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 Latest Los Angeles Dodgers Player Notes:

Dec 20 2017 - Tom Koehler
  RHP Tom Koehler signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. Koehler, 31, who was non-tendered by Toronto, is 36-55 with a 4.39 ERA in 161 major league games with Miami (2012-17) and the Blue Jays (2017). Koehler began the 2017 season with the Marlins and went 1-5 in 12 starts before being dealt to the Toronto on Aug. 19. He then made all but one of his 15 appearances in the bullpen, compiling an 0-2 record and 2.65 ERA. Koehler held batters to a .242 average and struck out 18 in 17.0 innings.


Dec 16 2017 - Matt Kemp
  The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired OF Matt Kemp from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for four players and cash considerations, according to a release from the Dodgers on Saturday. Heading east to Atlanta are first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitchers Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy and infielder Charlie Culberson. MLB.com reported the Braves have already designated Gonzalez for assignment. Kemp, 33, is reunited with the Dodgers. He played for them from 2006-14, hitting 182 home runs, which is fourth in Dodgers' history. Last season, he hit .276 with 19 homers, 64 RBIs and 23 doubles in 115 games for the Braves.


Nov 13 2017 - Cody Bellinger
  OF Cody Bellinger began the season in the minors and ended it as a unanimous choice for the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year. Bellinger received all 30 first-place votes in the voting conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, giving the Dodgers the top NL rookie honor for a major league-best 18th time. Shortstop Paul DeJong of the St. Louis Cardinals finished second in the voting and was followed by Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell.


Nov 6 2017 - Cody Bellinger
  OF/1B Cody Bellinger is the favorite to win the NL Rookie of the Year over Pirates 1B Josh Bell and Cardinals INF Paul DeJong. Bellinger batted .267 with 39 homers and 87 RBIs in 132 RBIs after making his major league debut April 25. He finished second in the NL in homers. If he wins, Bellinger would become the 14th Dodger to win the award since the club moved to Los Angeles following the 1957 season.


Nov 6 2017 - Clayton Kershaw
  LHP Clayton Kershaw, who tied for the major league lead with 18 wins and led the NL with a 2.31 ERA, is vying for his fourth NL Cy Young Award. His competitors are Nationals RHPs Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.


Nov 5 2017 - Andre Ethier
  OF Andre Ethier received a $2.5 million buyout and will become a free agent after the Dodgers declined his $17.5 million option for next season on Sunday. The 35-year-old was the longest-tenured Dodger after 12 seasons with the club. However, his role was sharply reduced due to a fractured tibia in 2016 and a herniated disk in his back this year. Ethier drove in Los Angeles' lone run with a pinch-hit single in the Game 7 World Series loss to the Houston Astros on Wednesday. Ethier was 4-for-13 (.308) with a homer in the postseason after having just 34 at-bats and hitting two home runs in the regular season.


Nov 2 2017 - Yasiel Puig
  OF Yasiel Puig had his home burglarized as he was at Dodger Stadium during Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night. A window was smashed at the 26-year-old slugger's San Fernando Valley home, with TMZ Sports reporting the burglar grabbed jewelry and ran from the premises. The incident was caught on surveillance cameras. Puig's home also had been burglarized in March, with TMZ reporting that approximately $170,000 worth of jewelry was stolen at that time.


Nov 2 2017 - Chris Taylor
  2B Chris Taylor not only reached base in all seven World Series games, the leadoff man reached base in all 15 postseason games the Dodgers played. Taylor made it official early in Game 7, collecting a first-inning double.


Nov 2 2017 - Yu Darvish
  RHP Yu Darvish lasted just 1 2/3 innings in both of his World Series starts. The Dodgers lost both games. Darvish gave up four runs on six hits in Game 3 and five runs (four earned) on just three hits in Game 7.


Nov 2 2017 - Clayton Kershaw
  LHP Clayton Kershaw came on in relief in the third inning marking just his fifth relief appearance in 24 postseason games. Counting the regular season, Kershaw has pitched in relief just seven times in 318 games. He gave up two hits but no runs over four innings.


Nov 2 2017 - Cody Bellinger
  1B Cody Bellinger struck out three more times in Game 7 and his total of 29 strikeouts in a single postseason is a record. The Yankees' Aaron Judge temporarily held the record with 27 strikeouts in two rounds of the 2017 postseason. Bellinger struck out four times in Games 3 and four times in 6. He had a run of six consecutive strikeouts between Games 6 and 7.


Nov 1 2017 - Kenley Jansen
  RHP Kenley Jansen retired all six batters he faced to save the Dodgers' 3-1 victory over the Astros in Game 6, recovering quite nicely from earlier World Series struggles. Jansen was scored upon in his previous three Series appearances, the first time in 2 1/2 seasons that he allowed runs in three consecutive outings. He had not been scored upon in even two consecutive appearances in the 2016 and 2017 regular seasons. "I didn't feel tired out there at all," he said. "I want to go out there and compete, try to help my teammates and pick them up and force a Game 7."


