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Dodgers: Potential Aaron Harang deal 'all but dead'

December 18, 2009 |  4:10 pm
The Dodgers continue searching for starting pitchers, as their talks with the Cincinnati Reds about a deal for Aaron Harang have reached an impasse.

"That's all but dead," General Manager Ned Colletti said today.

On the day the Dodgers officially announced their signing of Jamey Carroll to a two-year deal, Colletti wouldn't rule out adding another second baseman. But, Colletti said, "I would rather use any money we have on pitching, if we can."

Colletti said he expected Carroll and Blake DeWitt to share playing time at second base. Carroll might also play shortstop, third base and in the outfield.

Of the two pitchers the Dodgers acquired from the Chicago White Sox to complete the Juan Pierre trade, Colletti said 25-year-old reliever Jon Link was the closest to being major-league ready.

"He has a chance to be on our club this year," he said.

Link saved 13 games and had a 3.99 earned-run average in 48 relief appearances for Triple-A Charlotte last season.

Colletti said the Dodgers remain interested in re-signing backup catcher Brad Ausmus, but if they fail to do so, they would feel comfortable with A.J. Ellis in that role.

-- Dylan Hernandez
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