4 Available Players Still Within Reach of the Los Angeles Dodgers
The 2013 winter meetings are ending, and the Los Angeles Dodgers still have some unfinished business. Last week, they signed Brian Wilson to help shore up their bullpen; earlier in November, they inked Dan Haren to a one-year, $10 million deal. With those smaller deals, they’ve come close to filling out their roster.
However, there are still deals to be made if general manager Ned Colletti wants to. Some of these are more urgent than others, but all are within the realm of possibility.
Juan Uribe, 3B
Juan Uribe is almost a necessary signing. There aren’t any legitimate alternatives on the third base free-agent market, Uribe was a very good player last season, and he already has a relationship with the Dodgers.
Failing to re-sign him, while not disastrous, would be a mistake for a team that’s already proved its willingness to spend—provided he agrees to a short-term deal.
Masahiro Tanaka, SP
With news that Japan’s NPB and Major League Baseball have reached an agreement on a new posting system that will enable Masahiro Tanaka to become available this winter, the Dodgers all of a sudden have a top-of-the-rotation arm to chase that won’t cost a draft pick or prospects.
By most accounts, he’s a dominant starter who isn’t quite as good as Yu Darvish was but is still a hot commodity. The altered posting system will likely only require the Dodgers to give the Rakuten Eagles—Tanaka’s former team—a $20 million posting fee, which would then free up the rest of their offseason budget to offer him in negotiations.
However, recent news indicates that Rakuten may not post Tanaka, which would obviously preclude the Dodgers from making an offer.
David Price, SP
According to a recent report by Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan, the Dodgers are still in the mix to trade for Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price. Other sources (such as CBSSport.com’s Jon Heyman) suggest that the Dodgers are out on the lefty, but it would be foolish to count out Colletti.
While any huge blockbuster (like a Price trade would be) is always unlikely, a big move would not be out of character for this Dodger front office.
Nick Franklin, 2B
Nick Franklin was the Mariners’ second baseman last season, but their recent addition of Robinson Cano makes him expendable. And because the Mariners have been linked to both Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, as discussed here via Heyman, Franklin would likely be the major trade chip coming back if any deal were struck.