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Dodgers Web musings: 10 questions, arbitration, Larry Bowa and more

It’s the quiet time for baseball, but not too quiet. Really, it never seems to get that quiet.

The Dodgers still need a left fielder and another left-handed reliever, and those topics get their share of attention in another look at what is being discussed on the Web about the Boys in Blue:

--’s Ken Gurnick lists his 10 biggest questions facing the Dodgers next season, and offers some historical evidence to suggest why they can turn it around.

--’s Eric Stephen takes a glance at looming arbitration for three possible Dodgers -- Hong-Chih Kuo,Chad Billingsley and James Loney -- with a first look at Kuo. Stephen figures Kuo will more than double the $950,000 he made last season.

-- The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo talked to former Dodgers coach Larry Bowa, who blames his problems communicating with Matt Kemp for his being out of baseball this season.

--’s Mike Petriello takes a look at the remaining candidates to fill the Dodgers’ need for another left-handed reliever. It ain't pretty.

--’s Mark Timmons has joined Petriello in suggesting the Dodgers should sign Lastings Milledge as their right-handed hitting left fielder.

--’s Robert Timm
, back from the dead, thinks the Dodgers should be considering Jermaine Dye for left field.

--’s Jon Weisman
takes a look at how close outfielder Jerry Stands is at making the big club.

--’s Buster Olney lists his 37 top story lines for the coming season, with No. 6 the Dodgers ownership situation. He claims other owners want Frank McCourt out.

--’s Jon Heyman, meanwhile, lists the Dodgers several times among his resolutions for 50 of the biggest names in baseball. For McCourt: I will sell the team.

--’s Bob Klapisch takes a look at the challenges awaiting Don Mattingly in his first season as a manager.

--’s Enrique Rojas claims the Rangers are close to signing Adrian Beltre to a stunning six-year, $90-million deal.

-- Steve Dilbeck

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Go Jerry Sands.

You can't blame Bowa for doing his job.

Bowa Is out of baseball this year because Kemp was out of baseball last year!

Actually, if bringing out the best in a player is the coach's job, you can't say Bowa was doing his job, can you?

Gurnick says no additions for LF until, if then, during the season.

I'm on the fence if Manny for one year at a reasonable price (probably not possible right there) would be better than we have now.

I don't think I should have to wonder this, not in the No. 2 market in the country with a franchise rivaled only by the Cardinals in the NL.

Not related, best of luck to Bowa - he's a good one and shouldn't be out of baseball in 2011. He can help somebody. Saw him on the MLB Network's countdown of the top 20 games of the last 50 years - #20 was Phillies over Cubs, 23-22 in 1979. Classic. With my only vote I stayed true blue - voted for Koufax's perfect game. Objective? No. Partisan? Damn straight!

Please Please Please no Lastings Milledge!!!


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