Puig tops Dodgers' rebound wish list

Ryu, Grandal, Utley, Crawford among others eyeing '16 bouncebacks

Puig tops Dodgers' rebound wish list

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training next week. In anticipation, Dodgers.com presents a series of articles previewing preparations for the 2016 season.

The first installment is "On the Rebound," covering players coming off injuries or disappointing 2015 seasons.

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Lyle Spencer

5 bats could shape how NL West is won

5 bats could shape how NL West is won

The Dodgers and Giants have ruled the National League West in recent seasons with dominant pitching, but the division also houses some serious offense. The Rockies and D-backs scored the most runs in the league in 2015, with the Giants coming in fifth.

Let's zero in on five pivotal NL West bats heading into Spring Training.

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

Kendrick happy to be back with Dodgers

Kendrick happy to be back with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Howie Kendrick isn't happy with the way free agency treated him, but he insists he's happy to be back with the Dodgers anyway.

Kendrick re-signed with the Dodgers this week for two years and $20 million after rejecting a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer because he expected a robust market that never materialized.

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Roberts: Reflecting on Jackie's influence

Roberts: Reflecting on Jackie's influence

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are the groundbreaking franchise of Jackie Robinson. When I put on this uniform as a player, I understood the special responsibility to honor those that played before me, as well as the amazing bond between the Dodgers and their fans. I feel that I have now come full circle in my career, and there is plenty of unfinished business left in L.A.

Observing Black History Month is important for baseball. For me, I became aware of Jackie Robinson right around age 15-16. My father is African-American. He told me as I was getting further along in my athletic career, he kind of educated me about Jackie and his story. So as I got older and more educated and wiser, just kind of digging more into his story, and I ultimately went to UCLA, and so I played at Jackie Robinson Field. So just seeing that really resonated with me and what an impact Jackie made on society and what a leader he was.

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Puig, Lazarito take in Caribbean Series game

Cuban teenager thrilled to meet Dodgers outfielder

Puig, Lazarito take in Caribbean Series game

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Two of the most popular and intriguing figures in Cuban baseball decided to take in a Caribbean Series game Friday night.

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and teenage prospect Lazarito Armenteros watched parts of the game between Cuba's Ciego de Avila and Dominican Republic's Leones del Escogido together from the stands at Estadio Quisqueya Juan Marichal.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lyle Spencer

5 potential impact arms in wild NL West

5 potential impact arms in wild NL West

Remodeled pitching staffs make the National League West one of the most unpredictable and fascinating of the six divisions as Spring Training approaches. Any number of arms could prove pivotal in a lively race. Here are five to watch:

1. Kenta Maeda, Dodgers
Division champions three years running with dominant starting pitching, the Dodgers can't replace what Zack Greinke gave them with one arm. But Maeda, polished and experienced on the international stage, is one of several who can help ease the impact of Greinke's move to Arizona.

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

Dodgers coaches helping lead Team New Zealand

Woodward to be manager, Bard coach in World Baseball Classic qualifier

Dodgers coaches helping lead Team New Zealand

LOS ANGELES -- Chris Woodward and Josh Bard, members of Dodgers manager Dave Roberts' new coaching staff, are currently halfway around the world, doing their part in the globalization of baseball.

Woodward will be the Dodgers' third-base coach when Spring Training opens, Bard the bullpen coach. But for the next two weeks, Woodward is manager and Bard his coach on the New Zealand national team, which competes in the World Baseball Classic qualifier in Sydney, Australia, next week. The pair played together in the Seattle organization in 2010.

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Kendrick's 2-year deal with Dodgers official

Kendrick's 2-year deal with Dodgers official

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers made official on Thursday the re-signing of Howie Kendrick, but club president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman stopped short of saying Kendrick would necessarily get his starting second-base job back.

Kendrick received a two-year, $20 million deal -- a compromise on both sides. The Dodgers had extended him a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer, which he rejected to seek a multiyear deal that didn't materialize.

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Zaidi: LA not looking to trade Puig, Ethier

Zaidi: LA not looking to trade Puig, Ethier

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi indicated he's not looking to trade outfielders Yasiel Puig or Andre Ethier.

During an MLB Network interview on Thursday, Zaidi discussed Puig, who is coming off a disappointing, injury-marred season, and Ethier, who will qualify for 10-and-5 no-trade veto rights in April.

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Dodgers Foundation helps Teach For America

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is investing $25,000 this year in Teach For America - Los Angeles, the club announced on Thursday.

The grant supports the non-profit's ability to recruit and train teachers at Manual Arts High School, where Teach For America is one of more than 50 community partners contributing to a significant academic turnaround.

