Friedman: Moves make Dodgers 'highly functional'

President of baseball operations discusses trading Kemp, acquiring Rollins

Friedman: Moves make Dodgers 'highly functional'

LOS ANGELES -- Andrew Friedman on Friday explained why the Dodgers needed the extreme makeover they've just undergone, including the trade of popular outfielder Matt Kemp to the now-formidable Padres.

"It all gets back to us doing everything we could to mold the roster into a highly functional team, instead of a collection of talent," said Friedman, the president of baseball operations and architect of a flurry of moves that included Friday's confirmation of the acquisition of shortstop Jimmy Rollins and $1 million from the Phillies for Minor League pitchers Tom Windle and Zach Eflin.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rollins plans to lead, succeed with Dodgers

Veteran shortstop believes there's a lot he can provide his new club

Rollins plans to lead, succeed with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers announced the trade of Jimmy Rollins on Friday, calling him a shortstop, but Rollins said he has an additional role.

Leader.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Todd Zolecki contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Justin Turner lets a monkey lick his mouth

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Justin Turner lets a monkey lick his mouth

With the World Series and MLB's Winter Meetings in the rearview, it's time for players to start thinking about the season that lies ahead. Start spending time in the cages, hopping on that stationary bike, resuming throwing programs, letting the monkey from The Hangover Part II lick your tongue ... wait, what?!

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Dodgers release veteran reliever Wilson

Dodgers release veteran reliever Wilson

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers released reliever Brian Wilson on Friday.

The Dodgers will be responsible for the 32-year-old right-hander's $10 million salary for 2015. He was designated for assignment three days ago to make room on the roster for free-agent signee Brandon McCarthy.

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Kendrick ready to make history with Dodgers

Longtime Angel excited to join new double-play partner Rollins

Kendrick ready to make history with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The face for one of baseball's great anomalies -- a major trade between the crosstown Angels and Dodgers -- arrived with a stylish plaid shirt, a pearly white smile and two charming young boys, one of whom ultimately seized control of the microphone on Friday morning.

Howie Kendrick -- and 3-year-old Tyson, and 5-year-old Owen -- is a Dodger now, coming over from the Angels in the first significant deal between the two teams since a reliever named Jim Brewer did the opposite in 1975.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kemp moved as LA nets Rollins, Grandal, prospects in 2 deals

Kemp moved as LA nets Rollins, Grandal, prospects in 2 deals

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers announced the acquisition of Jimmy Rollins from Philadelphia on Friday to fill their hole at shortstop.

The Dodgers will also receive $1 million from the Phillies in return for Minor League pitchers Tim Windle and Zach Eflin, the latter acquired Thursday night from San Diego in the Matt Kemp trade, which was finally announced after being delayed when a physical exam reportedly revealed that Kemp had arthritis in both hips.

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Richard Justice

Scherzer would be finishing touch on impressive Dodgers offseason

Scherzer would be finishing touch on impressive Dodgers offseason

All the Dodgers need at this point is a finishing touch. Swing the bat, circle the bases, tip the hat. Goodnight, everybody, and drive carefully.

Max Scherzer?

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Cubs claim Lavarnway off waivers from Dodgers

Cubs claim Lavarnway off waivers from Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Catcher Ryan Lavarnway was claimed off waivers from the Dodgers by the Cubs on Friday.

Lavarnway was designated for assignment by the Dodgers during last week's flurry of roster moves at the Winter Meetings.

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Minors deals bring catcher Zarraga to Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers and Angels on Thursday completed the Dec. 9 trade that sent backup catcher Drew Butera across town to the American League.

Minor League utilityman Matt Long was sent to the Dodgers, who then traded Long and left-handed pitcher Jarret Martin to Milwaukee for Minor League catcher Shawn Zarraga.

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11 reasons for Dodgers fans to love Jimmy Rollins

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11 reasons for Dodgers fans to love Jimmy Rollins

After 15-years and more than 2,300 hits, former NL MVP Jimmy Rollins is set to man the shortstop position for a team that isn't the Phillies. J-Roll -- now 36 -- waived his no-trade clause to enable a deal that has made him a member of the Dodgers organization.

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McCarthy's addition ends Wilson's Dodgers tenure

McCarthy's addition ends Wilson's Dodgers tenure

LOS ANGELES -- The anticipated confirmation of free-agent starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy's signing on Tuesday was accompanied by the surprise announcement that veteran reliever Brian Wilson was designated for assignment by the Dodgers to clear room on the 40-man roster.

General manager Farhan Zaidi said both moves make the Dodgers better in 2015. He said McCarthy has "turned the corner" from his injury-prone early career because of a weight-lifting program and that the recent bullpen additions of Joel Peralta, Juan Nicasio and Chris Hatcher convinced management that Wilson no longer was "one of the best seven reliever options."  

