Just when we thought the Dodgers and their 17 starting pitchers were just about done with their winter dealings, Tony Jackson of ESPN LA drops this bombshell on day one of the MLB winter meetings:
The Los Angeles Dodgers are actively involved in discussions on a possible three-player deal with the Milwaukee Brewers that would bring slugging first baseman Prince Fielder to Los Angeles in exchange for Dodgers first baseman James Loney and embattled closer Jonathan Broxton, according to multiple sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Fielder is arbitration eligible this winter, and will likely make $15 million or more. Broxton is under contract for $7 million, while Loney stands to make $4.5 to $5 million in arbitration.
For an opposing view, Steve Henson of Yahoo Sports chimed in, squashing the report:
Source: dodgers have zero interest in prince fielder.
Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times also had this:
Dodgers GM Ned Colletti shot down the Fielder/Loney/Broxton rumor.
But I doubt Colletti would have gone all Colonel Jessup on the witness stand in response to that question, so take that for what it's worth.
UPDATE: The rumors are being shot down from just about everywhere. Here's a report from Brewers' beat writer Adam McCalvy saying that the rumors were untrue.
Oh well, that was a fun rumor cycle for an hour or so.