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Rendon on Dodgers: 'Hollywood lifestyle' not a fit

Anthony Rendon spoke highly of the Dodgers organizationally but said "the Hollywood lifestyle" of Los Angeles "didn't seem like it would be a fit for us as a family."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers were under the impression that Anthony Rendon didn't have any real interest in playing for them, and Rendon basically confirmed that today. He spoke highly about the organization, but said during his press conference that the Hollywood lifestyle" of LA "didn't seem like it would be a fit for us as a family." Later, he said: "I think when people think about California, they think about straight Hollywood, that Hollywood glamour, whole bunch of flashes, so much paparazzi."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw, speaking at a Dodgers holiday event, said he was "a little shocked" about the Astros' sign-stealing scandal. "When the team and the players are doing what they can on the field to get the signs, that's obviously part of the game," he said. "But when technology comes into play, if that is really true, it sucks."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Friedman said this tonight about missing out on Gerrit Cole despite reportedly offering a $300M contract: "There have been and there are going to be lots of times when someone's first choice is the Dodgers and we get that advantage. When we don't, we certainly understand it."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Blake Treinen was an absolute force in 2018 (0.78 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings). If the Dodgers can get him back to that level, it'll change the complexion of their entire bullpen.

Jeff Passan ESPN 

Right-hander Blake Treinen is in agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers on a one-year, $10 million deal, sources tell ESPN. Treinen had multiple offers in that range and chose the Dodgers.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers might be the most interesting team to watch moving forward. They are very open to making relatively drastic changes to their core group, however that manifests itself, and are having a lot of conversations both with free agents and through the trade market, targeting mostly elite players.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers felt good about their chances to land Gerrit Cole and thought they might get him right up until the time he chose the Yankees. They don't think the money was enough of a difference to lose out on him; they think in the end he simply wanted to be a Yankee.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers still have a lot of ways they can go, and based on what Dave Roberts said earlier, they'll remain aggressive. They can sign 3B Anthony Rendon and trade for a starter, or they can sign a No. 2-ish starter (Hyun-Jin Ryu, Madison Bumgarner) and trade for offense/bullpen.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

With Gerrit Cole off the board, it'll be interesting to see if the Angels make a serious run at 3B Anthony Rendon or Josh Donaldson, both of whom they have expressed interest in. Dallas Keuchel, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Madison Bumgarner make up the next tier of starters. The Angels might be able to afford two, but Arte Moreno has shown a tendency to be more willing to spend on offense.

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Hinch deflects, Roberts candid on sign-stealing

Although Astros manager AJ Hinch told reporters that he could not comment on the sign-stealing scandal, the Dodgers' Dave Roberts offered some thoughts, including the fact that his team was wary of whether the Astros were working for an extra edge.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Roberts said Dodgers owner Mark Walter "has been at the center" of their offseason pursuit and that Justin Turner agreeing to switch positions "set the tone for the offseason." He also said this, which I thought was interesting: "I would say, as far as with my time here, I think this is probably the most turnover we'll have from one season to the next. I think that's fair."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged that his club has been more aggressive than in years past. "When you look at the players that are available, you look at the economics of the flexibility that we have as a club — those two variables kind of made us a little bit more involved, more interested."

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was thoroughly grilled regarding the sign-stealing allegations that have enveloped the Astros. He said he has spoken to Houston manager AJ Hinch, but declined to characterize the conversation. Added that Hinch remains one of his good friends.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Here is what Scott Boras said when I asked how "close" were the Gerrit Cole negotiations: "'Close' has a broad definition but we're certainly well into the negotiation process to where you can say you can potentially see a finish line."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers have discussed the possibility of switching positions with Justin Turner, which would obviously hinge on them adding a third baseman. Andrew Friedman said Turner is willing. First base would be the position he would move to, not second.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Friedman said the Dodgers have zeroed in on roughly 12 players they're targeting at the moment. Almost all of them, perhaps with the exception of relievers, are elite. "I'd say it's a much more narrow group than it has been in some other years in my career," Friedman said.


BBTN: The Latest From The MLB Winter Meetings

With the MLB winter meetings underway in San Diego, Buster welcomes ESPN's Alden Gonzalez (20:51) and Jesse Rogers (31:51) to discuss the latest in the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes, landing spots for Anthony Rendon, the trade markets for Kris Bryant and Wilson Contreras and more. Plus, Tim Kurkjian on last night's Hall of Fame inductions and Sarah Langs with her take on the changes coming to Mets ownership (11:02).

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers could do everything and nothing and I wouldn't be surprised by either outcome. What's interesting — and limiting — is that the only players who would help them, at any position, are basically the top 1 percent. They have the financial flexibility and organizational depth to do whatever they want, but they have in past years been more willing to assess needs in-season if they're not comfortable with the demands this time of year.

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Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average3.371st
Quality Starts805th
Batting Average.25710th
On Base Percentage.3385th
Slugging Percentage.4724th