Nonetheless, if Don Mattingly is to have a productive offense in his rookie season as manager, Colletti needs to get him a run producer. The Dodgers also want to add another starting pitcher and need an experienced catcher with Russell Martin's health an unknown.
There should be about $10 million freed from last season's payroll -- factoring in free agents coming of the books, built-in raises from multiyear contracts and projected raises through arbitration for Chad Billingsley, Hong-Chih Kuo and James Loney.
With Lilly and outfielder Jay Gibbons re-signed, the Dodgers have seven other players who are eligible for free agency -- Hiroki Kuroda, Vicente Padilla, Rod Barajas, Reed Johnson, Scott Podsednik, Jeff Weaver and Brad Ausmus, who retired.
Indications are that Colletti is still interested in landing at least one of the two starters, Kuroda or Padilla, although the former is coming off a $15 million salary and the latter an injury-plagued season and $5.025 million salary.
Colletti said he also wants to add a reliever and "a position player or two." He previously said he hoped to keep Barajas, a catcher.
Barajas, C; Podsednik, OF; Johnson, OF; Kuroda, RHP; Padilla, RHP; Weaver, RHP
Eligible for arbitration: Billingsley, RHP; Kuo, LHP; Loney, 1B; Martin, C; George Sherrill, LHP; Ryan Theriot, 2B
Non-tender possibilities: Martin, Sherrill, Theriot
Areas of need
There really hasn't been one since Ramirez returned from his 2009 suspension. If the club can't buy or trade for a potent bat, a platoon is a possibility with Gibbons and a comparably affordable right-handed counterpart.
Infielders: An offensive third baseman would be nice (Adrian Beltre is probably too expensive) as Casey Blake could transition to utility, including time in left field. Loney's second-half fade, combined with an apparent low ceiling in the power department and an anticipated salary raise, makes him a trade candidate, while second baseman Theriot could be non-tendered because his offense disappeared down the stretch.
Catching: Martin hasn't had a setback, but a broken hip is such a freakish injury, especially at catcher, that the club needs insurance.
Pitching: One veteran starter and a durable, veteran reliever would round out the staff.
It's not like it just hit the lottery, but the club has promised the payroll will increase from last year, when it finished at $93 million. Best guess is that there's maybe $10 million for improvements over and above salaries already committed.