Winter Meetings, Day One: The Ned Colletti Truth-O-Meter

December 3, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Posted in Winter Meetings | Leave a comment

After nearly a full day at the winter meetings, only Mike Napoli, Joakim Soria, James Loney, & Angel Pagan have already found new homes. For the Dodgers, things have been moving just a little more slowly thus far, so let’s take some of Ned Colletti’s media comments this afternoon and try to put a little truth to them:

Talks with Hyun-jin Ryu “are moving slowly” and “at this pace, they won’t get done“.

That’s Ned Colletti speaking to Dylan Hernandez, and sorry, I just don’t believe it. From everything I’ve heard from multiple sources, the only thing preventing this deal from being done is crossing the T’s and dotting the… lowercase J’s. Look, it’s Scott Boras. His deals never get done until the last minute (which would be 2pm PT on Sunday), and it’s not like he can shop Ryu around to other teams. This might be the Dodgers wanting to squeeze Boras just a bit or attempting to send a signal to teams sniffing around Chris Capuano & Aaron Harang that they better up their offer because the Dodgers may not have as much pitching to spare as they think, but either way, this doesn’t pass the sniff test. Ryu wants to be in Los Angeles, his Korean team wants the money, and these deals always end up getting signed. A+ on the posturing, though, Ned.

Yasiel Puig will likely start at AA“.

That one is from Colletti to Bill Shaikin, and it makes plenty of sense; it’s really barely even news, because it’s what we’ve been expecting all along. That might disappoint those who were hoping that Puig was going to break camp with the club as the starting left fielder, but it’s really the right call. Puig had only 95 plate appearances in the minors last year after missing most of the last two seasons while trying to defect, and then he missed valuable time this winter by having to sit out the Arizona Fall League with an elbow infection. Double-A is the right place for him to be, and it’s not like the Dodgers are short on outfielders. I’ll buy this one.

No offers have been put out” but the Dodgers “have been talking to 10-12 teams about potential trades“. 

This one’s difficult to parse because there’s not much meat to it. I mean, sure, everyone knows  the Dodgers have been checking in with several other teams, but it’s not always “news”. For example, I can tell you with reasonable certainty that they’ve at least reached out to the Mets about R.A. Dickey, but I’m not going to go run to Twitter and start a firestorm about some intense interest, because we don’t know the extent of it. The Dodgers need a top pitcher, we’re in a rare situation where the reigning Cy Young winner is available, so why wouldn’t they at least inquire? (For the record, the Mets really want a center fielder & catcher in a potential Dickey deal, and I’m pretty sure Joc Pederson & Tim Federowicz aren’t exactly what they had in mind.) I’m sure they’ve also checked in with Tampa on James Shields, perhaps Miami on Yunel Escobar, almost certainly Pittsburgh on Joel Hanrahan, maybe even Washington for Mike Morse or Cleveland for Asdrubal Cabrera, and a ton of other things we’ll never hear about as well.

As for “no offers” being put out, my guess is that just means no formalized written contracts. We’re all sure parameters have been discussed verbally.

Much more to come…

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