Los Angeles Dodgers Offseason Tracker: Hottest Trade Rumors, Free Agency News

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2013

Los Angeles Dodgers Offseason Tracker: Hottest Trade Rumors, Free Agency News

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    It was a great ride in 2013 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but coming up short of a championship has the team looking to add to its roster this winter.

    Making it to the NLCS is quite the accomplishment, but this team had the talent to win it all.

    There aren't many holes on this roster. The team has already signed Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero to play second base next season. That takes care of one of the only holes in the lineup.

    While there are a few areas the team still needs to address, everyone wants to know what kind of deal ace Clayton Kershaw will get. The southpaw has earned a big deal, and the Dodgers should be focused on locking him up this offseason.

    Kershaw helped Los Angeles have the best rotation in baseball this year. The front of the rotation is set, but the back of the rotation could use some work, depending on the health of Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett.

    Let's check out what the team's biggest needs are:

    • Third base
    • Bullpen

    The starters can go deep into games, so the team doesn't have to go out and spend much on relievers. Los Angeles' bullpen ranked in the middle of the pack this year. If the Dodgers can slightly improve it, they will be tough to beat next season.

    Stay tuned throughout the offseason to see what moves and rumors the Dodgers are involved in.

Dodgers' Own Free Agents and Done Deals

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    Done Deals

    Nov. 24: RHP Dan Haren has signed a one-year deal worth $10 million, with an option for 2015 that vests 180 innings next season, via FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal

    Dec. 5: RHP Brian Wilson re-signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers to a one-year deal, via Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, with a player option for 2015

    Dec. 12: Acquired RHP Seth Rosin from the New York Mets (Rule 5 Draft Pick), via Baseball America's Ben Badler 

    Dec. 14: 3B Juan Uribe re-signed to a two-year, $15 million deal, via FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal

    Dec. 16: LHP J.P. Howell re-signed to a two-year, $11.25 million deal , plus a $6.25 million vesting option for 2016, via Gurnick

    Dec. 23: RHP Chris Perez signed a one-year deal, via FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal

    Dec. 23: RHP Jamey Wright signed a one-year, $1.8 million deal, via the Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez 


    Contract Options

    LHP Chris Capuano  (Age 35)

    Option: LAD DECLINED $8 million option ($1 million buyout)

    2B Mark Ellis (Age 36)

    Oct. 31: LAD DECLINED $5.75 million option ($1 million buyout)

    Dec. 15: Signed a one-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals, via the St. Louis Post Dispatch's Derrick Goold


    Free Agents

    UT Jerry Hairston Jr. (Dec. 11: Retired)

    RHP Carlos Marmol (Age 31)

    2013 stats (with CHC and LAD): 52 G, 49 IP, 2-4, 2 SV, 4.41 ERA, 40 H, 59 K/40 BB

    2013 stats (with LAD): 21 G, 21.1 IP, 0-0, 14 H, 1 HR, 27 K/19 BB

    RHP Ricky Nolasco (Nov. 27: Signed a four-year, $49 million deal with the Minnesota Twins; a $13 million club option for 2018 could vest depending on innings pitched in 2016-2017

    INF Nick Punto (Nov. 13: Signed a one-year deal, with an option for 2015, with the Oakland Athletics)

    UT Skip Schumaker (Nov. 18: Signed a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds, via FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal)

    RHP Edinson Volquez (Dec. 11: Signed RHP Edinson Volquez to a one-year, $5 million deal, via FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal)

    INF Michael Young (Age 37)

    2013 stats (with PHI and LAD): .279/.335/.395, 8 HR, 26 2B, 5 3B, 46 RBI, 43 BB, 83 K

    2013 stats (with LAD): 21 G, .314/.321/.392, 0 HR, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 BB, 5 K 

Arbitration Eligible Players

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    OF Mike Baxter (Nov. 29: Signed, via Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times)

    C Drew Butera (Nov. 29: Signed one-year deal worth $700,000, with $100,000 in performance bonuses, via CBS Sports' Jon Heyman)

    LHP Scott Elbert (Nov. 29: Signed, via Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times)

    C A.J. Ellis

    RHP Kenley Jansen

    LHP Clayton Kershaw



    RHP Ronald Belisario (Dec. 5: Signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Chicago White Sox)

Masahiro Tanaka: Phenom Has Been Posted

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    The Dodgers have taken chances on international stars in recent years, and they could be a possible landing spot for Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, according to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times.


    *Update: Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 11 p.m. ET

    Masahiro Tanaka has been posted by the Rakuten Eagles Golden Eagles, according to the Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez.

    ---End of Update---


    *Update: Thursday, Dec. 19 at 10:05 a.m. ET

    Former major league pitcher C.J. Nitkowski, who spent part of his career playing in Asia, tweeted that a "solid source" told him that Rakuten's president will make an official decision on whether or not Tanka will be posted in four to five days.

