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As most everybody knows by now, the Dodgers are in on Zack Greinke and desperately want him to be a part of the club.
Dodgers executives met with Zack Greinke in Los Angeles yesterday, Yahoo’s Tim Brown reported last night.
The Dodgers view Greinke as critical to their pitching staff, Brown reports. Greinke is believed to have enjoyed pitching for the Angels during the second half of the 2012 season, which could increase his interest in staying in the Los Angeles area.
So that puts the Dodgers, Angels, Rangers, and Nationals in the picture for Greinke’s services.
But for all the hubbub about him deciding where to go, nothing much has materialized yet, but that might be about to change during the Winter Meetings.
zack greinkes agent casey close said he’ll know in 24-48 hrs if deal can be done in nashville. no talks serious … yet
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 3, 2012
Remember that Brian Wilson news that had me fearing for my safety? Well, apparently the Dodgers aren’t interested.
Brian Wilson might want to pitch for the Dodgers, but it appears the interest isn’t mutual.
The colorful and magnificently bearded closer wasn’t tendered a contract for next season by the San Francisco Giants, making him a free agent. Wilson lives in Los Angeles in the off-season, and the Dodgers are among the teams with which he would like to sign, according to multiple reports.
Though the Dodgers won’t publicly comment on free agents, people familiar with team officials’ thinking say they aren’t looking to sign Wilson.
Perhaps the most interesting pre-Winter Meetings news though is that the Dodgers are shopping Dee Gordon.
The #Dodgers are letting teams know that shortstop Dee Gordon is available, who could be a nice fallback for teams who don’t sign Drew
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 2, 2012
I say interesting because it gives insight into where the Dodgers see him next year (in AAA, probably) and because it creates discussion about how valuable he is to teams.
Before things get out of hand, a friendly reminder to Dodger fans that if you hated him while he was with the Dodgers in 2012, then you probably shouldn’t expect him to be the centerpiece of a package for an elite player.
Personally, I liked him as a prospect a TON less than most did for reasons I’ve explained before, but I recognize the athleticism and the potential he has, and there’s still upside even if he was rushed to the majors. Would I deal a valuable asset of mine for him though? Probably not.
In what might be the most “we have so much money we don’t know what to do with it” rumor of the off-season, the Dodgers might be interested in A.J. Pierzynski.
The Dodgers could potentially make a play for free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. L.A. general manager Ned Colletti almost signed Pierzynski as a free agent two years ago before the catcher re-signed with the White Sox, though the chances of Pierzynski signing with the Dodgers now is seen as “a remote possibility, at best” by some Dodgers people.
I discussed this on Twitter a bit, but I don’t quite understand this rumor. There’s a strong case to be made that A.J. Ellis is the better catcher to begin with, and he certainly was superior in 2012. Plus, Pierzynski’s worth was centered on his career-year offensively at age 35.
Besides that though, Ellis has a working knowledge of the team and staff, plus he posted a ~4 WAR season even after playing down the stretch with a knee injury that required surgery.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Los Angeles Dodgers are “determined” to sign free agent
Zack Greinke, no matter the cost, and it’s pretty clear they are going to extend
the right-hander his largest offer of the winter, reports Jon Heyman of
But it seems pretty clear who is going to offer Greinke the
biggest deal. The Dodgers seem determined to sign him, no matter the cost.
The Zack Greinke sweepstakes appear to have come down to two
teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers, reports Jon Heyman of CBS
it appears the Greinke derby is currently betw. the #rangers and #dodgers. belief is the deal likely to be for $160M-plus.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 5, 2012
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Brian Wilson is interested in joining the Red Sox, Dodgers and Angels, and he’s still interested in re-joining his teammates in San Francisco, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN. All four locations make sense for Wilson. He grew up in New Hampshire and is a huge Boston sports fan, and he lives in Los Angeles...
"Maybe it works out better that the deal [with Washington] didn’t go
through. In two years I might be a free agent, and then they get to
keep the players [who would have been] in the trade. And some of those
guys could end up being key players for them."(Zack Greinke, via Washington Post, 3/22/2011)
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Free agent right-hander Brian Wilson, who was cut loose by the San Francisco Giants Friday, has interest in signing with the Los Angeles
Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox and his former team, reports Jim
Bowden of ESPN.
Brian Wilson has interest in Giants, Dodgers, Angels, Red Sox according to source
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) December 1, 2012
At this point, it will be an upset if the Texas Rangers do not land one of the top two free agents.
Could be outfielder Josh Hamilton. Could be right-hander Zack Greinke. Could be neither, likely will not be both.
The Rangers are competing for both players, major-league sources say, while also continuing to engage in trade discussions for Arizona right fielder Justin Upton, Tampa...
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The Giants declined to tender a 2013 contract Friday to Wilson, the
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The annual winter meetings begin Monday at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., the ideal site for an event headlined by free agents Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton.
The elaborate Opryland think sprawling...
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The San Francisco Giants declined to tender a one-year contract with closer Brian Wilson by Friday night's deadline, allowing him to become a free agent.
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The Winter Meetings are almost upon us, as the Dodgers prepare for their first Winter Meetings under the Guggenheim era. The Dodgers are expected to be busy and ready to spend big.
On the free agent market after being non-tendered by the Giants earlier this week, Brian Wilson, who has said his first preference is with the Dodgers. This rumor could definitely gain some momentum...
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The nontender deadline has come and gone, and several notable players are among the batch of players looking for work.
Rays: Ben Francisco
Blue Jays: Bobby Wilson
Rangers: Geovany Soto, Brandon Snyder
Orioles: Mark Reynolds
Red Sox: Rich Hill, Ryan Sweeney
Indians: Jack Hannahan, Rafael Perez
Tigers: Daniel Schlereth
Nationals: John Lannan, Tom Gorzelanny