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Dodgers send Cuevas to Rockies to complete Nicasio deal

Dodgers send Cuevas to Rockies to complete Nicasio deal

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers sent Minor League outfielder Noel Cuevas to the Rockies on Tuesday to complete the Nov. 24 trade for right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio.

Cuevas, 23, hit .231 at Double-A Chattanooga in 2014 after hitting .284 the previous season at Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.

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Source: Dodgers land lefty Anderson with $10 million deal

Coming off injury-riddled '14, new LA rotation member could make additional $4M in incentives

Source: Dodgers land lefty Anderson with $10 million deal

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers apparently filled out their rotation on Monday by agreeing with free-agent left-hander Brett Anderson on a one-year, $10 million contract with $4 million in incentives, a baseball source told MLB.com. The Dodgers have not confirmed the deal, which is pending Anderson's physical exam, the source said.

Los Angeles officially announced a four-year contract with Brandon McCarthy, a deal that was first reported during the Winter Meetings last week.

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Dodgers complete Jensen trade with Marlins

Miami receives Minors righty Stem in deal for outfielder, who might be designated by LA

Dodgers complete Jensen trade with Marlins

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers sent Minor League right-handed pitcher Craig Stem to the Marlins on Monday to complete the trade that brought them outfielder Kyle Jensen.

Stem, who turns 25 next month, was a 15th-round Draft pick in 2011. He split time between Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga in '14, struggling to an 0-3 mark and 8.06 ERA after his promotion.

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Dodgers have fun with radical roster shakeup

Kasten says team accomplished goal of moving toward youth

Dodgers have fun with radical roster shakeup

SAN DIEGO -- As the dust began to settle on the Dodgers' extreme makeover Thursday, team president Stan Kasten said the flurry of transactions has better positioned the club to win now and in the future.

"We feel the steps we've taken, and those to come, will be extremely productive and consistent with both goals," Kasten said.

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Lyle Spencer

Will Hollywood makeover work for Dodgers?

After another disappointing postseason showing, club looks to change chemistry

Will Hollywood makeover work for Dodgers?

SAN DIEGO -- Don Mattingly is familiar with pressure. It has been his constant companion as manager of the high-payroll, high-profile Dodgers. That won't change now that the club has essentially torn up its old blueprints and created a bold, new design that has "Tampa Bay West" written all over it.

New Dodgers president of operations Andrew Friedman -- the primary architect of the Rays' rosters during their run as overachieving underdogs amid the American League East titans -- has brought his philosophy and methods to Los Angeles in the afterglow of a flurry of dizzying moves the past two days at the Winter Meetings.

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Lyle Spencer is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers-Marlins trade brings Gordon home

Second baseman surprised by deal, but thrilled to land close to family

Dodgers-Marlins trade brings Gordon home

SAN DIEGO -- Dee Gordon said he was more excited about being wanted by the Marlins than he was disappointed with being traded by the Dodgers.

"It's good to be wanted," said Gordon, dealt to Miami in Wednesday's flurry of trades. "I was definitely surprised. I was actually happy when I heard about the [Jimmy] Rollins deal [to be the Dodgers' shortstop]. Then I find out I'm traded back to my home state. I'm excited."

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McCarthy photoshops himself a new Dodgers profile pic

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McCarthy photoshops himself a new Dodgers profile pic

The Dodgers have had a rather eventful Hot Stove season so far, signing, trading away or trading for what feels like half the active players in MLB. One of the players they've acquired, pitcher Brandon McCarthy, was eager to update his Twitter page to show off the colors for his new team. So eager, in fact, that he took matters into his own hands:

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Richard Justice

Friedman working his magic with Dodgers' roster

Deals to bring in Rollins, Kendrick, McCarthy move LA in winning direction

Friedman working his magic with Dodgers' roster

SAN DIEGO -- Not just change, but sweeping change. That's what the last few hours have been for the Dodgers. Matt Kemp, Dee Gordon and Hanley Ramirez are all gone, or about to be.

Meet your new Dodgers. Yasmani Grandal is the catcher, Howie Kendrick the second baseman. Jimmy Rollins is about to be the shortstop.

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Withrow undergoes surgery for herniated disk

Withrow undergoes surgery for herniated disk

SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow, still recovering from June Tommy John surgery, had surgery last week to repair a herniated disk in his lower back.

Withrow has suffered from chronic back disk problems throughout his professional career. The surgery has a three-month rehab, but is not expected to delay his return to competition, which wasn't expected until the middle of 2015 as he recovers from the Tommy John surgery.

