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Seager No. 4 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 SS Prospects list

Astros' Correa, Indians' Lindor, Cubs' Russell lead strong contingent

Seager No. 4 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 SS Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

The top two players from the 2014 list of top shortstop prospects graduated: Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox and the Cubs' Javier Baez. So did the last two on that top 10: Luis Sardinas, then of the Rangers, and Chris Owings of the D-backs.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

A-Gon puts faith in Dodgers' new-look lineup

A-Gon puts faith in Dodgers' new-look lineup

LOS ANGELES -- The skeptics' view of the Dodgers' lively offseason is that they now lack punch because the losses of Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez have left Adrian Gonzalez with very little protection in the middle of the lineup.

Gonzalez has a brighter outlook.

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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.

Sweeney No. 9 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

Braves' Peraza heads list, followed by White Sox's Johnson, Rockies' Wall

Sweeney No. 9 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at the Top 10 prospects at each position.

Graduations to the Major Leagues have taken a heavy toll on this list in the past year. Six of the second basemen on last year's preseason Top 10, including the top four, have lost their rookie eligibility, creating room for several newcomers.

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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.

Autograph-session tickets for LA FanFest on sale

Autograph-session tickets for LA FanFest on sale

LOS ANGELES -- A limited number of autograph-session tickets for the Jan. 31 FanFest at Dodger Stadium are on sale online for $20 via dodgers.com/fanfest.

An autograph-session ticket is required to obtain autographs at FanFest. All autograph-session-ticket proceeds will benefit the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF). Donations will support LADF programs and provide assistance to community organizations in the area of education and literacy, health and wellness and sports and recreation.

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Dodgers' open house to showcase mini-plans

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers will hold an open house on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. PT for potential buyers of mini-plans.

Among the options are a 20-game plan that includes Opening Day, a complete set of 10 bobblehead games and the new set of eight collectors' pins. Additionally, there is a 30-game Pick 'Em plan allowing purchasers to pick 30 or more games.

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Dodgers lefty Anderson on track for Spring Training

Dodgers lefty Anderson on track for Spring Training

LOS ANGELES -- For all the advanced analytics known to the baseball world, pitcher Brett Anderson's projections can pretty well be summed up in two words:

If healthy.

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Dodgers Minor Leaguers get 50-game suspensions

Dodgers Minor Leaguers get 50-game suspensions

Dodgers Minor Leaguers Robert Carson and Theo Alexander were handed 50-game suspensions on Tuesday resulting from a second positive test for undisclosed drugs of abuse.

Carson tested positive for marijuana, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times. His suspension starts at the beginning of the regular season, but it will also keep him from attending Major League Spring Training.

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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.

Korean group reportedly aims to buy minority share of Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- A Korean consortium is negotiating to purchase a minority stake in the Dodgers from Guggenheim Baseball Management, according to multiple reports.

The Dodgers have not confirmed the reports.

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Adrian to help Dodgers launch weeklong caravan

Adrian to help Dodgers launch weeklong caravan

LOS ANGELES -- First baseman Adrian Gonzalez will appear at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles on Monday as the 12th annual Dodgers Community Service Caravan kicks off.

Former Dodgers players Eric Karros, Tim Leary, Dennis Powell and Derrel Thomas will join Gonzalez in a baseball skills clinic with the school's varsity and junior varsity baseball teams and the softball teams.

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Urias No. 1 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

Dodgers' 18-year-old Urias leads list, followed by White Sox's Rodon, Jays' Norris

Urias No. 1 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

Though all of the left-handers who ranked on last year's preseason Top 10 are still eligible to be considered for inclusion this year, there are still several new faces on this list. Julio Urias, Henry Owens and Andrew Heaney are the holdovers, albeit with their order reversed from last year.

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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.

Vision takes Dodgers' system in new direction

Flexibility, communication part of philosophy management is embracing

Vision takes Dodgers' system in new direction

LOS ANGELES -- Six decades after Al Campanis wrote "The Dodger Way to Play Baseball," a new management team is rewriting the way the Dodgers will play baseball.

It doesn't stop with a transformative front office or a stunningly rebuilt Major League roster. Under the radar is an equally dramatic shift in the way the game will be taught to future Dodgers by a player development department not only willing to try new approaches, but determined to create a culture embracing them.

