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Winter League Meetings Day One

I'm just going to have one post here and keep adding updates to rumors that concern the Dodgers as they come flooding in. Keep in mind that about 99% of these rumors are just bunk, but since it is the Winter Meetings, lets have some fun with them.

Tony Jackson at 05:35
Dodgers, Casey Blake close to agreement

The deal is believed to be for three years and about $17 million and could be announced as soon as tonight. Beat writers are meeting with Colletti in his suit in about 90 minutes, so there could be something announced at that time. Stay tuned.

Maybe by the time I get home we will have locked up our 2009 3rd baseman thus plugging two holes at one time with DeWitt staying at 2nd base where his bat could be potent for a 2nd baseman.


5:19 p.m. — Saito injury forces Dodgers' hand

The Los Angeles Dodgers received a mixed report on closer Takashi Saito, who missed two months in the second half this season because of a sprained elbow ligament.

Saito's offseason rehabilitation program is going well, team doctors said, but he is not certain to be ready for the start of the season.

Because of that, the Dodgers will increase their search for another reliever. They could either slide Jonathan Broxton back into the closer's role and add a set-up man or bring in free-agent closer Trevor Hoffman, the all-time saves leader. --Gerry Fraley

About time we heard some news about Smiling Sammy.

Per Gurnick:

4:32pm: Sabathia apparently told Colletti he wants to be a Dodger?  Speaking to reporters, Colletti left it as a "possibility" the Dodgers could get involved.

What is he going to say after reporters heard CC say he's wants to be a Dodger? We ain't going after the big boy, so I won't even begin to get my hopes up after hearing that quote.

More Rosenthal

12:49 p.m. — Dodgers, Yanks talking trade

As the Dodgers try to resolve their infield, they are again talking to the Yankees about a trade for second baseman Robinson Cano. The teams have resumed their discussions about Cano at the winter meetings, according to one source.

The Dodgers also are interested in Yankees center fielder Melky Cabrera, and the Yankees likely would want outfielder Matt Kemp and pitching in return. The Dodgers' interest in Cabrera is a sign that they might not be confident of Andruw Jones making a strong return in 2009. The Dodgers also need to find a match for Juan Pierre, who has requested a trade.

[Update] From Gurnick MLB.COM

Dodgers, Yankees haven't talked

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti knocked down a report that he is "again talking" to the Yankees about acquiring second baseman Robinson Cano, with the Yankees interested in Matt Kemp and pitching.

"It'd be nice to talk first," Colletti said.

As the day went on it turns out this was the worse rumor of all as Ned has not talked to the Yankee's since July.

More from Tim Brown:

Staying on the theme of reuniting the left side of their infield, the Dodgers were to meet later Monday with Rafael Furcal’s agent, Paul Kinzer. It would appear the market has softened for Furcal, who is fending off suspicions his surgically-repaired back could be an ongoing issue.

Diamond Leung also reports on Furcal at 04:12:

Paul Kinzer, the agent for Rafael Furcal, said the Dodgers were "absolutely" a possibility to re-sign the shortstop. That scenario became more likely when Oakland reportedly saw Furcal turn down their four-year contract offer.

Come home Rafy, we need you just to make sure that Torre doesn't think we need a leadoff hitter like Pierre in the lineup.