LOS ANGELES -- What can Andrew Friedman (and his front office to be named later) do with Guggenheim Partners' payroll? We're about to find out.
From the Opening Series in Australia to the Fall Classic's final out, the book on the 2014 big league campaign is officially closed.
The season was saturated with fantastic feats, unforeseen ascents and memorable moments. But which were the best? Now it's time for you to decide, as voting has opened for MLB.com's 13th Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards.
Zachary Finkelstein is a fantasy editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less
LOS ANGELES -- Dan Haren surprised nobody on Thursday, picking up his $10 million player option for 2015, and he will return to the Dodgers' starting rotation.
Nine former players and one executive make up the 10-person National Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era ballot, which will be voted on Dec. 8 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.
The ballot's 10 candidates are Dick Allen, Ken Boyer, Gil Hodges, Bob Howsam, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and Maury Wills. Howsam is being considered for Hall of Fame induction for his contributions as an executive, while the other nine are being considered for their on-field contributions as players.
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers vice president of amateur scouting Logan White was named senior adviser to the general manager/pro scouting director for the Padres on Monday.
That gives new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman a clean slate to overhaul the three key areas of the Dodgers' baseball-operations department -- the Major League roster, scouting and the farm system.
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers already have nearly $190 million committed in a 2015 payroll they would like to reduce from this year's $240 million.
They need to figure out who starts at shortstop, who can provide stability in the bullpen and who'll be the fifth starter. And there's no assurance the Minor League system can address any of those needs. So, the good news for the general manager is that the problem areas are limited. The bad news is that the solutions appear limited, too.
Waiting on-deck with a runner on second and one in the 11th inning of a tie game Monday, Darnell Sweeney knew an intentional walk was coming. He knew he would get a chance to hit with a chance to play hero.
The scenario played out just how Sweeney envisioned it. Right-hander Ben Klimesh intentionally walked Nick Ramirez and Sweeney lined a single to left field to drive in the go-ahead run. Glendale hung on to defeat Surprise, 6-5, in 11 innings.
LOS ANGELES -- Joe Maddon, who opted out of his 2015 contract to manage the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, will not be replacing Don Mattingly, according to Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.
"As I said last week, Joe and I enjoyed a tremendous relationship working together in Tampa Bay and I wish him nothing but the best wherever his next stop will be," said Friedman, Maddon's close friend and former boss with the Rays. "However, nothing has changed on our end and Don Mattingly will be our manager next season and hopefully for a long time to come."
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Make way for the next generation.
Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide on Saturday in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's rosters feature 14 players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
Corey Seager never really had scuffled on the diamond until he was promoted to high Class A at age 19 and hit .160 during the final month of the 2013 season. Seager's slump carried over to the Arizona Fall League, where he batted .181 in 19 games with the Glendale Desert Dogs last offseason.
As frustrating as the conclusion to his 2013 season might have been, Seager said it helped make him a better player.
LOS ANGELES -- Pitcher Dan Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left (non-throwing) A/C shoulder joint Wednesday and is expected to be ready for Spring Training.
Of course, the 34-year-old Haren hasn't announced whether he'll go to Spring Training, as he has yet to exercise a $10 million player option.
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Two of the Dodgers best prospects carried the Glendale Desert Dogs to victory on Thursday. Left fielder Scott Schebler delivered a solo home run in the second inning, and Corey Seager pushed home the decisive run with a third-inning double in Glendale's 2-1 victory over the Peoria Javelinas.
Schebler's home run was his second of the Arizona Fall League season, and Seager, the Dodgers' top prospect according to MLB.com, delivered his seventh RBI in his first 10 games. Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers' new president of baseball operations, watched the team Wednesday, and Schebler said his presence was an inspiration.
LOS ANGELES -- Lorenzo Bundy, while managing Navajoa in the Mexican League this week, was quoted by Linea Directa as saying that he will return as the Dodgers third-base coach in 2015. The Dodgers had no comment on the report.
That is the first indication on the status of any of manager Don Mattingly's coaching staff, as both Mattingly and new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman have given no indication whether any of the coaches would return.
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that last week's front-office shakeup hasn't threatened his job security or shaken his belief in the organization's future.
"L.A. is a big city, and if you don't win or don't move forward fast enough, there's always someone that has to pay -- the assumption is, somebody's going," Mattingly said by phone a week after the club hired Andrew Friedman to be president of baseball operations and moved Ned Colletti to the role of senior advisor.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Have no fear, Darnell Sweeney. The extra-base hits will come. Sweeney, the No. 13 prospect in the Dodgers' farm system according to MLB.com, had four hits and four RBIs for the Glendale Desert Dogs on Wednesday in a 10-1 victory over the Peoria Javelinas.
