Some news and notes regarding the Los Angeles Dodgers as we prepare for the upcoming Winter Meetings:
- MLB Trade Rumors’ Tim Dierkes reported on Monday that the Dodgers have signed infielder Brendan Harris to a minor-league deal. Harris, 33, was a member of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during 2013, amassing 117 ABs spread across 44 games. In that span, he posted a slash line of .206/.252/.355 with four home runs.
- Skip Schumaker, a valuable asset to manager Don Mattingly throughout the 2013 campaign, signed a two-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, meaning that the Dodgers have now lost both of their reserve infielders (since Nick Punto elected to sign with the Oakland A’s last week).
- The departures of Punto and Schumaker make it apparent that the Dodgers may end up bringing back Mark Ellis anyway, despite declining his 2014 option a few weeks back.
- CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman tweeted that free agent third baseman Juan Uribe is looking for a three-year contract. While Los Angeles is reportedly interested in bringing him back for 2014, three years is probably outside the realm of what the Dodgers are looking to pay.
- Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reported that trade interest on Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier has been ‘moderate to moderate-plus’, and while the outfielders’ names continue to be the subject of much Hot Stove discussion, there’s still no telling whether the team is seriously considering dealing either. Brown also points to re-signing Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw to a long-term extension, though official word on that regard remains relatively quiet at this point.