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Dodgers are idle no more

Updated: November 29, 2010, 3:00 PM ET
By Buster Olney

A long-time agent sat at a table at the 2009 winter meetings and shook his head. "You know what the biggest story here that nobody's talking about?" he said. "It's what the Dodgers aren't doing."

The Dodgers, one of the staple franchises in the majors, basically sat out last winter.

What a difference a year makes. With the McCourt marriage and divorce proceedings apparently nearing an end, and with a lot of Manny Ramirez's salary off their books, the Dodgers have been perhaps the most aggressive team this winter, moving quickly to re-sign Ted Lilly before he hit free agency and locking down Jon Garland to fill the last hole in their rotation.

And now they have an agreement in place with Juan Uribe, the power-hitting infielder, to a three-year, $21 million deal -- a contract that takes Uribe away from the rival Giants.

Most of what the Dodgers will do now is tinkering and fine-tuning.

And no matter what else they do, they will be in a much better position to contend as they open spring training than they were earlier this year. As well, they've put to bed any ideas that last offseason's inacivity would continue into the current one.

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