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Kuroda Undecided; Dodgers Talk Harang

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said not only must Hiroki Kuroda decide if he wants to pitch another year for the Dodgers, but the Dodgers must decide if they can fit him into their reduced payroll. Kuroda earned $12 million in 2011 and had his best season as a Dodger. Free agent Aaron Harang is one obvious Plan B for Colletti, who met with the right-hander’s agent Wednesday. Colletti nearly traded for Harang two years ago. — Ken Gurnick

Angels Seek Starter, Reliever

After meeting with the agent for free-agent pitcher C.J. Wilson, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said he continues to pursue the best starting pitchers on the market, as well as a right-handed reliever to share the late-inning load with Jordan Walden. Mark Buehrle and Hiroki Kuroda also are reportedly on the Angels’ list, along with relievers Francisco Cordero, Matt Capps, Octavio Dotel and Todd Coffey. — Ken Gurnick

D-Backs Like Kuroda

Arizona general manager Kevin Towers said the club has serious interest in free agent pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who considered signing with the Diamondbacks four years ago before opting for the Dodgers. Towers also said the club will be more aggressive scouting the Latin America market, but not aggressive enough to be in the bidding for Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. — Ken Gurnick

Dodgers Sign Ellis, Treanor; Payroll to Drop

The Dodgers continued their aggressive roster makeover Tuesday by signing free agent second baseman Mark Ellis and veteran catcher Matt Treanor to back up starter A.J. Ellis, but general manager Ned Colletti said the 2012 payroll will be reduced from the $110 million in 2011 and there’s no room in it for a big bat like Prince Fielder. He said he’s not even sure he’ll be able to re-sign pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who earned $12 million this year. Other free agent starters on the club radar are Chris Capuano, Jeff Francis and Aaron Harang. — Ken Gurnick

Dodgers Talking to Treanor

The Dodgers’ search for a veteran catcher apparently has turned to Matt Treanor, who split time between Kansas City and Texas in 2011, according to a baseball source. The Dodgers are looking for a replacement for Rod Barajas, who left last week for a $4 million deal with Pittsburgh. The Dodgers had inquired about free agent Ryan Doumit, but never made an offer after hearing his asking price. — Ken Gurnick

Dodgers, Mark Ellis Nearing Deal

The Dodgers are closing in on a two-year, $8.75 million deal with free-agent infielder Mark Ellis to be their starting second baseman, according to a baseball source. The 34-year-old Ellis split last year between Oakland and Colorado, hitting .248 with seven homers and 41 RBIs. He would essentially take the place of Jamey Carroll, who signed a two-year, $7 million deal with Minnesota to be their starting shortstop. — Ken Gurnick

Dodgers, Kemp Reach Agreement

The Dodgers and outfielder Matt Kemp have reached a tentative agreement on an eight-year, $160 million contract extension, pending passing of a physical exam, according to a baseball source. The deal could be announced as early as today. — Ken Gurnick

Kemp, Dodgers Close to Deal

The Dodgers and outfielder Matt Kemp are on the verge of a contract extension that could be announced as soon as today. The deal would be the biggest in Dodgers history, reportedly eight years and $160 million. Kemp is in his final season of arbitration eligibility and would be a free agent after the 2012 season. Kevin Brown’s seven-year, $105 million contract signed in 1988 is the biggest in club history. Kemp is expected to attend a Dodgers Dream Field dedication later today. — Ken Gurnick

Dodgers Contact Doumit

Catcher Ryan Doumit is among the free-agent catchers the Dodgers have contacted this off-season to gauge asking price, but they have not made him an offer, according to a baseball source. The Dodgers are looking for a veteran to replace Rod Barajas, who they paid $3.25 million in 2011 but passed on when he signed a $4 million deal with Pittsburgh for 2012. Doumit became a free agent when the Pirates bought out his option. The only catchers on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster are second-year receiver A.J. Ellis and rookie Tim Federowicz. — Ken Gurnick

Dodgers, Kemp Talking Extension

The Dodgers, unlikely to pursue top free agents Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder because the team is for sale, nonetheless are in negotiations on a long-term contract extension for Matt Kemp that have become “more constructive lately,” according to a baseball source. Kemp, a contender for NL MVP after already winning a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger, was believed to be seeking a six- or seven-year contract. He just finished a two-year, $11.1 million deal and is eligible for one-more arbitration season before free agency. The Dodgers under general manager Ned Colletti have not given a contract beyond Juan Pierre’s five-year deal. — Ken Gurnick


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