Friedman: Maddon not Dodgers-bound after opting out

LA's president of baseball operations reiterates Mattingly will manage in '15

Friedman: Maddon not Dodgers-bound after opting out

LOS ANGELES -- Joe Maddon, who opted out of his 2015 contract to manage the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, will not be replacing Don Mattingly, according to Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.

"As I said last week, Joe and I enjoyed a tremendous relationship working together in Tampa Bay and I wish him nothing but the best wherever his next stop will be," said Friedman, Maddon's close friend and former boss with the Rays. "However, nothing has changed on our end and Don Mattingly will be our manager next season and hopefully for a long time to come."

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Jim Callis

Dodgers Arizona Fall League overview

Shortstop Seager leads Los Angeles' talented crop of prospects playing for Glendale

Dodgers Arizona Fall League overview

Corey Seager never really had scuffled on the diamond until he was promoted to high Class A at age 19 and hit .160 during the final month of the 2013 season. Seager's slump carried over to the Arizona Fall League, where he batted .181 in 19 games with the Glendale Desert Dogs last offseason.

As frustrating as the conclusion to his 2013 season might have been, Seager said it helped make him a better player.

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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.

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Four Dodgers among finalists for NL Gold Glove

Four Dodgers among finalists for NL Gold Glove

LOS ANGELES -- Four Dodgers were named finalists Thursday for Rawlings National League Gold Glove Awards, including starting pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.

In addition to Kershaw and Greinke, Dodgers finalists are first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and third baseman Juan Uribe.

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Dodgers' Haren has surgery on non-throwing shoulder

Veteran starting pitcher is expected to be ready for Spring Training

Dodgers' Haren has surgery on non-throwing shoulder

LOS ANGELES -- Pitcher Dan Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left (non-throwing) A/C shoulder joint Wednesday and is expected to be ready for Spring Training.

Of course, the 34-year-old Haren hasn't announced whether he'll go to Spring Training, as he has yet to exercise a $10 million player option.

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Pair of prospects get bats going in AFL victory

Schebler goes yard, Seager drives in one; Wang allows one unearned run in four innings

Pair of prospects get bats going in AFL victory

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Two of the Dodgers best prospects carried the Glendale Desert Dogs to victory on Thursday. Left fielder Scott Schebler delivered a solo home run in the second inning, and Corey Seager pushed home the decisive run with a third-inning double in Glendale's 2-1 victory over the Peoria Javelinas.

Schebler's home run was his second of the Arizona Fall League season, and Seager, the Dodgers' top prospect according to MLB.com, delivered his seventh RBI in his first 10 games. Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers' new president of baseball operations, watched the team Wednesday, and Schebler said his presence was an inspiration.

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Report: Bundy to return as third-base coach

Report: Bundy to return as third-base coach

LOS ANGELES -- Lorenzo Bundy, while managing Navajoa in the Mexican League this week, was quoted by Linea Directa as saying that he will return as the Dodgers third-base coach in 2015. The Dodgers had no comment on the report.

That is the first indication on the status of any of manager Don Mattingly's coaching staff, as both Mattingly and new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman have given no indication whether any of the coaches would return.

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Mattingly embraces big picture of recent shakeup

Dodgers manager not wondering about job security after front-office changes

Mattingly embraces big picture of recent shakeup

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said that last week's front-office shakeup hasn't threatened his job security or shaken his belief in the organization's future.

"L.A. is a big city, and if you don't win or don't move forward fast enough, there's always someone that has to pay -- the assumption is, somebody's going," Mattingly said by phone a week after the club hired Andrew Friedman to be president of baseball operations and moved Ned Colletti to the role of senior advisor.

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Prospect Sweeney just misses cycle in Fall League play

Second baseman goes yard, gets four hits, four RBIs in AFL win for Glendale

Prospect Sweeney just misses cycle in Fall League play

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Have no fear, Darnell Sweeney. The extra-base hits will come. Sweeney, the No. 13 prospect in the Dodgers' farm system according to MLB.com, had four hits and four RBIs for the Glendale Desert Dogs on Wednesday in a 10-1 victory over the Peoria Javelinas.

Prior to Wednesday's game, Sweeney had a .333 batting average (7-for-21) but no extra-base hits during his Arizona Fall League campaign. The second baseman drilled a two-run homer in the third inning on Wednesday, later doubled two more times and also singled to narrowly miss hitting for the cycle.

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Byrnes takes in AFL game with Dodgers brass

LOS ANGELES -- Rumors that the Dodgers will hire Josh Byrnes for a front-office job gained traction Tuesday when he was seen watching an Arizona Fall League game with Dodgers president Stan Kasten and special advisor Pat Corrales. The Dodgers have not confirmed any reports.