    ---End of Update---


    *Update: Thursday, Dec. 19 at 9:30 a.m. ET

    The New York Times' Ken Belson reported that several Japanase newspapers reported that the Eagles won't post Tanaka. The Eagles control his rights through 2015. Instead of letting him pitch for MLB, the Eagles will reportedly look at doubling or tripling Tanaka's salary in order to try to keep him.

    According to Sports Dochi (a newspaper in Japan), Rakuten will meet with Tanaka by Friday to inform him that he will not be posted.

    Throughout this process there have been numerous back-and-forth reports on whether or not he will be posted, so stay tuned.

    ---End of Update---


    *Update: Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 3:38 p.m. ET

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted that one general manager "doesn't have any doubt" that Tanaka will command more than $100 million if he's posted.

    With many teams interested, it could become a bidding war. The posting fee will reach $20 million, but he will likely demand a big contract. At that point, the Dodgers would have to decide how much they want to be on the hook for if they choose to chase him.

    ---End of Update---


    *Update: Monday, Dec. 16 at 4:30 p.m. ET

    MLB and the NPB have reached an agreement on new posting rules, via MLB Public Relations.

    The new agreement states that posting fee cannot exceed $20 million, and every team that submits the highest posting bid will have an opportunity to negotiate with the posted player within 30 days of the player being posted.

    Reaching an agreement means MLB teams are one step closer to being able to talk to Tanaka. However, it remains to be seen as to whether or not the pitcher will actually be posted. 

    ---End of Update---


    *Update: Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6:11 p.m. ET

    Newsday's David Lennon reported that Rakuten's president spoke to the media in Japan on Thursday and said that they will have internal discussions to see if it makes sense to post Tanaka.

    Recent reports have said that the club is considering not posting the star because it opposes the proposed changes.

    ---End of Update---


    *Update: Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 9:04 p.m. ET

    Baseball America's Ben Badler tweeted that although Rakuten is opposed to the proposed changes, it is still expected to post Tanaka.

    Until the proposed changes are official, there is going to be a lot of speculation as to whether or not the Golden Eagles will post the pitcher.

    ---End of Update---


    *Update: Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 8:11 p.m. ET

    There have been a lot of talk about the NPB and MLB reportedly coming close to agreeing on a new posting system, which would include a $20 million cap on posting fees. If that proposal is accepted, it could have serious ramifications.

    If multiple teams put in the maximum bid, the player would get to pick which of the teams he wants to negotiate with. Bids don't count against the luxury tax, which was a "loophole" that big-market teams took advantage of in order to land international stars.

    However, the new proposal could affect Masahiro Tanaka, according to Peter Gammons.

    The Rakuten Golden Eagles, Tanaka's team, are opposed to the proposed changes and may not post Tanaka at all.

    ---End of Update---


    *Update: Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6:05 p.m. ET

    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reported that the MLB-Japan posting process is not in danger of falling apart, and Tanaka will be posted this winter. Earlier reports suggested that it was in jeopardy of not getting done.

    The New York Yankees are expected to make a big run at the right-hander.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Thursday, Nov. 14 at 12:49 p.m. ET

    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that an owner says clubs have "serious reservations" about posting process. There's a possibility that MLB and Japanese baseball officials don't reach an agreement, which would mean Tanaka would not be available.

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times tweeted that the Japanese baseball officials took too long to agree to MLB's proposal, and MLB now wants to make changes to the proposal. All that means is that even though the Japanese player's union agreed to the new posting rules, there still may some issues to work out.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Friday, Nov. 1 at 4:15 p.m. ET

    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, hat tip to Steve Adams of MLBTradeRumors.com, said that people around the league believe that Tanaka's price is going to surpass the $51.7 million the Texas Rangers spent on Yu Darvish last year.

    ---End of update---


    After pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu and outfielder Yasiel Puig paid off for the team this year, the Dodgers can be aggressive in the international market. Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero has already signed with the team.

    This appears to be a legitimate possibility. Los Angeles could use starting pitching depth, and it has shown that it is willing to spend in order to get who it wants.


Dec. 23: RHP Chris Perez Agrees to a One-Year Deal with Dodgers

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    The Dodgers continue to look to strengthen their bullpen, and the club has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with Chris Perez, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Perez is only guaranteed between $2 million and $2.5 million, but incentives could push the deal to $8 million, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times was the first to report that this deal was in the works.

    Perez served as the Cleveland Indians' closer for much of the past four years. He made two All-Star teams before falling hard this past season.

    He went 5-3 with 25 saves and five blown saves. His 4.33 ERA and 1.426 WHIP were the worst marks of his career. The right-hander dealt with off-the-field issues this year and struggled on it, and he eventually lost the closer's job, which led to his release.

