If I had to guess, I'd say the Los Angeles Dodgers will be more active on the trade market than on the free agent market this offseason, and they'll probably see more big names departing than arriving.
That doesn't mean they don't stand a chance at signing a few players to fill holes on their ball club, and it certainly doesn't mean that the players can't help the team be competitive in the NL West.
The way I see it, with the team marred in financial limbo, it will have to find areas to shed payroll while making a few non-flashy moves through free agency. This would likely be in the form of signing low-risk, high-reward players players to one-year deals.
Each of the three players stands a chance at failing, but so does every other free agent. The possible upside of these players, paired with how nicely they would fit in to the teams short- and long-term plans, make them all very intriguing.
Here are three low-risk, high-reward players who could help the Dodgers compete in 2012.