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Half a billion: That's the latest price for a gondola to Dodger Stadium

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LOS ANGELES — In 2018, when the Dodger Stadium gondola was first proposed, the cost was estimated at $125 million. On Monday, an environmental impact report projected the cost at up to $500 million.

The report sets the stage for a series of votes and regulatory hurdles on the project, starting at Metro early next year and continuing to Los ...Read more

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Dodgers met with Shohei Ohtani last week, Dave Roberts says

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Dodgers held a meeting with two-way star Shohei Ohtani at Dodger Stadium last week, manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday at Major League Baseball’s winter meetings, marking the biggest on-the-record development in a free-agent pursuit that had previously been shrouded in secrecy and speculation.

“Yeah, we met with him...Read more

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Shohei Ohtani's free agency is playing out in secrecy. That's not good for MLB

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The night before this week's winter meetings launched inside a dystopian resort and convention center, the event's top storyline was plastered all over Major League Baseball's official website.

The homepage Saturday featured a box in the top right corner titled "Ohtani Watch," where readers could "keep track of the latest news and rumors."

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Yankees' Michael Fishman talks analytics, communication: 'We always could have done better'

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — While the Yankees didn’t have any scheduled media availability at the Winter Meetings on Monday, assistant general manager Michael Fishman answered a few questions regarding the team’s analytics department.

Fishman, previously the club’s director of quantitative analysis, has come under scrutiny recently, as there is ...Read more

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Mookie Betts will be Dodgers' everyday second baseman, Dave Roberts says

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Mookie Betts playing second base is no longer just an experiment.

According to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, the team is planning to move the former MVP right fielder to second base full time in 2024.

Roberts first made the announcement during an interview Monday afternoon on MLB Network, saying, "I think it's pretty safe to say No. 50, Mookie...Read more

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Braves acquire Jarred Kelenic, two others in trade with Mariners

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Even if there are no moves made, Alex Anthopoulos and his baseball operations team are always working.

“You’re talking to all the clubs all the time,” Anthopoulos said. “On and off, you’re having conversations.”

Late Sunday night in Nashville, the Braves and Mariners came together for a trade: The Braves ...Read more

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When will Shohei Ohtani make a decision? 3 questions facing the Chicago Cubs ahead of the winter meetings

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Two months ago, during the final week of the season after the Chicago Cubs’ tenuous hold on a playoff spot had slipped away, president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer looked across the field in Atlanta at the standard they were trying to reach.

The Braves, winners of six consecutive division titles and a World Series championship in that ...Read more

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Jim Leyland, manager of Marlins' first World Series team, elected to Hall of Fame

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Jim Leyland, who guided the Marlins to their first World Series title as part of his 22-year career as an MLB manager, has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

He will be inducted as part of the Class of 2024 in Cooperstown on July 21.

Leyland’s selection, announced Sunday night, came via Contemporary Baseball Era Committee ...Read more

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John Romano: Good grief, are we now having a petty argument over the St. Pete Rays?

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The argument about where to build a new baseball stadium was long, often feisty, but clearly necessary.

The negotiations about cost, revenues, infrastructure, real estate, amenities, history, housing and all the other details that creep up in a project of this size were extensive and, presumably, contentious but also ...Read more

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Dodgers nearing a deal to re-sign reliever Joe Kelly

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LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers and reliever Joe Kelly are nearing a deal to keep the right-hander in Los Angeles, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who wasn't authorized to speak publicly.

A longtime fan favorite and member of the club's 2020 World Series-winning team, Kelly was reacquired by the Dodgers at the trade deadline ...Read more

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Waiting game: Why the Dodgers' winter plans hinge on Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto

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LOS ANGELES — About a month into free agency, a de facto waiting game is underway — for both the Dodgers, and many other clubs around Major League Baseball.

In what has been a quiet offseason around the league, the Dodgers have been no exception; yet to orchestrate much of a ripple, let alone any discernible splash.

Instead, with the ...Read more

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Chase Utley's baserunning made him 'The Man.' Could it also make him a Hall of Famer?

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PHILADELPHIA — Chase Utley never stopped running as he rounded third base, but he also never stopped thinking. He played the game like a cyborg, from the way he studied the opposition in the hours before first pitch to the way he never shied away from an inside fastball to the way he moved on the basepaths. Everything had a purpose. His wheels...Read more

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David Murphy: If the Angels are smart, they'll trade Mike Trout. If the Phillies are smart, they 'll resist the (understandable) urge.

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PHILADELPHIA — I hate to be that guy. But, here we go again. Except, it’s different now.

For years, there was an easy rebuttal to the city of Philadelphia’s constant ooh-la-la-ing over the thought of Mike Trout in a Phillies uniform. Why would the Angels trade the best player in modern history while he is in the midst of an unprecedented ...Read more

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SF Giants should be center of attention at next week's MLB Winter Meetings

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About this time last year, Bob Melvin gussied himself up in a black blazer, took a seat at one of two tables set up in a nondescript hotel ballroom a stone’s throw from the San Diego waterfront and answered questions on the state of the Padres, fulfilling the manager’s media obligations at the annual gathering of the baseball world.

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Former Yankee Luis Severino agrees to 1-year, $13 million deal with Mets: source

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NEW YORK — Luis Severino is moving across town. The former Yankee has agreed to a one-year, $13 million deal with the New York Mets, a source confirmed on Wednesday. The right-handed pitcher spent the past eight seasons with the Bombers and will join new manager Carlos Mendoza in his departure to Flushing.

The two-time All-Star has had a ...Read more

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Paul Sullivan: Andre Dawson fighting the odds to get his Hall of Fame plaque's cap changed. 'My preference all along was as a Cub.'

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CHICAGO — Andre Dawson never has let the odds bother him.

The former Chicago Cubs slugger overcame 12 knee surgeries during his 21-year, Hall of Fame career, and he famously offered the Cubs a blank contract as a free agent in spring training of 1987, telling the team to fill in the blanks with however much they felt comfortable paying him.

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Dodgers got outbid for Ichiro Suzuki in 2000. Will they lose out on Japan's next star?

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LOS ANGELES — The only knock on Yoshinobu Yamamoto, the most highly regarded pitcher on the free-agent market besides Shohei Ohtani, is that he's short and light at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds.

His reputation, however, is huge and his trophy case crammed with heavy metal after winning his third consecutive most valuable player award Tuesday on ...Read more

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Bill Shaikin: Wait for the A's to leave? Oakland is bringing in another baseball team next year.

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LOS ANGELES — For the past couple of years, as the Oakland Athletics flirted with Las Vegas, the comparison became painfully obvious: On any given night, the major league team in Oakland could be outdrawn by the minor league team in Las Vegas.

For 2024, we present this delicious possibility: On any given night, the major league team in ...Read more

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Dodgers set to re-sign Jason Heyward to a one-year deal

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The Dodgers have yet to make a major roster addition during the opening month of Major League Baseball's offseason. But on Monday, they ensured another important piece of their 2023 team would be back in the fold in 2024.

The club is nearing a new one-year contract with outfielder Jason Heyward worth $9 million pending a physical, according to ...Read more

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Mets hire ex-Bloomberg Media CEO M. Scott Havens to run business operations

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More than a year after Sandy Alderson stepped down from his role as team president, the Mets have finally hired someone to run the business side of the club. M. Scott Havens, the former CEO of Bloomberg Media, is set to join the Mets in January as the president of business operations, the club announced Monday.

Havens will report directly to ...Read more