Los Angeles Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has been a very popular person as the winter meetings got underway in Orlando this morning. Talks surrounding the outfield situation and David Price dominated the headlines early on, but other rumors have begun to filter through.
Colletti mentioned that his patience with Juan Uribe is running thin and he’s prepared to move on from the 34-year-old third baseman. With that being said, Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com mentions they’ve been linked to a possible replacement:
The Dodgers are still talking to free agent Mark Ellis about returning short term at second base. They’ve also been linked to free-agent infielder Omar Infante.
The Dodgers infield certainly has question marks as Uribe’s departure would leave a hole at third base and Infante could be a possible fit, though he’s only played in 107 games at the position. Not to mention, he’s drawing interest from the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals, two teams seen as the favorites for his services.
Alexander Guerrero does play multiple infield positions, but Colletti all but ruled out the idea of him playing the hot corner. There’s also some talk about Hanley Ramirez possibly moving over to third, but Colletti said there aren’t any talks about that happening right now. Meanwhile, the Dodgers do need to add at least another reliever and according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times, one of their free agent relievers is drawing some interest:
Marmol back in NL Central? Ex Cubs closer talking to Brewers (and Red Sox) among 3-4 interested teams.
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) December 9, 2013
Acquired from the Cubs for Matt Guerrier, Marmol was quite serviceable for the Dodgers during his short time with the club. He posted a 2.53 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 21.1 innings, but his control was still an issue. He walked 21 batters (two intentionally), but was far more effective than anyone could’ve imagined.
Gurnick also floated the possibility of a reunion with Jamey Wright as the long reliever. Wright pitched for the Dodgers in 2012, going 5-3 with a 3.72 ERA and spent 2013 with the Tampa Bay Rays.
UPDATE: Mark Saxson of ESPNLA.com discusses the Infante rumor at 5:04 PST:
I’ve heard the Dodgers have not been involved on Omar Infante
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) December 10, 2013
UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports about Wright and the Dodgers at 5:35 PST:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 10, 2013
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