Los Angeles cut nearly $100 million off their payroll from 2015 to 2018 by Mike Axisa @mikeaxisa 1m ago • 3 min read Last week the Dodgers made their most significant addition of the winter when they signed outfielder A.J. Pollock to a somewhat complicated contract that could be as short as three years and as long as five years. Pollock joins an outfield mix that includes Cody Bellinger, Enrique Hernandez, Joc Pederson, Andrew Toles, and Alex Verdugo.Following the Pollock signing, Cot's Baseball Contracts puts the club's 2019 luxury tax payroll at $198.2 million. That is below the $206 million luxury tax threshold. The Dodgers got under the threshold last year and reset their tax rate, and a plan sent out to potential investors said the team plans to stay under the threshold the next <em>four</em> years. Yikes!The Dodgers are cutting back on spending the same way almost every team is cutting back on spending. Free agency has slowed to … [Read more...] about Dodgers president Stan Kasten downplays team’s shrinking payroll, says fan concerns are made up
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FILE PHOTO: Aug 13, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers designated hitter Adrian Beltre (29) hits a home run against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Astros defeat the Rangers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports The Texas Rangers will retire the number of former third baseman Adrian Beltre with a ceremony planned in June, the team announced Friday. Beltre, 39, announced his retirement in November following his 21st season in the majors, the last eight of which were spent with Texas. He’ll become the fourth Ranger to have his number retired, joining pitcher Nolan Ryan (No. 34) in 1996, former manager Johnny Oates (26) in 2005, and catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez (7) in 2017. Ryan and Rodriguez are both Hall of Famers — Rodriguez was inducted the same day Beltre notched his 3,000th career hit, on July 30, 2017 — and Beltre figures to join them before long. Beltre finished his career … [Read more...] about Rangers to retire Beltre’s No. 29
The future Hall of Famer is very deserving of this honor by Matt Snyder @MattSnyderCBS 4m ago • 1 min read The Rangers announced Friday night that the club will retire Adrian Beltre's number at some point next season. "The Rangers are proud and honored to make this announcement tonight," team co-chairman Ray Davis said. "This franchise and its fans have the privilege of witnessing the last eight years of Adrian Beltre's Hall of Fame career on a daily basis. With 2019 being our final year at Globe Life Park in Arlington, we felt it was appropriate to retire Adrian's number in the park where he excelled for so long."Beltre's number 29 will never be worn by another Rangers player. He joins Ivan Rodriguez (7), Johnny Oates (26) and Nolan Ryan (34) as the only Rangers players with their number retired. Jackie Robinson's 42 is retired MLB-wide. Beltre ranks third in career WAR for the Rangers behind Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro. In his eight … [Read more...] about Rangers to retire Adrian Beltre’s number 29 next season
The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly reached agreement with free agent outfielder A.J. Pollock. May 8, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock (11) is greeted in the dugout after hitting a two run home run off of Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill (44) in the first inning of the game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports The deal is pending the results of a physical, The Athletic and ESPN both reported Thursday. USA Today reported the deal is for four years and worth around $50 million and loaded with incentives, escalators and opt-outs. Pollock, 31, batted .257 with 21 homers, 65 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 113 games last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He missed nearly two months with a broken left thumb. He was a National League All-Star and Gold Glove winner in 2015 when he hit 20 homers and set career highs in batting average (.315), RBIs (76), runs scored (111), doubles (39) … [Read more...] about MLB notebook: Dodgers, FA Pollock reportedly agree
Babe Herman (1926-31, 1945, .339/.396/.557): Babe Herman was a great hitter and a lousy fielder who will always be remembered for one thing: doubling into a double play. On Aug. 15, 1926, the Dodgers were playing the Boston Braves. With one out and the bases loaded, Herman launched a fly ball to right that looked like it would be caught, but it hit the wall. The runner on third scored, but the runner on second, Dazzy Vance, rounded third and stopped, unsure if the ball had been caught. The runner on first, Chick Fewster, saw Vance round third and assumed he was going to score, so Fewster rounded second and continued to third, where he met the confused Vance. Meanwhile Herman, head down all the way, came sliding into third with what he thought was a triple. The base belonged to Vance, so Fewster and Herman were tagged out, inning over. What often gets overlooked, the run Herman did knock in turned out to be the winning run in the game. Also, Herman played so well that season that the … [Read more...] about Dodgers Dugout: Who are the three best right fielders in team history?