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Dodgers adding Kendrick, Rollins in trades

Gordon, Haren, Rojas sent to Miami on busy Day 3 of Winter Meetings; Kemp goes to SD

Dodgers adding Kendrick, Rollins in trades

SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers' didn't restructure the front office just to keep the status quo on the field, proving it Wednesday with a dizzying flurry of transactions that rocked the Winter Meetings.

They made separate trades with the Marlins and Angels, sending second baseman Dee Gordon, starting pitcher Dan Haren, cash considerations and infielder Miguel Rojas to Miami, receiving four young players in return and flipping the key piece, left-handed starter Andrew Heaney, to the Angels for second baseman Howie Kendrick.

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Schebler, Seager, Sweeney on AFL's Top Prospects Team

Most Valuable Player Greg Bird leads young stars following AFL season

Schebler, Seager, Sweeney on AFL's Top Prospects Team

The Arizona Fall League on Wednesday announced its 2014 Top Prospects Team, highlighted by league Most Valuable Player Greg Bird and baseball's top prospect Byron Buxton.

The 22-man Top Prospects Team includes at least one player from 16 Major League organizations. The Fall League managers and coaches voted on the team, taking into consideration the players' performances during the fall and their projected future in the Major Leagues.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Scouts of the Year honored at Winter Meetings

Scouts of the Year honored at Winter Meetings

SAN DIEGO -- Mike Brito didn't know it at the time, but striking out in the ninth inning with the bases loaded would launch a productive Major League scouting career.

Brito was playing semipro ball in 1976 in Los Angeles when he faced Bobby Castillo, recently released by the Royals. Brito was so impressed when Castillo fooled him with a screwball that he hooked him up with a Mexican League club. When Castillo excelled there, the Dodgers took note and offered Brito a scouting job -- provided he could land Castillo for them.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Butera makes short trip, goes from Dodgers to Angels

Designated for assignment, catcher traded for cash or player to be named

Butera makes short trip, goes from Dodgers to Angels

SAN DIEGO -- Catcher Drew Butera, designated for assignment last week, was traded by the Dodgers to the Angels on Tuesday for cash considerations or a player to be named.

Butera, who is out of options, was designated to make room on the 40-man roster for Ryan Lavarnway, who was claimed off waivers from Boston. The Dodgers also have catcher Tim Federowicz on the roster. He and Lavarnway are also out of options.

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Finger injury to briefly sideline infielder Rojas

Dodgers shortstop will reportedly miss one week with dislocated left pinkie

Finger injury to briefly sideline infielder Rojas

SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers shortstop Miguel Rojas dislocated his left little finger while playing in the Venezuelan Winter League, but X-rays revealed no fractures and he is expected to miss one week.

The news was reported on the website of La Guaira, Rojas' team in Venezuela. The Dodgers have not confirmed the report.

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Hodges, Wills fall short as Golden Era Committee elects no one

Oliva, Allen fall one vote shy; Kaat misses by two

Hodges, Wills fall short as Golden Era Committee elects no one

SAN DIEGO -- No one was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday by the museum's Golden Era Committee. Tony Oliva and Dick Allen came the closest, each receiving 11 of 16 votes, one shy of the 75 percent needed for election.

Jim Kaat received 10 votes, followed by Maury Wills with nine and Minnie Minoso with eight. The remainder of the candidates -- Gil Hodges, Ken Boyer, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and the late executive Bob Howsam -- each received three or fewer votes.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kershaw adds three GIBBYs to 2014 award collection

Starting Pitcher of the Year also named Most Valuable Major Leaguer

Kershaw adds three GIBBYs to 2014 award collection

LOS ANGELES -- There's only one word to describe the awards season for Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw: Great.

On Saturday, Kershaw added to his staggering haul of offseason honors by winning three MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards (GIBBYs), topped by the premier GIBBY, Most Valuable Major Leaguer.

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Happy unexciting 24th birthday, Yasiel Puig

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Happy unexciting 24th birthday, Yasiel Puig

It is a sad fact of life that precisely zero birthdays after your 21st are exciting. They can be meaningful, sure. Possibly even memorable, for whatever reason. But once you've revolved around the sun for 21 years, you will not experience another exciting birthday.

That fact is even sadder when considering the birthdays of one of the Earth's most exciting humans: Yasiel Puig, who turns 24-years-old Sunday.

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Dodgers claim catcher Lavarnway, designate Butera

Dodgers claim catcher Lavarnway, designate Butera

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway from the Red Sox on Friday and designated catcher Drew Butera for assignment.

Lavarnway, 27, is a native Californian who attended Yale University and has appeared in limited duty with the Red Sox in each of the past four seasons, playing a total of 97 games with a .201 career batting average and .565 OPS. He was Boston's sixth-round Draft pick in 2008.

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