The Dodgers hope to lure a bopper to Los Angeles this winter in order to shore up the middle of their lineup, writes Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has already acknowledged that adding a big bat will be a top priority this season.
There are some intriguing offensive options that will hit the open market this season including Adam Dunn, Carl Crawford, and a trio of former Dodgers in Jayson Werth, Paul Konerko, and possibly Adrian Beltre. While those players will all come with hefty price tags, the Dodgers will have as much as $38MM coming off of their payroll at season's end. That's money that the club could use in free agency though Gurnick writes that Colletti is more likely to get a power hitter via trade.
Gurnick also writes that Los Angeles needs a starting catcher, adding that Russell Martin was a question mark even before breaking his hip. The backstop has seen his offensive production drop significantly in the last two years, hitting just .249/.350/.330 with 12 homers.