Sources: Dodgers, Hill close to 3-year deal

Sources: Dodgers, Hill close to 3-year deal

The Dodgers are close to finalizing a three-year contract with left-hander Rich Hill, one of the top free-agent starters on the market this offseason, sources confirmed to MLB.com.

Neither the Dodgers nor Hill have confirmed a deal is in place.

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

Dodgers tender six, non-tender Coleman

Dodgers tender six, non-tender Coleman

The Dodgers announced Friday that they did not tender a contract to right-hander Louis Coleman, but all the other players on the 40-man roster without pre-existing contracts were tendered for 2017.

Catcher Yasmani Grandal, first baseman Darin Ruf, left-handers Luis Avilan, Alex Wood and Vidal Nuno and right-hander Josh Fields were tendered deals.

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

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Tracy Ringolsby

Q&A: Honeycutt on the art of the strikeout

Dodgers' pitching coach discusses some of today's top K artists

Q&A: Honeycutt on the art of the strikeout

Hitters are striking out in record-setting numbers.

Individual pitchers, however, aren't coming close to compiling record-setting strikeout totals.

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

Dodgers look to fill holes at Winter Meetings

Dodgers look to fill holes at Winter Meetings

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have plenty of work to do at next week's Winter Meetings.

MLB.com and MLB Network will have wall-to-wall coverage of the 2016 Winter Meetings from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington, D.C. Fans can watch live streaming of all news conferences and manager availability on MLB.com, including the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 8 at 6 a.m. PT.

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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.

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

New agreement includes change to home-field advantage in World Series

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

IRVING, Texas -- Major League Baseball's players and owners reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season on Wednesday night. The parties will follow up today with a formal document, which then must be ratified by representatives of both sides. 

At 8:40 p.m. ET, an assortment of happy players, owners, lawyers and staffers poured from meeting rooms to exchange handshakes and hugs. That's how quickly 36 hours of round-the-clock negotiations ended, nearly four hours before today's deadline of 12:01 a.m. ET to reach a deal. Short of an agreement, the sport was faced with the best-case scenario of an extension or owners could have imposed a lockout.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hall of Fame photo exhibit coming to Dodger Stadium

Picturing America's Pastime to be available in LA through early March

One of baseball's most iconic stadiums is about to get even more historic. A piece of the Hall of Fame is coming to Dodger Stadium, where starting Friday fans will have the chance to experience one of baseball's most comprehensive photo archives.

A traveling extension of the full display on exhibit year-round in Cooperstown, N.Y., Picturing America's Pastime uses 51 framed photographs to illustrate baseball's century and a half-long lifespan, from the sport's humble infancy to its modern spectacle. The photos span generations in an attempt to link the grandeur of the early game to the vibrancy of today's version.

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

The Next Big Leaguers: Dodgers' Bellinger

Five experts weigh in on who will be baseball's next sensation

The Next Big Leaguers: Dodgers' Bellinger

For a quarter-century, the Arizona Fall League has helped the top Minor League talent in the game get ready for the big leagues. It's done so with remarkable consistency, sending more than 60 percent of its alumni to the highest level.

The AFL has produced 247 players who have earned roster spots in the All-Star Game, including 33 in last year's Midsummer Classic. There have been 16 MVPs (Mike Trout is a two-time winner), seven Cy Young Award winners and 27 Rookies of the Year to come through the league since it started in 1992.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers value trades over signings at Winter Meetings

Los Angeles must decide on future of Jansen, Turner

Dodgers value trades over signings at Winter Meetings

LOS ANGELES -- With two previous offseasons from which to judge, the Dodgers' front office heads into next week's Winter Meetings preferring trade creativity to expensive and splashy free-agent signings.

The Dodgers' priorities for the Winter Meetings are obvious: Free agents Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner need to be re-signed or replaced at closer and third base, respectively. Same goes for setup man Joe Blanton, starting pitcher Rich Hill and second baseman Chase Utley. Right fielder Josh Reddick (Astros) and right-hander Jesse Chavez (Angels) have already signed elsewhere, while J.P. Howell is unsigned.

