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Author: Steven Douglas

Next Wave of Dodgers Top Prospects – Romer Cuadrado

Baseball glove with ball and bats in dugout In a sea of promising young prospects, Romer Cuadrado is rising in the ranks after an electrifying 2017 campaign. Cuadrado had an impressive season statistically, and an insanely clutch playoff performance. However, his poise, maturity and leadership are not found in any box score; and are among his finest attributes. Intangibles A clubhouse is not easily influenced without a high level of respect for the influencer. This task is not just for a Manager, or coaching staff. Players must be able to step up into leadership roles when necessary. Raptors Manager,...

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Blue Jays Trade Prospect to Cardinals for Aledmys Diaz

ST. LOUIS, MO – SEPTEMBER 29: Aledmys Diaz #36 of the St. Louis Cardinals scores a run against the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth inning at Busch Stadium on September 29, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) The St. Louis Cardinals shipped the versatile infielder Aledmys Diaz to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for a minor league prospect. The Blue Jays brain trust have begun the off-season duties of building the 2018 roster. The Redbirds receive outfield prospect, J.B. Woodman in the deal. Aledmys Diaz Diaz, an All-Star in 2016, suffered a bit of...

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Dodgers Sign C Hamlet Marte to a Minor League Contract

PHOENIX, AZ – AUGUST 09: General manager Farhan Zaidi of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the dugout before the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 9, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly signed Hamlet Marte to a minor league contract. The front office continues the effort to have every base covered as far as contingencies. Is this move an indication of future transactions? Groundwork This move paves the way for the Dodgers to potentially deal Yasmani Grandal. He lost his job when Austin Barnes took...

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Los Angeles Dodgers Add More Versatility and Depth with Early Signings

GLENDALE, AZ – MARCH 05: Pat Venditte #61 of the Seattle Mariners, a switch-pitcher, delivers a right handed pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth inning during the spring training game at Camelback Ranch on March 5, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) The “Hot Stove” season has not yet begun to warm up, and the Los Angeles Dodgers front office is already adding more versatility and depth to the organization. Contingency plans, layered in a web of next steps and what-ifs. There may not be an organization in all of baseball with as...

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Conflicting Reports on Andre Ethier Retirement

LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 01: Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI single to score Joc Pederson #31 (not pictured) during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in game seven of the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Conflicting reports regarding the playing future of Andre Ethier have surfaced in the last 24 hours. It has been reported that the two time MLB All-Star has told friends and family that he will be retiring from Major League Baseball. Is...

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The Reggie Smith Coaching Tree is Developing in the Los Angeles Dodgers System

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 1978: Reggie Smith #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers winds up for a pitch against the New York Yankees during the World Series at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY in October of 1978. (Photo by Focus on Sports via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Reggie Smith The Reggie Smith coaching tree is beginning to flourish in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Reggie Smith, the hitting and life instructor for an entire generation of baseball players in the San Fernando Valley, has been changing swings and lives for the better now over twenty years....

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