Dodgers completing due diligence ahead of deals

Dodgers completing due diligence ahead of deals

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Dodgers came to the Winter Meetings seeking a closer and a third baseman, and they will probably leave on Thursday with the same needs.

"I don't necessarily see us doing anything in the next 12 hours," general manager Farhan Zaidi said on Wednesday night. "We're involved in a few markets where some dominoes need to start falling. As of now, most of the players that have been moved or signed weren't really high up on our list or on our radar."

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Dodgers still in on Turner, Jansen

Friedman says there is no urgency to make deals at Winter Meetings

Dodgers still in on Turner, Jansen

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Is there a realistic pathway for the Dodgers, while desiring to reduce payroll, to still re-sign both of their top free agents -- third baseman Justin Turner and closer Kenley Jansen?

"Tough question to answer," Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday, the day before substantial progress was made in the market for free-agent closers.

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Roberts, A-Gone to take part in Dubai clinic

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- National League Manager of the Year Award winner Dave Roberts and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez will be in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, next week to conduct a baseball clinic for Little Leaguers.

Roberts, Gonzalez and their wives volunteered for the cultural goodwill trip in conjunction with the official Dodgers airline, Emirates Airlines.

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Roberts says Maeda aims to increase strength, stamina

Dodgers manager updates status of team on Day 2 of Meetings

Roberts says Maeda aims to increase strength, stamina

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- While Yasiel Puig attempts to trim some bulk from his body, teammate Kenta Maeda is trying to add some.

At the Winter Meetings on Tuesday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Maeda is implementing an offseason conditioning program more suited to MLB than to the Nippon Professional League in Japan, where he pitched for eight years before coming to the Dodgers a year ago.

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Hill emotional over LA return, 1st big contract

Lefty re-signs with Dodgers for 3 years, $48 million

Hill emotional over LA return, 1st big contract

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Contract-signing announcements at the Winter Meetings are routine, but not for Rich Hill.

Speaking Monday after signing a three-year, $48 million deal to remain with the Dodgers, an emotional Hill choked up several times as he recounted the "incredible journey" to get to this payday, only three months from his 37th birthday.

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Doctor's orders: Lasorda skips Winter Meetings

Dodgers legend, 89, advised not to travel across country

Doctor's orders: Lasorda skips Winter Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Legendary Dodgers executive Tom Lasorda, a decades-long fixture at MLB's Winter Meetings, is not attending the current one on doctor's orders.

Lasorda, who turned 89 in September, adhered to medical advice that he not travel cross country from his California home for the Winter Meetings that started Monday and end Thursday. In October, Lasorda was hospitalized for a week with back and shoulder problems.

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Kershaw says back injury no longer a concern

Kershaw says back injury no longer a concern

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw began his offseason throwing program Monday, convinced the herniated disk in his lower back, which sidelined him for 2 1/2 months this season, is healed.

"I had an injury and it's not injured anymore, so now you keep going," said Kershaw.

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Dodgers eyeing more than just elite closer

Dodgers eyeing more than just elite closer

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Dodgers need a closer and Mark Melancon came off the board at the Winter Meetings on Monday, signing a four-year deal with the division-rival Giants.

But Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers' president of baseball operations, indicated Melancon wasn't his Plan A, especially with franchise saves leader Kenley Jansen and triple-digit specialist Aroldis Chapman still available.

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Dodgers 'meet-and-greets' available for great cause

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The focus of this year's annual MLB "Play Ball" auction initiative is to honor one of its own.

Shannon Forde died in March of breast cancer at 44, leaving behind not only her immediate family but an extended family throughout baseball that she served as a public-relations executive with the New York Mets.

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Adrian commits to playing in World Baseball Classic

Adrian commits to playing in World Baseball Classic

With the World Baseball Classic just a few months away, the rosters are beginning to take shape. More names surfaced Monday as the World Baseball Classic released an initial list of 30 players who are confirmed to be participating in the 2017 tournament.

Spanning 16 countries, the players include 24 Major League All-Stars, but the upcoming WBC, which will take place in March, provides a global stage for veterans and rising stars alike.

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Dodgers reportedly showing interest in Cutch

Dodgers reportedly showing interest in Cutch

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The first day of the Winter Meetings brought a new round of rumors around the Pirates and Andrew McCutchen -- and perhaps a new suitor for Pittsburgh's franchise player.

The Dodgers have shown recent interest in McCutchen, MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported Monday morning. The Nationals have been viewed as the most likely landing spot for McCutchen, if the Pirates decide to deal him, but the Dodgers are also a logical fit given their resources and need for a right-handed hitter.

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Roberts believes upbeat Puig can help Dodgers

Roberts believes upbeat Puig can help Dodgers

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Dodgers' problems hitting left-handed pitching last season were well documented, as their collective slash line of .213/.290/.332 (.622 OPS) would indicate.

