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Ned Colletti shifts front-office duties of two assistants

 A tweak here, a tweak there, and presto! -– the annual makeover of the Dodgers front office.

This one hardly qualifies as some major shakeup, but it has apparently left two special assistants to General Manager Ned Colletti, Vance Lovelace and Rick Ragazzo, with greater authority within the organization.

When assistant GM Kim Ng left the Dodgers to join Joe Torre in the commissioner’s office at the start of last season, it hardly left Colletti with much time to do any serious restructuring of the front office.

But on Saturday, Colletti told Ken Gurnick of he was promotingLovelace to director of professional personnel and Ragazzo to director of pro scouting.

Previously this off-season, Colletti hired attorney Alex Tamin as an assistant for player analysis and arbitration preparation.

Lovelace previously was director of pro scouting and joined the Dodgers front office in 2001 as a scout. Ragazzo is entering his fifth season with the Dodgers.

Of course, at a higher level, the Dodgers still don’t have a team president since firing Dennis Mannion 14 months ago.


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Dodgers' assistant farm director leaving to join MLB

The Dodgers are losing another member of their front office staff to Major League Baseball.

Chris Haydock, the team’s assistant farm director, is leaving to join MLB to work on international projects, The Times' Dylan Hernandez reports.

This seems less a rats-jumping-ship move than simply moving on to a better position.

Haydock had been with the Dodgers his entire career since graduating from Indiana in 1996. The Dodgers' farm director, De Jon Watson, recently interviewed for the general manager's position with the Orioles.

Haydock had a good working relationship with Kim Ng, the Dodgers' former assistant general manager, who left last spring to join MLB as an assistant vice president to operations under ex-Dodgers Manager Joe Torre.

Ng recently interviewed with the Angels for the general manager’s job that went to Jerry Dipoto.

— Steve Dilbeck

Dodgers Web musings: Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw & all that cash

Money, money, money. Not the kind you and I make, and not the kind we can even imagine spending.

We're talking the big money that star players make. The Dodgers currently have two mega-stars, and unfortunately at this bankrupt time, both are approaching major contracts.

Matt Kemp and Clayton Kershaw are arbitration-eligible this off-season; Kemp for the last time, Kershaw for the first.

Kemp’s situation makes his long-term signing more pressing, but his agent, Dave Stewart, inferred to The Times’ Dylan Hernandez that the Dodgers best not expect a significant hometown discount to sign him.

Last year at age 32, Jayson Werth signed for $126 million and 30-year-old Carl Crawford for $142 million, both for seven years. Kemp is only 27 and coming off an MVP-caliber season.

Though Kershaw remains under team control, Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors said it could cost the Dodgers as much as $35 million just during his arbitration years. Mike Petriello of MikeSciosciasTragicIllness thinks the Dodgers' unwillingness to gamble and tie up Kershaw prior to his breakout season is going to cost them serious dollars.

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Dodgers Web musings: Frank McCourt and all that jazz

Mccourt_600It’s hard to live up to a titanic build-up, but I’m thinking the Frank McCourt versus Bud Selig face-off is going to pull it off just fine.

The bankruptcy showdown is scheduled to begin Monday in Delaware, but the pre-court filings have continued to come and they aren’t getting any sweeter.

Now Major League Baseball has attempted to put a precise number ($189.16 million) on how much money McCourt took from the team for his personal use –- or as MLB called it, "looting."

The Times’ Bill Shaikin has that update, plus how Bryan Stow could prove pivotal in the case and McCourt’s claim that Selig appointing a task force to examine stadium security after Stow’s beating was largely responsible for the attendance decline. Wrote Shaikin:

"Two days after Stow was beaten, and two weeks before Selig appointed the task force, the Dodgers drew their smallest crowd in eight years for a weekend Giants home game. The crowds remained small -- the Dodgers' attendance dropped 18% this season -- and the team blamed Selig for trumpeting his dispatch of a security task force and a trustee to Dodger Stadium within six days in April.’’

Right, that’s why attendance plummeted. Everybody was talking about that task force. Or it could be 99.9% of the fan base knew nothing about it.

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Dodgers Web musings: Don Mattingly doubts big bat is coming

Don3Say this for Don Mattingly: He usually does not try to snow you. He might, understandably, favor the company line, but he is a straight shooter.

