Dodgers News and Notes – No DH in NL, Justin Turner Update, Start of Season and More

Another week closer to spring training, and we might finally start to have some news about what the season will look like, as far as the National League is concerned.

On Monday, it was reported that the MLBPA has rejected Major League Baseball’s offer of a DH in the National League and of continuing expanded playoffs.

The MLBPA had agreed to these terms during the 2020 season, mainly to help pitchers have more rest in an unknown season, while also giving more teams an opportunity to play longer in the shortened season. If there is no new agreement, it will revert to the old Player’s Agreement, where there would be six playoff teams and no DH in the National League.

The Player’s Union knows that MLB would like the expanded playoffs, mostly for monetary reasons. But the players fear that if there were to be permanent expanded playoffs, there would not be as big a demand for talent at the trade deadlines. Competitive integrity is at the foremost of the players’ minds in these discussions.

We don’t yet know where the news of no DH will land in the Dodgers’ front office, and how it will impact their decision on which right-handed bat to sign. As per usual, the Dodgers and Justin Turner are said to both like a reunion, but Turner also would like a four year contract to seemingly finish out his career.

As of right now, the regular season is supposed to start on April 1, with spring training starting in just a few weeks.

On Monday, the Cactus League sent a letter to MLB asking them to delay the start of spring training due to the number of Covid cases currently in Arizona.

Aside from not knowing that there is a Cactus League front office, one wonders why they would send such a letter when the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Coyotes and the Phoenix Suns have all been playing, some playing their games inside, and some with fans in attendance. The Cardinals even allowed the San Francisco 49ers to come and use their field when they were not allowed to play in Santa Clara County in California.

In response, MLB has instructed teams to be ready to report and start spring training on time, regardless of the letter from the Cactus League. One would presume that all of the protocols from last season will still be enforced, at the very least until players, staff, and personnel can get their Covid vaccinations.

It is unclear why MLB and the MLBPA are waiting until the last minute to iron out the details of the season, but hopefully there will be more news in the coming days about just what the 2021 season will entail.

We also would like to bid adieu to Kiké Hernandez. The former utility man for the Dodgers has signed a two-year contract with the Boston Red Sox worth $14MM. We’ll never forget his dugout antics, the banana suit, the gyrating dances and the three home run game in the 2017 NLCS.

Best of luck, Kiké, and thanks for everything.

Thoughts on Trevor Bauer, Waiting for National League’s DH Decision

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It is Thursday, January 21, and the Los Angeles Dodgers still have not signed their right-handed power bat.

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Dodgers Apparently Interested in Marcus Semien, Jeremy Jeffress

Here we are again, adding another name to the rumor mill that the Los Angeles Dodgers may or may not be interested in.

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Latest Dodgers Rumors: David Price, Marcell Ozuna and More

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The Hot Stove is not hot, but the rumor mill is at least lukewarm, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are, as always, in the middle of it.

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Dodgers News and Notes: Latest DJ LeMahieu Rumors, More

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Hello and Happy Monday baseball fans! We are still in the middle of a quiet Hot Stove season, and there are still rumors surrounding DJ LeMahieu and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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What Does Francisco Lindor Trade to Mets Mean for Dodgers?

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The Hot Stove got very hot on Thursday, when a big trade went down between two MLB interleague clubs. Although it did not involve the Los Angeles Dodgers, it could have ramifications for them down the line.

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Monday Musings: Three Questions Surrounding Offseason, More Dodgers Rumors

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Happy New Year! Our first full week of the New Year begins and guess what Dodger fans, still nothing new to talk about.

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2020 Will Be a Year Dodger Fans Will Always Remember

Well that was quite the year, wasn’t it? One that Dodger fans and the world at large won’t forget for some time.

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NL West Sure to Tighten After Padres Trade for Blake Snell

The Los Angeles Dodgers have won the NL West the last eight consecutive years. With the exception of 2018 when it took a one game playoff with the Colorado Rockies to decide the winner, the Dodgers have usually won it pretty handily and look to do so again in 2021.

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Trades That Changed Dodgers History: December 21, 2018

Welcome to winter, but finally one when Dodger fans are not discontent. While it was an abnormal summer, it brought some baseball, which led to the Dodgers finally winning that long awaited World Championship.

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