Colletti heads to Meetings with few needs

Colletti heads to Meetings with few needs

Colletti heads to Meetings with few needs
DALLAS -- There's not a lot left that Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti can do at the Winter Meetings, but whatever he does, will be there covering it.

The meetings open Monday, but Colletti has just about filled every hole the best he can, considering he has a budget reduced by $20 million because of the club's bankruptcy.

In the past month, Colletti re-signed Juan Rivera to play left field; signed Mark Ellis to be the starting second baseman; signed Matt Treanor to be the backup to starting catcher A.J. Ellis; signed Adam Kennedy as a utility infielder and picked up left-hander Chris Capuano to replace innings-eater Hiroki Kuroda in the starting rotation.

Even with the signings of Ellis and Kennedy, management hasn't stopped calling on Jerry Hairston Jr., who can play all over the place and provide a quality right-handed bat.

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Colletti also still wants a veteran reliever and continues talking to Mike MacDougal, who delivered an impressive rebound season. There still isn't clarity on left-handed reliever Hong-Chih Kuo, who hinted at retirement during the season and is a likely non-tender because of a salary near $3 million.

Manager Don Mattingly, who skipped the Meetings last year to get married, will join Colletti this time and hold his session with the media Tuesday afternoon.

The Rule 5 Draft will take place on Thursday morning. At last year's Rule 5 Draft, Colletti took a pass, but he drafted and kept Carlos Monasterios for the entire 2010 season.

How do you think Colletti has done so far this offseason? Comments and questions from fans about the Dodgers' moves and what else they can do are encouraged.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.