The Dodgers ended the winter meetings on Thursday in Nashville, and headed home with no new players on their roster. The team's white whale, Zack Greinke, has yet to make a decision, and Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti is getting punchy, as this piece by Mark Saxon of ESPN shows.
"We're not on the front lawn," Colletti said. "We're barely out of the car at the curb. It's better than driving around the neighborhood looking for the house. We know where the house is located. We just can't seem to get out of the car."
This was followed by Ken Rosenthal tweeting that the Dodgers "were considering moving on" from Greinke to pursue other pitching options, while Jon Heyman of CBS Sports characterized the Dodgers as "slightly less upbeat" about Greinke coming to Los Angeles.
But just because the winter meetings ended doesn't mean transactions can't or won't get done; and looking back, it might be a good thing that the Dodgers didn't make any big moves on Thursday.
Having some fun with the historical transactions feature on Baseball-Reference.com, we can see all the transactions done on Dec. 6. Here are the last few Dodgers notable ones:
- 2007: signed Andruw Jones for two years, $36.2 million. He hit .158 and had 33 hits as a Dodger, and they are still paying him off.
- 2006: signed Jason Schmidt for three years, $47 million. Schmidt made all of 10 starts, recorded 130 outs, and won three games in his three years as a Dodger.
- 2000: signed Andy Ashby for three years, $22 million. He won 14 games and pitched in 266 innings in his three years in Los Angeles.
That is really the trio of terror when you get right down to it. Sadly, Juan Uribe signed on Nov. 30, 2010, a mere six days shy of making this a Mount Rushmore of doom.
Before that, we have to go all the way back to 1973 for a good Dodgers transaction on Dec. 6, when they sent Claude Osteen and Dave Culpepper to the Houston Astros for Jimmy Wynn.
The Toy Cannon was only a Dodger for two seasons, but they were both magnificent. Wynn hit .271/.387/.497 with 32 home runs, a 151 OPS+ for the pennant winning club in 1974, and hit .248/.403/.417 in 1975. There have only been six seasons by an L.A. Dodger with 100 walks or more, and Wynn has two of them, in his two seasons in Los Angeles.
While we wait for the Dodgers to make their much anticipated moves this winter, we can read about how the bulk of it will be funded. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports on the Dodgers opening talks with Time Warner about a television contract after 2013. Fox now has competition.