Each year GM's from across the league come together and meet in one place and talk hardcore baseball, these are the Winter Meetings. It's the Black Friday of baseballs shopping season, and the springboard that leads into MLB's Hot Stove offseason.
The meetings wrapped up last week and to review the action The Nats Blog is going to get reviews from top blogs across the league. Today will be the NL East, here will be the schedule for the rest of the week:
12/16-NL Central, 12/17-NL West, 12/18-AL East, 12/19-AL Central, 12/20 AL West
Team Name: Los Angeles Dodgers
2009 Record: 95-67
Team Needs: Starting pitching. Second base. An entirely new bench. Oh, and new owners. Dear lord, new owners.
Team Moves: Failed to offer arbitration to Randy Wolf & Orlando Hudson. But hey, at least they signed Josh Towers to a minor-league deal. World Series, here we come!
Winter Meetings Grade: I'd be tempted to say "F", but you have to at least participate to fail.
Evaluation: Let me put it this way. You've got ESPN's Buster Olney writing articles about how the Dodgers are "frozen", the Los Angeles Times writing an article about how the Dodgers "are saying it all with their silence", and neither one of those come close to winning "most embarrassing story of the week". How could they, when they're mere baseball concerns? Not having a starting rotation or showing any interest in draft picks can't compete with Bill Shaikin's story in the LA Times about the alleged boy-toy of discraced psuedo-owner Jamie McCourt making a bizarre trip to Asia to present a Taiwanese legislator with Dodger merchandise, can it?
As far as the offseason is going... well, other teams are making big time signings like John Lackey or swapping Cliff Lee for Roy Halladay. The Dodgers are busy not offering arbitration to two Type A guys (Wolf & Hudson) who would have never accepted, and digging in the bargain bin with the Pirates and Royals for guys like Towers. But hey, at least they went out and filled out their pitching staff by getting not one but two Rule 5 guys who they'll have to carry all season.