That was on display again this week during a radio interview with 710 AM's "Mason and Ireland," when Mattingly first stated the obvious -– that the Dodgers most need an impact bat -- but then acknowledged he was not counting on that happening.

"I can't say I'm confident that we're going to be able to do it," he said. "We've talked about different things. ... You hear Prince [Fielder], you hear Albert [Pujols]. Those are nice thoughts; there's a lot of teams talking about those type of guys ... but you got to have a Plan B, a Plan C. How do we put offense together if we can't do something like that? That's the biggest thing.

"And obviously, I don't know where we're going to be as far as what we're going to be able to do. Are we going to go backward with the budget, are we going to go forward? ... It's hard to know right now."

Got that right. Hard to know the budget when you can’t be sure who will own the team come next spring.

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Tough duty: Dodgers hire new director of contract negotiations

Fulldodgerslogo I love titles.Particularly in the business world. They get so wound up in themselves, so discombobulated, it’s hard to even guess what the person actually does. For example, take my official title here: Greatest Blogger in the History of Mankind, All Nine Planets and the Rest of the Solar System Who Covers the Dodgers for The Los Angeles Times.

For convenience sake, we shortened it to Dodgers Blogger.

I know, rolls right off the tongue.

The Dodgers made a new hire Thursday, and if his title is a doozy, wait until you hear the actual job description. Meet Alex Tamin, the Dodgers new director of baseball contracts, research and operations.

Said General Manager Ned Colletti in a statement: “Alex will be a tremendous asset to the baseball operations staff. His background has given him a wealth of experience in contract negotiation and arbitration cases and we think he adds an important element to our team.”

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Chad Billingsley, Dodgers complete three-year, $35-million contract extension [Updated]

Chad Billingsley’s three-year contract extension with the Dodgers became official Tuesday.

[FOR THE RECORD: Club option: An earlier version of this post stated that the contract includes a $14-million club option for 2014. The option is for 2015.]

Billingsley will be guaranteed $35 million from 2012-2014.

The right-handed pitcher will earn $9 million in 2012, $11 million in 2013 and $12 million in 2014. The contract includes a $14-million club option for 2015; if the Dodgers decline the option, they would owe Billingsley a $3-million buyout.

If the option is picked up, the deal would be worth a total of $46 million.

The deal includes a limited no-trade clause that allows Billingsley to block trades to 10 teams.

Billingsley was already under contract for the upcoming season for $6.275 million.

Billingsley’s agent, Dave Stewart, said he was contacted by assistant general manager Kim Ng shortly after avoiding arbitration and settling on a 2011 salary.

Stewart said he initially told Billingsley that he thought he should wait until the end of the season to explore an extension but that his client told him he wanted to get a deal done as soon as possible.

-- Dylan Hernandez

Kim Ng on leaving Dodgers: I still want to be a GM

Ng_300 Kim Ng, Dodgers' vice president and assistant general manager, said her decision to leave the club and join the Major League Baseball commissioner's office in no way indicates she has lost her desire to become a team's general manager.

"In terms of my long-term aspirations, they're still there," Ng said Tuesday. "If anything, this makes me a more well-rounded candidate."

Ng, who could become the first female general manager in the major leagues, has served as an assistant general manager for 13 years. She has had three interviews for GM positions but no jobs, and on Tuesday she was announced as a new MLB senior vice president of baseball operations. She said she would specialize in international operations and report to former Dodgers manager Joe Torre, who was hired last month as executive vice president of on-field operations.

Ng noted that general managers and other club officials have been hired out of the commissioner's office -- most recently Sandy Alderson, the new general manager of the New York Mets. She said the opportunity "came together quickly" and intrigued her.

"It was something of interest to me," she said. "I finally came to the conclusion it was just a fantastic opportunity I couldn't let pass by."

She denied that the Dodgers' current ownership turmoil -- and the possibility that the divorce of Frank and Jamie McCourt ultimately could result in new ownership -- played a role in her decision to leave the club.

"I have a chance to help Joe and help the commissioner change policy and impact the game in a meaningful way," Ng said. "That really wasn't part of this. Frank has been very good to me. Ned (Colletti, the Dodgers' general manager) has been very good to me.

