Dusty Baker wanted to play for the Dodgers because they had “good bodies”

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Last week, Craig brought to our attention a rather interesting quote from Nationals manager Dusty Baker. The skipper said his team “is a baby-making team.” We can all come to our own conclusions as to what that means.

The interesting quotes kept coming on Wednesday. In a piece by Bill Shaikin for the Los Angeles Times, Baker said he had always wanted to be a Dodger as a player. Baker said, “I heard the Dodgers had the best athletes, pretty uniforms and good bodies. I was like, ‘Shoot, you’re talking about me.'”

Baker, of course, played for the Dodgers for eight seasons between 1976 and 1983. They were arguably the best years of his career as he made two All-Star teams, won two Silver Sluggers, and placed in fourth in National League Most Valuable Player balloting in 1980.

The Nationals and Dodgers begin Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday at 5:30 PM EDT.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.