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Posted on: December 16, 2011 7:39 am
Edited on: December 16, 2011 7:41 am
 

HomegrownTeam: Los Angeles Dodgers



By Matt Snyder

What if players were only permitted to stay with the team that originally made them a professional? No trades, no Rule-5 Draft, no minor or major league free agency ... once you are a professional baseball player, you stay in that organization. This series shows how all 30 teams would look. We give you: Homegrown teams. To view the schedule/past entries of this feature, click here.

Do the Dodgers do well in drafts and international signings? The answer is a resounding yes. What they do with those players could certainly be questioned, but as far as building a foundation, few have been better in recent years. See below.

Lineup

1. Dee Gordon, SS
2. Shane Victorino, RF
3. Matt Kemp, LF
4. Paul Konerko, 1B
5. Adrian Beltre, 3B
6. Carlos Santana, C
7. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
8. Miguel Cairo, 2B

Starting Rotation

1. Clayton Kershaw
2. Edwin Jackson
3. Ted Lilly
4. Hiroki Kuroda
5. Chad Billingsley

If you don't like us using Kuroda -- some commenters have disagreed with including guys who were professional players in Japan in this series -- you can slide in James McDonald or the youngster Rubby De La Rosa.

Bullpen

Closer - Joakim Soria
Set up - Javy Guerra, Joel Hanrahan, Kenley Jansen, Takashi Saito, Jonathan Broxton, Pedro Feliciano, Cory Wade
Long - McDonald

Notable Bench Players

Russell Martin, Henry Blanco, James Loney, Blake DeWitt, Trayvon Robinson, Jerry Sands, Alex Cora

What's Good?

Spoiler Alert: This section is going to be much longer than "what's not." How about starting with the offensive firepower Victorino, Kemp, Konerko, Beltre and Santana bring in the 2-6 spots of the order? That is sick. Gordon has good potential and Gutierrez was a decent hitter before his stomach issues derailed him a few years ago. The starting rotation is good, deep, has a good lefty-righty mix and a true ace sitting at the top. The bullpen is so deep it's unimaginable. It's not as great as the Yankees' bullpen (Clippard-Robertson-Axford-Rivera) in this exercise, but this is definitely an elite unit. The bench is pretty damn good, too. Best of all, though, how about the defensive range? Gutierrez was widely considered the best center fielder in baseball before his stomach woes. Victorino is a three-time Gold Glover while he lost out to Kemp this season. I decided to shift Kemp to left because Victorino has a cannon that is an asset in right. Not that Kemp can't throw. This would be one insane defensive outfield. Beltre is the best defensive third baseman in baseball, too. That's a lot of help for an already-good pitching staff.

What's Not?

Anything would be a nitpick. Maybe that Dee Gordon might not yet be ready to lead off for this team? If that was the case, you could move up Victorino and then the bottom of the order becomes a bit weak. But, again, that's a nitpick.

Comparison to real 2011

I kind of chuckled during all the MVP arguments when people would say that Kemp played for a team that "sucks." The Dodgers finished 82-79. Yes, they were out of contention for pretty much all of the season, but they finished above .500, so they definitely don't suck. Of course, those real-life Dodgers couldn't hold a candle to this group. This is a World Series-caliber club, but the funny thing is, did you see Arizona's team? The D-Backs lineup is much better, but the Dodgers have the better defense and pitching. We'd have a nice battle for the NL West title and maybe even see a rematch in the NLCS. If only ...

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Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:25 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Dodgers agree to deal with lefty Chris Capuano

Chris CapuanoBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Dodgers have signed left-hander Chris Capuano, the team announced on Friday. CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler confirms the deal is worth two years and $10 million.

Capuano, 34, was 11-12 with a 4.55 ERA in 33 games and 31 starts with the Mets last season, his first after Tommy John surgery. He was 44-48 with a 4.34 in the previous five seasons in Milwaukee.

The Dodgers already have Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly at the top of the rotation and have also been talking to Jeff Francis and Aaron Harang. The team could also use rookie Nathan Eovaldi in the rotation. 