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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.

Hershiser to learn Hall of Fame fate on Sunday

16-member committee to decide on Selig, Steinbrenner among 10 hopefuls

Hershiser to learn Hall of Fame fate on Sunday

The Today's Game Era ballot for induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame will be voted upon this Sunday at the Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Md. Five former Major League players, three executives and two managers will be considered, and the results of the voting will be announced on MLB Network's "MLB Tonight" and streamed live on MLB.com at 6 p.m. ET.

The players named on the ballot are Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Orel Hershiser and Mark McGwire. The three executives are John Schuerholz, Allan H. "Bud" Selig and George M. Steinbrenner. The two former managers are Davey Johnson and Lou Piniella.

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

Dodgers connect to community with charitable work

Outreach events will be held throughout LA area during offseason

Dodgers connect to community with charitable work

LOS ANGELES -- While Dodgers executives attend to offseason business of trades and free agency, the club and its Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation has started its annual offseason outreach events.

"When it comes to servicing the needs, and even the wants, of Los Angeles communities, there is no offseason for the Dodgers," said Naomi Rodriguez, the club's vice president of external affairs. "The franchise continues to help fulfill community needs and bring joy to adults and children alike. During the fall and winter of 2016, the Dodgers are hosting a variety of events, as well as developing new philanthropic programs to implement during the holiday season and beyond."

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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.

Branca, pitcher of 'Shot Heard 'Round the World' fame, dies

Three-time All-Star won 21 games for 1947 Dodgers

Branca, pitcher of 'Shot Heard 'Round the World' fame, dies

Baseball has lost one of the game's enduring gentlemen, who lived for more than 60 years with a most conspicuous yet somewhat unwarranted smudge on his pitching reputation. Ralph Branca, the losing pitcher in one of baseball's most famous games, is dead at age 90. The game -- no, American society -- is diminished by the loss of a man of such integrity, heart and strength. We haven't often seen the likes of Branca since the day that labeled but didn't change him, nor are we likely to see many of his kind again.

Former big league manager Bobby Valentine, Branca's son-in-law, shared the news Wednesday morning on Twitter.

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Branca remembered for community work, friendship

Branca remembered for community work, friendship

It was a sad day for Major League Baseball on Wednesday as the game lost one of its own: former pitcher Ralph Branca, who died at age 90.

Branca is likely best remembered for a moment many Dodgers fans would rather forget as the losing pitcher in one of baseball's most celebrated games. On Oct. 3, 1951, Branca infamously surrendered "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" -- a pennant-clinching home run for the Giants that eliminated the Dodgers from contention.

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Jim Callis

Trio of Dodgers among Top 25 Fall League prospects

Trio of Dodgers among Top 25 Fall League prospects

While the most talented team doesn't always win the championship, it did in the Arizona Fall League. The Mesa Solar Sox wrapped up the East Division crown on the final day of the regular season before rolling to an easy victory in the AFL's one-game playoff for its first title since 2003.

Mesa had the league's deepest lineup, as evidenced by its seven hitters who rank among the AFL's 20 best prospects below. The Solar Sox had star power with outfielders Eloy Jimenez (Cubs) and Bradley Zimmer (Indians) and second baseman Ian Happ (Cubs), all of whom sit in the 20s on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list. They also had emerging talents such as shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang and outfielder Greg Allen, who have been overshadowed in a deep Indians system, and league home run leader Brian Anderson (Marlins No. 4 prospect), who had support for making our list.

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

Scully receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

Legendary broadcaster earns nation's highest civilian honor

Scully receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama on Tuesday at the White House.

The legendary announcer teared up as Obama wrapped the medal around his neck and shook his hand in congratulations.

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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.

Ex-Dodgers player Guerrero heads to Japan

Signs deal with Chunichi Dragons; hit 11 HRs for LA in 2015

Ex-Dodgers player Guerrero heads to Japan

Former Dodgers utility man Alex Guerrero has signed a deal with the Chunichi Dragons of the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization to play in Japan next season.

