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Video: Dodgers prospect absolutely obliterates home run

James Outman swings

James Outman had an undeniably impressive first stint in the majors. He collected six hits in 13 at-bats, including two doubles, a home run and three RBI. He reached safety in all four games he started, but the Los Angeles Dodgers ultimately optioned him back to Triple-A following the return of Chris Taylor.

Returning to the minors did little to cool Outman off.

In his first at-bat back in the minors, the Oklahoma City Dodgers outfielder obliterated just the third pitch he saw. And when we say “obliterated,” we very much mean “obliterated.”

The ball came off Outman’s bat at 107.5 MPH and traveled an estimated 441 feet. Blake Harris of ESPN joked that it actually went 583 feet, which would have made it the longest recorded home run in history.

Whatever the distance, it was an absolute bomb — something the Dodgers have come to expect from Outman.

The 25-year-old Outman, who was selected in the seventh round of the 2018 MLB Draft, is rapidly developing into one of the Dodgers’ top prospects. He clearly has a bright future and if he keeps hitting bombs like that, he’ll find his way back to the big leagues in no time flat.

Yankees trade Joey Gallo to surprising team

Joey Gallo in the dugout.

Aug 14, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers left fielder Joey Gallo (13) in the dugout after hitting a home run in the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees traded disappointing slugger Joey Gallo on Tuesday, which was not a surprise. The team taking Gallo, however, is a bit unexpected.

The Yankees are trading Gallo to the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to multiple reports. The Yankees are getting Double-A pitcher Clayton Beeter in exchange for Gallo.

Gallo was a big disappointment in New York. The Yankees added him last year with a great deal of fanfare, but he hit an abysmal .159 during his stint with the team. That may have been manageable if not for the fact that his trademark power disappeared, and he hit a modest 25 home runs with a .368 slugging percentage in 140 games.

The Dodgers are a peculiar landing spot for Gallo for a few reasons. There is no obvious lineup spot for him, and if he was hoping to avoid a big market, Los Angeles certainly will not tick that box. There were reports that he had hoped to go to another California team instead, but he ultimately might just be happy to get out of New York at this point.

Report: 3 teams are finalists for Juan Soto trade

Juan Soto smiling in the dugout

Jun 11, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Juan Soto (22) stands in the dugout during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Juan Soto appears likely to land with one of three teams by the end of the day Tuesday, according to a report.

The Washington Nationals are increasingly likely to trade the star outfielder to one of three finalists, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. The San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals, and Los Angeles Dodgers are the teams still in the mix.

Though there was widespread speculation about some other teams, including the Yankees and Mets, the rumor mill has clearly settled around these three. The Padres and Cardinals have been frequently linked to Soto since it was clear the Nationals were willing to trade him. The Dodgers appear to have become more interested recently.

The 23-year-old Soto is available, albeit for a huge prospect haul. That price seems to be giving at least one team problems. However, it’s likely someone will give in on the price to get Soto before the day is out.

Report: Juan Soto being aggressively pursued by 1 NL powerhouse

Juan Soto smiling in the dugout

Jun 11, 2022; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Juan Soto (22) stands in the dugout during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Trade talks surrounding Juan Soto appear to be heating up, at least involving one major National League power.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been increasingly aggressive in their pursuit of Soto, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals remain involved and have been viewed as frontrunners.

This would certainly be a case of the rich getting richer, as Soto would be joining what is already one of the best rosters in baseball. The Dodgers and Nationals have also worked on big trades before, particularly last summer’s blockbuster that sent Max Scherzer to Los Angeles. That would mean the Nationals are well-acquainted with the top young players in the Dodger organization already.

The Padres had been viewed as potentially the frontrunner for Soto. Then again, that was the case last year with Scherzer, and the Dodgers swooped in at the last moment there as well. History could certainly repeat itself with Soto.

Report: Notable NL team trying to trade for Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani smiles

Jul 19, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; American League pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) of the Los Angeles Angels smiles at fans before the 2022 MLB All Star Game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels are listening to trade offers for Shohei Ohtani, and one notable team apparently has some serious interest in the two way star.

MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported Friday that the Los Angeles Dodgers have been trying to talk with the Angels about an Ohtani trade.

Morosi cautions that a trade is unlikely and that the Angels would likely be reluctant to trade Ohtani to their intracity rival.

Even if a trade is unlikely, it’s extremely notable that the Dodgers have interest in trading for Ohtani. They were one of the finalists to sign Ohtani when he entered MLB as a free agent from Japan.

The Dodgers have a rich history of Japanese players starring for their franchise. From Hideo Nomo to Kenta Maeda, Kaz Ishii, Takashi Saito and Hiroki Kuroda, the Dodgers have had a strong pipeline of Japanese pitchers play for them. Ohtani would be a natural fit with the team.

Plus, Ohtani has said that winning is his priority. Few teams have done more winning than the Dodgers recently. They are a big threat to sign Ohtani if he ends up leaving the Angels in free agency.

Dodgers eyeing trade for All-Star infielder?

