Dodgers acquire pitchers Peralta, Liberatore from Rays

By Jon Weisman

It was Friday morning in Tampa Bay but Thursday evening in Los Angeles when the Rays and Dodgers announced a trade: The Dodgers have acquired pitchers Joel Peralta and Adam Liberatore from Andrew Friedman’s former team in exchange for pitchers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris.

Peralta, who turns 39 in March, had a 4.41 ERA and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 69 games for Tampa Bay this year. His ERA in 2014 was deceptive; according to Fangraphs, his xFIP (expected fielding-independent ERA) was 3.11. With Jamey Wright a free agent, Peralta takes the crown as oldest active Dodger from 35-year-old Juan Uribe, who was the senior senor for a few weeks there.

Liberatore, a 27-year-old minor-league lefty who will also be added to the 40-man roster, had a 1.66 ERA and 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 54 games for Triple-A Durham.

They join a Dodger bullpen mix that includes Kenley Jansen, J.P. Howell, Brian Wilson, Pedro Baez, Daniel Coulombe, Yimi Garcia, Brandon League and Paco Rodriguez, among others.

Going to Tampa Bay will be the hard-throwing 24-year-old Dominguez, who struck out 12 in 14 2/3 career MLB innings while allowing 10 earned runs, and Harris, a 20-year-old righty who had a 4.45 ERA and 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 87 innings for Single-A Great Lakes.

Dodger exec Janet Marie Smith honored tonight

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERSBy Cary Osborne

Dodger senior vice president of planning and development Janet Marie Smith is one of three recipients of the 2014 WISE Los Angeles Women of Inspiration Award by the Los Angeles Chapter of Women in Sports and Events.

The WISE Los Angeles Women of Inspiration Awards, presented by FOX Audience Strategy, is being presented at the fifth annual gala tonight at the Dorothy Chandler Music Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Vin Scully’s parting advice for Zev Yaroslavsky

From Kevin Roderick at L.A. Observed:

Here is the Vin Scully video I mentioned from Monday night’s Disney Hall send-off to Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who leaves office on December 1. Yaroslavsky had made it known often that he craved Scully’s job. Scully responds in an amusing video I’m told was recorded in one take with no script and no Telepromptr. …

– Jon Weisman

Zach Lee, Chris Reed and Scott Schebler join 40-man

Ahead of tonight’s deadline to protect players before the December 11 Rule 5 draft, the Dodgers selected the contracts of pitchers Zach Lee and Chris Reed and outfielder Scott Schebler to the team’s 40-man roster.

The Dodgers have 39 players on the 40-man, after reliever Onelki Garcia was claimed on waivers by the Chicago White Sox. Garcia, who allowed two runs in 1 1/3 big-league innings with the Dodgers in 2013, missed most of 2014 because of arm surgery before a brief return at season’s end for Rancho Cucamonga.

— Jon Weisman

Andre Ethier and the 1988 draft

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By Jon Weisman

And with the 1,390th pick in the 1988 amateur draft, the Dodgers select 6-year-old outfielder Andre Ethier …

Well, not exactly, but over at Grantland, Ben Lindbergh did something I’ve always wanted to do but never attempted — see how far back you can trace the acquisition of a given player.

Amazingly, he’s done it for all 30 MLB teams, and as you can see above, he routes Andre Ethier all the way back to the 1988 draft, when the outfielder wasn’t quite two months past his sixth birthday. (Click the image to enlarge.)

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Kershaw, Ellis enjoying visit to Dominican Republic

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By Yvonne Carrasco

Dodger 2014 National League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player award winner Clayton Kershaw is currently in the Dominican Republic with batterymate A.J. Ellis in order to serve the various Dominican communities in need.

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Seasons: Matt Kemp’s 2011 — unforgettable

Matt Kemp punctuated his 2011 season by signing a long-term contract with the Dodgers on November 18, 2011.

Matt Kemp punctuated his 2011 season by signing a long-term contract with the Dodgers on November 18, 2011.

