LA discussing Kershaw, Hanley deals; Tanaka on radar

LA discussing Kershaw, Hanley deals; Tanaka on radar

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said he continues to have discussions with representatives for Clayton Kershaw and Hanley Ramirez regarding contract extensions, while also checking in on coveted Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka.

Kershaw is eligible for salary arbitration for the final time. The two-time National League Cy Young Award winner reportedly balked at a $300 million lifetime contract that had strings attached, but Colletti said he has no indication that Kershaw doesn't want to remain with the Dodgers.

"We've had conversations for a while, and we'll see where they lead," Colletti said on Wednesday. "It's our desire to sign him here for a very long time."

Ramirez is under contract through 2014. Colletti said he's talked in general terms with Ramirez's agent, Adam Katz.

As for Tanaka, Colletti said he's had a couple of conversations with the pitcher's agent, Casey Close. Major League clubs have until Jan. 24 to sign Tanaka.

"They're in a feeling-out process," Colletti said. "They're trying to learn a lot about different cities, different markets, different teams, how teams are constructed, how teams are going forward. It's a big decision for the player, too. So we've had those types of conversations, and we'll continue and see how it goes."

The Dodgers are also in the market for an infielder. Colletti said he's looking for someone who can play second base and "give us versatility and a little more presence, somebody that can contribute sometimes on an everyday basis and sometimes off the bench."

Austin Laymance is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.