The Dodgers have apprently lost hope in re-signing right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, who didn't want to take a paycut from the $12.5 million he made last season. Kuroda could return to Japan, a place where he'd surely take a paycut. Reports in Japan say he's been offered $3.86 million (300 million Yen) to pitch for the Hiroshima Carp in 2012.

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Posted on: November 18, 2011 7:43 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2011 7:45 pm
 

Dodgers unsure they can re-sign Hiroki Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Dodgers may have locked up Matt Kemp on Friday, but the prospects for keeping free agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda seem dim.

"I think we're going to have a hard time signing him," general manager Ned Colletti told the Los Angeles Times' Steve Dilbeck.

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Colletti said he's spoken to Kuroda's agent several times, but let those talks without a feeling of optimism in his chances of re-signing the pitcher.

"We have two issues. One is whether he wants to stay here and the other is whether we can afford to keep him," Colletti said. Colletti added the team's payroll needs to decrease from last season's $113 opening day payroll.

Kuroda was steadfast in his desire to remain a Dodger at the trade deadline last season, keeping him in Los Angeles. The Dodgers had hoped to re-sign Kuroda to a one-year deal, but he could return to his native Japan to play if the Dodgers can't meet his salary demands. Kuroda made $12 million in 2011, going 13-16 with a 3.07 ERA, down from the $15.4 million he made in 2010.

The Dodgers have already spoken to Jeff Francis, Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano in an attempt to fill their fifth spot in the rotation behind Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Ted Lilly and, presumably, Kuroda. Rookie Nathan Eovaldi is another possibility. 

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Posted on: October 9, 2011 1:36 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 3:53 pm
 

R.I.P.: 2011 Los Angeles Dodgers

By Matt Snyder

Another season gone, another disappointment for 29 teams as one is immortalized forever. Let’s take a look back at 2011 and forward in Eye on Baseball’s R.I.P. series...

Team name: Los Angeles Dodgers
Record: 82-79, third place in NL West, 11.5 games back
Manager: Don Mattingly
Best hitter: Matt Kemp -- .324/.399/.586, 39 HR, 126 RBI, 115 R, 40 SB
Best pitcher: Clayton Kershaw -- 21-5, 2.28 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 248 K, 233 1/3 IP

2011 SEASON RECAP

The Dodgers were mediocre at best and pretty bad at times for most of the 2011 season, but all of a sudden, something seemed to click. After an August 21 loss, the Dodgers sat 57-69. The rest of the way, they went 25-10. Simply: For the last five weeks of the season, the Dodgers were one of the best teams in baseball. It's just that it was too late and not many noticed -- including Joe Buck, who said "a bad Dodgers team" during the ALCS telecast Saturday night.

On the field, this Dodgers season will be remembered for two reasons. More specifically, two players. Matt Kemp would have the NL MVP in the bag had his teammates played better all season. He may lose out to Ryan Braun, though, due to many voters believing the winner of the individual award has to come from a team that was in contention. Clayton Kershaw won the pitching triple crown (led the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts -- note: He tied Ian Kennedy in wins, but that still counts). He's the likely Cy Young Award winner in the NL.

Off the field, this Dodgers season has been completely and utterly marred by owner Frank McCourt. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, he's still the owner. At least as of this writing.

2012 AUDIT

R.I.P. series
Despite the strong close, the Dodgers are still in a state of limbo. There are several holes and the ownership mess makes it unknown as to how they can proceed. Fortunately, the nucleus is young and rather strong. Kenley Jansen and Javy Guerra make a strong back-end duo in the bullpen. Kershaw is an elite ace. Kemp is one of the best all-around players in baseball. Chad Billingsley is fickle, but he's still only 27. The youth movement showed promise for the future, too, with Dee Gordon, Jerry Sands and Rubby De La Rosa (who had Tommy John surgery in August) showing they can be part of the solution in L.A. On the other hand, decisions need to be made with James Loney, Andre Ethier, catcher, second base and third base.