    The 28-year-old posted a 3.33 ERA with 124 saves in parts of five seasons in Cleveland. The right-hander would give the Dodgers even more depth in the bullpen.

    Perez's numbers have declined in each of the past three seasons, but signing him would give the Indians another experienced reliever.

Michael Young: Free Agent

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    Michael Young was brought over late in the season, but the veteran didn't play a big role with the Dodgers. Now he will get to test the market as his career begins to wind down.


    *Update: Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7:15 p.m. ET

    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Milwaukee Brewers are interested in Young as they look for a first baseman. The Brewers lost Corey Hart earlier this month and are looking at many options.

    ---End of update--- 


    *Update: Monday, Dec. 16 at 7:42 p.m. ET

    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported that the New York Yankees are interested in Young. The Yankees could use Young at either second or third, depending on what happens with Alex Rodriguez. With Young's versatility, he could play anywhere in the infield if needed as Yankees infielders battled injuries last season.

    ---End of update--- 


    *Update: Saturday, Dec. 14 at 9:36 a.m. ET

    ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted that the Dodgers are considering signing Young to be their everyday third baseman.

    ---End of update--- 


    *Update: Thursday, Dec. 12 at 2:05 p.m. ET

    MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez tweeted that there could be a reunion, under the right circumstances, between Michael Young and the Texas Rangers. Young spent the first 13 years of his career with Texas before getting dealt to Philadelphia, and then Los Angeles, for the 2013 season

    ---End of update--- 


    *Update: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6:08 p.m. ET

    The Los Angeles Times' Dylan Hernandez reported that the Dodgers are looking at Young as a possible infield option. The team is still waiting to hear back from Juan Uribe, which could affect how much it pursues Young.

    ---End of update--- 


    *Update: Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8:36 p.m. ET

    ESPN's Buster Olney tweeted that four teams are interested in Young.

    ---End of update--- 


    *Update: Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 11:15 a.m. ET

    Young has reached out to the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox, according to Peter Gammons.

    ---End of update--- 


    The 37-year-old hit .279/.335/.395 with eight home runs, 26 doubles and five triples with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Dodgers in 2013. He has a career slash line of .300/.346/.441.

    Young can play any position in the infield, which should make him attractive to many teams.

    He spent the first 13 years of his career with the Texas Rangers, and the veteran showed that he can hit anywhere.

    Young is a seven-time American League All-Star and has a Gold Glove.

Dodgers Don't Plan on Moving an Outfielder

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    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Dodgers are fielding offers from teams that are interested in any of their outfielders, excluding Yasiel Puig.

    Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier have eight All-Star selections between them and can all bring something different to the table. However, Puig's emergence has created a logjam in the outfield.


    *Update: Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 2:36 p.m. ET

    Dodgers GM Ned Colleti intends to keep the outfield together. 

    "Our intent is to keep our outfielders, and to get them healthy. I expect our OF to be the OF we put together last year," Colleti said.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 1:41 p.m. ET

    ESPN's Jayson Stark tweeted that Dave Stewart, Kemp's agent, has been informed by the Dodgers that they "have no plans" to trade his client. Kemp had been drawing a lot of interest since it had been reported that Los Angeles was willing to trade an outfielder.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 9:15 a.m. ET

    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi said that there is a "decent chance" that Kemp gets dealt this offseason. Morosi wrote that the Mariners have the "strongest desire" to land the outfielder so they'd have someone to protect Robinson Cano. A trade with the Detroit Tigers is a long shot. Detroit has limited payroll and doesn't need an outfielder after signing Rajai Davis. A trade with the Tigers would likely mean that Detroit would have to move outfielder Austin Jackson.

    There are some teams interested, but there are some factors holding a few teams from making a serious run at Kemp.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 10:52 p.m. ET

    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported that the Boston Red Sox have decided that Kemp isn't "a fit at this time." The Detroit Tigers, the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers are all still interested in the outfielder.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 8:15 p.m. ET

    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Mariners, the Tigers and the Red Sox have all checked in on Kemp this week. Rosenthal also reported that the Dodgers' main goal is quality of players, and the team would throw in more cash to get better players.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Monday, Dec. 9 at 5:15 p.m. ET

    ESPN's Buster Olney reported that the Dodgers are currently in trade discussions involving Matt Kemp/Andre Ethier with four teams.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Monday, Dec. 9 at 1:08 p.m. ET

    Dave Stewart, Matt Kemp's agent, expects his client to be traded, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles TimesHere's what he had to say about Kemp's situation:

    I'd be surprised if it doesn't happen. I haven't heard a player's name floated around like that and something not happen. Matt wants to be a Dodger as long as the Dodgers want him.

