McCarthy's addition ends Wilson's Dodgers tenure

McCarthy's addition ends Wilson's Dodgers tenure

LOS ANGELES -- The anticipated confirmation of free-agent starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy's signing on Tuesday was accompanied by the surprise announcement that veteran reliever Brian Wilson was designated for assignment by the Dodgers to clear room on the 40-man roster.

General manager Farhan Zaidi said both moves make the Dodgers better in 2015. He said McCarthy has "turned the corner" from his injury-prone early career because of a weight-lifting program and that the recent bullpen additions of Joel Peralta, Juan Nicasio and Chris Hatcher convinced management that Wilson no longer was "one of the best seven reliever options."  

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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.

Dodgers send Cuevas to Rockies to complete Nicasio deal

Dodgers send Cuevas to Rockies to complete Nicasio deal

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers sent Minor League outfielder Noel Cuevas to the Rockies on Tuesday to complete the Nov. 24 trade for right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio.

Cuevas, 23, hit .231 at Double-A Chattanooga in 2014 after hitting .284 the previous season at Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.

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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.

Source: Dodgers land lefty Anderson with $10 million deal

Coming off injury-riddled '14, new LA rotation member could make additional $4M in incentives

Source: Dodgers land lefty Anderson with $10 million deal

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers apparently filled out their rotation on Monday by agreeing with free-agent left-hander Brett Anderson on a one-year, $10 million contract with $4 million in incentives, a baseball source told MLB.com. The Dodgers have not confirmed the deal, which is pending Anderson's physical exam, the source said.

Los Angeles officially announced a four-year contract with Brandon McCarthy, a deal that was first reported during the Winter Meetings last week.

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Dodgers complete Jensen trade with Marlins

Miami receives Minors righty Stem in deal for outfielder, who might be designated by LA

Dodgers complete Jensen trade with Marlins

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers sent Minor League right-handed pitcher Craig Stem to the Marlins on Monday to complete the trade that brought them outfielder Kyle Jensen.

Stem, who turns 25 next month, was a 15th-round Draft pick in 2011. He split time between Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga in '14, struggling to an 0-3 mark and 8.06 ERA after his promotion.

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Dodgers have fun with radical roster shakeup

Kasten says team accomplished goal of moving toward youth

Dodgers have fun with radical roster shakeup

SAN DIEGO -- As the dust began to settle on the Dodgers' extreme makeover Thursday, team president Stan Kasten said the flurry of transactions has better positioned the club to win now and in the future.

"We feel the steps we've taken, and those to come, will be extremely productive and consistent with both goals," Kasten said.

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Source: Kemp to Padres for Grandal in five-player deal

Dodgers get slugging catcher in trade that could pave way for Hamels acquisition

Source: Kemp to Padres for Grandal in five-player deal

SAN DIEGO -- The trade of Matt Kemp to the Padres, continuing the jaw-dropping Winter Meetings makeover of the Dodgers, could lead to the acquisition of Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, a baseball source said.

Although the clubs have not yet confirmed it, the five-player deal will send Kemp, catcher Tim Federowicz and a reported $30 million to San Diego for catcher Yasmani Grandal, along with pitcher Joe Wieland and pitching prospect Zach Eflin, who the Dodgers could use in a package to get Hamels, who would complete a triple-ace rotation with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.

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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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Lyle Spencer

Will Hollywood makeover work for Dodgers?

After another disappointing postseason showing, club looks to change chemistry

Will Hollywood makeover work for Dodgers?

SAN DIEGO -- Don Mattingly is familiar with pressure. It has been his constant companion as manager of the high-payroll, high-profile Dodgers. That won't change now that the club has essentially torn up its old blueprints and created a bold, new design that has "Tampa Bay West" written all over it.

New Dodgers president of operations Andrew Friedman -- the primary architect of the Rays' rosters during their run as overachieving underdogs amid the American League East titans -- has brought his philosophy and methods to Los Angeles in the afterglow of a flurry of dizzying moves the past two days at the Winter Meetings.

