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Dodgers Update on Anthony Rendon and Gerrit Cole Sweepstakes

Late night news has some people scratching their heads.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 29: Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals throws out George Springer (not pictured) of the Houston Astros during the third inning in Game Six of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 29, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Veteran baseball writer Bob Nightengale hit twitter with a few late-night nuggets that are sure to start your Monday off right. First, the USA scribe reported that the Dodgers have begun letting teams know 40-man roster players that are on the trading block this winter.

However, on the free agency front, Nightengale dropped something of a small bombshell…

Yes, while the news of Los Angeles being in on free agent third baseman Anthony Rendon was heavily reported last week, it’s somewhat shocking to see Nightengale say that the club has yet to engage on right stud Gerrit Cole.

Moreover, this refutes earlier reports that the two sides met in Los Angeles last week as well. Of course, in the crazy world of hot stove rumors, you take what you read with a grain of salt… often especially when approaching 3 AM PT.

Gerrit Cole is the platinum prize of the 2019-2020 off-season — ESPN reporter Jeff Passan will tell you as much. And as such, with pitching help as the biggest perceived need for Andrew Friedman and company, you would expect the club to be in on, or at least talking to ever major player than can put the team over the hump in October.

Or at least that’s what team president Stan Kasten wants you to believe.

The MLB winter meetings begin in earnest today and run through Thursday. While major player signings aren’t usually expected, the groundwork on movement via trades is often laid out during this busy week of off-season excitement.

NEXT: Rendon on Rosenthal’s Mind for Dodgers

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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      • AZUL, I see it the same way you do. Too much smoke is being blown in our direction!!!! If we sign one top tier free agent, I will be surprised. Friedman has just not impressed me with his checkbook dealings. Sometimes, you need to break some eggs to make an omlette. Go Blue!!!! I think I spelled omlette incorrectly.

  1. And the Dodgers will win the division again for the eighth time and lose in the playoffs again for the second time. Sound familiar?

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