Ned Colletti: Dodgers open to signing major free agent
General Manager Ned Colletti intimated Tuesday that the Dodgers could pursue a high-end free agent such as Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols this winter, saying he understands the value of adding a star attraction to appease an increasingly disgruntled fan base.
Colletti said he is more open to offering a long-term contract than he has been in the past. In his time with the Dodgers, he has signed only one player to a contract longer than three years: Juan Pierre.
Citing baseball’s tampering rules, Colletti wouldn’t talk about any specific potential free agents, but said the Dodgers would be open to signing the right player to a nine-figure deal.
“I think if there’s a player like that out there, we’ll inquire on it,” Colletti said.
Colletti reiterated what he told Times columnist T.J. Simers, that he has a general idea of what he can spend this winter and could sign Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier to long-term extensions.
Colletti also said he expected the Dodgers’ entire coaching staff to return next season.
-- Dylan Hernandez in Phoenix
Photo: Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti speaks on the phone at spring training in March. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times