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Dodgers’ Dave Roberts Benches Cody Bellinger

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are trying anything to turn around their slow start to the 2018 season and manager Dave Roberts has taken to benching last year’s rookie of the year as a method to shake things up.

During that Dodgers loss to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, Roberts pilled Bellinger in the fifth inning for what what Roberts saw as a lack of hustle.

“I felt there wasn’t hustle on the play — the ball that he hit 421 feet into right-center field, and he cruised into second base,” Roberts said (h/t ESPN).

“He plays every day, and there’s certain expectations for the way we have to play the game. When you don’t abide by that, we’ll get somebody in there that will. It’s pretty simple.”

Bellinger said that he was unaware of the reason for the benching.

“I got in the dugout, and he said I was out of the game,” Bellinger stated. “I didn’t know any reason. Just put on my jacket, went up to the railing and watched the game. I’ve always played the game hard. I kind of took a big swing on the curveball, ended up on my knee. We’re down four runs. I’m not trying to make an out on the bases going to third. He saw what he saw. It’s all good. I’m never going to dog that. Obviously, it’s ‘Triples Alley.’ That’s what they call it. We’re down four. … That was my reasoning. … It was his decision. I can’t say anything against it.”

Roberts could simply be sending a message, which would make sense with their 12-15 record and being 7 games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the division.

“Yeah, it could have been,” Bellinger said. “Like I said, I’m always hustling to beat out ground balls. I feel like I’m always hustling. I don’t know — it just kind of didn’t make sense to me. But I get it as well. He’s trying to prove a point. Being the young guy, I got to hustle.”

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Dodgers Met with Bryce Harper, Yankees Likely to Follow

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly held a sit-down meeting with free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, with a delegation led by minority-owner Magic Johnson who all traveled to Harper’s home town of Las Vegas, according to Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown and Jeff Passan.

The Dodgers had previously tried to acquire Harper, when the Nationals waived him around the waiver deadline last season.

Additionally, the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies are both expected to meet with Harper face-to-face in the near future, per the report.

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Dodgers Release Erik Goeddel, Zac Rosscup

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have released veteran right hander Erik Goeddel along with left handed pitcher Zac Rosscup, according to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick.

Goeddel and Rosscup were both designated for assignment earlier this week as Los Angeles was working out their 40 man roster ahead of the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft.

The 30-year old Goeddel pitched to the tune of a 2.95 ERA this season, splitting time between the Dodgers and the Seattle Mariners, but he struggled with control as he walked 20 batters, threw 3 wild pitches, and hit a batter over 36 2.3 innings played.

Rosscup was claimed off waivers from the Colorado Rockies organization in July of last season and pitched 11 1/3 innings out of the Dodgers’ bullpen.

 

 

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Dodgers Offered Yasiel Puig to Nationals for Bryce Harper

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly been interested in acquiring Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper, and attempted to land him via trade last season before Washington ultimately decided to keep him for the remainder of the year.

According to the Los Angeles Times’ Jorge Castillo, the Dodgers offered Yasiel Puig as part of a potential deal to land Harper from Washington, but were unsuccessful in their attempt to pry the outfield slugger from the Nationals.

Washington had placed Harper on waivers but pulled him off when the Dodgers claimed him.

While the deal didn’t come to fruition, it’s fun to imagine what the Dodgers could have done with Harper in their lineup, and to wonder if it would have changed the outcome of the World Series, which they lost to the Boston Red Sox.

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