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Men of steal

Dee Gordon and the Dodgers lead the major leagues in stolen bases. Might they lead the league in steals for the first time in 44 years?

Have options, will travel

Chris Withrow has been lights out in the early going for the Dodgers, but he also has minor league options remaining. Will he remain in the Dodgers bullpen as it returns to full strength?

What to expect from Chad Billingsley

With Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley getting closer to a return to the major leagues after Tommy John surgery, here's a look at what to expect from the right-hander going forward.

What Julio Urias is, and what he isn't

On minor league opening day, Andrew Grant takes stock of what the Dodgers have in 17-year-old left-handed pitching prospect extraordinaire Julio Urias.

Why the Dodgers will win in 2014

After stalling in the NLCS in 2008, 2009 and 2013, the Dodgers look to get over the hump in 2014.

On Yasiel Puig & team meetings

The Dodgers held a team meeting regarding Yasiel Puig on Tuesday, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Stop stat abuse

Statistical analysis is a very important part of baseball, but ESPN's new push could drive people away from them permanently.

An Opening Day many fans can't watch

The Dodgers begin their regular season on Saturday early morning on a television network that many fans in Los Angeles aren't yet able to watch. The options - the legal ones - are limited.

Guessing the opening day 28-man roster

A look at where the Dodgers stand one day before they leave for Australia.

2014 v. 2010 Dodgers: Expectations vs. results

The Dodgers are correctly favored to win the National League West by a decent margin, but the parallels to the 2010 team gives Andrew Grant a healthy dose of skepticism.

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How Rosin gets to Australia

The tall right-hander continued to pitch well for the Dodgers on Monday. Here's how the Rule 5 pick can be kept a little bit longer, if he keeps it up.

Leave Kenley alone

The Dodgers' best reliever has opened each of the last two seasons as a setup man, but 2014 should be different.

Dodgers bench wide open

None of the five spots on the Dodgers bench is guaranteed with less than five weeks before opening day. The club has open competition for several spots, with Dee Gordon, Scott Van Slyke, Justin Turner, Chone Figgins and Mike Baxter all in play.

Salary arbitration: A necessary evil

We take an inside look at the salary arbitration process through those who have experienced it on both sides. Kenley Jansen and the Dodgers reached a contract agreement last week, making seven straight years the club has avoided a hearing.

Welcome back, baseball

Pitchers and catchers report to Dodgers camp at Camelback Ranch in Arizona on Saturday, ending our nearly four-month nightmarish existence without baseball.

Hanley Ramirez's almost historic season

The spectacular yet short 2013 campaign for Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was such an improvement over his previous season that his leap forward was nearly unprecedented in baseball's integration era.

Clayton Kershaw & the Very Serious Men

Is Clayton Kershaw's massive extension an example of big market spending gone mad, or is it just the system working as intended?

Dodgers finding infield pickings slim

The Dodgers' quest to fortify the bench with another infielder is proving to be difficult. Michael Young and Chone Figgins are perhaps the biggest names with rumored interest, which is saying something.

No limit: Dodgers still in on Tanaka

Even after signing Clayton Kershaw to the richest deal ever for a pitcher, the Dodgers are still in the hunt for Masahiro Tanaka, and if that doesn't work out Bronson Arroyo reportedly remains on their radar.

Clayton Kershaw & the price of doing business

The Dodgers got one contract extension done already, with manager Don Mattingly. Will they soon have another with ace Clayton Kershaw?

Ken Gurnick's bad day

What is apparently the final Hall of Fame ballot cast by longtime baseball writer and Dodgers beat reporter Ken Gurnick caused quite a stir on Tuesday.

Thoughts on second base

A slow news day/period leads to some random thoughts about Dee Gordon, Alexander Guerrero and second base.

My 2014 IBWAA ballot

With more than 10 deserving candidates on the ballot this year, some tough decisions needed to be made. The IBWAA results will be announced on Monday, January 6.

Waiting on Juan Uribe

Rumors of Michael Young starting every day at third base should be enough to jump start these negotiations, right? Right?

Wilson a luxury the Dodgers can afford

The Dodgers are paying a premium price to improve their bullpen, because they can. This new free-spending philosophy takes a little while to get used to.

MLB trade deadline: A player's perspective

Lest we think making trades in baseball is as simple as swapping baseball cards, here is a look at a trade deadline deal from former Dodgers relief pitcher Josh Lindblom, who was dealt at the 2012 non-waiver trade deadline.

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