Originally written December 20, 2012 on Dodgers Rumors:
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Last week we heard from Dodgers GM Ned Colletti saying the Dodgers are probably done spending, more or less, according to Mark Saxon of ESPNLA. The Dodgers still have some holes to fill and if the above is true, there is a major trade storm brewing in Los Angeles. The Dodgers have Dee Gordon on the trading block and the Mariners have been the biggest aggressor in the pursuit of the Dodgers shortstop. The Dodgers have been putting out “feelers” to see what kind of return they could net for Gordon, but the Dodgers don’t seem very inclined to trade him unless the return is overwhelming. Gordon could probably net a big haul and I wouldn’t be surprised if he isn’t on the roster come next spring. Chris Capuano, perhaps the Dodgers most sought after trade chip this winter. He has one guaranteed year left on his current deal with the Dodgers, so it makes a lot of sense for teams looking for rotation help without having to worry about spending big money on a multi-year deal. So far the Rangers are said to have interest, the Pirates remain in the mix as well, and the Dodgers are still interested in adding Joel Hanrahan to their bullpen via trade, according to Buster Olney. Jon Heyman also confirmed the rumor in his latest post. Hanrahan has one year left on his current deal as well, so a trade between the Dodgers and Pirates makes a lot of sense. As for the Rangers, I wonder if the Dodgers could pry Ian Kinsler away with Jurickson Profar waiting in the wings. Heyman says the Dodgers could add Chris Perez or Bobby Parnell to their radar if things don’t work out with the Pirates. The Dodgers have been connected to Nick Swisher as of late, pointing to the fact that the Dodgers are not done revamping the roster. Danny Knobler says the Dodgers are shopping Andre Ethier and looking to replace him with Michael Bourn. The Dodgers are looking for a leadoff hitter, further pointing to the fact that the Dodgers don’t envision Dee Gordon being the starting shortop/leadoff hitter in 2013. However, the Dodgers aren’t expected to trade Andre Ethier to make room for Swisher or anyone else in their outfield, Heyman adds. One person connected to the Dodgers said it’s almost 100% certain that Ethier will open the season as the starting right fielder, barring an injury of course. Nick Cafardo reports that a Dodgers official emphatically denied the recent rumor of a Ethier for Jacoby Ellsbury swap. Ethier’s name has been running wild on the hot stove and the Dodgers have repeatedly denied that they are not shopping their All-Star and have “zero intention” of trading him, tweets Ken Rosenthal. Aaron Harang, has been reportedly shopped very heavy since the Winter Meetings, but Harang remains a Dodger with Christmas just a few days away. Perhaps nobody wants him for Christmas, I know I sure don’t. Interest in the Dodgers pitching surplus should heat up now that the Pirates, Mariners, Indians, Twins, and Blue Jays among the many teams looking for starting pitching. Then there is the other Dodgers’ starter on the outside looking in, Ted Lilly. Once one of the better left-handed pitchers in the game, he’s now coming off an injury plagued season and is no doubt highly favored to have a new team come next spring. Although I wouldn’t rule out the Dodgers moving him to the bullpen at this point if they can’t find a serious buyer right away. Nick Punto is one of the newer names to hit the Dodgers’ trade block. The Dodgers have a huge surplus of infielders on the roster, so changes are coming way. The Dodgers have Jerry Hairston, Elian Herrera, Justin Sellers, Dee Gordon, the newly acquired Scott Schumaker, and then of course… Juan Uribe, well, we could never get that lucky. The Dodgers upgraded their rotation to the best in all of baseball, at least on paper. So that took care of one item on my Christmas wish list for 2012. Now if we could only trade Juan Uribe, but I just know he will somehow remain a Dodger. A trade or release of Uribe and his $7MM is all I want for Christmas Santa.
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