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Dodgers ink Bedard to Minor League contract

Dodgers ink Bedard to Minor League contract

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have signed veteran left-hander Erik Bedard to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

Bedard, 36, went 4-6 with a 4.76 ERA in 15 starts during the 2014 season for Tampa Bay, which was run by new Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. Bedard was designated for assignment by the Rays in late July.

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Dodgers avoid arbitration, strike deals with trio

Jansen, Nicasio, Turner agree to one-year contracts for 2015

Dodgers avoid arbitration, strike deals with trio

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers reached agreements with pitchers Kenley Jansen and Juan Nicasio and infielder Justin Turner on one-year contracts Friday, avoiding arbitration hearings for 2015.

Jansen will earn $7.425 million after receiving $4.3 million last year. Nicasio will earn $2.3 million after earning $2.025 last year. Turner will receive $2.5 million after making $1.275 million last year.

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FanFest on Jan. 31 to be held inside Dodger Stadium

FanFest on Jan. 31 to be held inside Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES -- This year's Dodgers FanFest, to be held Saturday, Jan. 31, will take place for the first time inside Dodger Stadium and not in the parking lot.

Entrance to the event is free. Vehicle access will be through Parking Gates A, C and E.

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Heisey, Dodgers agree to 1-year deal, avoid arbitration

Heisey, Dodgers agree to 1-year deal, avoid arbitration

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers and outfielder Chris Heisey reached a Thursday agreement on a one-year contract for $2.16 million, avoiding salary arbitration.

Heisey earned $1.76 million last year for the Reds, who traded him to the Dodgers Dec. 2 for pitcher Matt Magill. Heisey figures to be a platoon center fielder and right-handed pinch-hitter for the Dodgers this season.

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Bradley University names school for Steiner

Dodgers broadcaster a 1971 grad of Illinois college

Bradley University names school for Steiner

LOS ANGELES -- Bradley University has named its nationally renowned sports communication program in honor of Dodgers play-by-play announcer Charley Steiner.

The announcement of the Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication was made Thursday night at Bradley's 15th annual Hollywood Gala Reception at Skirball Center in Los Angeles. A formal dedication will be held on campus in March.

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GM: Dodgers to 'be players' for Cuban star Moncada

GM: Dodgers to 'be players' for Cuban star Moncada

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi on Wednesday confirmed the club is very interested in Cuban free-agent infielder Yoan Moncada.

Speaking to MLB Network Radio, Zaidi said: "Moncada, we've scouted extensively. We have the checkbook. Young elite talent in baseball is the most valuable asset to have. To the extent that our evaluation of him matches or exceeds where the market goes, we'll definitely be players for him."

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Puig proves he's an old-school gamer with '90s pic

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Puig proves he's an old-school gamer with '90s pic

What was it that Lana Del Rey famously said about video games? Ahh, yes: "Go play a video game." 

Well, had Del Rey recorded and released the song in the early '90s, Yasiel Puig certainly would have listened. Already known for his video game talents, having hit a grand slam with his very own avatar during this past season (which is amazing. I can't hit one without messing with the offensive sliders like whoa), Puig posted a throwback photo of him playing classic Nintendo as a child: 

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Mattingly addresses center-field battle, roster reshaping

Skipper expects Ethier to be with LA, compete for job; Pederson won't be up for bench role

Mattingly addresses center-field battle, roster reshaping

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said rookie Joc Pederson won't be handed the center field job and that he "absolutely" expects veteran Andre Ethier to be with the club in Spring Training competing for playing time.

Mattingly was in town Wednesday for the Player Development Camp, and his comments could shed light on why new management's dramatic roster makeover hasn't included trading away Ethier, who this winter said he wants to start in 2015, even if it means on another team.

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Ellis avoids arbitration, signs for $4.25 million

Ellis avoids arbitration, signs for $4.25 million

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis beat the deadline to file for arbitration on Tuesday by agreeing to a one-year, $4.25 million contract for 2015.

Ellis, 33, is expected to share time behind the plate with Yasmani Grandal, who was acquired from San Diego in the Matt Kemp trade. Ellis settled last year for a $3.55 million salary and struggled through leg and ankle injuries while batting .190.

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Baker to get Lasorda Award at star-studded event

Baker to get Lasorda Award at star-studded event

LOS ANGELES -- Dusty Baker is alive and well and looking forward to Saturday night.