Guerrero, who turned 30 this week, last saw action with Los Angeles during the 2015 season, when he hit .233/.261/.434 and knocked 11 home runs over 219 at-bats. The Dodgers released Guerrero in June after he was sidelined by a knee injury, and he hadn't played since.

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

Dodgers' Cash reaching families through baseball

Pitching prospect's foundation provides presents for children who have lost parents to cancer

Dodgers' Cash reaching families through baseball

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It hardly seemed to matter that Lisa Riley and Ralston Cash had never met as they shared an emotional, tearful embrace outside ONEOK Field, the home of the Dodgers' Double-A affiliate, in Tulsa, Okla. All that mattered was the connection they shared -- cancer. Riley as someone battling the disease, Cash, doing his best to ease the process for families.

"We were like kindred spirits," Riley said. "He saw me and we made eye contact. There were tons of people around, waiting for his autograph and I just wanted to talk to him … we just started talking and we hit it off."

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

Look who Scully hung out with at the White House

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Look who Scully hung out with at the White House

On Tuesday afternoon, Vin Scully was among 21 Americans to receive the country's highest civilian honor -- the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The White House ceremony was a star-studded affair full of incredible photo opportunities for Scully.

Here he is with two of the most famous basketball players in history, Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar:

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Scully capped White House trip by conducting 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game'

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Scully capped White House trip by conducting 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game'

Vin Scully had a pretty great Tuesday -- not only did he get a very special shoutout from President Obama, but he also got to take some photos with everybody from Michael Jordan to Bruce Springsteen. (Oh, and he was also awarded America's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, if you're into that sort of thing.)

Lest you think that Scully's star-studded afternoon went to his head, though, fear not. He's still the same lovable grandpa you know and love. Case in point: While exiting a meeting with the President of the United States in the hallowed halls of the White House, he took a brief moment to lead the orchestra in a rendition of 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game.'

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Manny makes Hall of Fame ballot debut

Prolific hitter known for postseason heroics, offbeat persona

Manny makes Hall of Fame ballot debut

BOSTON -- A hitting machine from the right side of the plate who also happened to be one of the most unforgettable characters of his era, Manny Ramirez is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time.

The statistics are clearly Cooperstown-worthy. Ramirez had a slash line of .312/.411/.585 over his 19-year career while clubbing 555 homers with 1,831 RBIs. He was also a force in the postseason, helping lead the Red Sox to World Series championships in 2004 and '07 before producing some October heroics for the Dodgers in '08 and '09.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scully, other baseball ties to Presidential Medal of Freedom

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Scully, other baseball ties to Presidential Medal of Freedom

Legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, now reaping the benefits of retired life, recently reminded us all what a wonderful, humble soul he is with a typically self-deprecating response to being informed he would receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama.

Scully's big day is Tuesday, when he and the other big names on the list of recipients are being honored in a ceremony at the White House. 

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Blake gets first shot on Hall of Fame ballot

Posada, Magglio, Wakefield among those seeking enshrinement in 2017

Blake gets first shot on Hall of Fame ballot

Soon, members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America will cast their ballots for the Hall of Fame's Class of 2017.

Among their choices will be returners who fell just shy of the 75-percent threshold in last year's voting, a group that includes Jeff Bagwell (71.6 percent), Tim Raines (69.8) and Trevor Hoffman (67.3). There also are a few high-profile newcomers. Vladimir Guerrero was a feared hitter with 449 homers and a National League MVP Award, Ivan Rodriguez is third all-time among catchers in wins above replacement (WAR), and Manny Ramirez hit 555 homers but also was suspended twice for his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

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Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Best Rookie caps Seager's awards-season sweep

Dodgers' shortstop adds honor to offseason hardware collection

Best Rookie caps Seager's awards-season sweep

LOS ANGELES -- Corey Seager completed his rookie season awards sweep on Friday by winning the 2016 Esurance MLB Award for Best Rookie.

