Dodgers reportedly seeking $12 million a year for naming rights to field

first_imgLeft-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (on the DL with a foot contusion suffered during his June 28 start against the Angels) is scheduled to throw four innings in a simulated-game setting Wednesday afternoon before the Dodgers’ game at Guaranteed Rate Field. After that, he is on track to rejoin the starting rotation early next week.“At some point, he’ll be penciled in,” Roberts said of Ryu. “It could be Monday, could be Tuesday. He feels good but now we’ve got to find a way to drop him in. Early next week makes sense.”Right-hander Kenta Maeda, the most vulnerable of the starting pitchers to be bounced from the rotation, is scheduled to start Wednesday in Chicago. His turn would come up again on Monday. But Roberts acknowledged that a six-man rotation on a temporary basis – something the Dodgers have already done this year – could be an option again.“A six-man rotation for an extended period of time, no,” he said. “But we’ve done that at times this year for a turn.”Dayton returnLefty reliever Grant Dayton has pitched two scoreless innings for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and the Dodgers’ Arizona Summer League team in two appearances on a rehab assignment this week. Dayton is expected to come off the DL and rejoin the Dodgers before the weekend, Roberts said.Dayton has been on the DL twice this season – for an intercostal strain in his rib area in April and now due to neck stiffness. In between, he was demoted to Triple-A briefly and overall has been unable to match last year’s performance. In 27 appearances for the Dodgers this season, Dayton has a 3.63 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings (down considerably from last year’s 13.3 in 25 big-league appearances).That is one of the reasons a left-handed reliever tops the Dodgers’ shopping list as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches.AlsoJustin Turner has been named the Dodgers’ winner of the Heart and Hustle Award. An overall winner will be chosen from among the 30 teams’ nominees and announced on Nov. 14.The Dodgers’ Aug. 6 game against the New York Mets at Citi Field has been added to the ESPN schedule as the Sunday Night Baseball telecast. Game time has been moved to 5 p.m. PT. However, this winter Kasten did confirm that the Dodgers had retained another firm, New York-based Galatioto Sports Partners, to explore the possibility of selling minority ownership shares in the team – another potential infusion of revenue for the team that is carrying the highest payroll in baseball for the fourth consecutive year (but projects to be its lowest since 2013).The two revenue streams could be connected with a corporate partner coming in as a minority owner while also paying to have its name on the field.Pitching plansDodgers manager Dave Roberts said the team’s starting pitchers will stay on rotation through the weekend series at home against the Atlanta Braves. That means Brandon McCarthy, Alex Wood, Rich Hill and Clayton Kershaw will start the four games.But changes could come in the following week with the Dodgers getting two off days in a five-day span – next Thursday and the following Monday. CHICAGO >> Five years after buying the Dodgers for $2.15 billion, the Guggenheim Baseball Management group is apparently looking for new ways to recoup that investment.According to a report in Sports Business Daily, the Dodgers have enlisted Entitle, a naming-rights firm formed earlier this year, to sell naming rights to the field at Dodger Stadium. Citing “industry sources,” the report claims the Dodgers are seeking an annual fee of $12 million and began the venture this spring. It is an important distinction that the rights would only be for the field and Dodger Stadium would remain just that.A $12 million fee would be one of the most lucrative naming-rights deals in professional sports. The Dallas Cowboys currently receive approximately $19 million a year from AT&T while NRG (formerly Reliant Energy) pays the Houston Texans approximately $12 million per year.Team president and CEO Stan Kasten would neither confirm nor deny the report about the Dodgers’ attempt to tap into this revenue source.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more