The franchise is not set up to be a slam-dunk contender, nor is it set up for futility in the near future. If the ownership situation would get settled very soon and the Dodgers could be a major player in free agency, they'd have a great shot at winning the NL West in 2012. It's just that we don't know how long the ownership situation will linger. Even if McCourt lost the team today, however, the approval process wouldn't be complete until it was too late to make several major plays at the likes of Prince Fielder, Jose Reyes and C.J. Wilson.

FREE AGENTS

Rod Barajas, C
Jamey Carroll, 2B
Aaron Miles, 2B
Casey Blake, 3B (option declined)
Juan Rivera, OF
Jon Garland, SP (option declined)
Hiroki Kuroda, SP
Jonathan Broxton, RP
Mike MacDougal, RP
Vicente Padilla, RP

OFFSEASON FOCUS

Unfortunately for the Dodgers, they can't act like a large-market team as long as the McCourt financial stuff continues. And that won't be resolved this offseason. Still, there is significant payroll coming off the books. The general direction of the franchise should be to try and compete with the younger players while letting the aging veterans walk, but a few exceptions can be made -- because it's very realistic that the Dodgers can compete in the NL West in 2012.
  • They can probably make a run at Jose Reyes. His zealous personality would fit perfectly in Hollywood, just as his bat would atop the order. Gordon could be moved to second base and hit second. So the lineup would start: Reyes, Gordon, Kemp, Ethier (well, maybe, we'll get to that ... ).
  • Play Juan Uribe full time at third base. He's not too old to bounce back from an injury-plagued campaign.
  • Dangle Ethier as a trade candidate. Even when he's at his best, he's not an elite player -- yet many seem to view him as one. He's a free agent at the end of 2012 and has had several episodes of complaining about the team and then backing off the comments. I wouldn't necessarily come out and say he's gone, but instead quietly shop him. If he can be dealt for prospects, Sands and Tony Gwynn Jr. are enough to fill out the outfield for the time being, while L.A. just treads water waiting for the ownership situation to be sorted out.
  • Give Loney one last chance. The 27 year old was one of the best hitters in the league in the last five weeks. If it was a fluke, the Dodgers can address first base next season. If the McCourt situation was different, a run at Fielder or Albert Pujols while selling high Loney would make a lot of sense, but I just don't think they could pull that off financially at this point.
  • Bring Kuroda back for one more year. He wants to stay in L.A. anyway, and with De La Rosa on the shelf recovering from surgery, there's a need for a stop-gap in the rotation. 
  • If there's any possible way to do so financially, Kemp needs a huge contract extension. He's only 27 and can anchor the franchise for a long time. He's also wildly popular, so this would at least send a message to the fans that the Dodgers are still very relevant.
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Posted on: July 18, 2011 5:06 pm
Edited on: July 18, 2011 5:40 pm
 

On Deck: Pirate proving ground

OD

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Crucial stretch: The Pirates enter Monday's game a half-game behind the Brewers in the National League Central, but if they are to stay in the race, the next 13 games will be huge. Pittsburgh has three against Cincinnati and three more at home against St. Louis before hitting the road for four in Atlanta and three more in Philadelphia. The Pirates are 11-17 against teams with winning records and 34-23 against teams with losing records, including a 9-3 mark against the Astros. Pittsburgh is 5-1 against Cincinnati heading into Monday night's game. The Reds are one of those teams with a losing record, but they are the defending champs in the division and are just 3.5 games back of the lead. Reds at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET (Follow live)

Scott DiamondDiamond debut: Twins left-hander Scott Diamond will make his big league debut in the second game of a double header with Cleveland. Diamond is 4-8 with a 4.70 ERA in 17 starts for Triple-A Rochester this season. The Twins fell six games behind the Indians earlier in the day thanks to Asdrubal Cabrera's three-run homer in the third and seven shutout innings from David Huff. The Twins have two more games against the Indians this week before welcoming Detroit for four in a crucial stretch. Fausto Carmona (4-10, 5.78 ERA) will be activated from the disabled list before the game. Carmona injured his right quad when he tripped over first base in Cincinnati on July 2 but only missed one start thanks to the All-Star break. Indians at Twins, 8:10 p.m. ET (Follow live)

