The charity match between Rockwell College and Cistercian College Roscrea scheduled for this Saturday in Leahy Park in Cashel has been called-off. The Munster Champions were due to battle it out with the Leinster Schools Champions, but TippFM has learned that the game will not be going ahead.
“We’ve had a number of conversations with teams and agents and have a list of target players at the various spots we’re looking to address and are having fluid conversations on those fronts,” Friedman said with the usual circumspection.The Dodgers’ approach to restocking the bullpen has not included a willingness to spend heavily for established relievers – a reluctance borne out by the poor track record of such signings. This year’s ‘buyers-beware’ stock of free-agent relievers is led by 33-year-old Adam Ottavino (who made $7 million with the Rockies last year), 29-year-old Jeurys Familia and 31-year-old Joe Kelly.“We’ve made offers on guys where we would have spent on guys in the bullpen,” Friedman said of his track record with relievers. “But I think as you look back over time if free-agent reliever deals were really helpful in teams winning more games, winning a World Series then, yes. It just hasn’t necessarily played out that way.“But that doesn’t mean it’s a market we close off. It just makes us a little more selective in who we go after. How things play out, I’m not sure right now.” Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Puig is a recurring star of the trade-rumor circuit both in July and all winter long. But his cost could exceed his trade value now that he has reached arbitration eligibility.A similar logjam among the starting pitchers also makes for valuable trade stock.Nine pitchers made at least two starts for the Dodgers last season. All are under contract (or club control) for 2019. Three could be free agents next winter (Rich Hill, Alex Wood and Hyun-Jin Ryu). Wood, Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling, in particular, have often been bumped to the bullpen by the overbooking but now might be more valuable as trade chips than as reluctant relievers again next season.That gives Friedman ample options to try and address his team’s acknowledged needs this winter – a catcher to pair with backup Austin Barnes and fresh arms for the annual bullpen rebuild.With Yasmani Grandal virtually certain to sign elsewhere, catching is the Dodgers’ top priority this winter. Four top prospects (led by Will Smith and Keibert Ruiz) are not ready yet, nor has Barnes shown a readiness to carry the load at the position.A move to acquire someone to bridge the gap until Smith or Ruiz is big-league ready is the most likely outcome with Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto the only apparent option offering more. But the Marlins’ asking price for Realmuto is high with a young big-leaguer like Cody Bellinger in their sights as the centerpiece for any acceptable package.One Dodgers target – Yan Gomes – has already been traded and other free-agent catchers (Brian McCann, Robinson Chirinos, Jeff Mathis and Kurt Suzuki) have signed.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season That doesn’t mean the Dodgers aren’t interested in Harper – they reached out to the Washington Nationals about a possible mid-season trade for the outfielder this past season. But Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, are aiming for Giancarlo Stanton’s record $325 million contract. Even a shorter contract for, say, half of that would represent a major break from the established track record of the Friedman-led front office.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Since Friedman took over four years ago, the Dodgers have spent to keep their own free agents (most expensively extending Clayton Kershaw for $93 million over the next three seasons). They have traded for high-salaried players (Manny Machado most recently). But they have not spent big for free agents – regrettable $48 million deals with Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy remain the high-water mark for Friedman’s free-agent spending with the Dodgers.A big move for Harper now would likely trigger other moves involving the Dodgers’ current surplus of outfielders. That surplus and their deep collection of starting pitchers are the assets the Dodgers are most likely to spend this week and deeper into the offseason.Eight players made at least five starts in the outfield for the Dodgers last season and all are under contract (or club control) for 2019 – Joc Pederson, Matt Kemp, Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig, Alex Verdugo, Andrew Toles, Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernandez.Verdugo could be the most valuable and tradeable asset in the group. The 22-year-old has spent the past two seasons largely in Triple-A and is fast approaching the expiration date of his prospect status. LOS ANGELES — Misinformation is not necessarily a bad thing in Andrew Friedman’s world. It can be “a powerful tool,” smoke that obscures his true intentions.’Tis the season then. Rumor and speculation rule the baseball world as the Dodgers and 29 other teams head to Las Vegas for the annual Winter Meetings this week.The game is already on with the Dodgers central in what they insist is misinformation regarding their interest in this winter’s big prize – free agent outfielder Bryce Harper.They dispute reports that a group of Dodgers representatives, including co-owner Magic Johnson, had recently visited Harper in Las Vegas (his hometown). Johnson has made calls to draft picks the Dodgers were hoping to woo into signing but has never been involved with courting free agents personally for the team and he refuted the reports, saying he had met Harper on the field before a game once but had never been to the star’s home. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco