Thanks as always for the large volume of questions for this week’s mailbag. Before delving into this week’s questions, I’ll begin by stating (in light of a huge number of questions pertaining to these two) that it seems extremely unlikely for either Freddie Freeman or Jose Fernandez to be traded this offseason. Braves GM John Coppolella strongly denied the notion that he’d even entertain trading Freeman, and the Marlins would be selling low on one of the game’s premier pitching talents before he even becomes overly expensive. There’s clearly some level of animosity between agent Scott Boras and owner Jeffrey Loria/president David Samson, but the overwhelming media consensus since the initial mention of a Fernandez trade possibility is that the Marlins’ ace will remain in Miami, and that’s the expectation here as well. On to this week’s topics… “If the Twins were to trade Trevor Plouffe for a bullpen arm, what would a potential return be? What teams match up with the Twins for this hypothetical trade?” — Josh K. The Angels stand out as the best fit to me and already have reported interest, with the Twins said to be intrigued by young right-hander Cam Bedrosian. He alone isn’t enough to land Plouffe, I wouldn’t think, but adding someone such as Trevor Gott, whose 96 mph fastball would fit the Twins’ desire of adding power arms, makes the notion more palatable
Ken Johnson, the only pitcher to ever throw a nine-inning no-hitter and lose the game, has died at the age of 82.
Hall of Famer Rod Carew suffered a heart attack near his home in Southern California on Sept. 20, and had a left ventricular assist device surgically implanted to help maintain the pumping of his heart as he awaits a possible heart transplant.
NOV. 23: The Dodgers have formally announced the hiring. NOV. 22: 11:12pm: The official introductory press conference will be held after the Thanksgiving weekend, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports. Roberts will sign a three-year deal, Nightengale reports, and Hernandez adds that the contract also contains a club option on a fourth season. (Both links to Twitter.) 7:28pm: The Dodgers are expected to hire Dave Roberts as the team’s next manager on Monday, sources tell Dylan Hernandez, Bill Plaschke and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have hired one of the nicest and most genuine men on the planet. As qualifications go for a job like this one, that’s an excellent place to start.
The team that signs 26-year-old Jason Heyward in free agency will be getting a player who is entering what should be the prime of his career. That isn’t often the case in free agency, but here, it is.
Every year, without fail, less-heralded prospects excel — and sometimes outperform — their more famous counterparts in the Arizona Fall League. Here are 10 prospects who left Arizona standing a bit taller than they did when they arrived.
The Dodgers are expected to hire Dave Roberts as the team’s next manager on Monday, sources tell Dylan Hernandez, Bill Plaschke and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. Roberts, 43, has spent the last five seasons on the Padres coaching staff, first acting as a first base coach from 2011-13 and then as the bench coach for the last two years. This will be Roberts’ first managerial job at any level of pro baseball, aside from one game last summer as a fill-in for the Padres after Bud Black was fired. It’s not, however, Roberts’ first time wearing Dodger blue. The Dodgers (2002-04) were one of five clubs Roberts played for during his 10-year Major League career, as he amassed a .266/.342/.366 line over 3092 with the Indians, Dodgers, Red Sox, Padres and Giants from 1999-2008.
Dave Roberts, initially considered a long shot until dazzling management in his interview, is expected to be hired as the next manager of the Dodgers on Monday, according to baseball sources. The club has not confirmed the decision, which could be announced as early as Monday, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.
Fenway Park may be synonymous with the Red Sox, but on Saturday, it was all about college football.