New options emerge for Dodgers
Colletti looks for starter, bench players on non-tender list
LOS ANGELES -- The 39 non-tenders added Saturday night to the pool of free agents provide a few additional options for the Dodgers' thrifty roster re-stocking.
General manager Ned Colletti said the list contains "a few interesting names" for the bench and the pitching staff, but would not drop any of them.
East Coast speculation immediately focused on Yankees right-handed starter Chien-Ming Wang rejoining Dodgers manager Joe Torre, although Wang's back-to-back injury-filled seasons don't fit the profile of the innings-eater the Dodgers are looking for. Colletti has, however, indicated that the club is interested in signing several rehabbing pitchers, as it did a year ago with Eric Milton.
Coming off right shoulder surgery, Wang, a two-time 19-game winner for Torre, is not expected to be ready until May.
Tim Redding also might qualify for Colletti's radar. Redding, who has exceeded 170 innings twice in his career, started effectively for the Mets in September after missing much of the first half with a sore right shoulder.
Colletti is looking for a workhorse starting pitcher to fill the fourth slot in his rotation, which would allow him to hold a tryout for the fifth spot among youngsters James McDonald, Scott Elbert, Josh Lindblom, Ramon Troncoso, Eric Stults and Rule 5 draftee Carlos Monasterios.
As has become a non-tender custom in recent years, numerous relievers were cut loose. Someone like Clay Condrey would seem a good fit to replace Guillermo Mota as a middle-innings workhorse.
Colletti is also looking for a veteran to support Blake DeWitt at second base. Earlier candidates included Ronnie Belliard, Jamey Carroll, Juan Uribe and Craig Counsell. Now Kelly Johnson is available.
The Dodgers also need to rebuild the rest of their bench. There had been speculation that the Dodgers would be interested in utilityman Alfredo Amezaga, who is recovering from microfracture surgery on his left knee, if he were non-tendered by Florida, which he was.
The Dodgers need pinch-hitting help from both sides of the plate. Jeremy Reed and Jack Cust would be possibilities. If DeWitt is a starter, the Dodgers need someone who can spell the 36-year-old Casey Blake at third base. Carroll can handle the position. Garrett Atkins would probably be out of the Dodgers' price range, having earned $7 million in 2009.
Regardless of the player, the Dodgers aren't likely to become involved in spirited bidding for any of the free agents.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.