mix by Adding David Peralta
In a bit of surprising news on Friday, the Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly signed free-agent outfielder David Peralta to a one-year deal, putting a wrench in many of the team’s pre-season roster predictions across the baseball blogosphere.
Although the signing is a curious move, it’s not an impactful one, at least as far as money goes. While the team has yet to make the deal official at the time of this writing, reports suggest that Peralta’s contract will pay him a guaranteed $6.5 million with the possibility of reaching as high as $8 million with incentives.
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Dodgers Planning to Retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34
The Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Saturday that one of the most legendary pitchers in Dodger history, lefty pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, will have his No. 34 retired this summer during a special three-day celebration. The team officially made the announcement was made during the 2023 FanFest celebration.
Fernandomania weekend will take place August 11-13 when the Dodgers host the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. The festivities will kick off with the Ring of Honor ceremony on Friday Night, a collector’s edition bobblehead on Saturday night and a replica Valenzuela 1981 World Series ring on Sunday. There will be many other fun and exciting elements planned for the entire weekend which will be announced in the coming weeks.
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