Thus far during the off-season, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been relatively quiet. Sure, re-signing Juan Uribe, J.P. Howell and Brian Wilson were important while signing Dan Haren to help solidify the back end of the rotation looks good as the days go by.
Still, many expected the Dodgers to trade one of their four high-priced outfielders and possibly make an outrageous offer to the Tampa Bay Rays for ace David Price. However, GM Ned Colletti and president Stan Kasten seem content with keeping top prospects, but the posting of Masahiro Tanaka might ignite the Dodgers off-season.
Buster Olney of ESPN.com talked to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com on a podcast Wednesday and talked about the Dodgers winter moving forward:
I think we’re going to hear something big from the Dodgers before the end of the winter. Whether it’s a David Price deal or signing Masahiro Tanaka.
Olney’s thoughts contradict what Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com said earlier this week that the Dodgers are expected to be quiet the rest of the off-season. The Rakuten Golden Eagles, Tanaka’s team in Japan, are holding up the entire off-season as they continue to decide whether or not they’ll post the 25-year-old pitcher.
Tanaka reportedly wants to pitch on the west coast and with the Colletti changing his tune about adding another high-profile starting pitcher, they could be the team to beat for his services. Still, a deal for Price seems unlikely since it’d be tough to re-sign both Price and Clayton Kershaw simultaneously next off-season.
However, Olney believes they’ll lock up another important piece of their team this winter:
I think we’ll hear this winter about an extension for Hanley Ramirez.
Ramirez fooled Dodger fans everywhere when he posted on his Instagram account that he was flying to LA with some “Good News”, only to have his agent refute that report.
While this part of the off-season is generally quiet for major league teams, it sounds like the Dodgers will be in the market to make a big splash.
ICYMI: The Dodgers and reliever J.P. Howell agreed to a two-year deal earlier this week