Chad BillingsleyYou want it, you got it: The Dodgers re-shuffled their rotation after the break to make sure Chad Billingsley would face the Giants. Billingsley is 3-1 with a 1.32 ERA in his last four starts before the break. In his career, the right-hander is 7-4 with a 3.01 ERA, but 1-1 with a 5.59 ERA in three starts against the Giants this season. He goes against San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong (6-1, 2.17 ERA), who hasn't faced the Dodgers this season. Dodgers at Giants, 10:15 p.m. ET (Follow live)

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Posted on: June 5, 2011 10:54 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 12:40 pm
 

3 Up, 3 Down: Duensing leads hot Twins to sweep



By Matt Snyder

Brian Duensing, Twins. Don't look now, but the Twins just swept the Royals in four games and are threatening to yield the league's worst record to the Astros. They're only one game back -- that is, if there were standings for all of the MLB. Sunday, Brian Duensing took center stage for the all-of-a-sudden hot Twins. He dazzled in eight innings, giving up only six hits and a walk. The Twins still trail the Indians by 12 1/2 games, but it's not near as bad as it was a week ago.

Chad Billingsley, Dodgers. He labored through five innings, allowing eight hits, three walks and four runs -- so why is he here? Billingsley starred at the dish for the Dodgers. He hit a solo home run in his first at-bat, took a bases-loaded walk his second time up and finished things off with an RBI double. That's quite a day for a guy who entered Sunday with a career .137 batting average and 15 RBI. He's now hitting .304 in 2011 with four extra-base hits, however, so he's definitely improved substantially with the stick.

Josh Wilson, Brewers. The journeyman entered Sunday with almost as many teams (seven) as career home runs (eight). His career .318 slugging percentage gives us some idea of his power prowess. Sunday afternoon, though, Wilson clubbed a home run to left-center field in the top of the 11th, which proved the ultimate difference in the Brewers' 6-5 extra-innings victory. The win was the third straight for the Brewers, who entered the series with a 9-19 road record. Wilson now has two homers in eight at-bats for the Brewers. Prior to joining them, he had just seven homers in 930 career plate appearances.




Top of 11th inning for Arizona. It took the Diamondbacks a three-run ninth inning to force extras against the Nationals, but the top of the 11th was disastrous and proved too much for the Snakes. A single and sac bunt started things rather innocently before a blown call at first base allowed Roger Bernadina on. Then the Nats decided to intentionally walk Jayson Werth and take on Rick Ankiel instead. But pitcher Joe Paterson walked Ankiel, too, forcing in the go-ahead run. For good measure, Paterson then coughed up a grand slam to Mike Morse -- who is one of the more underrated hitters in the league at this point. The umpire, the decision to intentionally load the bases and Paterson all count as "down" issues here.

Jordan Lyles, Astros. Wandy Rodriguez is due back June 13 and the Astros aren't going to a six-man rotation. When he returns, basically the only options are Lyles being demoted back to the minors or Aneury Rodriguez moving to the bullpen. Outings like Sunday won't help the 20-year-old Lyles' cause. He was up in the strike zone all day and lasted only four innings -- giving up five hits and four earned runs. He only walked one, but needed 96 pitches just to get through his four frames. He'll get one more shot to prove to the Astros -- and maybe even himself -- that he belongs in the bigs and doesn't need more minor-league seasoning.

Tim Hudson, Braves. He was torched by the Mets in Citi Field, coughing up seven hits and five earned runs in just four innings. It marked just the seventh time in Hudson's last 108 starts he didn't work into the fifth inning (thanks to Mark Bowman for the stat). The Braves have now lost four of six.

