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

Team Willing to Eat Big Contracts in Trades

“The Dodgers front office are definitely working the phones and it seems shedding bad contracts are one their primary directives…Ken Rosenthal, reports that the Dodgers are willing to include cash in any deal that ships either Andre Ethier or Carl Crawford out of town.”

Dodgers Kicking Tires on Cueto, Leake

According to Fan Sided, the Dodgers have not just expressed interest in Cueto, but they have in fact “touched base” with the veteran pitcher as well. That same report also indicates that the Dodgers have reached out to Mike Leake. Leake is a pretty good pitcher who is only 28 years old. He won’t give you the same quality innings that Cueto will, but he certainly won’t cost as much either. has more