Not much excitement for the Los Angeles Dodgers today, but they finalized deals for J.P. Howell, Jamey Wright, Chris Perez, and Juan Uribe. Don’t expect much more from the Dodgers this off-season according to general manager Ned Colletti, who believes the Dodgers are likely done adding significant players this off-season.
The Dodgers have addressed most of their needs this and only need a bench player or two to complete their shopping list. By bringing back Uribe, they’ve solved their third base problem and the bullpen now seems crowded with the signings of Perez and Wright the last few days. The addition of Alexander Guerrero to replace Mark Ellis at second base will give the Dodgers more power and speed around the bases and it seems they’re content with having four formidable outfielders.
Colletti might start focusing on extending two key players, Hanley Ramirez and Clayton Kershaw. Since he was acquired from the Miami Marlins, Ramirez has embraced Los Angeles and it’s only a matter of time until both sides reach an agreement. Kershaw is the priority, but the reigning Cy Young award winner seems to be curious about testing free agency.
Colletti does leave some wiggle room for another big move, the acquisition of Masahiro Tanaka or trading for Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price. With the news that Tanaka is posted, it’s tough to take Colletti’s comments seriously.
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