Prior to Wednesday's game, Sweeney had a .333 batting average (7-for-21) but no extra-base hits during his Arizona Fall League campaign. The second baseman drilled a two-run homer in the third inning on Wednesday, later doubled two more times and also singled to narrowly miss hitting for the cycle.
LOS ANGELES -- Rumors that the Dodgers will hire Josh Byrnes for a front-office job gained traction Tuesday when he was seen watching an Arizona Fall League game with Dodgers president Stan Kasten and special advisor Pat Corrales. The Dodgers have not confirmed any reports.
Byrnes, a former general manager of the D-backs and Padres, is rumored to be recruited by new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman for his restructured department. Currently, the Dodgers do not have a general manager or farm director, as Ned Colletti has been reassigned to senior advisor and De Jon Watson left to join the D-backs.
LOS ANGELES -- The title changes from general manager to president of baseball operations, but the mandate is the same: Win a World Series. Now.
It's not Andrew Friedman's fault that the Giants get there every other year, while the Dodgers haven't done it in a generation. But it's now Friedman's responsibility to change.
LOS ANGELES -- When 28-year-old Andrew Friedman was promoted to Tampa Bay's general manager in 2005, Gerry Hunsicker was brought in to serve as executive vice president and mentor, a job Hunsicker left when it was clear that Friedman didn't need any more mentoring.
Hunsicker joined the Dodgers two years ago as a senior advisor and now is reunited with Friedman, who was named Tuesday to the newly created job of Dodgers president of baseball operations.
The Dodgers dedicated their 35th and 36th Dodgers Dreamfields, the club announced Saturday.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, in partnership with the LA84 Foundation, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation and Security Benefit, dedicated its 35th and 36th Dodgers Dreamfields at Franklin D. Roosevelt Park in Los Angeles.
Outfielder Scott Schebler has come into his own as a power hitter in the last two years, slugging 27 home runs for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga in 2013 and topping the Southern League leaderboard with 28 homers for Double-A Chattanooga this year.
Friday night, Schebler connected for his first home run in the Arizona Fall League and helped Glendale defeat Scottsdale, 6-5.
LOS ANGELES -- Gerry Hunsicker, then senior advisor to Andrew Friedman, was hired away from Tampa Bay two years ago by Dodgers president Stan Kasten. It wasn't hard to imagine that one day Friedman might follow.
That day was Tuesday, when the 37-year-old Friedman was named to the newly created position of president of baseball operations for the Dodgers, who shifted general manager Ned Colletti to the role of Kasten's senior advisor.
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers hired Andrew Friedman away from the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday to fill the newly created position of president of baseball operations, with current general manager Ned Colletti becoming a senior advisor to team president Stan Kasten.
Friedman, 37, was not under contract with the Rays. A news conference is scheduled to be held Friday at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET. It can be seen live on MLB.com and dodgers.com.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have just hired a brilliant man, a brilliant baseball executive.
Is Andrew Friedman baseball's best general manager? Put it this way: There's no way to have this conversation without including him. He's a rare individual on many levels.
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' hiring of Andrew Friedman to run baseball operations was "purely about the long-term big picture" of the organization and not a reflection on the work of former general manager Ned Colletti, club president Stan Kasten said Tuesday.
Colletti was given the new title of senior advisor to Kasten and a new contract. After leading the Dodgers to the postseason five times in nine years, Colletti almost sounded relieved.
LOS ANGELES -- Outfielder Roger Bernadina elected free agency on Tuesday.
Bernadina, 30, had cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A, but he had enough Minor League time to leave the organization.
LOS ANGELES -- Stephen Fife, recovering from Tommy John elbow reconstruction, was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday after clearing waivers.
The right-handed Fife, 28, pitched once for the Dodgers this year, a six-inning spot start in Miami on May 4 when he allowed four earned runs in a no-decision. He went 4-4 with a 3.86 ERA for the Dodgers in 2013, making 12 appearances (10 starts).
LOS ANGELES -- Club chairman Mark Walter pushed an equipment trunk out of the clubhouse after his Dodgers were bounced from the playoffs in St. Louis. A picture worth a billion words.
For $235 million in payroll, Walter got a second consecutive National League West title, but a first-round exit from the playoffs can only be viewed as a step backward for the deep-pocketed, high-profile Guggenheim ownership group.
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly met with the media on Thursday, amid reports general manager Ned Colletti's job is in jeopardy.
According to a club official, Colletti will be in meetings with club president Stan Kasten over the weekend and would speak with the media next week.