One of the keys to improving those numbers for next year could lie in the acquisition of a marquee right-handed bat such as Ryan Braun. In fact, it was rumored that the Dodgers and Brewers came close to consummating a deal in August that would have brought Braun to Los Angeles for a package that reportedly would have included outfielder Yasiel Puig, who had a stint in the Minors this year after hitting .260 with an OPS of .706 in his first 81 games of 2016.

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Cespedes Family BBQ talk Rich Hill, blister battles

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Cespedes Family BBQ talk Rich Hill, blister battles

Jake and Jordan, a.k.a., Cespedes Family BBQ, carried their two-man act to the annual Winter Meetings this week to offer up the hottest of hot takes on a number of topical things ... 

On Monday, the Dodgers and Rich Hill reached agreement on a three-year contract to keep the lefty and his dastardly curveball in Southern California. The pact came after a meticulous, in-depth look at some of the most fitting destinations for the lanky southpaw. 

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Gonzalez brothers ready to lead Mexico at Classic

Pool D also features Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Italy from March 9-13 in Jalisco, Mexico

Gonzalez brothers ready to lead Mexico at Classic

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Edgar Gonzalez is only two years removed from playing his last professional game in the Minor Leagues. At 38, he'll try his hand at managing Team Mexico this spring in the fourth World Baseball Classic.

Team Mexico is scheduled as the home team in Jalisco, Mexico, from March 9-13, joining Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Italy in Pool D at Estadio de Beisbol Charros de Jalisco.

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Winter Meetings interview with Friedman, Hill, Roberts

ANDREW FRIEDMAN: We're excited to be here to announce that we have re-signed Rich Hill to a three-year contract. Last year we actually came pretty close to signing Rich, last offseason and obviously traded for him last season. Whenever we're going through that process, we spend a tremendous amount of time digging into a guy's makeup, what type of competitor they are, what type of teammate and everything we got back on Rich was off the charts. But I think being around him for the three months we were, it exceeded even what our expectations were. So that, in part, is what gave us the confidence to bet on him.

What he's persevered through in his career, the type of person he is, the type of competitor fit us really well as we looked forward and was a huge priority for us as we headed into winter.

Again, we're excited to be here. We will turn it over to you guys in a minute for questions, but I'm excited to give Rich back his hat and jersey and open it up to you guys. Thank you.

RICH HILL: Well, I just want to say thank you first to the Dodgers organization for being extremely supportive and to Andrew, to Farhan, to Stan, to Dave, and, you know, the entire organization. It's been amazing.

When we get traded over here last season, being right into a contention race and having the opportunity to be around great players such as Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager, and just the list goes on with the guys in that locker room last year and looking forward to continuing that next year.

I would like to thank my family who is here today, my wife Caitlin, our sons Brice and Brooks. This is great day for us, something that we always knew could be a possibility. And with the continuance of hard work and perseverance through a lot of challenges, we're here and we're looking forward to a great three years with the Dodgers.

I would also like to thank Sam, Seth, Keith, Peter and everyone at ACES for making this possible and having this all come together. They've been incredible for myself and our family and something that we're very grateful for. Thank you.

Q. Rich, I imagine some of the emotion is clearly related to the path it took to get to this moment. How close were you ever to packing it in?
RICH HILL: I don't think I was every close to packing it in. But, yeah, there is a lot of emotion up here and I kept telling myself I wouldn't do this. I think it's something that has been an incredible journey to get to this point, but never did I ever think that I would "pack it in."

I never thought I was done.

I always knew with the ability that I had and the desire that was always there was something that never left. So being able to stay healthy was one of the main things and never quit. That's the biggest thing is persevering through those times of failure. But you fail. When you fail, you learn. I don't think you really know what failure is -- or I didn't know what failure was until I got older and understood that that was experience. That's something that life teaches you and baseball teaches you. But for me, baseball has taught us how to deal with things off the field that are far greater than what you can deal with on the field.

Q. Rich, welcome back. When we spoke, you said it was your desire to be a Dodger this season. Why was this team a good fit for you and your family?
RICH HILL: It's just the fan base that's there in LA and the passion that they have. The intensity to win, that's something that we wanted and something that we wanted to come back to. We want to be a part of that, we want to bring a championship to LA.

And that's one thing that, again, as I've gotten older it's something that you learn that you only have a certain amount of time and you want to make the most out of your time that you have. Being here in LA gives us that opportunity to bring a World Series to the city. That's what we wanted.

Q. Rich, what are some of the things you learned this year that made you a better pitcher?
RICH HILL: Like I said, being around the likes of Clayton Kershaw, watching the way the guy works. I bring him up specifically because, again, of his intensity and his passion. When he goes out there and pitches, it's something that is contagious. Guys feed off that and that's what you want. That's what I hope every time that I go out there, that's what I bring and hope that guys feed off of that.

You can't compromise from that. The wins and losses are going to come and go, but your consistency of your effort is something that cannot change. You can't waiver from that. So that's really the one thing that you have to stay consistent. That's something that I've learned over my entire career, but it's definitely become more pertinent the last few years.

