Dodgers poised for active Winter Meetings

Dodgers poised for active Winter Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- With multiple holes left to fill, the Dodgers could be busy at the Winter Meetings beginning on Monday, and will be there to cover it. and MLB Network will have wall-to-wall coverage of the 2016 Winter Meetings from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington, D.C. Fans can watch live streaming of all news conferences and manager availability on, including the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday at 6 a.m. PT.

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Even with the anticipated retention of starting pitcher Rich Hill with a three-year deal, free agency has the potential to leave the Dodgers with holes at closer, third base and second base. The club needs to either re-sign Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner and Chase Utley, or replace them.

Dodgers look to find closer

In two years of the Andrew Friedman regime, the Dodgers have passed on nine-figure marquee free agents while clinging tightly to their most coveted prospects, specifically Corey Seager and Julio Urias.

Dodgers value trades over signings

The Dodgers have filled holes with affordable free agents and trades -- often complicated ones -- for controllable young players like catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitcher Alex Wood, or veterans with short-term commitments like Utley and Howie Kendrick.

Their biggest free-agent contracts have gone to mid-rotation starting pitchers Scott Kazmir and Brandon McCarthy, who have been hampered by injuries. If Hill's deal becomes official, he retains his spot as the No. 2 starter behind Clayton Kershaw.

Hill, Dodgers working on reunion

The Dodgers' most intriguing potential trade chip is outfielder Yasiel Puig, a former All-Star who was nearly traded to Milwaukee for Ryan Braun during the season. The prospects other clubs eye include first baseman Cody Bellinger and Cuban right-handed pitcher Yadier Alvarez.

Dodgers look to fill holes

Since being eliminated from the National League Championship Series by the eventual World Series champion Chicago Cubs, the Dodgers have traded backup catcher Carlos Ruiz to Seattle for left-handed reliever Vidal Nuno, moved Kendrick to Philadelphia for outfielder Darin Ruf and second baseman Darnell Sweeney and non-tendered reliever Louis Coleman.

Manager Dave Roberts will hold his Winter Meetings media session on Tuesday at 12 p.m. PT.

The Rule 5 Draft will take place on Thursday morning. The Dodgers have one open spot on their 40-man roster.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.