Seager's mantle is now full, after previously winning the Baseball Writers' Association of America Jackie Robinson National League Rookie of the Year Award (unanimously), the Players Choice Award for NL Outstanding Rookie, Baseball America's NL Rookie of the Year and The Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year. He also was named winner of the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award for the top-hitting NL shortstop and finished third in the NL MVP Award balloting.

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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.

Scully rides into sunset with Best Call Award

Scully rides into sunset with Best Call Award

LOS ANGELES -- Hall of Famer Vin Scully, who will receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom Award next week at the White House, was named winner of the Esurance MLB Award for Best Call: TV/Radio on Friday.

The MLB Award was for Scully's Sept. 25 call of Charlie Culberson's walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Rockies that clinched the Dodgers' fourth consecutive division title. Adding to the drama, the game was the home farewell for Scully, who retired after this season, his 67th.

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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.

De Jong among 3 added to Dodgers' 40-man roster

De Jong among 3 added to Dodgers' 40-man roster

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers selected the contracts of right-handed pitchers Chase De Jong and Jacob Rhame and catcher Kyle Farmer on Friday, adding them to the 40-man roster and protecting them from next month's Rule 5 Draft.

The 22-year-old De Jong, the Dodgers' 17th-ranked prospect, was the Texas League Pitcher of the Year after posting league bests with 14 wins and a 1.02 WHIP, and was second with a 2.86 ERA for Double-A Tulsa. Originally a second-round pick of Toronto in 2012, he was acquired for international bonus allocations.

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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.

22 excited Kershaw faces to celebrate his son's birth

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22 excited Kershaw faces to celebrate his son's birth

On Saturday afternoon, the Kershaws announced the newest addition to their brood.

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Seager finishes third in NL MVP Award voting

Seager finishes third in NL MVP Award voting

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager finished third in the National League Most Valuable Player Award voting on Thursday as announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Cubs slugger Kris Bryant was first and Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy finished second ahead of Seager, who is the first NL rookie to finish in the top three of the MVP voting since Dodgers pitcher Joe Black in 1952, according to Elias.

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Ken Gurnick is the Dodgers beat reporter for MLB.com. He has covered the Dodgers for 25 seasons. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Which MVP finalist had the best individual game?

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Which MVP finalist had the best individual game?

Tonight, we'll find out the winners of the 2016 Most Valuable Player Awards. But before that happens, we want to know who you think should win each award. To that end, let's take a look back at the best games from each MVP finalist this season:

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Gonzalez, Utley inducted into Fall League Hall of Fame

Major League veterans honored in Scottsdale with plaques, retired numbers

Gonzalez, Utley inducted into Fall League Hall of Fame

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Chase Utley and Adrian Gonzalez are officially Hall of Famers.

The two players were inducted into the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame and had their numbers retired on Wednesday night at Scottsdale Stadium.

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

Listen: Scully learns he's getting Medal of Freedom

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Listen: Scully learns he's getting Medal of Freedom

On Wednesday afternoon, the White House announced this year's recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Among the 21 honorees was Vin Scully, a little more than a month after he signed off for the final time after a 67-year career. You'd be hard-pressed to find a single person who'd have qualms with Scully's honor … except for Scully, himself, of course.

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Sarah's Take: Roberts' grit drove Dodgers

Sarah's Take: Roberts' grit drove Dodgers

On Tuesday night, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was named the National League Manager of the Year. The honor was richly deserved for the first-year skipper, who piloted his club through a record-setting number of injuries to its fourth-straight National League West title.

From the time the Dodgers parted ways with manager Don Mattingly at the end of the 2015 season and until they hired Roberts, there was much uncertainty in Los Angeles. Although some fans criticized Mattingly for managerial mistakes, he did lead the Dodgers to the postseason three of five years that he was in L.A. With their large payroll and a roster filled with superstars, the Dodgers had enormous expectations. What manager would have the personality to take on that difficult job?

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Sarah D. Morris can be reached at sarahmorris27@gmail.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.