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Dodgers add Maddux, Ibanez to front office

Dodgers add Maddux, Ibanez to front office

LOS ANGELES -- Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux and 19-year Major League veteran Raul Ibanez have been named special assistants to Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and the baseball operations department.

The Dodgers announced Tuesday that in their roles, Maddux and Ibanez will assist in all aspects of baseball operations, including scouting, player development and working with the club's players, both at the Major League and Minor League levels.

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Lyle Spencer

Newcombe's '56 season one for the ages

Big right-hander captured first-ever Cy Young, along with NL MVP

Newcombe's '56 season one for the ages

For baseball historians, 1956 is largely remembered as Mickey Mantle's greatest season. Winning the Triple Crown with a .353 batting average, 52 home runs and 130 RBIs, The Mick was the unanimous American League Most Valuable Player Award winner.

But Yankee Stadium wasn't the only New York ballpark that was roaring that summer.

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

Turner on target for Opening Day

Infielder reports no setbacks after October microfracture surgery

Turner on target for Opening Day

PASADENA, Calif. -- Dodgers infielder Justin Turner hosted a charity golf tournament on Monday, but didn't play in it.

Turner is still recovering from October left knee microfracture surgery. He and the team insist he's right on schedule in his recovery, with the expectation he'll be 100 percent ready to go by Opening Day.

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Dodgers invite 3 RHPs to Spring Training

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have added three more non-roster invitees to their Spring Training list: right-handed pitchers Chase De Jong, Caleb Dirks and Jacob Rhame, bringing the total number to 20.

De Jong, 22, was acquired by the Dodgers from the Blue Jays last year; Dirks, 22, was acquired from the Braves last year; Rhame, 22, was a sixth-round pick of the Dodgers in 2013.

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Yasiel Puig took a helicopter ride above LA

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Yasiel Puig took a helicopter ride above LA

Last week, Yasiel Puig showed off his new car on Instagram. But, while super sleek and undoubtedly fuel efficient, it turns out that he doesn't even need it anymore -- because the Dodgers outfielder has found an even better way to get around Los Angeles: helicopter.

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Roberts wants Puig to have 'fresh start'

Roberts wants Puig to have 'fresh start'

LOS ANGELES -- Outfielder Yasiel Puig quickly became a focal point at Saturday's Dodgers FanFest.

The first sit-down meeting between Puig and new manager Dave Roberts finally took place, with Roberts saying:

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Utley: Kendrick makes Dodgers 'better team'

Utley: Kendrick makes Dodgers 'better team'

LOS ANGELES -- Is the Dodgers' depth chart big enough for both Howie Kendrick and Chase Utley?

Utley on Saturday said that when he re-signed with the club for one year and $7 million, there was no talk of the team bringing back Kendrick. But now the club has a pending two-year agreement with Kendrick to presumably retain the starting job at second base, a position that seemed destined to become Utley's.

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Scully wants to work some road games

Scully wants to work some road games

LOS ANGELES -- Legendary broadcaster Vin Scully said he would like to broadcast a few road games in this, his 67th and final season, including the regular-season-ending series in San Francisco and games in San Diego and Anaheim.

In recent years, the 87-year-old's workload has been reduced to just home games.

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Seager No. 1, Urias No. 4 on Top 100 Prospects list

Dodgers land five in new rankings, including RHPs De Leon, Holmes and Montas

Seager No. 1, Urias No. 4 on Top 100 Prospects list

LOS ANGELES -- The quality and depth of the Dodgers' farm system is made clear in MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects for 2016, with shortstop Corey Seager named the best overall prospect in the game and left-handed pitcher Julio Urias fourth overall.

In addition, the Dodgers landed three right-handed pitchers in the Top 100 -- Jose De Leon at 24, Grant Holmes at 62 and Frankie Montas at 95. Seager and Urias ranked seventh and eighth, respectively, a year ago and Montas was 92.

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Kershaw on Greinke: 'He's tough to replace'

Ace remains optimistic about 2016 'talent and depth'

Kershaw on Greinke: 'He's tough to replace'

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw added to the chorus of Dodgers that will miss Zack Greinke, but he said he remains optimistic about the club's chances anyway.

"It's tough to lose Zack," Kershaw said at City Hall on Friday, after the vote to change the name of Elysian Park Avenue to Vin Scully Avenue, echoing comments made by earlier in the week by Andre Ethier.