    Kemp has drawn the most interest of any Dodgers outfielder on the trading block, and his agent expects his client to get traded.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 8:38 p.m. ET

    Another deal involving the Boston Red Sox and the Dodgers could be on the horizon, if Boston is interested. The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reported that the Dodgers are willing to eat some of Kemp's contract for the right deal.

    Boston just lost center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the New York Yankees, and it could be looking to add to its roster in order to enhance its chances of repeating. Kemp has superstar potential, and if the Dodgers eat enough money, there could be a match.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 1:08 p.m. ET

    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported that the Dodgers have continued to shop Matt Kemp, who has received the most interest of the team's outfielders. Seattle, Boston and Texas have all been listed as landing spots.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Friday, Nov. 22 at 1:44 p.m. ET

    The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reported that the Boston Red Sox have called about Matt Kemp. Although the Dodgers have not been shopping Kemp, several teams have asked about Kemp.

    Don't forget that the Dodgers and the Red Sox made a huge deal in 2012 that worked out great for both teams, so they could be willing to work another deal out.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Thursday, Nov. 21 at 11:10 p.m. ET

    Sportsnet's Shi Davidi said that the Dodgers and the Toronto Blue Jays discussed a potential deal involving Matt Kemp at the GM Meetings in Orlando, Florida.

    It doesn't appear that the talks went anywhere, but it's a telling sign about what teams are looking to do this offseason. It looks like teams would prefer to make splashes via trade rather than free agency.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Wednesday, Nov. 20 at  4:20 p.m. ET

    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that Dave Stewart, Matt Kemp's agent, said that his client does not want to be traded. However, he does understand why the Dodgers would consider it. If they end up dealing him, he'd like to go to a winner.

    Here are some quotes from Kemp's agent on the matter:

    Nobody wants to have their name thrown around with all the different teams. In our conversations, what we’ve come to is that if it does happen, the only thing we can hope for is that he goes to a team with an opportunity to win. That’s first and foremost, if it does happen.

    He understands the nature of the game.


    It might be an opportunity for the Dodgers to fill some gaps and improve their team. So if it does happen, all we would hope is that he gets the opportunity to play for a winner.

    Rosenthal lists the Texas Rangers and the Seattle Mariners as interested teams.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Friday, Nov. 15 at  1:25 a.m. ET

    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Dodgers and the Texas Rangers discussed trades involving Dodgers outfielders at the GM meetings this past week, including one that involved Matt Kemp. However, the Rangers are concerned about Kemp's health and the remaining six years/$128 million remaining on his contract. The Dodgers are reportedly interested in shortstop Elvis Andrus.

    Texas has reportedly been looking to move either Andrus, second baseman Ian Kinsler or shortstop Jurickson Profar. They have an abundance of talent in the middle of the infield. Andrus may be tough to move given that he is still due about $140 million through 2023.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 4:23 p.m. ET

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reported that Puig is drawing interest on the trade market, but the Dodgers are reluctant to trade him.

    Hernandez suggests the Dodgers won't be able to move any of their outfielders until the market is set by the free agents. 

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 12:05 p.m. ET

    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reported that the Seattle Mariners have expressed interest in Matt Kemp. The Mariners are looking to add a big bat or two to the outfield and have already been linked to Nelson Cruz and Carlos Beltran.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Sunday, Nov. 10 at 5:36 p.m. ET

    Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times wrote that the injury histories and the salaries of the outfielders will make it tough to deal any of them. However, a deal could free up some salary to make it easier to give pitcher Clayton Kershaw and/or shortstop Hanley Ramirez.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Sunday, Nov. 10 at 12:30 p.m. ET

    The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo listed a group of teams that could be interested in the outfielders. He suggests that the Philadelphia Phillies, the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox, the Detroit Tigers and the Toronto Blue Jays are among the teams that could be interested.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Friday, Nov. 8 at 9:22 p.m. ET

    Andy Martino of the New York Daily News suggested that the New York Mets could be a possible landing spot for Ethier. 

    However, he does not know what the Dodgers would want in return. If Los Angeles demanded that Zack Wheeler or Noah Snydergaard be the centerpiece of a deal, it is unlikely that New York would agree to a deal. However, the team may be willing to center a package around pitching prospect Rafael Montero.

    ---End of update---


    Crawford has won a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger and an All-Star Game Most Valuable Player award (2009). He has made four All-Star teams and also led the league in stolen bases four times. He hit .283/.329/.407 with six home runs, 30 doubles, three triples and 15 stolen bases in his first season with the Dodgers.

    Kemp has won two Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers, so he is a good all-around player. He led the NL in home runs and RBI in 2011, and he was arguably the best player in the league that year. The 29-year-old has the ability to hit for average and power as he has hit at least .290 and had at least 18 home runs four times in his career already.

