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Love, lies, videotape of Dodgers suddenly not pursuing impact bat

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Romance, such a fleeting thing. Normally not to be trusted too. Once you’ve been down that road a time or two, it comes with inherent suspicion, not that the batting of the eyes and the promises can’t still prove a siren’s call.

Still, you tell yourself to be wary when things sound almost too good to be true, like when Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said at the end of the season in Phoenix that the Dodgers could be in on the free-agent impact bats.

“I think if there’s a player like that out there, we’ll inquire on it,” Colletti said.

And then he said he’d love you forever.

Or at least until six weeks later, when he stopped the cooing and said he really hoped Andre Ethier, Juan Uribe and James Loney hit better, because Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols aren't on the radar.

“As of today, it looks less realistic,’’ Colletti said.

Ah, but we’ll always have Phoenix.

So what’s changed since the end of September? It’s not like the team wasn’t already in bankruptcy court. The only significant difference is the Dodgers are now up for sale. That hasn’t stopped them from signing  Matt Kemp to a record contract,  but re-signing an existing player you were already budgeted to spend big money on next season is not the same as adding a similar contract for a Fielder.

Either that, or signing Juan Rivera and Mark Ellis just destroyed the budget. A budget, it’s now known, that will probably come in smaller than last season’s.

Hey, in your heart of hearts, did you ever truly believe the Dodgers were going to go after Fielder or Pujols? Did you briefly allow yourself to hear what you wanted to hear? Like, I’ll still respect you in the morning.

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Love, lies, videotape of Dodgers suddenly not pursuing impact bat

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Dodgers General Manger Ned Colletti, left, speaks with Manager Don Mattingly prior to a game against the Angels on July 1. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

 
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