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

Dodgers-Marlins trade brings Gordon home

Second baseman surprised by deal, but thrilled to land close to family

Dodgers-Marlins trade brings Gordon home

SAN DIEGO -- Dee Gordon said he was more excited about being wanted by the Marlins than he was disappointed with being traded by the Dodgers.

"It's good to be wanted," said Gordon, dealt to Miami in Wednesday's flurry of trades. "I was definitely surprised. I was actually happy when I heard about the [Jimmy] Rollins deal [to be the Dodgers' shortstop]. Then I find out I'm traded back to my home state. I'm excited."

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McCarthy photoshops himself a new Dodgers profile pic

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McCarthy photoshops himself a new Dodgers profile pic

The Dodgers have had a rather eventful Hot Stove season so far, signing, trading away or trading for what feels like half the active players in MLB. One of the players they've acquired, pitcher Brandon McCarthy, was eager to update his Twitter page to show off the colors for his new team. So eager, in fact, that he took matters into his own hands:

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Richard Justice

Friedman working his magic with Dodgers' roster

Deals to bring in Rollins, Kendrick, McCarthy move LA in winning direction

Friedman working his magic with Dodgers' roster

SAN DIEGO -- Not just change, but sweeping change. That's what the last few hours have been for the Dodgers. Matt Kemp, Dee Gordon and Hanley Ramirez are all gone, or about to be.

Meet your new Dodgers. Yasmani Grandal is the catcher, Howie Kendrick the second baseman. Jimmy Rollins is about to be the shortstop.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Withrow undergoes surgery for herniated disk

Withrow undergoes surgery for herniated disk

SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow, still recovering from June Tommy John surgery, had surgery last week to repair a herniated disk in his lower back.

Withrow has suffered from chronic back disk problems throughout his professional career. The surgery has a three-month rehab, but is not expected to delay his return to competition, which wasn't expected until the middle of 2015 as he recovers from the Tommy John surgery.

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Dodgers adding Kendrick, Rollins in trades

Gordon, Haren, Rojas sent to Miami on busy Day 3 of Winter Meetings; Kemp goes to SD

Dodgers adding Kendrick, Rollins in trades

SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers' didn't restructure the front office just to keep the status quo on the field, proving it Wednesday with a dizzying flurry of transactions that rocked the Winter Meetings.

They made separate trades with the Marlins and Angels, sending second baseman Dee Gordon, starting pitcher Dan Haren, cash considerations and infielder Miguel Rojas to Miami, receiving four young players in return and flipping the key piece, left-handed starter Andrew Heaney, to the Angels for second baseman Howie Kendrick.

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Schebler, Seager, Sweeney on AFL's Top Prospects Team

Most Valuable Player Greg Bird leads young stars following AFL season

Schebler, Seager, Sweeney on AFL's Top Prospects Team

The Arizona Fall League on Wednesday announced its 2014 Top Prospects Team, highlighted by league Most Valuable Player Greg Bird and baseball's top prospect Byron Buxton.

The 22-man Top Prospects Team includes at least one player from 16 Major League organizations. The Fall League managers and coaches voted on the team, taking into consideration the players' performances during the fall and their projected future in the Major Leagues.

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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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Jim Callis

Scouts of the Year honored at Winter Meetings

Scouts of the Year honored at Winter Meetings

SAN DIEGO -- Mike Brito didn't know it at the time, but striking out in the ninth inning with the bases loaded would launch a productive Major League scouting career.

Brito was playing semipro ball in 1976 in Los Angeles when he faced Bobby Castillo, recently released by the Royals. Brito was so impressed when Castillo fooled him with a screwball that he hooked him up with a Mexican League club. When Castillo excelled there, the Dodgers took note and offered Brito a scouting job -- provided he could land Castillo for them.

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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.

Butera makes short trip, goes from Dodgers to Angels

Designated for assignment, catcher traded for cash or player to be named

Butera makes short trip, goes from Dodgers to Angels

SAN DIEGO -- Catcher Drew Butera, designated for assignment last week, was traded by the Dodgers to the Angels on Tuesday for cash considerations or a player to be named.

