Colletti: Dodgers not talking trades for starting pitchers

December, 10, 2013
12/10/13
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Dodgers continue to be linked to the Tampa Bay Rays’ David Price, but general manager Ned Colletti said the team has not spent time here in trade talks for a frontline starting pitcher, so that could be a conversation for another day, if it happens at all.

“That’s not where our concentration is right now,” Colletti said.

Colletti and manager Don Mattingly both said Tuesday they would be happy to go into next season with a starting rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dan Haren and Josh Beckett, with Chad Billingsley likely ready by May. Presuming the Dodgers don’t begin talks to acquire Price later in the winter, the only X factor could be Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka and it remains uncertain whether his team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles will make him available through the posting system.

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Colletti met with the agent for third baseman Juan Uribe late Monday night, but it remains clear that the sides remain at odds about whether it will be a one- or two-year contract. Enrique Rojas reported that the Dodgers have offered Uribe a one-year deal with a 2015 option while the Chicago White Sox have offered him two years.

Monday, Colletti was growing impatient with the lack of action from Uribe’s camp.
“They’re more inclined to talk at this point about getting something done,” Colletti said.

Should the talks with Uribe fall through, Colletti said they have talked to Mark Ellis and Michael Young about returning, but there has been no dialogue with Kevin Youkilis.

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Colletti said he has not met with the agents to discuss contract extensions for either Clayton Kershaw or Hanley Ramirez, who would be free agents following the upcoming season, but that he expects to after the winter meetings conclude.

Colletti did meet with Kershaw’s agent, Casey Close, but it was to discuss another client, long reliever Jamey Wright.

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Colletti said the team expects outfielder Matt Kemp to be in better shape at the start of the upcoming spring training than he was the previous season. This time, Kemp is coming off two surgeries -- ankle and shoulder -- instead of one, but he has been able to lift weights for the past month, an activity that was curtailed after a more invasive shoulder surgery in 2012.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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