"This was an extremely difficult decision for me. I've been with this organization for almost half my career. That was a big factor. I just walked in the door with Sandy Koufax. That is one of the things I will miss."

Ng interviewed for the Dodgers' GM job in 2005, but Frank McCourt went outside the organization to hire Colletti, then the assistant general manager for the San Francisco Giants. Ng also interviewed for GM jobs with the Seattle Mariners in 2008 and San Diego Padres in 2009.

Ng previously worked in baseball's New York headquarters in 1997, as director of waivers and records for the American League. She served as an assistant general manager for the New York Yankees from 1998 through 2001, then joined the Dodgers in the same capacity in 2002. She stayed in that role under three general managers: Dan Evans, Paul DePodesta and Colletti.

"It's a truly great opportunity for Kim and one that will undoubtedly broaden her experience," Colletti said. "She has played a huge part in the successes we've had over the last several years, and her departure will certainly be a loss. I am extremely grateful for all that she's done for me and for the department."

Ng said she would remain with the Dodgers through opening day before moving to New York for her new job.

-- Bill Shaikin in Glendale, Ariz.

Photo: Kim Ng. Credit: Kirby Lee / US Presswire

Confirmed: Kim Ng leaving Dodgers [Updated]

Kim Ng, Dodgers' vice president and assistant general manager, is leaving the team to join the staff of the commissioner's office, The Times confirmed Tuesday morning.

An announcement is expected later Tuesday.

Ng will become the senior vice president for baseball operations for Major League Baseball, reporting directly to Joe Torre, the former Dodgers manager hired last month as executive vice president of on-field operations.

Ng aspired to become the first female general manager in major league history. She worked as an assistant general manager for 13 years, four with the New York Yankees and the last nine with the Dodgers.

Steve Dilbeck has more on the story.

[Updated at 7:30 a.m.: The hiring was announced in a news release from Major League Baseball. The release confirmed that Ng and Peter Woodfork, the former assistant general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, will work as senior vice presidents for baseball operations under Torre.

Commissioner Bud Selig said: "We are very pleased to add talented executives in Kim and Peter, both of whom have extensive experience at the club and league levels. Kim and Peter have bright futures ahead of them, and we are very happy that they will be working with Joe."

Torre added: "Kim and Peter will play key roles as we shape our Department and serve all the Clubs of Major League Baseball. I have known Kim for many years, and Peter is very familiar with much of the staff at MLB. I am looking forward to working with them."

Ng is expected to speak with reporters within the hour.]

-- Bill Shaikin



Kim Ng reportedly leaving Dodgers to join Joe Torre's MLB staff

Kim Ng, the Dodgers' vice president and assistant general manager, is reportedly leaving the team to become senior vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball.

The New York Daily News' Bill Madden
said Ng’s hiring is part of a major restructuring of MLB’s operations department under new vice president Joe Torre, the ex-Dodgers manager.’s Ken Gurnick reported Ng would join Torre as his senior VP.

Madden said three senior MLB officials have been fired and Joe Garagiola Jr., while maintaining his senior VP title, would accept a demotion from a supervisory role to a ``dean of discipline’’ position.

Ng was entering her 10th season with the Dodgers, and was the first woman to interview for a general manager’s position in 2005 when the Dodgers hired Ned Colletti. Three years later she also interviewed for the GM job with the Seattle Mariners.

Ng, 42, previously was the vice president and assistant GM for the Yankees, where she also worked with Torre. She began her career in baseball as a special projects analyst for the Chicago White Sox.

Madden reported that the three fired officials included former Angels GM Mike Port, who had been the VP of umpiring, long-time VP of administration Ed Burns and senior specialist of on-field operations Darryl Hamilton.

One source likened the house cleaning to a "blood bath."

Madden said Torre’s other new hire was Peter Woodfork, the former Diamondbacks assistant GM, who will serve as Torre’s point man. Torre plans to continue to live in Los Angeles and not at MLB’s headquarters in New York.

Torre was just hired by MLB on Feb. 26, but Madden said the changes were already in place and that Ng "was eager to flee what has become a Dodger cuckoo's nest under battling owners Frank and Jamie McCourt."

-- Steve Dilbeck


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