Dodgers Sign Zack Greinke

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dodgersfanjeff
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By Mark Saxon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The best thing to happen to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Day 3 of the winter meetings was what one of their competitors did -- or won't do -- and that's not uncommon this time of year.

The Los Angeles Angels reached agreement with Joe Blanton, reportedly for two years and $15 million, and that -- plus their trade for Atlanta's Tommy Hanson -- would seem to indicate they're moving away from a mega-deal with free agent Zack Greinke. The floor, at least for now, appears to be a two-team dance between the Dodgers and Texas Rangers.

Not that Greinke's agent doesn't continue to wait to see if others want to cut in.

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti met with Greinke's agent, Casey Close on Wednesday and, unlike the day before, Colletti wouldn't say whether he has extended an offer. That lack of comment in itself could be meaningful.

"I can't tell you we have any movement, I can't tell you we're close to anything," Colletti said. "A lot of groups, including some of the bigger names out there, are still doing due diligence and not necessarily in a mood to do anything."

The Dodgers have shelved some of their other business to concentrate on starting pitching. On Wednesday that meant one of the pitchers they were considering for their bullpen signed elsewhere. The Dodgers discussed re-signing lefty Randy Choate, but shied away when Choate asked for a three-year deal and a hefty raise. He got both by signing Wednesday with the St. Louis Cardinals for $7.5 million.

The Dodgers also have made no appreciable progress in signing Korean lefty Ryu Hyun-jin, who will return to pitch in Korea if he doesn't come to an agreement by 2 p.m. Sunday. Agent Scott Boras said he made a counteroffer to the Dodgers of shorter duration. But asked if that got the sides any closer, Colletti said, "No, we just got closer to Sunday."

Other notes

The Dodgers are looking to add a catcher before spring training, but Colletti indicated they're setting their sights on backup types who could offer competition to rookie Tim Federowicz. The Dodgers are content with A.J. Ellis as their No. 1 catcher.

Some have speculated that Greinke would prefer not to pitch in Los Angeles because of the size of the city and the media attention, but Colletti said he hasn't been told by any free agents that they don't want to pitch in L.A.

"We're not going to try to convince anybody this is a great place and a great city and a great ownership," Colletti said. "If they don't want to be part of it, we're not going to convince them."

Day 3 progress: Scant

Wish list: Starting pitcher(s); left-handed reliever; fourth outfielder; catcher

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dodgersfanjeff
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Zack Greinke unlikely for Dodgers

By Mark Saxon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Speculation when the winter began was that the two Los Angeles-area teams would engage in a bidding war for prized free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke. It hasn't quite worked out that way so far.

The Los Angeles Dodgers packed up from the winter meetings Thursday pessimistic that they would be able to land Greinke, and the Los Angeles Angels all but closed the door on re-signing Greinke when they landed pitchers Tommy Hanson and Joe Blanton in the past week.

Asked if he was on the "doorstep" of acquiring Greinke, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said: "We're not on the front lawn. ... We're barely out of the car at the curb. It's better than driving around the neighborhood looking for the house. We know where the house is located. We just can't seem to get out of the car."

The Dodgers began negotiations with Greinke's agent, Casey Close, in Nashville, but it doesn't appear that they have made a formal offer to this point. Speculation is that Greinke could command a record deal for a right-hander -- in the six-year, $150 million range.

Given the Dodgers' deep pockets, it's unlikely they would be outbid for Greinke, so it's possible he prefers to pitch in another city. Reports indicated he was leaning toward the Texas Rangers.

Colletti said he wouldn't try to talk a free agent into playing in Los Angeles. The Dodgers still feel confident they can land a starting pitcher to insert somewhere in the No. 2 or 3 spot in their rotation behind Clayton Kershaw. Colletti said there are "two or three" pitchers who fit that description available either in free agency or via trade.

The Dodgers identified James Shields of the Tampa Bay Rays as a target shortly after the season ended and they have checked in on Kyle Lohse. It's believed they also have interest in Anibal Sanchez, who appears to be the second-best free-agent option.

Meanwhile, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto sounded as if he had checked out of the Greinke discussions.

"Zack is a curious guy, an intellectual, and he wanted to see what free agency is about. We respected that," Dipoto told Angels reporters. "I wish him the best. Zack is a good person, he works hard, and he's an outstanding pitcher. What he gets, he gets."

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dd88
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$147 million for 6 years- WOW. I think the Dodgers overpaid, but Grienke is a very good pitcher, and hopefully pitching half the games in Dodger stadium will make him even more effective.


dodgersfanjeff
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Yeah I think they overpaid too Dave, but with starting pitching, I think teams always to have to overpay at least somewhat. I still think he'll do fine, especially as a #2 behind Kershaw. Also, with the signing of Ryu, we can potentially slide Bills & Beckett to our #4 & #5 starters. We would also still have Harang, Capuano, and Lily as potential trade pieces, or insurance policies.


dd88
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^^I agree Jeff- we still have a lot of valuable assets. I'm intrigued by Ryu- I would not be surprised if he gets 12+ wins with an ERA around 3. Just need to shore up the bullpen and maybe add another bat.

Key thing is for the key guys to stay healthy for the upcoming season- if they do, we should be able to win the division. I know expectations are sky high, but the Giants are still gonna be tough.


dodgersfanjeff
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Ryu is definitely interesting. I'm thinking he should be able to get off to a strong start, since players won't have the luxury of seeing him their first time around.

I do think we need another lefty in our pen. I'm not all at that confident in Elbert, since he seems to always be injured, lol. I think another lefty in the pen, and maybe a couple of veteran/decent bench players.


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