The first two days of the winter meetings have been a bit of a snoozefest, with the Dodgers seemingly in a holding pattern waiting on a few smaller moves to develop.
Matt Kemp's name keep's coming up in discussions - the Tigers are the latest team to join the fray, per Jon Morosi of Fox Sports - but it's pretty much the same old story. The Dodgers don't need to trade one of their four outfielders, and talk Tuesday from both Ned Colletti and Don Mattingly echoed the same sentiments of previous weeks, that the Dodgers are okay with keeping all four outfielders.
The Dodgers essentially need to be overwhelmed to do a deal for Kemp, and of the teams interested - Red Sox are out, leaving the Rangers, Tigers and Mariners per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports - it seems the only one with a chance to give the Dodgers close to what they want is Seattle, if they are desperate to make sure Robinson Cano isn't their only big splash this winter.
The Dodgers remain waiting on Juan Uribe as well for third base. Colletti said Saturday the Dodgers had made multiple offers to Uribe, and Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reported the club has a one-year offer plus an option for 2015 on the table. There have been multiple conflicting reports in the last two days that both the White Sox and Marlins were interested, and not interested in signing Uribe. So it remains unclear whether or not Uribe actually has a two-year offer that he appears to be looking for.
Colletti also mentioned Tuesday that the club is interested in bringing back Michael Young, who has also received interest from the Rockies, per Troy Renck of the Denver Post. The Dodgers remain in contact with Mark Ellis as well.
The Nationals are among the teams aside from the Dodgers most reported to be interested in a left-handed reliever, which makes them competition with the Dodgers for J.P. Howell. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports says Washington is expected to sign a southpaw reliever "soon," and mentioned Howell, Scott Downs, Boone Logan and Eric O'Flaherty as all in play, though O'Flaherty was mentioned earlier in the week as likely to return to the Braves.
There is still no new word on Jamey Wright, he of the eight straight non-roster invitations to spring training, who is said to be deciding between the Dodgers and Rays, his last two teams.
If the Dodgers want to bring in another setup guy with late-inning experience, might they consider...
Industry source says that Joaquin Benoit received a multi-year offer in the $6-8 million per year range. Team unknown.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 11, 2013
Not that a trade for David Price is imminent or anything, but his was interesting:
Just saw David Price's agent, Bo McKinnis, in lobby. Asked if Price would consider extension with #Mariners. Said no. MORE— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2013
Asked McKinnis if Price would consider extensions with other teams. Said yes. Asked which clubs. He declined to answer.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2013
Pitcher Mark Mulder, who last pitched in the majors in 2008 is making a comeback attempt, per Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. The kicker is that Mulder decided to come back after watching Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez on television:
"I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am," Mulder said by phone Tuesday. "To be honest with you, I never anticipated this five or six weeks ago. It was just a flat-out fluke that came from me trying to imitate Paco Rodriguez in my living room."
I also enjoyed this exchange from Tuesday between Gurnick and Mattingly regarding Josh Beckett's comeback from surgery. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register relayed the back-and-forth:
Mattingly said Beckett has even begun throwing a football as part of his workouts.
MLB.com's @kengurnick's reporting instincts kicked in. He followed up by asking if the Dodgers planned to let him throw a baseball or if Beckett would stick to football from now on.