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Dodgers Shopping List Dwindles

The trade for utilityman Skip Schumaker, expected to be announced after he passes a physical exam, will leave the Dodgers needing only a left-handed reliever and a backup corner infielder from their stated off-season goals. The recent signings of Zack Greinke and Hyun-jin Ryu loaded up the starting rotation and Schumaker becomes the fourth outfielder who not only has the center-field skills to back up Matt Kemp, but will receive added at-bats when second baseman Mark Ellis needs a rest. Still needed is a bullpen replacement for lefty Randy Choate and a right-handed hitting corner infielder who can spell Adrian Gonzalez at first base and provide insurance for Luis Cruz at third base. The Dodgers also want to add a veteran catcher at Triple-A., as rookie Tim Federowicz will back up A.J. Ellis in Los Angeles. — Ken Gurnick

Dodgers Pitching Surplus Could Lead to Trades

General manager Ned Colletti said he held some talks at last week’s Winter Meetings involving Dodgers pitcher that would be available for trade if he was successful in obtaining two starting pitchers. Now that Colletti has added Zack Greinke and Hyun-jin Ryu to the starting rotation, veterans Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang are in play, although probably not both until the health of Chad Billingsley and Ted Lilly is better established during Spring Training. Colletti didn’t even rule out the possibility of taking his eight current starting pitchers to Spring Training. — Ken Gurnick

Colletti Expects Kershaw Extension Talks

General manager Ned Colletti, after introducing new pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu on Monday, said the Dodgers still have money left to give Clayton Kershaw a contract extension and that the club “will look into it” in the next few weeks. Kershaw is signed through 2013, has a final year of eligibility for salary arbitration in 2014, then would be eligible for free agency. Zack Greinke’s six-year, $147 million contract will provide a benchmark for Kershaw. — Ken Gurnick

Dodgers Greinke, Ryu Updates

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said he spoke with the agent for top free-agent target Zack Greinke on Wednesday, but gave no indication a deal was close. Meanwhile, the clock kept ticking in talks for Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, who must be signed by Sunday or he returns to Korea. The Dodgers’ off-season priority is to add two top-line pitchers to their rotation, so if Greinke is not signed by Sunday, signing Ryu becomes more pressing. The only other starting pitchers the Dodgers are known to have interest in are free agent Anibal Sanchez and Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, who would require a trade from the Mets. — Ken Gurnick

Schumaker on Dodgers’ Radar

The Dodgers have talked to the St. Louis Cardinals about a trade for utilityman Skip Schumaker, who could double as a back-up to center fielder Matt Kemp and second baseman Mark Ellis. Schumaker, who lives in Orange County, is a devoted disciple of new Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire. Schumaker would also add a needed left-handed bat to the bench. The Dodgers also are considering free agents Nate Schierholtz and Eric Chavez for the bench. — Ken Gurnick

Ryu Rejects Dodgers Offer

The Dodgers made a multi-year offer to Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, but it was rejected. If Ryu doesn’t reach a contract agreement with the Dodgers by Sunday, he would revert back to his club in Korea and the Dodgers would be refunded a $25.7 million posting fee. The Dodgers are still hoping to add Ryu and top free-agent Zack Greinke to their starting rotation, but also are talking to the Mets about an R.A. Dickey trade. — Ken Gurnick

Dodgers Interested in Dickey

While still focused on signing free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke, the Dodgers have talked to the Mets about acquiring Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, according to a baseball source. Dickey would be a fallback if the club can’t land Greinke. Financially, the Dodgers can afford both of them, but don’t appear to be a great trade partner for the Mets because they lack top position prospects, which the Mets want in return. — Ken Gurnick

Dodgers Look at Schierholtz

One non-tendered player the Dodgers have some interest in is outfielder Nate Schierholtz, cut loose last week by the Phillies, who acquired him from the Giants in the Hunter Pence trade. As a left-handed hitter, Schierholtz wouldn’t seem a fit with both corners already taken by lefties Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford. And he doesn’t fit the need for a backup to Matt Kemp with true center-field skills. But with Crawford coming off elbow surgery, Schierholtz would be insurance, as well as a bench upgrade. He hit .287 with an .826 OPS against right-handed pitching last year, but was eligible for a raise through arbitration from his 2012 base salary of $1.3 million. — Ken Gurnick

Dodgers Miss on Dempster

After weeks of negotiating, the Dodgers lost out on Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster, who was dealt to the Rangers at the deadline. — Ken Gurnick

Victorino for Lindblom, Martin

The Dodgers have acquired Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino for reliever Josh Lindblom and Minor League pitcher Ethan Martin. — Ken Gurnick


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