The biggest Dodgers news of the day so far on Tuesday has been outfielder Shane Victorino agreeing to a three-year deal worth $39 million with the Boston Red Sox. The deal is pending a physical, but the switch-hitting outfielder tweeted from Hawaii, "Just agreed to join the Boston @RedSox in the middle of paradise. #BLESSED!!! Can't wait to get to Boston!"
The Dodgers acquired Victorino from the Phillies on July 31 for pitchers Josh Lindblom and Ethan Martin, and infielder Stefan Jarrin, but he was a non-entity with his original organization. Victorino hit .245/.316/.351 with 18 stolen bases and 26 runs scored in 53 games with the Dodgers.
The Dodgers remain committed to Zack Greinke, and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports wrote late Tuesday that the pursuit of Greinke was down to the Dodgers and Rangers, with a possible third team involved. Heyman, who noted the Dodgers are the favorites to land the right-hander, cited unconfirmed reports that Greinke's deal could exceed $160 million over seven years, nearing the record for a pitcher of $161 million over CC Sabathia with the Yankees three years ago.
Heyman noted that the Rangers have temporarily put their Josh Hamilton talks on hold in order to focus on Greinke.
Aside from Greinke, the Dodgers made an offer to Ryu Hyun-jin on Tuesday, which was rejected, and agent Scott Boras intimated that if the Dodgers don't sign Ryu by Sunday's deadline the Korean pitcher could pitch in Japan, but as noted by Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, that is highly unlikely.
Boras presented the Dodgers with a counter offer and told Hernandez, "We exchanged offers and negotiations continue."
In addition to Nate Schierholtz as a candidate for a left-handed hitter off the bench, the Dodgers are interested in utility man Skip Schumaker of the Cardinals, per both Danny Knobler of CBS Sports and Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Schumaker, who turns 33 in February, was born in Torrance and went to Aliso Niguel High School in Orange County, and hit .276/.339/.368 in 107 games with St. Louis last year.
Schumaker will make $1.5 million in 2013, and has split time between second base and the outfield throughout his Cardinals career.
Gurnick also noted that Eric Chavez is on the Dodgers' radar as a left-handed hitter off the bench.
Dodgers minor league right-handed pitcher Jose Dominguez, who will serve a 25-game suspension to start 2013 for violating baseball's drug policy, has been generating buzz heading into Thursday's Rule 5 draft, wrote John Manuel of Baseball America. Dominguez, who turned 22 in August, was 4-4 with a 4.90 ERA for Class-A Great Lakes and Double-A Chattanooga in 2012, with 87 strikeouts and 47 walks in 79 innings.
Jon Morosi of Fox Sports noted on Monday that 25-year old infielder Rafael Ynoa, who hit .330/.374/.515 in the Arizona Fall League, was also drawing interest heading into the Rule 5 draft.