Dodgers set for community outreach in annual tour

Dodgers set for community outreach in annual tour

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Friday unveiled a nearly week-long "Dodgers Love L.A." community tour that culminates with FanFest on Jan. 28 at Dodger Stadium.

The 14th annual week of community outreach and fan appreciation will feature Dodgers players, coaches, alumni and employees and Bank of America volunteers making visits throughout the Southland.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Longtime pitching coach Adams dies at 95

Longtime pitching coach Adams dies at 95

LOS ANGELES -- Longtime Dodgers pitching guru Red Adams, who served as pitching coach for Hall of Fame managers Walter Alston and Tommy Lasorda, died on Wednesday. He was 95.

Adams, who won 193 games pitching for 19 seasons in the Minor Leagues, was the Major League pitching coach from 1969-80. During that time he coached Dodgers mainstays such as Don Sutton, Burt Hooton, Jim Brewer, Charlie Hough and Rick Sutcliffe, and the team reached the World Series in 1974, '77 and '78.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bellinger leads MLB Pipeline's Top 10 1B Prospects list

Dodgers' Bellinger ranks first, Pirates' Bell, Mets' Smith follow once again

Bellinger leads MLB Pipeline's Top 10 1B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2017 Top 100 Prospects list on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a one-hour show on MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

No position in the big leagues places a greater premium on power than first base, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that MLBPipeline's list of the Top 10 first-base prospects is loaded with sluggers. Four of them have plus pop, led by Cody Bellinger's 65 grade on the 20-80 scouting scale, and the rest all have average or better power. Meanwhile, the top four first basemen all ranked among the top six a year ago, while Bellinger and Casey Gillaspie leaped into the top half of the list.

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

Manny falls short in first year of Hall eligibility

Manny falls short in first year of Hall eligibility

LOS ANGELES -- No former Dodgers were elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, but four received votes, led by Manny Ramirez, who received 105 votes for 23.8 percent in his first year on the ballot. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were the only players elected to the Hall.

Ramirez came to the Dodgers in a 2008 trade, unleashing one of the most amazing three months in franchise history, but was suspended the following season for violating MLB's drug policy. In 2010 he was claimed off waivers by the White Sox.

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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.

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Barnes makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 C Prospects list

Converted infielder Kelly, Mejia grab top spots, Alfaro remains No. 3

Barnes makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 C Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2017 Top 100 Prospects list on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a one-hour show on MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

Heading into 2016, MLBPipeline's two top-rated catching prospects were Willson Contreras and Gary Sanchez. You may have heard something about their exploits last year. Contreras took over the starting job on a Cubs team that won its first World Series in 108 years, while Sanchez tied an 86-year-old record for fewest games needed (51) to hit 20 homers.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers annual FanFest set for Jan. 28

Dodgers annual FanFest set for Jan. 28

LOS ANGELES -- A limited number of vouchers will be available for sale online on Thursday at 1 p.m. PT for autograph sessions and VIP experiences at the Dodgers' fifth annual FanFest presented by Coca-Cola at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 28.

The vouchers -- available at www.dodgers.com/fanfest -- will need to be purchased to get an autograph or attend a VIP experience. Dodger season ticket holders and premium ticket holders will be eligible for a presale on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. All autograph session tickets benefit the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) and support LADF programs.

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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.

Great power earns Bellinger top prospect status

LA's No. 1 Minor Leaguer gets taste of big league life at rookie program

Great power earns Bellinger top prospect status

LOS ANGELES -- When a young ballplayer's talent, performance and recognition earn him top prospect status, one perk is an invitation to MLB/MLBPA's Rookie Career Development Program, held earlier this month in Leesburg, Va.

The program gathers future stars from each organization for a four-day seminar to learn about life in the big leagues, and this year's edition included Dodgers No. 1 prospect Cody Bellinger.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Joc took his #NoOffseason workout to the airport

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Joc took his #NoOffseason workout to the airport

Joc Pederson was in Dallas Sunday night to watch the Packers pull out a last-second victory over the Cowboys in the NFL playoffs. After what was surely some gloating over  Clayton Kershaw, it was time to head home and get back to work. The only problem: With Texas experiencing some severe weather, Pederson's flight got canceled and he was stranded at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

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Dodgers agree with final 4 arbitration-eligible players

Grandal, Avilan, Fields, Wood under contract for 2017

Dodgers agree with final 4 arbitration-eligible players

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Friday reached 2017 contract agreements with their four remaining arbitration-eligible players: catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Luis Avilan, Josh Fields and Alex Wood.

