Originally posted on Dodgers Rumors  |  Last updated 11/15/11


Many reporters and analysts believed it was going to be a long cold winter for the Dodgers. I stated before that nothing was going to stop the Dodgers from taking care of business this winter. To date the Dodgers have already brought back Juan Rivera, extended Matt Kemp for eight years, and signed free agent Mark Ellis to a two-year deal. We are barely midway through November and good ol' Ned is taking care of business early. Colletti has clearly been the most active out there, I think it was important for the organization and for the fans to get off to a quick start this winter. Ready for some rumors?

Dodgers Nation takes a look at free agent Roy Oswalt. I personally think Oswalt should be avoided at all costs. His health history seems to be a large concern for a number of teams already, especially with the reports of the Yankees being scared off after seeing the issues with his back. Injuries have plagued the Dodgers over the past several years, and unless Oswalt is willing to take a low base, high incentive salaried contract, I say the Dodgers should pass.

It seems the Dodgers are moving on from Ryan Doumit after he turned down the contract that he was offered by the Dodgers yesterday. The Dodgers are apparently close to an agreement with free agent Matt Treanor. As long as Colletti stays under $1MM I think we are okay on this one. I'll post an update if I hear the deal becoming official.

Dodgers ready to go after Francisco Cordero? Jon Paul Morosi seems to think so. So perhaps the Dodgers don't have the intention of giving the closer job to Javy Guerra just yet. I don't think Guerra is a playoff caliber closer quite yet anyway, and the goal is to get back to the playoffs, right? He did a fine job in 2011, but I would like to see him get some more time in the majors before entrusting him completely with the closer role. The Dodgers are ready to spend big and take care of business this winter, and anyone that doesn't think so is just, well, wrong. Speaking of closers, Jim Bowden hears Heath Bell wants to stay on the west coast. He names the Dodgers as a team Bell told him he would like to play for.

So the Dodgers gaps are already filling in. I expect Colletti will likely turn his attention to Hiroki Kuroda and possibly force him to make a decision so the Dodgers can move continue moving forward. Should things not work out with Kuroda, Ken Gurnick says Jeff Francis, Chris Capuano, and Aaron Harang are already on Colletti's radar.
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