Citing the high asking prices for top players on the trade market and the lack of quality among free agents, Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said today that he wouldn't "make a deal to make a deal."
That would leave the Dodgers with a team that once again would be short on experience, something Colletti said he didn't mind. Manager Joe Torre echoed similar thoughts.
"There's potential for change, but as we look at the young players that we played a lot this past year, we're less likely to fill in [positions with veterans] as much as we have in the past and more likely we'll give the younger players greater opportunity," Colletti said. "I'm curious to see how our young players, who really had a chance this past year to play full-time, I'm curious to see what another year does."
Colletti called pitching a "constant priority" and Torre said that facet of the game would be the key to the team's success. But Colletti said that trade demands for "the pitching that draws your attention" is about the same as the asking price for a middle-of-the-order bat -- that is, very high and more than the Dodgers are willing to part with.