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2016 Schedule
91-71, 1st in NL West
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Study finds jet lag alters baseball hitting, pitching

In a new study, jet lag has been found to be the culprit of an unseen drag on Major League Baseball players that can make pitchers give up more home runs and can wipe out home-field advantage.

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Former MLB great Steve Garvey introduced and paid tribute to the Hall of Fame's first female Spink Award winner Claire Smith at Saturday's BBWAA NY dinner, saying she, "in her warm and gentle way, won us all over." He added, "she not only wrote, but she taught us responsibility to do the right thing and say the right thing."

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Farm system rankings: The top 10

The Yankees have no weaknesses, the Padres have upside, and the Pirates return their top five from '16, but one system retains its title as MLB's best.

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Lackluster HOF ballot debut for Manny

In his first year on the ballot, Manny Ramirez received 23.8 percent of the vote to fall well short of the 75 percent threshold required for induction. Full results

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What would Dodgers say off the record?

If you gave truth serum to the executives of all 30 MLB teams, what might you hear? Buster Olney believes the Dodgers would reveal they are crossing their fingers regarding Clayton Kershaw's back and hip issues. Front-office truths (Insider)

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Will Julio Urias step up in 2017?

It's time to take the kid gloves off the 20-year-old, Tony Blengino writes. A Clayton Kershaw/Urias tandem at the top of the Dodgers rotation should make other teams shudder. MLB players ready to improve (Insider)

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Should Dodgers have Pederson lead off?

At least vs. right-handers, against whom Joc Pederson posted a .269/.371/.547 line in 2016, David Schoenfield notes. Pederson hit lower in the lineup a lot last season -- it might be time to move him back up. Unconventional leadoff options

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Are the Dodgers MLB's best team?

Starting pitching will be the key to Los Angeles' success, as the team needs Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda and Julio Urias to remain healthy, Buster Olney writes. If that happens, are the Dodgers better than the Cubs? Top teams (Insider)

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers avoided arbitration with four players, signing all to one-year deals. Those in agreement were LHP Luis Avilan, RHP Josh Fields, C Yasmani Grandal and LHP Alex Wood.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers traded infielder Micah Johnson to the Atlanta Braves for a player to be named later, or cash considerations. Johnson had been designated for assignment this week to make room on the 40-man roster for closer Kenley Jansen.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Battle of the Seager brothers: Using ESPN standard fantasy points, Kyle Seager (450) actually outscored Corey Seager (422) in 11 fewer plate appearances in 2016.

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With health, Dodgers could thrive

The Dodgers' ability to overcome rotation injuries in 2016 became part of the short-term lore of the team. If everyone stays healthy, including 36-year-old Rich Hill, L.A. could have one of the league's best rotations, writes Buster Olney. Top rotations (Insider)

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Despite spending 74 days on the disabled list -- or 40.7 percent of the Dodgers' schedule -- Clayton Kershaw finished third on the Player Rater in 2016. Incredible.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen admitted that he was leaning toward joining the Washington Nationals as a free agent. But a late five-year offer from the Dodgers, on his wedding weekend last month, changed his mind.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs72514th
Batting Average.24922nd
On Base Percentage.31918th
Slugging Percentage.40918th
Earned Run Average3.705th
Quality Starts6029th
WHIP1.192nd
BAA.2332nd

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