We're still at the hearsay stage, but LA Observed is reporting that Dodgers beat writer Steve Henson may be taking the LA Times' recent buyout offer, the newspaper's attempt to trim the workforce by 150 people without having to go through layoffs. One of the links at the end of the piece gives detail about the buyout offer, which could provide for up to a year's pay depending on tenure served with the paper. The layoffs are coming on the tails of revenue and operating income declines which are unfortunately consistent with the industry.
I have always liked Steve Henson's writing and hope he doesn't go. He covered the Dodgers objectively but his perspective always seemed to resonate well with what fans were thinking, be it euphoria over a lucky play or despondence over a poor managerial action (or lack of action). Lately, I've noticed different bylines on the daily articles and Dodger reports, including Bill Shaikin, Ben Bolch, and Ken Baxter. I don't know their writing style and strengths yet, but I hope they can cover the Dodgers as competently, if not more so.