Dave Roberts will make his first official appearance as the Dodgers manager later this morning as he'll be introduced during a press conference at 11:00 AM. It'll be televised live on SportsNet LA, so those of you who have the channel can tune in. Via Ken Gurnick at MLB.com, "Dodgers set to introduce new skipper Roberts."
Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2004. Below are more links to check out:"Don't mistake kindness for weakness," said Hoffman, who played with Roberts in San Diego, then watched from the front office as Roberts coached five years for the Padres.
"He's learned from a lot of people and I think he's ready for the opportunity. He's a great communicator and people gravitate to his energy. Being in the second biggest market will be a test, but nothing he hasn't seen. He won't be overmatched by anything."
- Ben Badler at Baseball America answered a bunch of questions about the Dodgers Top-10 Prospects, here.
Frank (Chicago, IL): Willie Calhoun a top 30 prospect for you? Is his destination to be the keystone, or can he play elsewhere?
Ben Badler: Definitely a Top 30 guy. I’m a huge fan of Willie Calhoun’s bat. When you watch his swing—wow. His hitting mechanics are outstanding. Short, compact swing, excellent rhythm and balance, with the barrel staying on plane with the ball for a long time. The crazy power numbers he posted as an amateur are going to come back down to earth, but for his size, he does have surprising power and could be a 15-20 HR guy. The way he raked in his brief taste of pro ball after signing this year is no fluke. Now the downside—he’s short, stocky, doesn’t have much physical projection left and his defense is poor. It doesn’t seem like he’s ever prioritized defense, so the hope is that with more emphasis on his fielding and the benefit of pro instruction, he can become at least a playable defender there, and I think he can do that. I love that pick by the Dodgers for where they got him.
Curtis (Nevada): Do you see the Dodgers trading Urias for a SP this offseason?
Ben Badler: I would be surprised if they traded Urias for anybody. He’s one of the truly elite pitching prospects in baseball.
- I really hate rumors on the hot stove. More often than not they are baseless, unsubstantiated and totally made up. That said, I figured this was something worth passing along. Via Jerry Crasnick on twitter, the Zack Greinke market is red hot:
Zack Greinke's market is quietly heating up, says a source. #Dodgers, #SFGiants both looking for some clarity.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) November 30, 2015
- Dodgers adding more depth in outfield. Via John Manuel on twitter, they are expected to sign Donavan Tate. Mike Petriello at Dodger Insider writes about him here.
OF Donavan Tate, No. 3 pick in 2009 #mlbdraft, is expected to sign as a minor league free agent with the #Dodgers https://t.co/2hxGrAlzDC— John Manuel (@johnmanuelba) November 30, 2015
- Jim Johnson, who the Dodgers acquired via a trade with the Braves, has signed a new deal with the Braves, via DJ Short at Hardball Talk. As you'll recall, Johnson was absolutely horrible when he came to the Dodgers.
- Giovanni Balistreri at When Topps Had (Base) Balls creates a fantastic fantasy rookie card featuring Ron Cey. Check it out here.
- Via Dylan Hernandez on twitter, the Dodgers avoid arbitration with Joe Wieland by agreeing to terms:
Source: Joe Wieland re-signs with #Dodgers for $590k. Wieland was a non-tender candidate.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) December 1, 2015
- On Wieland, via Jeff Todd at MLB Trade Rumors:
Though the soon-to-be 26-year-old is hardly an established major leaguer, the Dodgers obviously didn’t want to risk losing him with a non-tender. Wieland has worked almost exclusively as a starter over his career but could conceivably factor in the major league pen this year. Last season at Triple-A, he tossed 113 2/3 innings of 4.59 ERA ball with 7.3 K/9 against 2.0 BB/9.
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