    Ethier also has a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger and two All-Star selections. The 31-year-old hit .272/.360/.423 this past season, but he hasn't shown the same type of pop that he used to have. He has failed to hit at 20 home runs in two of the past three seasons after doing it three straight years.

    Crawford hasn't played in more than 130 games since 2010. Injuries have limited Kemp to only 179 total games in the last two years. Ethier hasn't missed a ton of time like the other two, but he has averaged only 141 games over the last four seasons.

    When they are healthy, they are great players. However, their contracts will make them tough to move. Check out what each player still has left on his contract:

    Carl Crawford   4$81.5 million
    Andre Ethier   4$69 million
    Matt Kemp   6$128 million

    The Dodgers will likely have to eat some salary in any move, but they could move one of the three outfielders in order to address other needs.

Dec. 16: LHP J.P. Howell Agrees to a Multi-Year Deal with Dodgers

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    J.P. Howell is reportedly close to coming back to Los Angeles, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. Howell would make $11.25 million over two years, plus a $6.25 million vesting option for 2016, via Gurnick

    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported that Howell does indeed have deal to return to the Dodgers. Howell's option will be a mutual option, but it will become a player option if it vests, via Heyman.

    The right-hander spent the first seven seasons of his career in the American League before joining the Dodgers before last season. He excelled in his first season in the National League.

    Howell went 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA and a 1.048 WHIP, both of which were the best numbers of his career. He struck out 54 batters and walked only 23 in 62 innings in 67 games.

    He allowed only one run on five hits in six innings in the 2013 postseason, and he has a 2.50 ERA in 20 career postseason games.

    The 30-year-old helps solidify a Dodgers bullpen that brought back Brian Wilson. 

    Howell is a solid veteran who can pitch crucial innings.

Dec.15: Mark Ellis Signed a One-Year Deal with the St. Louis Cardinals

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    When Alexander Guerrero was signed, it was clear that Mark Ellis' days in Los Angeles were over. Now it is official. The St. Louis Post Dispatch's Derrick Goold reported that Ellis has signed a one-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals.

    Ellis hit .270/.323/.350 with six home runs, 13 doubles and two triples. He was a finalist for a Gold Glove, but the cheap buyout was more attractive than bringing him back.

    Los Angeles has a younger replacement for Ellis at second base. The veteran was a solid player during his stint with the Dodgers, but his time in Los Angeles is over.

Dec. 14: Juan Uribe Re-Signs with the Dodgers

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    The Dodgers needed a third baseman, so it looked at one of its own players to fill that hole. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that Juan Uribe signed a two-year deal with the Dodgers. ESPN's Buster Olney reported that Uribe will receive $15 million over two seasons.

    The third baseman hit .278 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and two triples this year. He was coming off two down years that limited him to only 143 total games, and this year he did a good job of bouncing back. 

    Not only did he make noise with his bat, but he also played great defense. He was a finalist for the Gold Glove at third. He didn't win, but his defense makes him a good all-around player.

    Los Angeles is set at nearly every position, but third base was one of the lone spots that it needed to address. 

    Uribe provides strong defense and some pop on offense. Now that he has re-signed with the club, the Dodgers look like they have addressed their biggest needs.

Dee Gordon Rumored in Trade Talks

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    Thursday, Dec. 12 at 11:58 p.m. ET

    ESPN Los Angeles' Mark Saxon tweeted that he was told that there is no truth to the Gordon-for-Maxwell despite an earlier rumor.

    --End of Update--


    Thursday, Dec. 12 at 11:50 a.m. ET

    Dee Gordon has plenty of skills that gets fans excited, but he hasn't been able to stick with the Dodgers. Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune tweeted that Gordon has been rumored in a deal with the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Justin Maxwell.

    Gordon has a career slash line of .256/.301/.312 in parts of three seasons. The 25-year-old has great speed and has already stolen 66 bases in only 181 games.

    The left-handed hitter showed promise by hitting .304 in 56 games in his first stint in the majors, but his average has dropped drastically. His defense has been shaky as well. Gordon has committed 35 errors at shortstop since reaching the majors, which is part of the reason he has had trouble grabbing a starting spot.

    Maxwell has potential to be a good player, but he hasn't been able to produce at the plate. The 30-year-old has a career slash line of .228/.316/.430 in parts of five seasons in the majors. In the only season that he played in more than 75 games (2012), he clubbed 18 home runs.

    He's got some power, but he hasn't been able to hit for average consistently. 

    As of right now, it's just a rumor. If the Dodgers don't believe that Gordon has a future with the club, they could certainly consider dealing him.

Dec. 12: Acquired RHP Seth Rosin from the New York Mets (Rule 5 Draft Pick)

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    The New York Mets selected pitcher Seth Rosin in the Rule 5 draft from the Philadelphia Phillies for $50,000. However, he didn't stay with the Mets for long. Baseball America's Ben Badler reported that the Dodgers acquired Rosin shortly after.

