Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have re-signed three-time All-Star reliever Brian Wilson to a one-year deal, according to reports.
The pact reportedly is worth $10 million and contains a player option for a second season. The player option is worth at least $8.5 million, according to CBSSports.com and the Los Angeles Times, and could reach $10 million based on number of appearances, the Times reported.
After missing almost all of the 2012 season with an elbow injury that eventually required surgery, Wilson signed with the Dodgers last year after spending his first seven major league seasons with the rival San Francisco Giants.
Wilson, 31, appeared in 18 games down the stretch for the Dodgers and was a valuable bullpen arm for the NL West champions, going 2-1 with a 0.66 ERA.
The right-hander led the NL with 48 in 2010 and closed out San Francisco's title-clinching victory in Game 5 of that year's World Series against the Texas Rangers. Wilson pitched in just two games with the Giants in 2012 before being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament.
He has saved 171 games while posting a 3.10 ERA over 333 career appearances in the majors.
Don Mattingly gives us an update on any contract talks with the Dodgers: "We've had discussions. Everything is going really well. Some confusion at the end of the year. I've had good talk with Stan [Kasten] and Ned [Colletti], actually with Mark Walter, Todd Boehly; just about where we're going as an orginization. That's the main thing. Just want to make sure you're in a place where you're wanted, and a team has a confidence in you."
With that domino following, Wilson and the Los Angeles Dodgers were next to be "close" on a new contract, a deal first reported by Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown. Wilson, who joined the team midseason in 2013 as a setup man, was said to be looking for a closer's job and was in talks with Detroit. He pitched well for the Dodgers in 2013 coming off Tommy John surgery — 0.66 ERA in 13.2 innings, plus six scoreless innings in the postseason.
Ned Colletti tells Petros and Money what made this season so tough: "Every year has a different year obviously. This year was probably had more excitement to it than almost any other year that I've been a part of. It also had the toughest stretches with a good team because we felt all along we had a good team."
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Dan Haren is heading back to the West Coast, with the Los Angeles Dodgers signing the veteran pitcher to a one-year contract on Monday.
FoxSports.com reported Sunday that Haren, who spent last season with the Washington Nationals, will earn $10 million in 2014 and has an option for the following year that will automatically vest if he pitches 180 innings.
Haren went just 10-14 with a 4.67 earned run average over 31 appearances (30 starts) with the Nationals in 2013, but pitched much better in the season's second half. The right-hander went 6-3 with a 3.14 ERA from July 27 on and held opposing hitters to a .224 average during that span.
The 33-year-old earned three consecutive All-Star nods between 2007-09, with the first of those honors coming with the Oakland Athletics and the last two as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In Haren, the Dodgers also add a three-time 15-game winner to a formidable rotation headed by 2013 NL Cy Young recipient Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, and which also includes talented lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu, Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley. The California native has also been durable, having made 30 or more starts in each of the last nine seasons.
"Dan brings experience as a winner to our club and rotation," said Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. "Last year, his second half was among the best in the National League."
Haren most recently reached the 15-win mark with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2011, going 16-10 with a 3.17 ERA while logging a career-best 238 1/3 innings. He slipped to a 12-13 mark with a 4.33 ERA, however, while battling back and shoulder issues the following season.
For his career, Haren owns a 129-111 record with a 3.74 ERA over 11 major league campaigns with five different teams (St. Louis, Oakland, Arizona, the Angels, Washington).
Haren's signing likely means the Dodgers will not re-sign free agent Ricky Nolasco, who went 8-3 in 15 starts for the club after being acquired from Miami in midseason.
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Dodgers and pitcher Dan Haren have reportedly agreed to a one-year contract.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Haren's deal could become official as early as Monday after he undergoes a physical. FoxSports.com reported the deal to be worth $10 million with an option for 2015 that becomes guaranteed if Haren reaches 180 innings pitched.
Haren was 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA in 31 games, all but one as a starter, in his lone season with Washington last year.
The 33-year-old right-hander has a career mark of 129-111 with a 3.74 ERA in 11 big league seasons with St. Louis, Oakland, Arizona, the Angels and Nationals.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today selected the contracts of right-handed pitchers Pedro Baez and Yimi Garcia and left-handed pitcher Jarret Martin, adding the three pitchers to the club’s 40-man roster. The team also announced the signings of catcher J.C. Boscan, infielders Brendan Harris and Clint Robinson, and left-handed pitcher Daniel Moskos to minor league contracts with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.
Baez, 25, just completed his first season as a pitcher after spending the first six seasons of his career as an infielder and went a combined 3-3 with a 3.88 ERA in 48 games with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga. Baez, who was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent on Jan. 22, 2007 out of the Dominican Republic, also pitched for the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League following the season.
Garcia, 23, was a Double-A Southern League All-Star in 2013, going 4-6 with 19 saves and a 2.54 ERA in 49 games with Chattanooga. The Moca, Dominican Republic native, who also played for the Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League following the season, limited opponents to a .164 batting average this year, while striking out 85 and walking only 14 in 60.1 innings.
Martin, 24, combined to go 6-7 with two saves and a 4.30 ERA in 40 games (14 starts) with Rancho Cucamonga and Chattanooga during the regular season before a stint in the Arizona Fall League. Martin, who was acquired in a trade with Baltimore in December 2011, posted a 2.77 combined ERA (8 ER/26.0 IP) in his 26 relief appearances this season, including a 1.69 mark (2 ER/10.2 IP) in 11 games during a late-season promotion to Chattanooga.
The Dodgers now have 34 players on their 40-man roster.
Yasiel Puig and the Los Angeles Dodgers invited about 50 kids from the Northeast Los Angeles Little League over to Dodger Stadium on Monday. Puig pitched to them as they stood at home plate, he coached them up in a real game, he even gave instructions in the batting cage.
He also couldn't help himself this one time and made a Puig-diculous play on defense:
Overall, it was the kind of day these kids won't forget:
That's Yasiel Puig and today he invited 50 kids from the neighborhood to play at Dodger Stadium. pic.twitter.com/Qkfycfl39b— Yvonne Carrasco (@yvonnecarrasco) November 19, 2013
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It's not unusual for baseball teams to come up with promotions that make us do a double take. In fact, it's become a common occurrence over the years as they search for fresh and creative ways to lure fans into the ballpark. Another of those promotions came to light on Friday when it was learned the Los Angeles Dodgers will be holding a Babe Ruth bobblehead day for their Sept. 9 game against the San Diego Padres.
You read that correctly, the Los Angeles Dodgers will be giving away bobbleheads of the forme rBoston Red Sox and New York Yankees great. It's the last of a series of bobblehead promotions that will include Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, rookie sensations Yasiel Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodger legends Pee Wee Reese & Roy Campanella, and even new owner Magic Johnson. None of those names required a second thought, but Babe Ruth stood out as a name that wasn't quite like the others.
But apparently it shouldn't, because Ruth actually spent the 1938 season with the Brooklyn Dodgers — as the first base coach. It's a small connection — a stretch even — but it counts. And the Dodgers are happy to take advantage of it.
The coaching gig was actually Ruth's final job in baseball. According to multiple reports then and now, his hiring was nothing more than public relations move, which makes the bobblehead day a bit more fitting. It's said Ruth wasn't even allowed to relay to signs to baserunners during his time there, and was told up front he wouldn't be considered for the managerial position if it became available. Managing was his ultimate goal following his playing career, but the Dodgers stayed true to their word, instead hiring Leo Durocher as the new manager following the season. Ruth was not a part of his staff.
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