Magic Johnson: Los Angeles Dodgers will not go after Robinson Cano

New York Yankees slugger Robinson Cano is reportedly seeking a record-setting payday this winter. If he is going to get it, the 30-year-old will likely need more than one team to step up and drive up the price on New York. According to Magic Johnson, the Los Angeles Dodgers are not planning to be one of those teams.

“I can’t talk about the other guy,” Johnson said Thursday when asked about Cano, via USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. “But you already know that guy in New York is going to be paid. Not by us. But he’s going to get paid.”

Cano’s camp has to be as concerned as a group of people who are about to get a piece of at least a $200 million contract can be. We use the term “concerned” loosely because we’re not saying Cano is going to be hurting. He’s going to make upwards of $25 million per season into his late 30s, but the suitors appear to be dwindling.

Earlier this season, the Boston Red Sox signed 30-year-old second baseman Dustin Pedroia to an eight-year, $100 million contract extension. That takes one team with incredibly deep pockets out of the running. The Los Angeles Angels signed Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols to monster deals last winter, and their front office already has to be panicking about those contracts. I highly doubt they’ll be in the running for Cano.

The Dodgers have made it a point to prove that they will spare no expense since Magic and company bought the team. They have acquired huge names like Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford and have yet to sign 25-year-old Clayton Kershaw, a three-time NL All-Star, to an extension. Could Magic be bluffing? Sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised if LA isn’t interested in Cano at the dollar amount he is reportedly seeking.

Of course, things can change in a hurry when the winter meetings get under way. The Yankees certainly won’t be the only team interested in Cano, but the free agent market does not seem ideal for Jay-Z’s biggest client at the moment.

Dodgers reportedly peed in Arizona Diamondbacks’ pool

Dodgers pool party

The Los Angeles Dodgers caused a controversy when they jumped into the swimming pool beyond the fence at Chase Field after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks to clinch the NL West last week.

D-backs infielder Willie Bloomquist ripped the Dodgers, calling their celebration “disrespectful and classless.” We agreed with him that the celebration was classless, but we didn’t realize the Dodgers took it as far as they supposedly did.

Tony Jackson, a veteran sports writer who covered the Dodgers for the LA Daily News and ESPN Los Angeles, wrote on his new Dodgers website Dodgerscribe.com, that at least one Dodgers player urinated in the pool and bragged about it.

From Jackson:

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Willie Bloomquist: Dodgers pool celebration ‘disrespectful and classless’

The Arizona Diamondbacks asked the Los Angeles Dodgers not to celebrate on the field if they clinched the NL West title, so the Dodgers decided to partially obey the request and headed to the swimming pool instead.

The Dodgers beat the D-backs 7-6 on Thursday to clinch the division, and they started their celebration inside the clubhouse. After a few minutes, about half the team’s players ran onto the field, hopped the right-center fence and plunged into the swimming pool.

D-backs infielder Willie Bloomquist was not happy with the Dodgers for their pool celebration.

“I think it’s tired and disrespectful,” Bloomquist said, via ArizonaSports.com. “It’s surprising because they have a lot of veteran guys on that team that I thought were classier than that.”

“But there’s a fine line between going overboard at someone else’s place and doing that, I think,” he added. “But what are we going to do about it? There’s not much we can do about it now. They’ve clinched the division this year, but if that’s how they’re going to act and be classless, that’s their gig, that’s their clubhouse. I just think it’s disrespectful and classless.”

D-backs president Derrick Hall took the high road.

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Mets Blog published story saying Mets won 4-2; Dodgers came back and won 5-4 in 12

SNY TV’s Mets Blog tempted fate on Wednesday night by publishing a story prior to the game’s end saying the Mets beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2, and the move backfired.

Mets Blog published the story at 1:16 a.m. ET prior to the Dodgers coming up to bat in the ninth inning. Andre Ethier hit a pinch-hit 2-run home run to tie the game, and then Adrian Gonzalez provided a walk-off hit to end the game 5-4 in the 12th.

Mets Blog pulled the story after Ethier’s home run tied the game, but you can see it below:

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The Dodgers have now gone 40-8 over their last 48 games, which is second only to the 1942 St. Louis Cardinals for a 48-game stretch. They have won 12 straight 1-run games and are an incredible 23-3 since the all-star break.

The Dodgers have eight straight wins and 13 victories in their last 14 contests. No team is hotter than the Dodgers. I guess the folks at Mets Blog missed that point.

H/T Beto Duran

Dodgers tease Juan Uribe with funny present after game

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Juan Uribe was tagged out in the fourth inning of Saturday’s Los Angeles Dodgers-Tampa Bay Rays game after falling for the hidden ball trick, so his teammates decided to have some fun with him after the game. They took one of his cleats, taped it to a base, and left it for him at his locker after the game.

Uribe looked bewildered after seeing the surprise present left at his locker. This was shared by Hanley Ramirez on Instagram:

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Los Angeles Dodgers serving frozen foam to keep beers cold

Frozen-beer-foam-DodgersThe Los Angeles Dodgers have figured out a revolutionary new way to keep beers cold on hot summer nights at the ballpark. Kirin, a beer company based in Japan, has developed a product that comes out of a margarita machine as frozen foam for the top of a beer. The Dodgers are the first MLB team to bring it into their stadium.

According to Food Beast, the foam is served at 23 degrees Fahrenheit and is designed to protect a draft beer from the daytime heat. The frozen concoction is added after a draft beer is poured from a standard tap and can supposedly can keep suds cold for up to 30 minutes. Food Beast tested the foam out on a humid, 80-plus degree LA day and said it worked for the full 30 minutes.

Of course, a beer with frozen foam comes at the steep ballpark price of $10. While the idea sounds fantastic, I have two concerns. For starters, is it obnoxious to try to drink beer around the frozen foam without having to eat some of it with each sip? And also, would the foam water down the beer as it melts, thus reducing the carbonation level? I’m no scientist, but these are the things I would worry about. We’ll just have to send our own tester out to try it.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Dodgers signed Yasiel Puig for $42 million after only watching him once

Yasiel PuigYasiel Puig has been the talk of baseball since being called up by the Los Angeles Dodgers two weeks ago.

The 22-year-old Cuban phenom is batting .479/.500/.771 with four home runs in 13 games since joining the big club straight from Double-A. He won NL Player of the Week in his first week and quickly set a franchise record by recording 15 hits in his first eight games.

With the way he is hitting (and throwing), Puig looks like he may be one of the biggest bargains in baseball. But only a year ago, the seven-year, $42 million contract offered to Puig by the Dodgers seemed crazy. What is even more insane was that the Dodgers offered Puig that much money after only watching him once!

Logan White, who is considered one of the best scouting directors in MLB, watched Puig play in Mexico City last year, and that was all he needed to see to know he wanted to sign him.

“I wanted the player,” White recalled to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman. “And I will tell you how badly I wanted him: I would rather he come to us with the talent I saw and fail to turn those tools into anything than go someplace else and succeed. I couldn’t have lived with that.”

At the time, the Dodgers had very little information on Puig aside from the one workout. When White told one of the team’s cross-checkers how much they were planning to offer Puig, the cross-checker thought White was crazy. But White was confident in Puig and thought he could be a baseball version of LeBron James.

So far, White has been correct in his evaluation. And the $42 million investment seems minor. Sometimes you can just trust what you see and not overthink things and they will work out.