By Cary Osborne

There were parts missing. The explosiveness on the basepaths wasn’t quite what it was. The defense wasn’t the Gold Glove standard he once set. But at the plate, it looked familiar.

The opposite-field power was there, like it hadn’t been the previous two seasons. The rhythm had that familiar feel. So familiar that when Matt Kemp came to the plate in the second half of 2014, you expected him to inflict 2011-like damage. And he did.

Kemp’s .606 slugging percentage in the 2014 season’s second half led baseball by 20 points. He ranked second in baseball in home runs (17) and RBI (54) and tied Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison for most total bases (143).

Yes. We remember that Matt Kemp. It was only three years ago when we saw the Dodger outfielder not only reach the potential that so many saw in him, but maybe even exceed that potential.

Matt Kemp’s 2011 stands as one of the greatest seasons in Dodger history.

“I think it will be considered certainly one of the better seasons anyone has had without winning an MVP,” said ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian.

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Puig savors Japan trip, ready for more offseason workouts

Ben Platt/MLB.com

Ben Platt/MLB.com

By Jon Weisman

Yasiel Puig was so buoyed by how the Japan All-Star Series ended, he wishes the beginning had been longer. From David Venn of MLB.com:

Puig would suggest a slight tweak to the format. Like many of his teammates on the squad of MLB stars, the 23-year-old played much better in Games 4 and 5 of the series — the only MLB victories in the official five-game series — than he did in the first three. In Puig’s opinion, the guest team should have more time to work out and come together.

“They beat us those first three games when we weren’t in game shape, but now a few of us are indeed in shape,” Puig said before Thursday’s trip finale, an exhibition game against Samurai Japan at Okinawa Cellular Stadium. “I think we should play two or three more. The tournament should be a little longer.”

Puig was later asked what comes next for him:

“Workouts, to have a better season than the one I had last year,” said Puig, who hit .296 in 148 games for the Dodgers, with 16 home runs, 69 RBIs and an OPS of .863. “I need to keep working hard in order to keep growing in baseball and to get far.”

Dodgers spread Thanksgiving cheer to community

Update: Jon SooHoo has some great photos from Wednesday’s event at LA Photog Blog.

IMG_9023By Jon Weisman

On a beautiful afternoon (and really, I can’t emphasize that enough) at the top of the park at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers and the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF), in partnership with Ralphs/Food 4 Less, hosted the 10th annual Community Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway at Dodger Stadium — part of the Dodgers/LADF 2014 Season of Giving.

IMG_9019Dodger Alumni League members Al “The Bull” Ferrara, “Sweet” Lou Johnson, Matt Luke and Dennis Powell helped distribute a complimentary turkey, fixings and reusable canvas bags to 1,200 pre-selected families and nonprofit community organizations, who will in turn distribute them to Los Angeles area families in need. Levy Restaurants provided complimentary Dodger Dogs for these families and organizations.

The Dodgers also partnered with the offices of Senator Kevin de Leon, Councilmember Gil Cedillo, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez on the event.

Dodgers show pride and giving side

Justin Turner gets ready to drop the ceremonial puck between the Kings' Dustin Brown and the Panthers' Willie Mitchell. (Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Justin Turner gets ready to drop the ceremonial puck between the Kings’ Dustin Brown and the Panthers’ Willie Mitchell. (Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

111814JO_LAD_USOBy Jon Weisman

Dodgers Pride Night at Staples Center, hosted by our friends at the Los Angeles Kings, took place Tuesday. Click this link to visit a Juan Ocampo photo gallery from the evening, and click here for video.

Also on Tuesday, Tommy Lasorda, Ned Colletti and Tim and Lori Wallach helped serve Thanksgiving meals to approximately 300 service members at the 9th annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the Troops at the Bob Hope USO, located at Los Angeles International Airport. The event was part of the Dodgers’ 2014 Season of Giving.

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And on his last off day before returning home from the Japan All-Star Series, Drew Butera joined Jeff Beliveau of the Rays in visiting a children’s hospital. David Venn has more at MLB.com.

Ben Platt/MLB.com

Ben Platt/MLB.com

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