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Dodger Weekend Links: Stults Interest, Hometown Newspapers, & Prospect News

Here's a look at some Dodger-related links on this holiday weekend:

Chiba Lotte Still After Stults -- NPB Tracker
Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker brings us the news that the Chiba Lotte Marines are making a strong run at Eric Stults, sending a representative to the US in January to try to acquire the left-hander. I guess face-to-face meetings haven't completely gone away just yet.

Stults is out of options, so if the Dodgers don't plan on having him as their fourth or fifth starter anyway, it might behoove the team to sell Stults and add the proceeds to the kitty for the veteran fourth starter the Dodgers seem destined to acquire.

Carroll expects success -- Evansville Courier & Press
Newest Dodger Jamey Carroll talks to his hometown newspaper, and says he chose the to sign with the Dodgers to win:

I tried to see who had the best opportunity to win, especially with the success they've had the last two years.

Hoffmann looks to take bite out of Big Apple -- The Free Press, Mankato, MN
Jamie Hoffmann, lost by the Dodgers in the Rule 5 draft, also talks with his hometown paper about his new opportunity with the Yankees. Hoffmann aluded to the provision in his contract that prevented him from being added to the Dodgers' 40-man roster until May, which made sure he was available for the Rule 5 draft:

"I had been talking to my agent and based on the contract I had, we knew the Rule 5 thing could happen," Hoffmann said. "I was just sitting at home and got the phone call and found out I had been traded to the Yankees. It all happened pretty fast."

Los Angeles Dodgers Top 20 Prospects for 2010 - Minor League Ball
John Sickels of Minor League Ball gives us his top 20 Dodger prospects for 2010. He has Dee Gordon #1, and Chris Withrow #2.

KEISSER: Selig a major factor in Dodgers' circumstance - Press-Telegram
Bob Keisser of the Long Beach Press-Telegram is no fan of commissioner Bud Selig:

When Fox tired of running a baseball team, Selig found Murdoch a buyer in McCourt, who agreed to follow Selig's mandate on salary control. The sale was pushed through even though McCourt didn't meet MLB's standard financial guidelines for ownership and ran counter to Selig's policy of "local, private ownership."

On the Air: CNN icon collects his 6th degree - Peoria, IL -
Dodger fan Larry King got an honorary degree at Bradley University, which includes Dodger broadcaster Charley Steiner among its alumni.

Dodger Divorce: Holiday link round-up, and a bit of site news.
Joshua Fisher of has made such a nice debut in the baseball blogosphere that he has earned a weekly gig at The Hardball Times. Luckily for Dodger fans, he will continue to bring his unique insights at, too.