Byrnes, a former general manager of the D-backs and Padres, is rumored to be recruited by new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman for his restructured department. Currently, the Dodgers do not have a general manager or farm director, as Ned Colletti has been reassigned to senior advisor and De Jon Watson left to join the D-backs.

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Friedman ready to take on high expectations in LA

Former Rays executive introduced as Dodgers' president of baseball operations

Friedman ready to take on high expectations in LA

LOS ANGELES -- The title changes from general manager to president of baseball operations, but the mandate is the same: Win a World Series. Now.

It's not Andrew Friedman's fault that the Giants get there every other year, while the Dodgers haven't done it in a generation. But it's now Friedman's responsibility to change.

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Hunsicker happy to be reunited with Friedman

Executive mentored Dodgers' new president in Tampa

Hunsicker happy to be reunited with Friedman

LOS ANGELES -- When 28-year-old Andrew Friedman was promoted to Tampa Bay's general manager in 2005, Gerry Hunsicker was brought in to serve as executive vice president and mentor, a job Hunsicker left when it was clear that Friedman didn't need any more mentoring.

Hunsicker joined the Dodgers two years ago as a senior advisor and now is reunited with Friedman, who was named Tuesday to the newly created job of Dodgers president of baseball operations.

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Dodgers announce dedication of two new Dreamfields

Dodgers announce dedication of two new Dreamfields

The Dodgers dedicated their 35th and 36th Dodgers Dreamfields, the club announced Saturday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, in partnership with the LA84 Foundation, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation and Security Benefit, dedicated its 35th and 36th Dodgers Dreamfields at Franklin D. Roosevelt Park in Los Angeles.

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Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Dodgers OF prospect Schebler locates HR stroke

Glendale surges ahead with four-run second, holds off Scottsdale

Dodgers OF prospect Schebler locates HR stroke

Outfielder Scott Schebler has come into his own as a power hitter in the last two years, slugging 27 home runs for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga in 2013 and topping the Southern League leaderboard with 28 homers for Double-A Chattanooga this year.

Friday night, Schebler connected for his first home run in the Arizona Fall League and helped Glendale defeat Scottsdale, 6-5.

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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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Kasten continues Dodgers' evolution with Friedman

Kasten continues Dodgers' evolution with Friedman

LOS ANGELES -- Gerry Hunsicker, then senior advisor to Andrew Friedman, was hired away from Tampa Bay two years ago by Dodgers president Stan Kasten. It wasn't hard to imagine that one day Friedman might follow.

That day was Tuesday, when the 37-year-old Friedman was named to the newly created position of president of baseball operations for the Dodgers, who shifted general manager Ned Colletti to the role of Kasten's senior advisor.

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Friedman named Dodgers' president of baseball operations

Colletti remains with team as a senior advisor

Friedman named Dodgers' president of baseball operations

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers hired Andrew Friedman away from the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday to fill the newly created position of president of baseball operations, with current general manager Ned Colletti becoming a senior advisor to team president Stan Kasten.

Friedman, 37, was not under contract with the Rays. A news conference is scheduled to be held Friday at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET. It can be seen live on MLB.com and dodgers.com.

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Richard Justice

Dodgers present completely new challenge for Friedman

Dodgers present completely new challenge for Friedman

The Los Angeles Dodgers have just hired a brilliant man, a brilliant baseball executive.

Is Andrew Friedman baseball's best general manager? Put it this way: There's no way to have this conversation without including him. He's a rare individual on many levels.

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Colletti ready to help in new advisory role with Dodgers

Colletti ready to help in new advisory role with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers' hiring of Andrew Friedman to run baseball operations was "purely about the long-term big picture" of the organization and not a reflection on the work of former general manager Ned Colletti, club president Stan Kasten said Tuesday.

Colletti was given the new title of senior advisor to Kasten and a new contract. After leading the Dodgers to the postseason five times in nine years, Colletti almost sounded relieved.

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Bernadina elects free agency

Bernadina elects free agency

LOS ANGELES -- Outfielder Roger Bernadina elected free agency on Tuesday.

Bernadina, 30, had cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A, but he had enough Minor League time to leave the organization.

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Fife passes through waivers, continues recovery

Dodgers right-hander had Tommy John surgery in August

Fife passes through waivers, continues recovery

LOS ANGELES -- Stephen Fife, recovering from Tommy John elbow reconstruction, was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday after clearing waivers.

The right-handed Fife, 28, pitched once for the Dodgers this year, a six-inning spot start in Miami on May 4 when he allowed four earned runs in a no-decision. He went 4-4 with a 3.86 ERA for the Dodgers in 2013, making 12 appearances (10 starts).

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Dodgers must get creative to stabilize 'pen

Besides solid setup men, LA looking for back-end starter, shortstop

Dodgers must get creative to stabilize 'pen

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers already have nearly $190 million committed in a 2015 payroll they would like to reduce from this year's $240 million.

