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Kenley Jansen will undergo heart surgery on November 26.

The procedure was expected after Jansen dealt with an irregular heartbeat again this season. The best-case scenario for his recovery is two weeks, although it could take him as long as eight weeks. The closer is expected to be ready for the start of spring training either way.
Nov 16 - 5:58 PM

Dodgers signed RHP Kevin Quackenbush to a minor league contract.

Dodgers fans are likely familiar with Quackebush from all of his stints in the Padres pen. Quackenbush was chosen for the Reds' Opening Day roster last season, but he was sent down after giving up 11 runs in nine innings and never returned. He ended up with a 2.68 ERA and 25 saves as Triple-A Louisville's closer. He should be a Triple-A guy again next year.
Nov 14 - 12:10 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick, former major league reliever Mark Lowe is looking to make a comeback.

Lowe didn't pitch professionally this season after failing to make the Dodgers out of spring training. Now 35 years old, he hasn't pitched in the majors since putting up an ugly 7.11 ERA in 54 appearances with the Tigers in 2016. He's willing to accept a spring training invite or perhaps accept an opportunity overseas in order to pitch again.
Nov 13 - 2:29 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports, extension talks between the Dodgers and manager Dave Roberts are "at a standstill at the moment."

There was chatter about a four-year deal last week, but the two sides haven't crossed the finish line just yet and it's unclear when they will. The Dodgers have picked up their 2019 option in the meantime. The Dodgers have won three straight division titles and two straight NL pennants with Roberts at the helm.
Nov 13 - 2:03 PM

Dodgers C Yasmani Grandal rejected a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer.

Some had speculated that Grandal might consider accepting the offer following his poor showing this postseason, but he's still a safe bet to net a nice multi-year contract this winter. The 29-year-old posted a .815 OPS with 24 home runs over 140 games during the regular season in 2018.
Nov 12 - 5:18 PM

Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu accepted a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer.

Of the seven players that were extended qualifying offers, Ryu is expected to be the only one of them that accepts. The left-hander surely could have done better on the open market, but after all the injuries he's dealt with the last few years it's hard to blame him for playing it safe and staying where he's comfortable. The Dodgers are also undoubtedly happy to bring back a guy who posted a 1.97 ERA across 15 starts this past season.
Nov 12 - 4:15 PM

According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Hyun-Jin Ryu will "most likely" accept the Dodgers' one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer.

The deadline for players to accept or decline their qualifying offers is Monday at 5 p.m. ET. Ryu posted an exceptional 1.97 ERA this past season for the National League champions, but a severe lat strain limited him to 82 1/3 regular-season innings. Yasmani Grandal, Patrick Corbin, Bryce Harper, Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel, and A.J. Pollock are the other players who have to make QO decisions.
Nov 12 - 12:59 PM

Jayson Stark of The Athletic reports that the Yankees are doing "extensive" background work on Manny Machado.

As Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports, teams always do background checks on potential acquisitions. It's the word "extensive" that stands out here. Rosenthal reports that manager Aaron Boone, scouts and front-office members have been making calls on the 26-year-old. There's been added scrutiny with Machado after being fined for his shenanigans during the NLCS and some perceived lack of hustle, but Rosenthal also reports that teammates like him. You can't blame them for doing their due diligence, anyway.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 12 - 8:44 AM

Dodgers released INF Chase Utley.

The Dodgers granted Utley his unconditional release, in order to facilitate his official retirement. He's likely to sign a one-day contract with the Phillies to officially retire with the club. The 39-year-old played 16 seasons in the big leagues, 12 1/2 with the Phillies, before joining the Dodgers midway through the 2015 campaign. He hit .275/.358/.465 with 259 homers and 1025 over 1937 games in his career. Utley is a six-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger award winner.
Nov 9 - 7:37 PM

Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers are "confident" that Corey Seager (elbow, hip) will be ready for the start of spring training.

Seager not only underwent Tommy John surgery to repair a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in May, but he also underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left hip in August. He's already walking without crutches, and it sounds like there's been no setbacks in his rehab for his elbow. Seager has been among the best shortstops in baseball over the past two years, so a healthy return will be a big boon for the Dodgers in their quest to win the National League for a third straight year.
Nov 8 - 5:48 PM

The Dodgers have exercised their 2019 option on manager Dave Roberts.

A new four-year contract extension was supposed to be announced Wednesday, but the two sides are still apparently negotiating, with Roberts reportedly seeking something similar to the four-year, $12 million commitment that A.J. Hinch recently got from the Astros. Roberts, who was hired in December 2015, has led the Dodgers to three straight National League West titles and back-to-back World Series appearances. He'll eventually get his deal.
Nov 7 - 7:50 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Mets and Astros are among the teams showing interest in free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal.

Those two clubs could also be in the running for free agent catcher Wilson Ramos. Grandal didn't do himself any favors in the postseason, batting just .138/.265/.276 in 14 games while committing multiple blunders behind the plate, but the 29-year-old registered a strong .815 OPS with 24 home runs over 140 games during the regular season. The Dodgers extended him a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer last Friday. He will almost certainly reject that with the goal of landing a multi-year contract on the open market this winter.
Nov 7 - 4:10 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Dodgers and manager Dave Roberts are likely to have a new contract completed by Wednesday.

Heyman hears that it will be a four-year deal. Roberts holds a club option for 2019, but the Dodgers will apparently throw that out and go ahead and extend him through the 2022 season. The 46-year-old skipper has guided the team to three straight National League West titles and back-to-back World Series appearances.
Nov 6 - 6:45 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are getting close on an extension with manager Dave Roberts.

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said after the World Series that an extension for Roberts was a priority. The club was focused on the Clayton Kershaw situation for a few days, but now that focus has shifted to Roberts. His contract includes a club option for 2019, but he deserves to be more than a lame duck. Under Roberts, the Dodgers have won three straight NL West titles and back-to-back National League pennants.
Nov 6 - 1:26 PM

Ike Davis has announced his retirement, according to his agent Lou Nero.

Davis last played as a member of the Dodgers' minor league system back in 2017, even giving pitching a try. The 31-year-old arrived to the majors with quite a bit of promise and enjoyed some success at times, but he also had some bad luck with injuries and illness. He'll walk away with a .239/.322/.414 career batting line and 81 homers over 665 games, most of them with the Mets. He also made stops with the Pirates, Yankees, and Athletics.
Nov 6 - 10:29 AM


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