Through about two days at the Winter Meetings, Los Angeles Dodgers GM Ned Colletti continues to talk about what he’s looking for in Orlando. Trading an outfielder and adding another starter were thought to be high priorities over the winter.
Outfielders Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier have generated the most interest thus far as its been reported that they’ve been in negotiations with four teams. Manager Don Mattingly spoke earlier to the media about the situation and said he’s proceeding like he’s going to have four outfielders come Spring Training.
Talking to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com, Colletti talked about what he’s thinking when it comes to trading an outfielder:
Colletti said he is fine not trading an outfielder
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) December 10, 2013
Colletti and President Stan Kasten have both said this week that they’ll certainly listen listen to offers, but trading an outfielder has to make sense both now and in the future. Kemp is still in a walking boot, but is hopeful to be 75 percent by Spring Training as there are those that believe keeping all four makes the most sense due to how injury prone they are.
Meanwhile, there were also reports yesterday suggesting the Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays were possibly matching up about a possible David Price deal, but when asked today about trading for a frontline starter, Colletti told Bill Plunkett of the OC Register that, “That’s not where our concentration is right now. There is nothing we’re closing in on or chasing right now.”
Trading an outfielder and adding another starter are both high priorities, but signing shortstop Hanley Ramirez and Clayton Kershaw is also on Colletti’s to-do-list. Ramirez noted that he and the Dodgers have talked extension already, but talks with Kershaw have been non-existent thus far. According to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, expect extension talk after the Winter Meetings:
#Dodgers GM Ned Colletti doesn’t expect to talk to Clayton Kershaw or Hanley Ramirez about extensions until after the winter meetings.
— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) December 10, 2013
It’s evident that Colletti and company have a long list of things to get done this winter and hopefully things will get done shortly.
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