Report: Dodgers inquired about Sabathia, Teixeira


Report: Dodgers inquired about Sabathia, Teixeira

The Los Angeles Dodgers are entering a new era under the ownership of Mark Walter and the Guggenheim Partners and it may reshape the look of the NL West for years to come. Ownership's aim, it seems, is to turn the Dodgers into the New York Yankees of the National League and money is apparently no object.And speaking of the Yankees, it has now come to light that the Dodgers inquired about both CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira before completing their blockbuster deal with the Red Sox to acquire Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett. Reportedly, the Yankees told the Dodgers that they were not interested in moving either Sabathia or Teixiera, who both have no-trade clauses built into their contracts.Collectively, Sabathia and Teixiera are owed 184 million in salary over the next four years and, presumably, the Dodgers were expecting to eat most of it. So the Dodgers, unable to acquire Sabathia or Teixiera, went with their second choice in Gonzalez, which also required them to take on some damaged goods in the form of Crawford, who just had reconstructive elbow surgery.Gonzales is a hitter at least the caliber of Teixiera and definitely more efficient, batting .298 with 16 HR and 90 RBI this season compared to Teixeira's .255 with 23 HR and 80 RBI. But Beckett is definitely no Sabathia. Beckett has posted a 5-12 record with a 5.21 ERA next to Sabathia's impressive 13-3 with a 3.44 ERA.So the Dodgers got their first base slugger they wanted, but not their reliable starter. But with their unfathomably deep pockets and the waiver-trade option still a possibility, the Dodgers may still be looking to spend before September officially rolls around.

Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster


Former Giants infielder replaces Dodgers' star shortstop on NLCS roster

LOS ANGELES — Shortstop Corey Seager has been left off the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

The Dodgers announced Seager's surprise omission due to a back injury on Saturday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

Los Angeles also dropped reliever Pedro Baez from its roster. Infielder Charlie Culberson and outfielder Joc Pederson were added.

Chicago made only one change from the last playoff round, adding reliever Hector Rondon and removing reliever Justin Wilson.

Seager complained of back soreness during the Dodgers' NL Division Series clincher in Arizona on Monday, and 2016 NL Rookie of the Year didn't participate in team workouts this week. Still, manager Dave Roberts said Friday that he was very optimistic that Seager would play in the NLCS.

Seager was an All-Star selection this season while batting .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs as a key part of the top of the Dodgers' lineup.

Kike Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Culberson all worked out at shortstop Friday for the Dodgers. The versatile Taylor was the Dodgers' center fielder during the NLDS, but he made 96 appearances in the outfield this season and 44 in the infield, including 14 games at shortstop.

Pederson is batting .071 with no homers since July, but the Dodgers could need him in center field if Taylor plays shortstop.

Culberson famously homered to clinch the Dodgers' NL West title in announcer Vin Scully's final home game last season, but the infielder spent most of this season at Triple-A, appearing in only 14 games for the Dodgers.

Rondon was the Cubs' closer in 2014 and 2015, but moved to a setup role last season after Aroldis Chapman's arrival. He appeared in 61 regular-season games this year, going 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in an up-and-down campaign.

Chicago acquired Wilson in a trade with Detroit on July 31, adding a veteran left-handed reliever who had 13 saves for the Tigers this season. The Southern California native wasn't great in his two months with the Cubs, posting a 5.09 ERA with 19 walks in 23 appearances.

Manager Joe Maddon chose Wilson for the NLDS over Rondon, only to switch it up against the Dodgers.

Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure


Bochy, Giants issue statement following manager's heart procedure

Bruce Bochy's minor offseason heart procedure went as planned, the team announced Friday afternoon. 

In a message passed along to beat reporters, Bochy said "the procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better. I'm grateful for the doctors and want to thank everyone who has reached out with well wishes."

Bochy, 62, had an ablation procedure to help him deal with heart issues that have plagued him in recent years. The operation was his second of the year, but it was considered minor enough that it could be pushed back to the end of the season.

Cleveland's Terry Francona had a similar procedure this year and returned to manage, and Bochy has left no doubt about his future. 

“I don’t want anyone to think this has an effect on my work, or ability to work,” Bochy said last week. “This is something that is not uncommon.”