What the Dodgers Are Saying By Doing Nothing

Timothy BriceContributor IJanuary 11, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 21:  Catcher Russell Martin #55  of the Los Angeles Dodgers sits dejected after losing 10-4 to the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Five of the NLCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Citizens Bank Park on October 21, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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In an eventful offseason for much of Major League Baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been very quiet.  While the two people at the top of the Dodgers organization, Frank and Jamie McCourt, are in the beginnings of an ugly public divorce, the team itself is limbo. 

In doing nothing, they are quietly screaming to the National League West—we were a team on the verge of becoming great, but don't bother us, we're too busy now. 

The Dodgers still have the makings of a very special team.  Founded on players like Matt Kemp, Russell Martin, and James Lonely, the team needs to add a couple of arms to shore up the starting pitching.  They also need an effective second baseman. 

It appears, however, that the directive has been handed to Ned Colletti to do nothing, or at least do little.  Beginning long term discussions with Matt Kemp is promising.  Signing Russ Ortiz to a minor league contract with the hope that he might have something left is not. 

Spring training is supposed to be all about hope.  With pitchers and catchers reporting in just about one month from now, it would be nice to have hope again.  But unless the Dodgers plan on doing something soon, anything, the hope that spring brings will be a little less bright.