The Future Is Now For LA

Cody Bellinger is one of the best prospects in all of baseball. Corey Seager finished 2nd in MVP voting last year at 21. Julio Urias was a number one ranked national prospect when he was called up.

And what do these three have in common? They all are in the Major Leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

We all know about Seager and Urias has already had a stint with LA but this time it is about Cody who makes his MLB debut for the club tonight in left field against the San Francisco Giants.

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Josh Ravin Suspended for 80 Games Following PED Use

Right-handed Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin has been found guilty of performance enhancing drugs and is suspended immediately for 80 games.

The southern California native has spent 10 years throughout baseball in all levels, getting as high as the majors for a couple of them. These have come both in the Dodgers’ organisation and the Cardinals’.

Josh has been on the 60 day DL for some time now too after his crash in a car accident in February that broke his non pitching arm. This comes as a shock to him and everyone involved however it is not the first time something weird has happened to the pitcher.

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Chase Utley to LA After Long Awaited Trade

Howie Kendrick, Kike Hernandez, Alex Guerrero and Justin Turner. These four are all ahead of Chase Utley in the pecking order for time at second and third base this year with Jimmy Rollins and Adrian Gonzalez seeming sure players at their respective positions.

So why did LA take on Chase? Well in his 12 and a half years in the MLB and also with the Phillies, Chase has been one of the better players on their roster hitting some .282 and being an NL All Star for 6 years with the privilege of having a World Series ring to his name.

The only problem for now is Utley is 36, he is being paid 6 million dollars for the remainder of the year and even though Philadelphia are paying 4 million of it to help the deal go through LA increase their lead in the MLB’s biggest payroll category to $307 million with the Yankees being some $17 million behind in second. Another two million dollars for his by out next year if he doesn’t fit and isn’t needed and this is a pretty expensive deal.

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Mat Latos Sent to the Bullpen

After coming over from Miami with now DFA’d Michael Morse, Mat Latos hasn’t been all that the Dodgers have wanted from the veteran starter. Mat has gone 0-2 in his 3 starts with LA and sporting a 6.75 ERA, one that is considerably worse than his 4.48 with Miami.

Latos’ stats really don’t help him here either, his OBP, OPS, batting average against and slugging percentage are all the highest it’s ever been with a team and his maximum pitches for LA this year are only 85 in 6IP, his best start for LA only giving up 1 run.

Even though he was 4-7 Latos had showed good signs for the year with only giving up 6 earned runs in his last 4 starts over 26IP but going 2-2. Seemingly the problem there, as the Dodgers have sometimes had is the offence not supporting their starting pitchers when they did it.

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13 Player, One Pick Trade Sees LA on top

With the talk surrounding David Price to LA ending after he got dealt to Toronto and then Cole Hamels with his rumour of landing in LA, after his perfect game in Philadelphia coming to a close with his trade to the Rangers the Dodgers were still left with an apparent need for a big name starter. Enter Mat Latos.

The deal was only spoke about for two or three days in the media before it was announced but in the end the deal will have monumental effects on all three teams’ play off runs. For LA they could be a realistic shot at the World Series ring, Atlanta can bolster the bullpen with their additions and also the 70 million dollar man Olivera where as Miami I think just lost out in this deal.

Los Angeles acquired starting pitchers Alex Wood, Mat Latos and Bronson Arroyo, relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan, slugger Michael Morse and infield prospect Jose Peraza. The Dodgers also received cash considerations from both Atlanta and Miami, this wont help though with Morse’s contract coming on board and also Latos’.

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Yasiel Puig Getting Traded?

Yesterday the Dodgers announced that Cuban phenom Yasiel Puig was available to be traded away come the deadline in 3 days but “only if demands are met”, this could be either a huge success for LA or a terrible one, but what would the Dodgers get out of a deal like this.

Puig has hit .305 with 35HR and 111 RBI in his first ever 250 games in the majors. These are all star numbers and he is only a sophomore in the league. In fact in his first 2 years he was 15th and 19th respectively in MVP voting, and also being 2nd in the NL for Rookie of the Year in 2013.

There isn’t any doubt among the league that Yasiel could be a star, which is why the terms would have to blow the Dodgers away for this once in a generation player.

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Uribe, Withrow Traded to Atlanta

The news broke of a trade between the two clubs early this week with rumors of Juan Uribe being shipped off to Atlanta in exchange for another infielder Alberto Callaspo coming to the Dodgers in a straight one for one swap.

This deal didn’t go through however as Callaspo vetoed the deal, causing more negotiations to be had. The Dodgers seemed determined to get rid of Juan as now, with Justin Turner really finding his step and coming up with hit after hit, the every day third baseman role seems to be his. This would mean that LA are paying 6.5 million dollars this year for a backup 36 year old third baseman, something that is absurd to anyone, except well Atlanta as now they have the salary and need to their backup.

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Hector Olivera Is (Officially) A Dodger

On Tuesday it was announced that Hector Olivera was officially with the Dodgers organisation in a press conference with the head of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman.

Olivera played in the Cuban league with the Santiago de Cuba team from when he was 17 up until 2012, at the age of 27. In his 10 seasons he hit for .323 batting average with 96 homeruns and 433 RBIs.

Although the 30 year old has signed a major league contract, worth 62.5 million dollars; including a 28 million signing bonus which he will receive on 5 days, Hector will start in Single A Rancho Cucamonga for “a few games” and then send him onto AAA Oklahoma and will stay there until he is MLB ready.

At this point it’s premature to speculate [when Olivera will be MLB-ready]. We’ve seen it with guys in the past, it’s hard to miss Spring Training and come out at hit the ground running, but everyone’s different and I don’t know the answer to that right now.

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Urias Out For A Month

The number one prospect in the whole of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ organisation is out for a month to have eye surgery.

Julio Urias has been lights out this year so far in AA, starting 7 games so far and, even with his 1-2 record, has posted a 3.00 ERA, not bad for an 18 year old in his first year of AA ball. This sits nicely along side his first two years of his career, with a 2.58 ERA in around 180 innings.

Urias had always had this eye tumor, he developed it as a kid but it has never been a problem. This week however Julio decided to get it removed, with surgery in Phoenix on the 28th, sidelining him for around 20 days after it, with the goal to be back by the end of June.

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Why Julio Urias is not Ready for LA

Julio Urias, on a non roster invite to the Dodgers’ Spring Training camp for 2015, faced 4 batters in a live batting practice session today, and he dominated. Striking out potential center field starter on Joc Pederson on three pitches, did the same to Alex Guerrero and then sat down Chris Heisey too.

When he threw a fastball, I couldn’t see it,” Guerrero said in an interview after his at bat. “The movement was distinct. He threw me two high fastballs, but I couldn’t see them. I swung for the sake of swinging, but I couldn’t see them.

The thing that got the eyes of such greats as Sandy Koufax and Rick Honeycutt was his offspeed, “His fastball is pretty good, and he offsets that with his changeup,” Heisey said. “The changeup I saw was really good, especially if he can learn to pitch it with that upper-90s fastball. Then that changeup away to righties will be devastating.”

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