Winter Meetings Insani-fun Is Go

Last year, in a span of roughly eight days encompassing the winter meetings, the Dodgers came away with Aaron Harang, Chris Capuano, Jerry Hairston, & Adam Kennedy as they did their best to build a 2012 roster with Frank McCourt’s badly limited dollars.

I… think it’s safe to say that they’re going to do just a bit better this time around, wouldn’t you say? Over the next few days, the Dodgers could very well end up with Zack Greinke, or trade Chris Capuano or another starter, or figure out what righty bat they can add to the outfield (it’s a total pipe dream, but I’d love to get Mike Morse out of Washington), or possibly make progress on adding some badly needed third base depth.

Some or all or none of those things might happen this week in Nashville, but here’s what we can absolutely guarantee is going to happen: rumors are going to be flying at an absolutely insane pace, and fans are going to live and die with each one even though we know a huge majority of them are bogus. Hell, we’ve already seen it in the last few days, when Jon Heyman put out there that the Dodgers might have interest in A.J. Pierzynski before quickly backtracking and saying it was just his own speculation when Dodger sources made it clear that there was little truth to the rumor.

As Ned Colletti said on 570 AM the other day,

“You’ve only got a 25-man roster. The number of players we’ve been tied to, in some ways it’s disappointing because there’s really a lack of credibility that goes with people who say ‘they’re in on this player, they’re in on this player’,” Colletti said. “We’re in on a few players, but we’re not in on 25% of what’s being speculated. We know who we like, and we know what we’re trying to accomplish.”

To be completely honest, I’d be surprised if it’s even as high as 25%, because on top of the honest factual mistakes in reporting, you get teams or players or agents or media all with their own agendas, trying to get their own stories out there. For example, we’re already seeing reports that the Dodgers “are shopping Dee Gordon“. It’s here that the wording is important: would the Dodgers be willing to move Gordon in the right trade? Absolutely; he’s far from untouchable. But that’s not the same thing as “they’re aggressively trying to get rid of him,”, which is what “shopping” implies. It’s a minor difference, but a real one.

That said, just because we know better doesn’t mean we can’t follow along with the drama for the fun it is, as long as we keep some perspective. After all, these next few days are often among the most entertaining (or infuriating, depending on how you look at it) of the year.

So sit back, enjoy the insanity in the comments, and we’ll keep things updated here as needed. Tampa’s already gotten things off to a start by signing old friend James Loney, and while he’s of course terrible, $2m is barely above an NRI these days. If he simply provides good defense and adequate hitting against righties with a strong platoon partner, he could easily be worth that and more.

Still glad we don’t have to look at him every day, though.

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Paulstralia
Paulstralia

Greinke's first name is Donald.The more you know.  

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

I hope Boras chokes on his food. Lives. But has a scare

Dang88
Dang88

I know one rumor that is true, Ricky Nolasco wants to be traded I just text him haha

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Is Boras fat? I hope hes really really fat. Texas fat.

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

Dylan Hernandez ‏@dylanohernandez

Colletti: At this pace, a deal with Ryu won't get done.

 

Dylan Hernandez ‏@dylanohernandez

#Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said talks with Ryu Hyun-jin are moving slowly.

 

So different than what ive heard on this site. Why the big gap? Still confident since i trust you guys more but still.

 

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

 @Catfishin No one will bid high next year when they can just wait and let him scuttle Borass for not getting him here on time in the first place.

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Do you like quinoa? In your pasta... Do you ever dice up jalapenos in it? Hellaaaaa gooood

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

 @Catfishin I like chicken breasts (cooked in olive oil and garlic) and rice. Simple, quick, and good

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When negotiating, you need to stare a man in the face. It has been hard figuring out his face from his chins thus face. Found out they were negotiating with his third chin

Dang88
Dang88

@Mike Petriello Yeah, his mom used to work at Frito Lay but he took care of his mama

Dang88
Dang88

@VietnamDodger I know Mr Nolasco his mom used to work with my aunt

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Monocle n i. We same same

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Catfishin You do know where fish come from, right?

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

 @Catfishin Costco has some good preseasoned salmon filets. Make some rice pilaf to go with it and done

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God. Those two walking down a hallway.

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u make it to ecuador? I need a Panama Hat for my dad for xmas. Im good for it i promise

The Monocle
The Monocle

@VietnamDodger I already liked quinoa but had tons of it in Peru recently and rekindled my interest in it.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Disgruntled Goat I don't have milk products for practical reasons.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @DBrim  for the record, if one eats fish, one is not a vegetarian, 

 

i have no problem with this practice, as it basically describes my diet. i don't practice my diet for 'moral' reasons. 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Catfishin Sorry. Fish eating vegetarians ignore me. What makes fish more moral to eat when compared to every other animal? For the record, no issue with vegetarianism as a whole.

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Talapia is pretty eco friendly

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Its the northern viet and chinese fresh farm fish i stay away from...

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@Disgruntled Goat @Catfishin good choice. Cayenne is also good for you too.

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DINGERS!

@VietnamDodger liked cuz my moms makes them noms

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Boil nopales n cut em up and throw em in with eggs from costco