The names mentioned as possible Dodgers off-season targets have been rather staggering. Alex Rodriguez. Johan Santana. Miguel Cabrera. Even center fielder Aaron Rowand is enough of an offensive upgrade to get some people excited.
But after surveying the market and sky-high asking prices for those players - via trade or free agency - Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti seems to be looking a lot more favorably on the talented young players the club has developed, and every potential trading partner covets.
"Everyone we've talked to is very anxious to talk about our young players," Colletti said Monday, after the Dodgers officially announced that their March 29 exhibition game with the Red Sox will be played at the Coliseum. "I think we have to be wise. We can't just do a deal to do a deal.
"We've been talking about finding someone who could hit 20-25 home runs, but I think our first baseman (James Loney) and our right fielder (Matt Kemp) both might be able to do that right now, from what I saw from them the last month of the season."
Still, Colletti said that pitching was a "constant priority" and "if the right scenario presents itself" the club wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger.