Dodgers G.M. Ned Colletti scoured teams for a power hitter, and was shocked to hear that some very marginal players (albeit ones with power) are simply unavailable. "We'll find another way," Colletti says. "We'll do it with pitching, speed and defense." While L.A. had a geographic advantage in its pursuits of righthander Jason Schmidt (a former Giant) and lefty Randy Wolf (an L.A, native), it has been a hindrance in Colletti's attempts to land a slugger. While he didn't name which sluggers he sought, outfielder Alfonso Soriano signed with the Cubs (reportedly he wanted to be close to the East Coast) and Carlos Lee with Houston (where he owns a ranch). If only, Colletti says, "we could have moved California to the middle of the country."
Finally the unsaid has been said: "We'll do it with pitching, speed and defense," i.e., it's 2003 all over again.