There’s every reason to think that Chavez Ravine is going to be developed

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Dodger Stadium sits in a vast parking lot on top of a hill. So vast that they used it to film scenes from that last “Star Trek” movie that were supposed to talk place on another freakin’ planet.  Aside from the ballpark itself, it’s a big, open, mostly empty space.

Which has many people looking at that $2 billion price the new owners paid for the place and assuming that they’ll try to use that land to create some more income:

Developer Ken Lombard, a former business partner of Johnson, said the Dodgers property is ideally situated for an urban development.

“You could create a community up there,” said Lombard, who runs the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza shopping center. “You have the chance to do something very interesting, probably a mixture of residential and retail.”

I’m assuming that would lead to years of battles with the neighbors from surrounding areas. And, as the article suggests, the possibility that simply demolishing Dodger Stadium and building a new downtown ballpark could be considered, if only as a bluff.

Worth watching.

Royals sign Michael Saunders to a minor-league deal

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Free agent outfielder Michael Saunders has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Royals, the team announced Friday. While the move comes just two days after Saunders agreed to terms with the Pirates, he allegedly asked for his release after the club acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson in a multi-player swap with the Rays on Thursday. MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan adds that Saunders will make $1.5 million upon reaching the majors, with a potential $500,000 in bonuses.

After earning his first spot on an All-Star team in 2016, Saunders followed up a solid campaign with a career-worst performance in 2017. The 31-year-old split the season between the Phillies and Blue Jays’ camps, batting a combined .202/.256/.344 with six home runs and -0.7 fWAR in 234 plate appearances. Although he remained healthy throughout the year, with no sign of the lingering hamstring strain that has plagued him on and off since 2013, he wasn’t productive enough to merit a full-time role on either roster.

With Dickerson slated for a starting role in Pittsburgh, it was unlikely that Saunders would have commanded anything other than a backup role in 2018. Now, however, he’ll compete for playing time amid a slew of outfield options, including Alex Gordon, Cody Asche, Jorge Bonifacio, Tyler Collins and Paulo Orlando.