    The 25-year-old went 9-6 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 26 appearances, including 23 starts, with Double-A Reading last year.

    MLB.com's Jim Callis projects Rosin as a reliever. The right-hander's fastball is in the 90s and has good sink, but he doesn't have great secondary pitches.

    Los Angeles must offer Rosin back to Philadelphia for $25,000 if the pitcher doesn't spend the entire season on the Dodgers' 25-man roster.

Is a Blockbuster Trade for David Price Possible for the Dodgers?

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    David Price is going to start making a lot of money, so the Tampa Bay Rays could decide to deal the star pitcher. If they do, the Dodgers will certainly pursue the 2012 American League Cy Young award winner.


    *Update: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 11:30 p.m. ET

    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported that Dodgers GM Ned Colletti doesn't believe that a deal for David Price is going to happen.

    A lot of teams want Price, but the Mariners may have the best chance to land the southpaw.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 10:36 a.m. ET

    One GM told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that the Dodgers are in a "favorable" position to land Price. The GM believes both the Seattle Mariners and the Arizona Diamondbacks will refuse to throw in their top pitching prospects.

    Los Angeles doesn't have one premier prospect to land a superstar, but it can offer an attractive package. Rosenthal speculates that the Dodgers could offer Corey Seager, Joc Pederson and pitching to the Rays for Price.

    However, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times believes that the lack of elite prospects makes it unlikely that the Dodgers will land Price.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Monday, Dec. 9 at 3:20 p.m. ET

    ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine tweeted that the Dodgers and the Rays may be "matching up" for a possible trade involving David Price.

    As the Winter Meetings heat up, expect to hear Price's name thrown around. The Dodgers have some valuable assets that they could deal in order to pull off a big deal, but nothing appears close so far.

    ---End of update--- 


    *Update: Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 8:40 p.m. ET

    Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan wrote that the David Price market is expected to heat up within the next week, and the Dodgers are one of the teams that believe that they can land him.

    ---End of update--- 


    *Update: Thursday, Nov. 14, at 8:58 p.m. ET

    MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reported that the Dodgers are working on developing talent in their system, which makes a trade for David Price unlikely. The Rays are going to demand a big package for the southpaw.

    ---End of update--- 


    Several general managers told Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com that they expect the Dodgers to try to creatively improve their roster via trade and in the international market. They have the talent in the farm system to pull off a deal for the southpaw, so keep an eye on this situation.

    The 28-year-old 71-39 with a 3.19 ERA through the first six years of his career. He has made three AL All-Star teams as well as a Cy Young award. He has won 19 games twice in the last four years.

    If the Dodgers could pull off a blockbuster deal, their rotation would have three former Cy Young winners. 


Clayton Kershaw: Candidate for Extension

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    *Update: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6:57 p.m. ET

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reported that Dodgers GM Ned Colletti doesn't expect to discuss an extension with Clayton Kershaw until after the Winter Meetings are over.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 12:10 a.m. ET

    According to Clayton Kershaw via Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Registerthere have been no talks about an extension so far this offseason. He is signed for only one more year, so the Dodgers are expected to approach him about a contract.

    Now that Kershaw has turned into an ace and won a second NL Cy Young award, he can pretty much demand whatever he wants.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 12:18 a.m. ET

    Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com finds it odd that the Dodgers haven't locked up Clayton Kershaw yet. However, he believes that it could favor the Dodgers if the ace is uncomfortable signing a long-term deal. 

    Given the recent history we have seen with pitchers getting more than five years, it may not be the worst thing if the Dodgers can't get Kershaw to agree to a long deal.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Friday, Nov. 8 at 1:54 p.m. ET

    The Minnesota Twins have contacted Nolasco's agent, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

    Minnesota has already been linked to several starting pitchers, so it's unclear what its level of interest in Nolasco is.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Monday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. ET

    There isn't much "news" on Clayton Kershaw, but Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reported some interesting quotes from the left-hander in regards to free agent.

    "I think any player, that's the reward of baseball, to make it to that point," Kershaw said. "I think any player gets curious when you get close, for sure."

    Kershaw also expressed that he loved the city and was comfortable there. Getting an extension will be one of the team's top priorities this offseason.

    ---End of update---


    There's not much that needs to be said about Clayton Kershaw. He's arguably the best pitcher in baseball, and he's easily the best southpaw. 

    Kershaw won the 2011 NL Cy Young award and is a lock to win it again this year. He led the league in ERA, for the third straight year, and strikeouts. He has made three straight National League All-Star teams and has a Gold Glove to his credit.

    He has done all of that and is only 25 years old. The Dodgers will have to make a push to give him a big contract extension this offseason before he becomes a free agent after next season.

