Dodgers shouldn’t panic…yet

Ken Rosenthal writes:

Excuse me, is the offseason over? Is it time for pitchers and catchers to report? Did I miss Opening Day?

Uh, no — it’s Dec. 15. Plenty of free agents remain available. Plenty of trades remain possible. Plenty of time remains for your team to get busy, no matter how dormant it has been thus far.

Which brings us to everyone’s favorite offseason whipping boys, the highly paid and highly acclaimed members of the Dodgers‘ front office…

In all three cases, the Dodgers easily could look dumb short-term, smart long-term…

Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda, recently posted by the Hiroshima Carp, is one rotation option. Free agents Wei-Yin Chen, Mike Leake, Yovani Gallardo and Scott Kazmir are others. And the Indians, Padres and Rays are still discussing starting pitchers in trades…

On the offensive side, the Dodgers also figure to be active. They’re trying to trade Andre Ethier and/or Carl Crawford (Ethier, if the Dodgers paid down the remainder of his contract to say, two years, $20 million, would be more attractive than say, free agent Gerardo Parra at four years, $50 million-plus.) report

Yardbarker Thinks The Dodgers Should Go After Jason Heyward

“Yes, Jason Heyward. He’s my top free-agent target for the Dodgers — even ahead of guys like Greinke, David Price and Johnny Cueto. Heyward is a difference-making player who would help stabilize the Dodger outfield. Let’s take a deeper look at him.

The first thing that should stand out is his age. He turned 26 in August. Guys who are entering their age-26 seasons don’t hit the open market with regularity — especially those who are as good as Heyward is. He’s coming off a 6-win season (the second of his career) and has been worth more than 4.5 wins per season in his young career.

Secondly, he’s an elite defender. He’s the best right fielder in baseball by a wide margin…”

It, also, would have the added bonus of taking someone off the Cardinals roster.

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