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Richard Justice

Re-signing Kendrick an improvement -- period

Re-signing Kendrick an improvement -- period

The Dodgers got better on Friday by re-signing second baseman Howie Kendrick, and isn't that the bottom line? Let's not overthink it. If you're fretting over the depth chart, don't. It's a little fuzzy right now, but that stuff always sorts itself out.

Instead, let's focus on what the Dodgers added to their roster.

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Road to Dodger Stadium to be renamed Vin Scully Avenue

Road to Dodger Stadium to be renamed Vin Scully Avenue

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles City Council on Friday voted unanimously to rename the road leading to Dodger Stadium as "Vin Scully Avenue," in honor of the iconic Dodgers broadcaster who is beginning his 67th and final season at the mic.

Councilman Gil Cedillo made the motion to rename Elysian Park Avenue for Scully. There will be a 30-day period for public comment, then the council will have a second vote to enact the ordinance.

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Dodgers stars greet fans at Select-A-Seat event

Dodgers stars greet fans at Select-A-Seat event

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers held the annual Select-A-Seat event at Dodger Stadium on Thursday with visits from current stars and a legend from the past. The event continues on Friday.

All existing season-seat holders were invited to preview or upgrade their existing seats at Dodger Stadium. Thursday's event, which began at 9 a.m. PT and concluded at 4:30 p.m., played host to existing season-seat holders with the longest tenure and showcased the benefits of being a Dodgers season-seat holder.

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Valenzuela serving as Presidential Ambassador

Valenzuela serving as Presidential Ambassador

LOS ANGELES -- Fernando Valenzuela was a Dodgers prodigy on the mound, but he resisted speaking English with reporters in a decade-long assimilation from his native Mexico to his new world.

Now Valenzuela is not only a U.S. citizen, but as a Presidential Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization, he was also on a White House conference call with reporters on Thursday.

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Dodgers meet survivors, responders in San Bernardino

Ethier, Lasorda and Garvey lead delegation on 'Love LA' tour

Dodgers meet survivors, responders in San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- Andre Ethier has participated in countless community events supporting the military and law enforcement, but his appearance at one of Wednesday's Dodgers "Love L.A." tour stops was like no other.

Ethier, Tommy Lasorda and Steve Garvey headed a delegation that had lunch with victims and first responders from the Dec. 2 San Bernardino terrorist attack that killed 14 and seriously injured 22.

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Jim Callis

Seager tops MLB Pipeline's Top 10 SS Prospects list

Dodgers' Seager tops list, Philly's Crawford and Brewers' Arcia next up

Seager tops MLB Pipeline's Top 10 SS Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2016 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday on MLB.com. The Top 50 will be revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

Even with Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor and Addison Russell graduating to the big leagues, shortstop remains the glamour position for up-and-coming talent. Corey Seager, J.P. Crawford and Orlando Arcia rank among the elite prospects in the game, while Dansby Swanson, Alex Bregman and Brendan Rodgers were the first three picks in the 2015 Draft. Interestingly, the top six shortstop prospects and eight of the 10 best belong to National League clubs.

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Dodgers outright Beachy to Triple-A

Dodgers outright Beachy to Triple-A

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers outrighted right-handed pitcher Brandon Beachy to Triple-A on Wednesday, clearing a Major League roster spot. Beachy still will be a Major League camp invite.

The move comes three weeks after Beachy signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract to rejoin the club, after spending the 2015 season in the organization on the rebound from a second Tommy John elbow reconstruction.

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Dodgers visit, support Jackie's high school

Dodgers visit, support Jackie's high school

PASADENA, Calif. -- Jackie Robinson is known for his trailblazing career with the Dodgers, but his roots as an American hero can be traced back to his time at John Muir High School, where he was a star on the playing field and in the classroom.

So it was only fitting that the Dodgers made a stop on their weeklong "Love L.A." Community Tour, presented by Bank of America, at the very campus where Robinson's legend began to take shape.

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Lyle Spencer

Puig's key to suc-CES: Play like Yoenis

Dodgers need Cuban star to make Cespedes-sized impact

Puig's key to suc-CES: Play like Yoenis

LOS ANGELES -- Back in 2013 -- it seems like a decade ago to Dodgers fans -- Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes was the other Cuban outfielder in Major League Baseball.

Yasiel Puig had arrived in Hollywood in a June whirlwind, trumpets blaring and fans dancing in the Dodger Stadium aisles over the wonder of it all.

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New hires highlight Dodgers' 2016 training staff

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers announced their 2016 physical training staff on Tuesday, including additions Neil Rampe as head athletic trainer and assistant athletic trainers Nathan Lucero and Thomas Albert.

They replace Stan Conte, Nancy Flynn and Chris Dunaway, who left after last season.

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