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Plenty of talk, no deals for Dodgers at Meetings

Plenty of talk, no deals for Dodgers at Meetings

Plenty of talk, no deals for Dodgers at Meetings
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- With all that money to spend and the eyes of the game upon them, the Dodgers left the Winter Meetings Thursday with the same roster they had upon arriving at the Opryland Hotel.

It's too early, though, to call the shutout a failure, as long as negotiations continue for top free-agent pitchers Zack Greinke and Ryu Hyun-jin, as long as fallback alternative Anibal Sanchez is still unsigned and as long as the Mets haven't dealt Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey elsewhere.

But general manager Ned Colletti's stated goal of adding two dominant starting pitchers to back up ace Clayton Kershaw remains very much a work in progress. And the methodical pace of Greinke's approach to free agency has log-jammed the rest of the pitching market.

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Resolution of Ryu's situation by Sunday's 2 p.m. PT deadline will help clarify the Dodgers' needs and options.

The Dodgers also still want a veteran left-handed reliever, a fourth outfielder with center-field skills and a right-handed-hitting corner infielder for the bench.

Both those moves are on hold until the starting pitching is resolved, as Colletti might free up an Aaron Harang and a Chris Capuano for trade pieces if he adds some combination of Greinke, Ryu, Sanchez and Dickey. James Shields is another candidate, if Tampa Bay would part with him in a trade.

One player known to be on the club's radar is St. Louis utility man Skip Schumaker, who has the center-field skills and could also give second baseman Mark Ellis days off. Schumaker also is a devotee of new hitting coach Mark McGwire.

Deals done: Nothing yet, but standing by.

Rule 5 Draft activity: In the Major League phase, the Dodgers did not take any players but lost one when injured outfielder Alfredo Silverio was selected by the Miami Marlins. Silverio was one of the club's better outfield prospects until an auto accident last January in his native Dominican Republic. He missed the entire 2012 season and in May underwent Tommy John surgery on his right (throwing) arm. In the Minor League phase, they took infielder Elevys Gonzalez from the Pirates and right-handed pitcher Hector Nelo from the Nationals.

Goals accomplished: See "Deals done."

Unfinished business: All of their business remains unfinished. Ryu will be decided by Sunday's deadline. If he doesn't sign, landing Greinke becomes more crucial. When the starting pitching is resolved, the Dodgers will move on to a left-handed reliever, fourth outfielder and backup corner infielder.

Team's bottom line: "There are artificial deadlines set -- like the end of the Rule 5 Draft or the start of Spring Training or Opening Day -- as if nothing else can happen. But everything is fluid pretty much every day of the year." -- Colletti on whether he was disappointed to leave without an acquisition.

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

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