Through two weeks of free agency, rumors surrounding the Los Angeles Dodgers have certainly picked up. Rumors about outfielders Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford began last week and at the GM Meetings in Orlando, Florida Dodgers GM Ned Colletti will certainly be talking to interested teams.
While the Winter Meetings next month provide more deals and signings, the GM Meetings that start today until the 13th will help lay the groundwork for future deals. Talking to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Colletti talked about his expectations in Florida this week:
In a week, we should have some more definition, General Manager Ned Colletti said. Will it be clearer? Yeah. Will it be definitive? I don’t know.
The Dodgers expect to be active in the trade market, not only with their own players, but Rays ace David Price looks like their number one target. The 28-year-old left-handed starter is arbitration eligible this season before becoming a free agent in 2015 and Rays GM Andrew Friedman will certainly have talks with Colletti.
How far those talks get could determine how far the Dodgers get in the bidding for Japanese sensation Masahiro Tanaka, who’s waiting to be posted by his team. Major league baseball and the Nippon Professional Baseball are going back and forth about an agreement, but it’s yet to be determined when that will happen.
Tanaka, 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA during the regular season, is expected to surpass the $51.7 million posting fee Yu Darvish received in 2011. NL West GM’s fear the Dodgers acquire both Price and Tanaka, but step one is laying the groundwork for a Price deal.
Kemp, Ethier and Crawford are certain to be discussed with other GMs and Colletti should have a better idea about how the off-season goes after his three-day stay in Orlando.
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