Dodgers Web musings: Jim Tracy, Michael Young, Andre Ethier and more
Ex-Dodgers Manager Jim Tracy, who fainted at the winter meetings two months ago, said he is heading to the Rockies’ new spring training home in Scottsdale, Ariz., feeling like a new person.
Tracy told the Associated Press’ Janie McCauley he had fainted three times and often felt fatigued since being diagnosed with high blood pressure while managing the Dodgers in 2003.
He was diagnosed after his latest spell with an irregular heartbeat. After a battery of tests back in Denver, his doctor adjusted his blood pressure meds and eliminated his diuretic.
"I'm doing better than I was doing physically at any point during the course of the 2010 season," said Tracy. "I just didn't need as much medicine. And I needed that little tap on the shoulder from upstairs that I needed to go in for a little tuneup."
Also on the Web:
-- ESPN’s Buster Olney examines the possible landing spots for Rangers’ infielder Michael Young (Insider status required) if he does indeed get traded.
-- Dodgers.com’s Ken Gurnick confirms the Dodgers have had trade discussions with the Rangers over the disgruntled Young, but a source calls it a "very long shot."
-- Gurnick also has an early preview on the Dodgers as they prepare to open camp. Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 16.
-- Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness’ Mike Petriello is not excited with the possibility acquiring Young … or the recent signing of infielder Aaron Miles.
-- CBC Sports’ Doug Harrison talks to Russell Martin, who -- surprise! -- once again claims to be in the best shape of his life. Although he has yet to start running.
-- LA Dodger Talk’s Mark Timmons defends the Dodgers' minor-league system.
-- Dodgers publications editor and team historian Mark Langill is scheduled to speak at the South Pasadena Library on Feb. 17.
-- True Blue L.A.’s Michael White examines the rebound hopes of Andre Ethier.
-- ESPN Los Angeles’ Jon Weisman has a lengthy interview with General Manager Ned Colletti.
-- The one prospect Colletti told Weisman he traded and would like to have kept, catcher Carlos Santana, is looking healthy after his knee surgery and ready to start the season for the Indians.
-- And if you missed it here, The Times’ Bill Shaikin reports Frank McCourt has cut ties with the firm that represented him in his divorce proceedings, and hired a premier New York lawyer. Meanwhile, his old firm has hired another high-powered firm whose expertise is in defense against legal malpractice.
-- Steve Dilbeck