Butera, who is out of options, was designated to make room on the 40-man roster for Ryan Lavarnway, who was claimed off waivers from Boston. The Dodgers also have catcher Tim Federowicz on the roster. He and Lavarnway are also out of options.

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Finger injury to briefly sideline infielder Rojas

Dodgers shortstop will reportedly miss one week with dislocated left pinkie

Finger injury to briefly sideline infielder Rojas

SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers shortstop Miguel Rojas dislocated his left little finger while playing in the Venezuelan Winter League, but X-rays revealed no fractures and he is expected to miss one week.

The news was reported on the website of La Guaira, Rojas' team in Venezuela. The Dodgers have not confirmed the report.

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Hodges, Wills fall short as Golden Era Committee elects no one

Oliva, Allen fall one vote shy; Kaat misses by two

Hodges, Wills fall short as Golden Era Committee elects no one

SAN DIEGO -- No one was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday by the museum's Golden Era Committee. Tony Oliva and Dick Allen came the closest, each receiving 11 of 16 votes, one shy of the 75 percent needed for election.

Jim Kaat received 10 votes, followed by Maury Wills with nine and Minnie Minoso with eight. The remainder of the candidates -- Gil Hodges, Ken Boyer, Billy Pierce, Luis Tiant and the late executive Bob Howsam -- each received three or fewer votes.

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

Kershaw adds three GIBBYs to 2014 award collection

Starting Pitcher of the Year also named Most Valuable Major Leaguer

Kershaw adds three GIBBYs to 2014 award collection

LOS ANGELES -- There's only one word to describe the awards season for Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw: Great.

On Saturday, Kershaw added to his staggering haul of offseason honors by winning three MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards (GIBBYs), topped by the premier GIBBY, Most Valuable Major Leaguer.

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Happy unexciting 24th birthday, Yasiel Puig

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Happy unexciting 24th birthday, Yasiel Puig

It is a sad fact of life that precisely zero birthdays after your 21st are exciting. They can be meaningful, sure. Possibly even memorable, for whatever reason. But once you've revolved around the sun for 21 years, you will not experience another exciting birthday.

That fact is even sadder when considering the birthdays of one of the Earth's most exciting humans: Yasiel Puig, who turns 24-years-old Sunday.

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Dodgers claim catcher Lavarnway, designate Butera

Dodgers claim catcher Lavarnway, designate Butera

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway from the Red Sox on Friday and designated catcher Drew Butera for assignment.

Lavarnway, 27, is a native Californian who attended Yale University and has appeared in limited duty with the Red Sox in each of the past four seasons, playing a total of 97 games with a .201 career batting average and .565 OPS. He was Boston's sixth-round Draft pick in 2008.

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Ethiers dedicate Learning Center at Rescue Mission

Ethiers dedicate Learning Center at Rescue Mission

LOS ANGELES -- On Thursday, Andre Ethier and his wife dedicated the Maggie and Andre Ethier Learning Center at the Union Rescue Mission downtown, where the Dodgers outfielder has worked for nearly a decade to raise awareness of hunger and homelessness in Los Angeles.

In partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, a year ago the Ethiers earmarked a $100,000 annual charitable donation (pledged through the contract extension he signed in 2012) to renovate the Learning Center and provide scholarships and educational support.

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Adrian honored with national award in Mexico

Dodgers star presented with 2014 Premio Nacional de Deportes

Adrian honored with national award in Mexico

A group of Dodgers executives traveled to Mexico City on Thursday to support first baseman Adrian Gonzalez as he receives the 2014 Premio Nacional de Deportes (PND), an award presented by Mexico's La Comision Nacional de Cultura Fisica y Deporte (CONADE).

Gonzalez was voted as the winner of the national sports award based on his success this season, and he was presented with it at a ceremony hosted by Mexico's public education secretary, Emilio Chuayffet Chemor. Joining Gonzalez and his family were Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten, executive vice president and chief marketing officer Lon Rosen and former pitcher and current team broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela, a native of Mexico.