Baker will receive the Tommy Lasorda Managerial Achievement Award at Dennis Gilbert's 12th annual Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

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More cerebral LA development camp features top prospects

More cerebral LA development camp features top prospects

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers opened their annual Winter Development Camp on Monday with a list of 27 invitees that included top pitching prospect Julio Urias but not top infield prospect Corey Seager.

The complete list: Chris Anderson, Austin Barnes, Cody Bellinger, Buck Britton, Daniel Coulombe, Jose De Leon, O'Koyea Dickson, Kyle Farmer, Carlos Frias, Grant Holmes, Kyle Jensen, Adam Law, Zach Lee, Julian Leon, Michael Medina, Chris O'Brien, Tyler Ogle, Jeremy Rathjen, Josh Ravin, Chris Reed, Scott Schebler, Ryan Scott, Ross Stripling, Darnell Sweeney, Urias, Alex Verdugo, Shawn Zarraga.

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Dodgers finalize Minor League coaching staffs

Dodgers finalize Minor League coaching staffs

LOS ANGELES -- After radically reshaping the front office, the Dodgers announced their Minor League staff for 2015 with only a handful of personnel changes, including the addition of a third coach at all levels.

New director of player personnel Gabe Kapler said the added coach helps ensure at least one Spanish-speaking staff member on every affiliate.

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Don Mattingly's nephew makes INT in CFB Championship

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Don Mattingly's nephew makes INT in CFB Championship

In the first ever CFB Championship game, the Oregon Ducks found themselves trailing 21-10 at halftime to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Worse still was that they had to open the second half by kicking off to OSU. Luckily they had some good genes on their side in trying even things up.

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Mattingly: LA 'more of a team' after roster turnover

Mattingly: LA 'more of a team' after roster turnover

LOS ANGELES -- Manager Don Mattingly said he's reached out to every player that has left the Dodgers since the season ended. He must have an unlimited talk-and-text plan.

New management turned over half the roster, including the trade of Matt Kemp to division rival San Diego. But Mattingly said he's been consulted on every move and agrees with CEO Stan Kasten and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman that the club will function better in 2015 and beyond.

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Top prospects among Dodgers' spring invitees

Seager, Urias, Anderson joined by Arruebarrena, two relief signings

Top prospects among Dodgers' spring invitees

The Dodgers announced 17 non-roster players who will be invited to Spring Training on Friday, including top prospects Corey Seager, Julio Urias and Chris Anderson, all of whom will be taking part in their first Major League camp.

Also in that group is infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena, who cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and lefty relievers David Huff and Ryan Buchter, who recently agreed to Minor League contracts.

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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.

Dodgers add former closer Santos on Minors deal with invite

Dodgers add former closer Santos on Minors deal with invite

The Dodgers announced the signing of one-time closer Sergio Santos to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training on Thursday.

Santos has posted a 3.89 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP while striking out 11.3 batters per nine innings and sporting a walk rate of 4.4 per nine innings in parts of five seasons with the White Sox and Blue Jays. The 31-year-old right-hander saved 30 games with Chicago in 2011, struggled with injuries the next two years and had an 8.57 ERA in 26 appearances in Toronto this past season, walking 18 batters in 21 innings.

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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.

Rollins settles in under the LA spotlight

Introduced by Dodgers, veteran shortstop eager to have impact, make history for new city

Rollins settles in under the LA spotlight

LOS ANGELES -- "So this is how I'll walk in every day?" Jimmy Rollins asked as he stepped off the elevator on the ground floor of Dodger Stadium and encountered a wide hallway decorated by the franchise's entire collection of Gold Gloves.

"This is it," Lon Rosen, the Dodgers' executive vice president and chief marketing officer, said proudly. "You'll get to look at these every day."

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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.

Puig went to Kevin Hart premiere, then the arcade

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Puig went to Kevin Hart premiere, then the arcade

While the rest of us were having sweet-and-sour chicken delivered and combing through Netflix to figure out which episode of "Lost" we'd like to re-watch for the 20th time, Yasiel Puig was out on the town being Yasiel Puig because -- when you're an MLB All-Star oozing with potential -- Chinese delivery and re-runs ain't gonna cut it.

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