Awe-inspiring ace led way for Dodgers in 2014

Kershaw's year for the ages helped define LA's bubble-popping 94-win season

Awe-inspiring ace led way for Dodgers in 2014

LOS ANGELES -- For the second consecutive season, they won the NL West. But this time, the general manager lost his job. To borrow a Scullyism, only the Dodgers.

On the field, they followed the formula of 2013 and fell behind by 9 1/2 games in June. Then they unleashed a furious comeback, moved back into first place before the All-Star break and pulled away late to a six-length margin and a 94-win season.

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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.

A-Gone plays Santa to students during holiday season

Dodgers first baseman gifts footwear to members of College Track program at Roosevelt HS

A-Gone plays Santa to students during holiday season

LOS ANGELES -- While his team was Christmas shopping at the Winter Meetings, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was playing Santa Claus in the community.

Gonzalez gifted Nike footwear to 200 students from Roosevelt High School and Math, Science and Technology Magnet Academy at NIKETOWN Los Angeles.

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Justin Turner is one fan's not-so-Secret Santa

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Justin Turner is one fan's not-so-Secret Santa

Dodgers utility man Justin Turner began the week playing Santa for thousands of kids in the Los Angeles area. He concluded it by playing Santa for one Dodgers fan on Twitter.

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Dodgers send outfielder Jensen to Triple-A

Right-handed batter acquired in trade with Marlins

Dodgers send outfielder Jensen to Triple-A

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers outrighted outfielder Kyle Jensen to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

Jensen was acquired Nov. 17 from the Miami Marlins for a player to be named. On Dec. 15, the Dodgers sent Minor League pitcher Craig Stem to the Marlins to complete the trade.

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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.

Kershaw etched among all-time greats with historic '14

Kershaw etched among all-time greats with historic '14

On a June night at Dodger Stadium, the dominance Clayton Kershaw brought to every start in his historic 2014 season reached a crescendo with the big left-hander recording his first no-hitter in a remarkable performance against the Rockies. He had 15 strikeouts and no walks, the most Ks without a free pass ever seen in a no-no. It's just one of the unprecedented feats in Kershaw's transcendent regular season, a campaign that stands out as one of Major League Baseball's biggest stories of 2014.

Winning both the National League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player Awards wasn't unprecedented, but it was yet another way Kershaw seemed to channel a Dodgers left-hander who wound up in the Hall of Fame: Sandy Koufax. Like Koufax in 1963, Kershaw was such a presence on the mound that he broke through for the Cy Young-MVP double, just the 11th player in MLB history to do so and the biggest reason Kershaw's 27 starts were such a significant part of the 2014 baseball landscape.

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John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnSchlegelMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Bernie Pleskoff

Seager among Pleskoff's top 10 prospects

Former scout takes a look at baseball's future stars with a breakdown of the best in the game

Seager among Pleskoff's top 10 prospects

It is always difficult to rank prospects. Why is pitcher X better than hitter X in the rankings? The results are in the eyes of the person compiling the lists. That's exactly why multiple scouts or player evaluation professionals may have different rankings. Prospects are just that -- prospects. The truth of their ability will come between the foul lines of big league ballparks.

Given the landscape of individual difference, I offer my own 2015 Top 10 Prospects list. For me, each has the upside of an impact player.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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

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

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

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

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

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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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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

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