Grandal, who slugged 27 home runs last season to lead National League catchers, will receive $5.5 million after earning $2.8 million in 2016. Avilan goes from $1.39 million to $1.5 million, Fields from $900,000 to $1.05 million, and Wood from $530,000 to $2.8 million.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

De Leon among top RHP prospects

Reyes overtakes Giolito for top spot, Glasnow remains at No. 2

De Leon among top RHP prospects

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2017 Top 100 Prospects list on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a one-hour show on MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

Lucas Giolito headlined last year's list of the Top 10 right-handed pitching prospects, followed by Tyler Glasnow and Alex Reyes, respectively. That same trio checks in at the top of this year's list, too, only in a different order.

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

Legends, scouts honored at 14th annual PBSF banquet

Legends, scouts honored at 14th annual PBSF banquet

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Baseball's unsung heroes were saluted Saturday night at the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation's 14th annual "In the Spirit of the Game" awards banquet, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Bo Jackson received the "A Scout's Dream Award," presented by former Kansas City Royals teammate and Hall of Famer George Brett, who called the two-sport star the greatest athlete he had ever seen. Brett insisted Jackson would be in the baseball Hall of Fame, if he hadn't switched to football and suffered a devastating hip injury.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Joc, Kershaw take opposite sides for Packers-Cowboys game

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Joc, Kershaw take opposite sides for Packers-Cowboys game

In high school, Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson was a standout on the varsity football team -- even leading the Palo Alto Vikings in receptions, touchdowns and yards as a senior. 

One of Pederson's teammates on the 2009 Vikings' roster, Davante Adams, plays for the Packers these days -- so, naturally, Joc went to Sunday's big Packers-Cowboys playoff matchup fully decked out in support of his old teammate and friend.

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Dodgers trade infielder Johnson to Braves

Atlanta sending LA a player to be named or cash

Dodgers trade infielder Johnson to Braves

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers traded infielder Micah Johnson to the Braves on Friday for a player to be named or cash considerations, the club announced.

Johnson was designated for assignment on Wednesday to make room on the 40-man roster for the signing of free-agent closer Kenley Jansen.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jansen, Turner motivated by winning title for LA

Jansen, Turner motivated by winning title for LA

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers fans are starved for a World Series, and management gets it, having spent more money on free agents this offseason than any other club.

Closer Kenley Jansen and third baseman Justin Turner represent $144 million of that outlay (Rich Hill got the other $48 million). At Wednesday's news conference with Jansen and Turner, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said bringing back the pair to a club he felt already had "championship talent" and "a clubhouse dynamic conducive to winning" was on the to-do short list.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sources: LA, Cuban INF Fernandez reach deal

Sources: LA, Cuban INF Fernandez reach deal

Cuban infielder Jose Miguel Fernandez reached a deal with the Dodgers late Thursday night, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.

The club has not confirmed the report.

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

Friedman talks Puig's upside, LA's offseason

Friedman talks Puig's upside, LA's offseason

LOS ANGELES -- With the offseason beginning to wind down, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman addressed some of the question marks surrounding his club on Wednesday at a news conference with free-agent signees Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner.

Friedman said the Dodgers still don't know what to expect from outfielder Yasiel Puig, who is entering his fifth Spring Training with the organization.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers await Twins' imminent Dozier decision

Los Angeles has been in hot pursuit of coveted second baseman

Dodgers await Twins' imminent Dozier decision

LOS ANGELES -- The Brian Dozier auction should come to a close this week, according to a baseball source, although even those involved aren't sure if the Minnesota Twins will actually trade the slugging second baseman.

New Twins management has shopped the 29-year-old for two months. The Dodgers believe they have presented the best offer, with pitching prospect Jose De Leon reportedly the centerpiece, but there are indications the Braves and Giants are also in pursuit of Dozier, who slugged 42 homers with 99 RBIs in 2016.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Despite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.

The following are the first Spring Training workout dates, subject to change, both for pitchers and catchers and full squads of the 30 Major League clubs. 

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Dodgers sign Nuno to 1-year deal

Dodgers sign Nuno to 1-year deal

The Dodgers and left-hander Vidal Nuno have agreed to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, the deal is worth $1.125 million.

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

Jansen officially returns to Dodgers on 5-year pact

Jansen officially returns to Dodgers on 5-year pact

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Tuesday confirmed the signing of free-agent closer Kenley Jansen, who received a five-year, $80 million deal to remain with the club. Jansen also has an opt-out after three years.

