Day one of the winter meetings: James Loney, Jonathan Broxton, Prince Fielder, Russell Martin
Well, that was fun while it lasted.
Less than an hour after a story was posted on the Internet about how the Dodgers were talking to the Brewers about swapping James Loney and Jonathan Broxton for Prince Fielder, a high-ranking Dodgers official shot down the report.
What’s becoming clear is that the Dodgers aren’t looking to shop any of their core group of players –- a group that includes Loney, Broxton, Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp.
The routine is the same every year: Rumors surface that the Dodgers are about to deal one of their key players who broke into the majors with them. The Dodgers deny the rumors. The Dodgers leave the winter meetings without trading any of them.
“I think it’s a good core,” General Manager Ned Colletti said.
Colletti said other teams still inquire about some of the players but speculated it’s nothing more than due diligence.
Russell Martin is no longer part of that core, as the two-time all-star's contract wasn’t tendered a contract for next season and he is a free agent. Martin’s agent hasn’t spoken to the Dodgers since the tender deadline last week.
Martin’s agent, Matt Colleran, said he has meetings scheduled with four or five teams over the next couple of days. He said he would circle back to the Dodgers after gauging the interest level of the other clubs.
Some other notes from the winter meetings:
-- Matt Diaz and Scott Podsednik are among the players the Dodgers are looking at to fill their vacancy in left field.
-- The Dodgers are not pursuing free-agent closer Hiroyuki Kobayashi, who has been linked to them in Japanese news reports.
-- Hiroki Kuroda’s trilingual translator, Kenji Nimura, has been re-signed.
-- Dylan Hernandez in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.