The Baseball Winter Meetings are being held in Indianapolis beginning on Monday, December 7th thru Thursday, December 10th. While MLB would not issue me a credential, I will be there and hopefully get lucky. The only thing that credentials really do is get you inside the interview room when there are news conferences. I can still walk all over the hotel where everything is going on without a problem and report on all that’s going on. Usually, agents or GMs just stop in the hallways and talk to people and I will be right there. I have one purpose at these meetings – I would like to get a feel of what is really happening with the Dodgers… and I will!
Ken made a good point yesterday that maybe the Dodgers had a verbal agreement with Wolf and Hudson that they would not offer them arbitration. That could be a possibility. I’ll try and find out. Besides, who should the Dodgers really try and get? Halladay? Lackey? Martinez? Wolf? It would take a lot to get Lackey or Halladay and either one is a prospect for arm and/or injury issues. I am almost of the opinion that we sign Padilla andor Wolf IFthe market is soft and they don’t get better deals elsewhere. Then, try and get some pitchers line Noach Lowery, Eric Milton, Jeff Weaver, et al for insurance.
I’d sooner see the Dodgers get a power hitter for 2B than spend to get Halladay or Lackey. I may be crazy, but I would not be afraid to go into the season with Kershaw our #1, Billingsley and Kuroda battling for #2 and Haeger as our #5. Then, let Elbert, McDonald, Troncoso, Lindblom and other battle for the #4 spot. Something good will come out of that bunch. You have to bank on internal growth by your young players. Shoot, I wouldn’t mind a platoon of Jamie Carroll and Blake DeWitt at 2B or maybe try Adrian Beltre at 2B – he’s an excellent athlete. Think about it! We’d have power at the position.
I am most concerned about locking up Kemp, Ethier, Kersahw and Billingsley long term. Are the Dodgers willing to do that? We have a plethora of pitching prospects who are a yera or so away – trading for a vet who could have arms issue is felony stupid – witness the Jason Schmidt Debacle.
At any rate, I’ll be at the meeting and I’ll be reporting what I see and hear – or maybe I’ll report half of what I see and none of what I hear…