Andrew Martinez-Dodgers Nation

Andrew Martinez-Dodgers Nation

If Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman had grown tired of trade rumors prior to the start of Winter Meetings, Monday didn’t offer any breaks.

Marquee free agent Jon Lester is believed to be nearing a decision and while the Dodgers were one of four teams in the running for the left-hander, it was reported he’s down to choosing between the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants.

The Dodgers’ interest in Lester has come from unconfirmed reports and while addressing the media on Monday in San Diego, Friedman passed on the opportunity to confirm they were pursuing the left-hander and instead suggested that it be assumed the Dodgers are involved with big-name free agents, according to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA:

Friedman did acknowledge among the Dodgers’ needs is adding a pitcher:

Along with Lester, the Dodgers have been linked to Cole Hamles, whom they’d have to acquire via trade as opposed to being able to sign outright as is the case with Lester. Furthermore, if the Dodgers are to turn their attention to Max Scherzer or James Shields, signing either would result in them losing their first-round pick in the 2015 draft.

Friedman’s comments suggest the Dodgers don’t necessarily view recently acquired Mike Bolsinger and Juan Nicasio as viable options to be placed in the rotation.

Adding more emphasis on the Dodgers’ need to bolster the pitching staff is the possibility of Zack Greinke opting out after the 2015 season and Hyun-Jin Ryu potentially falling victim to more shoulder trouble.

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  1. Robert M Forgues

    Do not trade Matt Kemp. He’s going to hit 30HR’s this year. He will bat 287 and knock in 90 runs. Steal 25 bases and help Gonzo because of his bat. Puig will improve, he’s still in the learning stage. Andre can’t hit lefties but Crawford can.

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