Hanley Ramirez: Reportedly Working on Extension with Dodgers

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers are talking to shortstop Hanley Ramirez about an extension, according to Dionisio Soldevila of ESPNDeportes.com.


    *Update: Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6:57 p.m. ET

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reported that Dodgers GM Ned Colletti doesn't expect to discuss an extension with Hanley Ramirez until after the Winter Meetings are over.

    ---End of update---


    Ramirez still has a year left on his contract before he reaches free agency, but the Dodgers would like to get a long-term deal done this offseason.

    Here's what he had to say about negotiations, via Soldevila—after translating:

    We are negotiating something, but go step by step. Still have a year I want to stay the rest of my career in Los Angeles because they have treated me very well and played it for me when I bought when I was down.

    I can not talk about money or years, but we are negotiating and something could happen this winter.

    The 29-year-old hit .345/.402/.638 with 20 home runs, 25 doubles and two triples in 86 games this past season. He has a career slash line of .302/.373/.506.


Eric O'Flaherty: Free Agent Target

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    The Dodgers are interested in Eric O'Flaherty, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

    In five seasons with the Braves, the southpaw posted a 1.99 ERA and a 1.155 WHIP in 295 games. He posted an incredible 0.98 ERA in 78 appearances in 2011.

    O'Flaherty underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this year and should be ready around May. If that's the case, he would be a strong pickup for any team.

    The Dodgers already re-signed Brian Wilson to be the setup man, but having O'Flaherty from the left side would create a dangerous back of the bullpen.

Dec. 5: Brian Wilson Re-Signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers

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    The Dodgers signed Brian Wilson during the 2013 season, and he exceeded expectations. He did such a good job that Los Angeles wanted to bring him back, and Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported that the two sides have reached an agreement.

    Brown also tweeted that Wilson received a one-year deal worth $10 million, and he has a player option that could reach $10 million. The option has a minimum of $8.5 million and could reach $10 million depending on the number of appearances in 2014, via Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

    The right-hander allowed only one run on eight hits in 13.2 innings over 18 games this season. He went 2-1 and struck out 13 batters in his limited action. He also made six scoreless appearances in the postseason.

    Wilson has thrown only 15.2 innings over the last two seasons. There wasn't much interest in him last offseason, but he showed that he can still be a good reliever.

    What does this mean for the Dodgers? Well, re-signing Wilson gives the team insurance in case something happens to closer Kenley Jansen. Since debuting with the Dodgers in 2010, Jansen has posted a 2.10 ERA and has 53 saves over the last two seasons. It's never a bad thing to have a backup, however.    

    There were plenty of teams interested in Wilson, but he decided that the Dodgers were the best fit. His familiarity with the division is a big advantage, and he has proven that he can be an effective reliever, even if it's not as a closer.

Nov. 27: Ricky Nolasco Signed with the Minnesota Twins

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    Ricky Nolasco went 8-3 with a 3.52 ERA in 16 games after coming over from the Miami Marlins in the middle of the season. Now he has signed with the Minnesota Twins.


    *Update: Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 8:51 p.m. ET

    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports tweeted that Ricky Nolasco has signed a four-year, $49 million contract with the Minnesota Twins. He will make $12 million per year, and he has a $13 million club option for 2018. However, the option can vest and turn into a player's option depending on the number of innings pitched in 2016 and 2017.

    As USA Today's Bob Nightengale tweeted, Nolasco's deal is the largest the club has ever given out in franchise history.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 6:17 p.m. ET

    MLBDailyDish.com's Chris Cotillo tweeted that Ricky Nolasco has changed his Twitter avatar to the Minnesota Twins logo. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman confirmed that Nolasco has a deal with the Twins. Details have yet to be released.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 5:17 p.m. ET

    MLBDailyDish.com's Chris Cotillo tweeted that a source said the Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with Nolasco.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 5:17 p.m. ET

    MLBDailyDish.com's Chris Cotillo tweeted that the Minnesota Twins are close to a deal with Nolasco. He also tweeted that the Twins are willing to offer a three-year deal with an option for a fourth year. ESPN1500's Darren Wolfson reported shortly before Cotillo's tweet that the Twins weren't close to a deal with Nolasco. Minnesota looking for a starting pitcher, and Nolasco is at the top of their list.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Tuesday, Nov. 36 at 3:49 p.m. ET

    ESPN1500's Darren Wolfson reported that Nolasco is open to playing for the Minnesota Twins. Wolfson believes that a deal around four years and $50 million would be good enough to sign Nolasco.