The Dodgers will hold a news conference with Jansen and third baseman Justin Turner, who re-signed with the team on a four-year deal last month, today at 1:30 p.m. PT/4:30 ET. It can be seen live on MLB.com and dodgers.com.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Manny Ramirez signs with independent Japanese team

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Manny Ramirez signs with independent Japanese team

Sure, Manny Ramirez appeared on his first Baseball Hall of Fame ballot this year, but he still has plenty of Being Manny left to give. There are so many dingers that need to be hit, so many throws to be inexplicably cut off. And so, weeks after reports first surfaced that he was considering a comeback, we're pleased to report that it's official: Manny's back.

Ramirez has reached an agreement with the Kochi Fighting Dogs, an independent team in Japan. The team confirmed the news on its website, and we received some delightful photographic evidence thanks to his wife's Instagram.

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Bold prediction: Change of scenery for Puig?

With a surplus in the outfield, LA seeks second baseman

Bold prediction: Change of scenery for Puig?

LOS ANGELES -- He's been the most polarizing Dodgers player since he arrived, and just to prove it, how would you react if Yasiel Puig was traded before Spring Training?

Most can't fathom it. Some can't wait. It almost happened last summer and would certainly qualify as the boldest move of this offseason.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Health, 2nd base are Dodgers' 2017 question marks

Health, 2nd base are Dodgers' 2017 question marks

LOS ANGELES -- When you're only two wins short of the World Series, it's no time to overthink things.

So in contrast to a year ago, when Zack Greinke walked, the Dodgers this offseason have already retained top free agents Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner and Rich Hill to keep intact the club that won its fourth consecutive National League West title. Combined, the three cost the Dodgers $192 million, less than Arizona paid to lure Greinke alone.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scully's swan song season a memorable one

Iconic broadcaster's farewell among most captivating storylines of 2016

Scully's swan song season a memorable one

LOS ANGELES -- Vin Scully's final year of broadcasting brought smiles, tears and unforgettable poignant memories ... and that was just in the announcing booth.

Since Harry Truman was president, every generation of Dodgers fans adored Scully. But in 2016, in his farewell season, fans and insiders showed him how much.

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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.

Career years, comebacks highlight Dodgers' clutch '16

Seager, Kershaw, Jansen deliver in Scully's final season as broadcaster

Career years, comebacks highlight Dodgers' clutch '16

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers won the National League West an unprecedented fourth consecutive season, but for an even bigger reason, 2016 was an unforgettable year.

From the first game until the last, it was the final season of legendary announcer Vin Scully, who has been broadcasting Dodgers games since Harry Truman was president. The Dodgers won with a Charlie Culberson walk-off in Scully's emotional final home broadcast, but they fell two wins shy of reaching the World Series in what would have truly been a fitting sendoff into retirement for the Hall of Famer.

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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.

Verdugo hopes to be on fast track to Majors

Verdugo hopes to be on fast track to Majors

LOS ANGELES -- The Major League debuts of 21-year-old Corey Seager in 2015 and 19-year-old Julio Urias last season signal to Dodgers prospects that fast-track paths exist, if they're good enough.

Earlier this month, the Dodgers brought in 10 of their best prospects for informal workouts, and to help teach youth clinics. The group didn't include Cody Bellinger, 21, the organization's top-ranked prospect by MLBPipeline.com, but it did include Alex Verdugo, who is ranked No. 3 after spending his age-20 season as one of the youngest players in the Double-A Texas League.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kershaw attends the Lions-Cowboys game

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Kershaw attends the Lions-Cowboys game

Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw is in the midst of (hopefully) a restful offseason filled with relaxation, spending time with his wife Ellen and their newest child, Charley, and taking in some football action at AT&T Stadium. 

Back home in the Dallas area, Kershaw -- a noted Cowboys fan -- popped up on the sidelines ahead of Monday night's game between the Lions and Cowboys. But this is more than just another game for Kershaw, as it pits his 'Boys against the Lions, who happen to be quarterbacked by Kersh's longtime friend Matthew Stafford. That context led to this.

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Joc's holidays feature Pacific Ocean workouts

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Joc's holidays feature Pacific Ocean workouts

Pretend you're Adrian Gonzalez. You wake up Monday morning planning to spend your Boxing Day relaxing on the couch and/or plotting revenge for next year's ugly Christmas sweater contest. But then Joc Pederson, taking a break from his beautiful island vistas, calls you out on Instagram with a video of his very Hawaiian workout.

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