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Posted on: May 14, 2011 11:42 pm
 

3 up, 3 down: Billingsley, Bergesen dazzle

Billingsley

By Evan Brunell


Chad Billingsley, Dodgers -- Billingsley actually drew the loss, but it was far from his fault. He went eight strong, limiting the Diamondbacks to just one hit and an unearned run, walking two and whiffing eight. Hardly deserving of a loss, no? The "loss" dropped his ERA to 3.36, which is 21st in the NL which sounds unimpressive but the 26-year-old appears to be returning to the dominance of his 2008 season. The Dodgers are sorely in need of some good news amid the fracas surrounding the owner, Frank McCourt, and declining attendance. Billingsley is that guy.

Ramon Hernandez, Reds
-- A fine performance for Hernandez, who is actually playing less than Ryan Hanigan these days. That should change, as Hernandez contributed a 3-for-3 night with two runs scored and two RBI, adding a walk and punching two home runs off of Kyle McClellan. The night, which was already high in tension given Johnny Cueto's first start against St. Louis since effectively ending Jason LaRue's career, ended in a 7-3 Cardinals victory. The win pushed the Reds to half a game ahead of St. Louis for the divison lead.

Brad Bergesen, Orioles -- Who saw this coming? Bergesen is a good-enough No. 4/5 starter, but a complete game against the first-place Rays, limiting them to four hits? Yeah, didn't see that coming. Yet, that transpired Saturday as Bergesen punched out five Rays to one walk. Sadly, this probably is his career highlight, but it's quite a fine one, indeed. The win was his first of the year against four losses and pushes Baltimore to two under .500, with Tampa Bay holding onto a two-game lead over the Yankees thanks to a suddenly surging Red Sox taking down New York.



Juan Rivera, Blue Jays -- Rivera did end up scoring a run in the 11th thanks to walking, but prior to then he was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. That's just not going to fly, especially since Toronto has been trying to deal Rivera and his slightly-bloated contract the second they gladly took it from the Angels to dump Vernon Wells. Rivera is at .217/.314/.283 on the season. At this rate, not only is he untradeable, but he's at risk of being released by Toronto if and when they deem Travis Snider ready to return.

Aaron Harang, Padres -- Harang put together his fourth straight disastrous outing by turning in a 4 1/3-inning effort against the Rockies, giving up seven runs, four walks and seven hits. He punched out a paltry seven, and Harang's ERA is all the way up to 5.05. Not exactly what people expected after his hot start to the season combined with his new home in Petco Park. He'll get a chance to right himself next week against the Brewers at home.

Gavin Floyd, White Sox -- Floyd has been pretty good for the White Sox and has been one of the saving graces of their brutal season, but Saturday he contributed to it with five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Athletics, which isn't easy to do in Oakland's park. Floyd's been so solid this season, the effort only pushed his ERA to 4.22.

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Posted on: March 28, 2011 7:20 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2011 6:23 pm
 

Billingsley signs contract extension with Dodgers

By Matt Snyder

Right-handed pitcher Chad Billingsley has finalized a three-year contract extension to stay with the Dodgers, the club announced Tuesday. It will pay $35 million and has an option for a fourth year. The deal would eat up the first few years of free agency, as Billingsley was set to hit the market in 2013. This deal will begin in the 2012 season, after Billingsley earns $6.275 million this coming season. The option season is 2015.

“Through his professional career Chad has shown that he is very capable of winning games and taking the ball,” general manager Ned Colletti said in a press release. “His won-loss record speaks to that as well as his innings pitched totals.”

The 26 year old arrived in the bigs in 2006 and has been a productive pitcher for the Dodgers since. He was at his best in 2008, going 16-10 with a 3.14 ERA and 201 strikeouts in 200 2/3 innings. Since then he's regressed, but his 2010 season was better than '09. Last season, he was 12-11 with a 3.57 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 171 strikeouts in 191 2/3 innings. Walks have always been a bit of an issue, but his 3.2 BB/9 in 2010 was the best rate of his career. He has proven he'll eat innings, having thrown 190-plus in the last three seasons.

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