They need to figure out who starts at shortstop, who can provide stability in the bullpen and who'll be the fifth starter. And there's no assurance the Minor League system can address any of those needs. So, the good news for the general manager is that the problem areas are limited. The bad news is that the solutions appear limited, too.

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Memorable season overshadowed by abrupt October

Year filled with highlights and player awards fizzles in postseason

Memorable season overshadowed by abrupt October

LOS ANGELES -- Club chairman Mark Walter pushed an equipment trunk out of the clubhouse after his Dodgers were bounced from the playoffs in St. Louis. A picture worth a billion words.

For $235 million in payroll, Walter got a second consecutive National League West title, but a first-round exit from the playoffs can only be viewed as a step backward for the deep-pocketed, high-profile Guggenheim ownership group.

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Mattingly doesn't expect change in GM's office

Dodgers skipper addresses challenges facing club, coming up short in NLDS

Mattingly doesn't expect change in GM's office

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly met with the media on Thursday, amid reports general manager Ned Colletti's job is in jeopardy.

According to a club official, Colletti will be in meetings with club president Stan Kasten over the weekend and would speak with the media next week.

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Lasorda receives Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

Other honorees are Indians' Swisher and Naval officer

Lasorda receives Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

Tommy Lasorda, a Hall of Fame manager and one of the great ambassadors of baseball, on Wednesday received an award that is close to his heart. The man who professes to bleed Dodger Blue is one of three recipients of the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award.

The award, established in 2013, is being bestowed on three men who possess the values, integrity and dedication to serving the United States in a manner Feller displayed. Lasorda joins Indians first baseman Nick Swisher and Senior Chief Petty Officer Carl Thompson of the U.S. Navy.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Season-long 'pen woes led to Dodgers' disappointing end

Season-long 'pen woes led to Dodgers' disappointing end

LOS ANGELES -- It was just one pitch in a Spring Training game, but it was a warning for what ultimately would doom the Dodgers this year.

Brian Wilson threw a pitch to then-A's prospect Addison Russell and looked uncomfortable on the mound to pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. Out came manager Don Mattingly and the medics, but Wilson insisted he was fine and was allowed to pitch.

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Crushing blow: Homer sinks Dodgers' season

On short rest, Kershaw cruises for six before Adams' decisive blast

Crushing blow: Homer sinks Dodgers' season

ST. LOUIS -- Clayton Kershaw's next start will be on plenty of rest.

He couldn't fight off the demons, or elimination, Tuesday. After being routed by the Cardinals in back-to-back Octobers, a Kershaw masterpiece was ruined by Matt Adams' three-run blast in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday for a 3-2 comeback win that gave St. Louis the best-of-five National League Division Series in four games.

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Game 4 loss has familiar feel for disappointed Kershaw

For second straight NLDS start, Dodgers ace falters in seventh vs. Cardinals

Game 4 loss has familiar feel for disappointed Kershaw

ST. LOUIS -- If the Dodgers went into this postseason knowing ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw was going to allow 11 earned runs in two losses to the Cardinals and have to pitch on three days' rest, they wouldn't have figured to win their just-concluded National League Division Series.

That's exactly what happened, and the Cardinals won the best-of-five series in four games, capped by their 3-2 win on Tuesday night. They are going on to the NL Championship Series for the fourth consecutive postseason and the Dodgers are going home without a shot at a World Series title for the 26th time since they defeated the A's to win the last one in 1988.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Actress Spreitler joins 'Express Written Consent'

Actress Spreitler joins 'Express Written Consent'

For someone who is about to turn 21 years old, Taylor Spreitler has built quite a nice resume. She's most recognizable as Lennox Scanlon in the family sitcom "Melissa & Joey," on which she has starred since 2010. But her first acting job dates back to 2005, when she was just 12 years old, playing a messed up younger sister in an episode of "Law and Order: SVU."

Seven years later, she returned to the show, to play largely the same character -- sort of.

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Trio of calls in St. Louis add to playoff replay intrigue

Trio of calls in St. Louis add to playoff replay intrigue

ST. LOUIS -- In the midst of a dramatic Game 4 of the National League Division Series in which the Cardinals closed out the Dodgers on Tuesday by winning, 3-2, the use of reviewable plays became a topic of discussion three times, and one review was used to overturn a play. The first and second instances came during the same strange plate appearance.

Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong was batting with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning at Busch Stadium, with teammate Jon Jay on first base after drawing a walk against Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Mattingly does admirable job, doesn't deserve blame

Mattingly does admirable job, doesn't deserve blame

ST. LOUIS -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly understands he'll be the focus of the postmortems after the Dodgers' 3-2 loss in Game 4 of the National League Division Series.

He had 10 different managers during his 14 seasons as a player for the Yankees. Billy Martin had three tours of duty during his time.

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