Thursday, January 12, 2012

McCourt 'laughs' at adding Prince Fielder, plus other news

For this being a blog about the Los Angeles Dodgers, I sure am writing about a player with little-to-no-chance of being a Dodger.

Anyway, today at the MLB Owners' Meetings, soon-to-be-former Dodgers' owner Frank McCourt was asked about Prince Fielder.

He laughed. Literally.
"But, to the question of whether the Dodgers might pursue Fielder, outgoing owner Frank McCourt laughed.

'We're not going to talk about that,' McCourt said Thursday at the Major League Baseball owners' meetings.'"
McCourt does appear more focused than ever in trying to sell the Dodgers, as the bidders are lining ready to spend a billion-plus bucks to acquire the historic franchise.

There was even talk about the Brewers bringing Fielder back on a 1-year deal so he could hit the market next winter with the new Dodgers' owner in place.

Scott Boaras, Fielder's agent, probably laughed in the way McCourt laughed at the Fielder question.

Still, it might not be a bad proposition for Fielder, if he really wants to be a Dodger and play with Matt Kemp and Tony Gwynn. That, or Fielder/Boras wait to see what happens after Jan. 23 to re-assess their options.


Reliever Blake Hawksworth underwent surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday and should be out 4-to-6 weeks.

Chad Moriyama and Mike Petriello both wondered if Hawksworth was pitching hurt toward the end of last season.

Moriyama thinks it was normalization while Petriello thinks it happened post-season.

Either way, it's good Hawksworth is getting this taken care of, as he's slated to be the Dodgers' long reliever this season. Petriello also points out this could lead to Josh Linblom making the squad out of Spring Training, if Hawksworth's recover is slower than expected.


The Dodgers and FOX have settled the ongoing dispute over the TV rights.

Clayton Kershaw was named Sportsman of the Year by the Los Angeles Sports Council. He'll be honored on March 15. His trophy case must be filling up, especially after winning the National League Cy Young Award and a Gold Glove earlier this off-season.

Brandon Lennox of True Blue L.A. is counting down the Dodgers' top 200 prospects. He's down to No. 131.

Dodger Bobble has some details about the Vin Scully bobblehead (Aug. 30). I'm really going to try to make it to that one.

Jon Weisman asks who will be in the Dodgers' rotation in 2013. He lists 10 legitimate candidates. Hmm... 10-man rotation anyone?

Evan Bladh of Opinion of Kingman's Performance wonders why the Dodgers are so hated.

Roberto Baly of Vin Scully is my Homeboy has a look at the latest billionaire to enter the bidding. Ramona Shelburne of ESPN L.A. has a more in-depth look at Josh Macciello.

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