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There were plenty of winners and losers at baseball's winter meetings

baltimoresun.com — In Ned Colletti's first winter as Dodgers general manager, he made three trades, a perfectly reasonable volume. In Andrew Friedman's first winter in charge, he dominated the winter meetings by making four trades within 24 hours. There was the midnight news conference, the predawn trade of Matt Kemp, the suddenly new starters at five of the eight positions aside from pitcher.

There were plenty of winners and losers at baseball's winter meetings

latimes.com — In Ned Colletti's first winter as Dodgers general manager, he made three trades, a perfectly reasonable volume. In Andrew Friedman's first winter in charge, he dominated the winter meetings by making four trades within 24 hours. There was the midnight news conference, the predawn trade of Matt Kemp, the suddenly new starters at five of the eight positions aside from pitcher.

As popular Dodgers exit, Stan Kasten reminds that it's about winning

sacbee.com — The Los Angeles Dodgers dispatched two of their most popular players - outfielder Kemp and second baseman Dee Gordon - in their frenzied makeover this week. Their major league roster got older, and not necessarily better.

As popular Dodgers exit, Stan Kasten reminds that it's about winning

latimes.com — SAN DIEGO - The Dodgers open the 2015 season at Dodger Stadium, against the San Diego Padres. The cheers will be long and loud for one of the Padres' outfielders, a guy by the name of Matt Kemp. The Dodgers dispatched two of their most popular players - Kemp and second baseman Dee Gordon - in their frenzied makeover this week.

Dee Gordon 'surprised' but excited by trade to Miami Marlins

Dodgers' new front office shows creativity with exciting moves

latimes.com — The last general manager to win a World Series in Southern California was Bill Stoneman, the architect of the 2002 Angels. Stoneman was a Plan A guy. When he talked to another general manager, Stoneman had a pretty firm idea of what he wanted to do.

Max Scherzer's agent laughs off idea Dodgers, Angels can't afford ace

latimes.com — The Dodgers could use a starting pitcher. The Angels really could use a starting pitcher. The Dodgers would like to cut back on their payroll. The Angels would like to stay beneath the luxury-tax threshold. And Scott Boras - the agent for the best available free-agent starter, Max Scherzer - wonders why.

Dodgers finalizing deal to acquire Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins

latimes.com — The Dodgers appeared close to securing a shortstop on Wednesday, moving toward acquiring three-time All-Star Jimmy Rollins from the rebuilding Philadelphia Phillies. The deal was not complete as of mid-afternoon Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it.

Joe Torre: No pitch clocks in MLB next season

latimes.com — There may come a time when major league pitchers stare at a clock counting down the seconds before they must deliver the ball. However, that time has not come. "I'm not about to say it can't happen, but I think we're a little ways away from that," said Joe Torre, the chief baseball officer for Major League Baseball.

As White Sox build, Dodgers look elsewhere for shortstop

chicagotribune.com — SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers could use a shortstop. As the offseason started, the Chicago White Sox let it be known that Alexei Ramirez was available. That time is over. The White Sox traded for pitcher Jeff Samardzija and agreed to terms with closer David Robertson on Monday, on the heels of signing free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche and left-handed reliever Zach Duke.
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Dec 17, 2014

I'm told Dodgers haven't heard anything from Padres that would indicate Kemp deal is in any jeopardy.

Dec 17, 2014

@JoeBelBruno @MegJamesLAT Those types of places already exist. Europeans go there. See Varadero.

Dec 16, 2014

@Brads_Sister He might want to wait til spring training to make sure he still is on the team.

Dec 16, 2014

@bmpbigdaddy09 Still there. This is Class A Burlington (Midwest League). Sorry for the confusion.

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