Nov 1 2017 - Cody Bellinger
  1B Cody Bellinger struck out four more times in Game 6 Tuesday and has now struck out 14 times in the World Series. He passed the Cubs' Javier Baez (2016) for most strikeouts in a single World Series. Bellinger became the first player to strike out four times in two different games of the same World Series, also doing it in Game 3.


Nov 1 2017 - Joc Pederson
  OF Joc Pederson hit his third home run of the World Series when he went deep in the seventh inning of the Game 6 win over Houston. He became just the third Dodger player to hit three home runs in a single World Series, although Duke Snider did it twice. Pederson, who wasn't even on the Dodgers' NLDS roster, has a hit and a run scored in each of his five games played in this World Series.


Nov 1 2017 - Chris Taylor
  INF/OF Chris Taylor has now reached base in all 14 of the Dodgers postseason games after his RBI double in Game 6. Taylor is batting just .259, but has scored 12 runs with three doubles, one triple three home runs and seven RBIs in the playoffs.


Nov 1 2017 - Andre Ethier
  OF Andre Ethier pinch hit in the seventh inning of Game 6 Tuesday, giving him an appearance in a franchise record 50 postseason games with the Dodgers. Ether had been tied at 49 with former Dodgers shortstop Bill Russell. Ethier flied out to left field during his pinch-hit appearance in the win.


Oct 30 2017 - Kenley Jansen
  RHP Kenley Jansen escaped the ninth inning Sunday but gave up the winning run in the 10th inning of World Series Game 5. He has a blown save and a loss in the World Series, compiling a 4.76 ERA.


Oct 30 2017 - Cody Bellinger
  1B Cody Bellinger hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning to give the Dodgers a 7-4 lead in Game 5 against the Astros. Bellinger, at 22 years, 108 days old, is the youngest Dodger to homer in a World Series game, eclipsing Pete Reiser (22 years, 202 days in Game 4 of the 1941 World Series). Bellinger tallied eight total bases, becoming the third-youngest player to do so, behind Atlanta CF Andruw Jones (19 years, 180 days), who had nine in Game 1 of 1996, and Tony Kubek of the Yankees (21 years, 358 days), who had nine in Game 3 of 1957.


Oct 30 2017 - Andre Ethier
  LF Andre Ethier pinch-hit in the top of the eighth inning and remained in the game after grounding out. It marked his 49th career postseason game played in a Dodgers uniform, tying him with Bill Russell for the most in franchise history. He went 1-for-2.


Oct 30 2017 - Logan Forsythe
  3B Logan Forsythe went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and a run in Game 5 of the World Series. Forsythe has hit safely in each of the last three contests and is now batting .333 (4-for-12) during the Fall Classic with a double, three RBI, three walks, a stolen base and three runs.


Oct 29 2017 - Joc Pederson
  DH Joc Pederson, at 25 years, 190 days old, became the third youngest Dodgers player on Saturday night with a home run and three RBIs in a World Series game. The only Dodgers to accomplish the feat at a younger age were Pedro Guerrero (25, 121), who had a home run and five RBIs in Game 6 in 1981, and Gil Hodges (25, 188), who had a homer and three RBIs in Game 5 in 1949.


Oct 29 2017 - Alex Wood
  LHP Alex Wood did not allow a hit through 5 2/3 innings on Saturday night in Game 4 of the World Series before surrendering a solo home run to Astros CF George Springer. It marked the longest no-hit bid in World Series history by a Dodgers pitcher, eclipsing the previous mark of 4 2/3 innings by Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax in Game 1 of the 1963 World Series.


Oct 28 2017 - Cody Bellinger
  1B Cody Bellinger collected two doubles on Saturday night, becoming the ninth Dodgers player with two doubles in a World Series game and the first since RHP Orel Hershiser in Game 2 of the 1988 Fall Classic. At 22 years, 107 days old, Bellinger is the youngest player in World Series history to collect multiple doubles in a game.


Oct 28 2017 - Yu Darvish
  RHP Yu Darvish lasted just 1 2/3 innings, marking the ninth time a Dodgers pitcher recorded five outs of less in a World Series game. The outing was also the shortest of Darvish's career, regular season or postseason. His previous shortest outing came Sept. 2 at San Diego, with Darvish lasting just three innings while allowing five runs, eight hits and three walks. Darvish failed to get a strikeout for the first time in his career.


Oct 28 2017 - Andre Ethier
  PH/LF Andre Ethier pinch-hit in the seventh inning and walked. It marked his 48th career postseason game in a Dodgers uniform, the second most in franchise history. Ethier trails Bill Russell (1969-86) by one game.