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

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

Duke's Matuella, 2014 top pick Aiken follow Florida high school infielder on Top 50 list

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

For the second time in their history, the Arizona Diamondbacks own the top pick in the First-Year Player Draft. The first time that happened, in 2005, they took a high school shortstop with a potent bat.

Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com's initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense). Unlike Upton, who immediately moved to the outfield as a professional, Rodgers should remain at shortstop.

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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.

Oklahoma City affiliate rebranded as 'Dodgers'

Oklahoma City affiliate rebranded as 'Dodgers'

LOS ANGELES -- Owners of the Dodgers, who bought their new Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City, rebranded the club as the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Wednesday.

"Today marks a new chapter in Oklahoma City's baseball history, and we are proud to say we are now the Oklahoma City Dodgers," said Oklahoma City Dodgers president/general manager Michael Byrnes.

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Dodgers land outfielder Heisey from Reds

LA sends prospect Magill to Cincinnati for right-handed hitter who was a non-tender candidate

Dodgers land outfielder Heisey from Reds

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers continued their incremental improvement to the 40-man roster Tuesday night, obtaining outfielder Chris Heisey from the Cincinnati Reds for right-handed pitcher Matt Magill.

Although the Dodgers have a surplus of starting outfielders, general manager Farhan Zaidi said Heisey addresses an organizational shortage of natural center fielders.

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Dodgers sign Barney, tender contracts to arb-eligibles

Dodgers sign Barney, tender contracts to arb-eligibles

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers signed infielder Darwin Barney to a one-year contract Tuesday night and tendered contracts to all seven of their remaining arbitration-eligible players.

Barney, who earned $2.3 million in 2014, settled for $2.525 million to be a reserve infielder.

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Marty Noble

Perception, fate have conspired against Hodges

Dodgers great, Miracle Mets skipper again being considered for Hall of Fame

Perception, fate have conspired against Hodges

In the years preceding the 2012 induction of Ron Santo to the Hall of Fame, his extended and frustrating wait for a call from Cooperstown was attributed to diverse factors. The disparity of his home and road run production, thought to be the result of the hitter-friendly dimensions of Wrigley Field, was an argument against his election. And the 1960s, when Santo made his mark in the big leagues, were dominated by pitchers to an uncommon degree, and his statistics suffered in comparison to players of other eras. The Hall of Fame electorate, the voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, almost seemed prejudiced against third basemen. And Santo wasn't Eddie Mathews.

As influential as any of those factors may have been, a theory gained traction after Santo's general-election eligibility expired following the 1998 vote. The theory was that his Cubs teams already were represented in Cooperstown by three men -- Ernie Banks, Ferguson Jenkins and Billy Williams -- and that three inductees were enough for teams that weren't particularly successful, teams that never produced so much as a pennant.

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

Dodgers outright left-hander Martin to Triple-A

Dodgers outright left-hander Martin to Triple-A

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers outrighted left-handed pitcher Jarret Martin to their Triple-A Oklahoma City roster Monday.

Martin, 25, was designated for assignment last week to make room on the 40-man roster for pitcher Mike Bolsinger, who was acquired from Arizona.

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Mattingly welcomes birth of fourth son

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and wife Lori are the proud parents of Louis Riley Mattingly, born Saturday in Indiana.

Louis Riley, who shares his birth date with Dodgers Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully, is Mattingly's fourth son. Older brother Preston, a former Dodgers farmhand, is now playing basketball at Lamar University.

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Dodgers could make noise in Hot Stove season

Dodgers could make noise in Hot Stove season

The first few weeks of the Hot Stove season have been busy, but there is still plenty more action to come.

In the NL West, the top headlines have involved players leaving the division, namely Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, and the biggest name joining the group is Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas, who agreed to terms with the D-backs on a six-year, $68 million deal Wednesday. The Padres have made noise about spending big under new GM A.J. Preller, while the new regime in Colorado is also in the spotlight. Of course, there will likely be news made by the defending division champs in Los Angeles and the defending World Series champs in San Francisco.

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