Q. Rich, you always talk about the idea of staying within the moment and not sort of resting on your achievements. Have you allowed yourself to savor this accomplishment and think about what it means?
RICH HILL: No, I'm not going to sit here -- because tomorrow I look forward to getting back in the gym and getting ready for Spring Training. I think that's really the best thing that anybody can do is stay in the moment.

Again, there's going to be times that you have down times or times of failure, but being consistent in your routine and I think when I stay consistent in my routine is by staying in the moment every single day, knowing what I want to do before I get to the field the day before. And when I go to the field and just get into that routine, that's part of having everything be seamless and consistent. That consistency is what builds championships and that's where winning comes from, I believe.

That's something I have been able to do over the past couple of years, even before when I was in the bullpen just being as consistent as I could every single day. That's something that -- again, that's being in the moment to me.

Q. Dave, what did you learn about Rich in the two and a half, three months you had him and did that night in Miami tell you anything about his drive and intensity?
DAVE ROBERTS: I learned a lot from Rich. And obviously when you acquire a player, you do a lot of digging. Andrew and the guys did a lot of digging and knew that he could impact us.

Once I got to learn about him and see his day-to-day and in between starts and how he was consistent with his work and how he assimilated with our guys so seamlessly, you see the competition, you see the consistency and his focus and preparation, and there's a lot of intensity and that huge competitor in him.

For me, the coaches, the organization, these are the type of players that, as Andrew said, we bet on and that we want as a part of our organization. For me, for the coaches to have him choose to be a Dodger means a lot to us. Going forward, we want guys that want to be with the Dodgers. So for Caitlin and Rich and the family to make that choice, that's big.

But I think that, you know, you mentioned Clayton Kershaw and his intensity and how he prepares, Rich mirrors that. When you get guys that lead your rotation like that, then it's contagious. We're very fortunate.

Q. Rich, when you look back -- when you got back in the big leagues in 2015, could you have envisioned anything like this happening?
RICH HILL: I've always thought it was a possibility but at the same time I think your priorities change. When you are younger, you think of -- well, when I was younger, it would be more of the thought of okay, you want to get to that point of landing a long-term deal. Now it's more 100% is on winning and that's it, period. But having that opportunity to come to an organization and come back to an organization like Los Angeles is an incredible opportunity to have that experience of going out there and contributing on every fifth day to bringing a championship back to LA.

Q. Andrew, on Clayton's contract is there a line item for recruitment value? Do you use that as a recruiting tool for a pitcher, hey, you can come work with Clayton Kershaw?
ANDREW FRIEDMAN: Obviously Clayton's reputation is tremendous, a lot respect around the league in part because of how good he is, in part because of the type of competitor he is, how hard he works. Rich being around Clayton made this situation more attractive for Rich, but I think it also inspires Clayton as well to have Rich back, the way they kind of fed off each other. That type of work ethic, that competitor I think is something that's really good for our organization with the number of young starters that we have coming up, to look at two very successful guys.

And they're not successful by accident. It's because of the work they've put in. So to have that trickle down to our young guys is significant for us.

Q. Rich, the blister issue you have, is that in the background or something you have to be conscious of?
RICH HILL: I think it is, Nick. I think it's such an outlier from last year, the way that that blister was -- how it came about, it wasn't necessarily a typical pitcher's blister that you would think of, it was more of a wound, so to speak. I think moving forward there would be no issues moving forward with that.

ANDREW FRIEDMAN: I expected it, stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night. (Chuckles.)

Q. Andrew, what makes you confident in a three-year deal for a pitcher of his age?
ANDREW FRIEDMAN: Well, I think anytime in free agency there are risks that you take. Again, so much of our confidence comes from knowing him. No matter how much work you do on a guy, it's different once you experience it firsthand and be around it and see it. So having that chance and that opportunity for those three months is what gave us the confidence to bet on him in terms of the type of person he is, what kind of competitor, the work ethic, things that I've mentioned before, seeing that up close.

Then truly that burning desire to win, it's hard for me to -- there aren't ten guys that I've been around in my career that ranked as highly as Rich does in terms of having that truly innate, burning desire to win. That's something that as we're looking to continue to further the culture that we're creating, he's going to continue to be a significant part of that.

THE MODERATOR: Thanks, guys.

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Bellinger on Fall League's Top Prospects Team

Selected by AFL managers and coaches, the team recognizes 24 players who stood out

Bellinger on Fall League's Top Prospects Team

The 2016 Arizona Fall League came to an end on Nov. 19, when the Mesa Solar Sox, powered by a two-homer, 4-for-4 performance from Cubs top prospect Ian Happ, defeated the Surprise Saguaros, 6-1, in the championship game at Scottsdale Stadium.

Since then, MLBPipeline.com has broken down this year's impressive contingent of Fall League participants in different ways, highlighting the circuit's top performers and breakout prospects and even constructing an All-AFL Team.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. 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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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.

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 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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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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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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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.