    The Twins have been linked to many starting pitchers this offseason, so now they have to decide how much they want to pay pitchers and go from there.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Friday, Nov. 15 at 10:27 p.m. ET

    MLBDailyDish.com's Chris Cotillo reported that the Philadelphia Phillies are in on Nolasco, and he also tweeted that the San Francisco Giants have made the right-hander a three-year offer. The Dodgers are also still in on the free agent, according to Cotillo.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Friday, Nov. 15 at 8:40 p.m. ET

    Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reported that the same GM that he already talked to said that the San Francisco Giants are also in on Nolasco. He's had a good career, and he has a "clean arm."

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Friday, Nov. 15 at 8:40 p.m. ET

    The Minnesota Twins have yet to make Nolasco an offer, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Earlier reports have said that the team is pushing hard to sign him, but they are not as far along as some have said.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Friday, Nov. 15 at 8:05 p.m. ET

    Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press wrote that one GM said that the Twins are still pushing hard to sign Noalsco, and the San Diego Padres have emerged as a potential suitor.

    Berardino believes that the Padres would have an advantage as Nolasco grew up in Southern California.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Friday, Nov. 15 at 10:05 a.m. ET

    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Minnesota Twins are making a strong push for Nolasco. The Twins are looking to add one or two good arms to their rotation, and Nolasco would be able to step right in and be the No. 1 starter.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Thursday, Nov. 14 at 5:40 p.m. ET

    ESPN1500's Darren Wolfson reported that as of this morning, the Minnesota Twins have not made an offer to Nolasco.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Thursday, Nov. 14 at 5:40 p.m. ET

    The San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman reported that the San Francisco Giants have talked about Nolasco "in passing" with his agent, but they aren't interested in him because he wants, and could get, four years.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Thursday, Nov. 14 at 5:40 p.m. ET

    Nolasco has received multiple three- and four-year offers, according to his agent via Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

    Matt Sosnick, Nolasco's agent, declined to reveal what gave the offers or the size of the contracts. One source said that Nolasco's starting price is "Edwin Jackson money" (four years, $52 million) and "may end up at Derek Lowe" (four years, $60 million).

    Nolasco picked a good year to have his best season as he is drawing a lot of interest on the market.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Thursday, Nov. 14 at 4:10 p.m. ET

    ESPN's Buster Olney reported that Nolasco has at least one three-year offer, and that team could possibly add a fourth year, on the table. His agent wouldn't specify what team has the offer on the table.

    ---End of update---


    *Update: Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7:53 p.m. ET

    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has heard from major league sources that Nolasco is looking for a five-year, $80 million contract.

    When the San Francisco Giants gave Tim Lincecum a two-year, $35 million contract in October, it set the market for pitchers. Now others will try to cash in.

    ---End of update---


    The 30-year-old is 89-75 with a 4.37 ERA through eight seasons.

    Nolasco's agent, Matt Sosnick, told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the Minnesota Twins are interested in his client. The Dodgers may be chasing bigger names this offseason, so Nolasco may sign with another team.

Nov. 24: RHP Dan Haren Signs a One-Year, $10 Million Deal with the Dodgers

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    Dan Haren is one of the top names on the market, and it appears that the Dodgers have signed the veteran pitcher.

    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that Haren has signed a one-year deal worth $10 million, with an option for 2015 that vests if he hits 180 innings next season.

    That's a big deal for someone who struggled this past season. Haren went 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA and a WHIP of 1.238. He didn't fare much better in 2012 as he went 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA. He has allowed 28 home runs in each of the past two seasons.

    Haren has thrown at least 200 innings in a season seven times in his 11-year career, which certainly helps save a bullpen. In recent seasons, he has been less effective than what he used to be. He has done a good job of avoiding injuries though.

    He has made at least 30 starts in every season since he became a member of the Oakland Athletics in 2005. 

    The Dodgers' rotation was the best in the major, compiling a 3.13 ERA. With a rotation already consisting of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu, adding Haren just makes this rotation even tougher.

    If he is able to get back to his old form, this rotation would be incredible.

Chris Capuano: Option Declined, Free Agent

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    Los Angeles has a star-studded rotation, so it no longer needed Chris Capuano. The Dodgers declined his $8 million option on Thursday, via the team's official Twitter account.

    *Update: Thursday, Nov. 21 at 11:57 p.m. ET

    The St. Paul Pioneer Press' Mike Berardino reported that the Minnesota Twins have shown interest in Capuano.

    Minnesota has been linked to many starting pitchers this winter, so it's not clear how much interest the Twins have in the veteran.

    ---End of update---

    The southpaw struggled as a starter this year as he went 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA. His ERA was very close to his 4.27 career ERA. 

    Capuano suffered a groin injury in early September, and he didn't get another start the rest of the year. He made three relief appearances, including one in the playoffs. He did not allow a run in five innings.

    This move hardly comes as a surprise. Capuano was left off the Dodgers' NLCS roster, and his option wasn't cheap. 

    Capuano was good in 2012, but he had a tough 2013 season and will now look for a new contract.