Dave Roberts in a Dodgers hat

Oct 7, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Robert’s (right) watches batting practice prior to game four of the 2019 NLDS playoff baseball series against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

It may be time again for baseball’s only sacred trade deadline tradition — the Los Angeles Dodgers acquiring yet another All-Star.

Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported on Wednesday that the Dodgers have been looking into a trade for All-Star first baseman Garrett Cooper of the Miami Marlins. Heyman adds though that teams in the race for Juan Soto, as the Dodgers also are, may wait before moving on other hitters.

Cooper, 31, was a first-time All-Star this year. He is hitting .279 with seven homers and 40 RBIs in 84 games. Cooper also provides sufficient defense at first and can DH when necessary (on top of being signed through 2023).

While Cooper himself is currently on the injured list with a wrist contusion, the NL-best Dodgers need some reinforcements right now due to their own injuries. Chris Taylor is still recovering from a fractured left foot, and fellow veteran Justin Turner has missed the last several games with an abdominal issue. Meanwhile, the Dodgers appear to be trying to upgrade on the other side of the ball as well.

Video: Klay Thompson went nuts cheering his brother Trayce at Dodgers game

Klay Thompson celebrating

Klay Thompson continues to live his best life as an NBA champion this summer, and now he’s doing it at a Los Angeles Dodgers game.

Thompson was sitting behind the visitor’s dugout during Sunday’s game at Dodger Stadium between the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. The Golden State Warriors star was even seen chugging an entire beer in under ten seconds.

Why? He was making an Instagram video, of course.

The day got even better for Thompson. His brother Trayce, a Dodgers outfielder, delivered an RBI double in the seventh inning to extend the team’s lead. Klay was loving it and celebrated in a big way.

Is there a better way to spend a summer after winning an NBA title? Thompson is clearly making the most of it. He’s having a blast, even when he takes a few moments to call out the critics.

Report: Dodgers interested in trading for former All-Star pitcher

Luis Castillo pitches

May 9, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo (58) throws a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers always seem to be looking for ways to improve their roster. Unsurprisingly, the NL West leaders have active interest in a former All-Star who may be available.

MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported Monday that the Dodgers have had trade talks with the Cincinnati Reds regarding pitcher Luis Castillo.

The Reds got off to a terrible start this season, though they have since picked things up to a respectable 32-54 record. They’re still so far out of playoff contention that they are likely to trade any of their valuable pieces.

Castillo is certainly a desirable piece. The 29-year-old was an All-Star in 2019 after going 15-8 with a 3.40 ERA. He is 3-4 with a 2.92 ERA and 1.10 WHIP this season. He has 74 strikeouts in 71 innings and carries a 3.64 career ERA.

Castillo is making $7.35 million this season. He isn’t scheduled to become a free agent until 2024.

The Dodgers have Clayton Kershaw, Tony Gonsolin and Julio Urias in their rotation. Walker Buehler, Dustin May, Andrew Heaney and Danny Duffy are all injured but expected back at some point in the future. As long as an opportunity to upgrade is available, the Dodgers will be interested.

Video: Dodgers troll Padres over embarrassing flub

The Padres commit a blunder

The San Diego Padres committed an embarrassing blunder early on in their win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, and the home stadium staff was not about to let it slide.

Will Smith hit what should have been a routine popup to the pitcher’s mound in the bottom of the third. It turned into an infield single after two Padres players lost track of it. The Dodgers then trolled their opponent with the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” theme.

Those who follow LBS know we’re huge fans of Larry David’s HBO show. That was an awesome troll job.

Reason Freddie Freeman fired agents reportedly revealed

Freddie Freeman in a Dodgers uniform

Apr 5, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) reacts after scoring in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman on Tuesday fired the agents who handled his free agency negotiations, and now we may have an idea as to why he did so.

Freeman signed with the Dodgers after failing to come to an agreement with the Atlanta Braves, his former team. Over the weekend, Freeman and the Dodgers went to Atlanta for the first time this season, and the five-time All-Star was clearly emotional about his return.

On Wednesday, FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb tweeted that Freeman parted ways with his now former agency, Excel Sports Management, because one of his agents, Casey Close, never told Freeman about Atlanta’s final free-agent offer. Gottlieb also said that Close knew that Freeman would have accepted the offer.

“Casey Close never told Freddie Freeman about the Braves final offer, that is why Freeman fired him,” Gottlieb wrote. “He found out in Atlanta this weekend. It isn’t that rare to have happen in MLB, but it happened – Close knew Freddie would have taken the ATL deal.”

If this report is accurate, it could explain Freeman’s emotions throughout the weekend that seemed to indicate some remorse about leaving the team with whom he spent the first 12 years of his career. After Freeman’s representatives gave Atlanta what the first baseman felt was an ultimatum, the Braves responded by trading for Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson and signing Olson to an eight-year extension. That officially shut the door on Freeman’s return. The 32-year-old wound up signing a six-year deal with the Dodgers.

In 1,565 games with the Braves, Freeman had 1,704 hits, 271 home runs and won an MVP award. Entering Wednesday, Freeman was hitting .306 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in his first 288 at-bats with the Dodgers.