Sunday, November 24, 2013

Dodgers to Sign Free Agent Pitcher - Welcome to the Blue, Dan Haren!

It appears the Dodgers have finally made their first real move of winter.  According to Ken Rosenthal on twitter, the Dodgers have just signed free agent starting pitcher Dan Haren to a 1-year contract. 

Considering our need for another arm in the starting rotation, he just might fill the bill.  Josh Beckett is expected to be ready for Spring, so Haren should be a good option as our #5 pitcher.  He isn't going to wow you on the mound, but should provide some good innings.

I like that it's a short term deal.  If Beckett or Billingsley are unable to come back, then Haren will be the kind of insurance we'll need to survive a long season.  Additionally, this may just be an opening move by the Dodgers.  They have been closely linked to the up-coming auction for ace Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka.  If the Dodgers win his services, then we'll see quite a battle for the final spot. 

As it stands right now, the Dodgers have the following rotation (depth chart):
  1. Clayton Kershaw
  2. Zack Greinke
  3. Hyu-Jin Ryu
  4. Josh Beckett
  5. Dan Haren
  6. Chad Billingsley (will return severals weeks into the season)
  7. Matt Magill
  8. Stephen Fife
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Sunday Dodgers Videos: A Kids Eye View of the Puig Baseball Clinic

Here are this Sunday's Dodger videos.

Here's a video of the recent Puig Little League clinic he held at Dodger Stadium from the perspective of one of the participants.  He takes us on a tour of the whole afternoon.  It's a fun watch.  The same kid also met Puig on the ballfield several weeks ago.  Watch that here.

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A.J. Ellis and Diamondbacks' Patrick Corbin climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge as they check out the sights in Australia.  You can also watch AJ at the zoo, here.

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Here's a video from the first stop of the Dodgers 2013 Holiday Mall Tour in Culver City.  Go here for my most recent updates on the Dodgers 2013 Mall Tour.

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The Dodgers are holding their own post-Thanksgiving holiday sale with Blue Friday at the Top of the Park store at Dodger Stadium.  Watch the video below for more information.  Also, go here for my most recent updates on the Dodgers 2013 Mall Tour.

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