Diamond Leung has been talking to Ned Colletti:
"We did talk about our catching situation to see if there was a way of improving it," Colletti said. "We did talk about Russell's versatility. I think it would benefit Russell to not play as often behind the plate as he did. Sometimes that's easier to be said from someone who's not making out the lineup card.
Asked if he was more open to having Martin play more third base or signing a stronger backup catcher, Colletti said, "The best scenario might be both."
Could we be looking at a regular Loney-DeWitt-Martin-(maybe) Furcal infield? Might the Dodgers be adding a catcher to their off-season shopping list?
- Blake DeWitt will be among those expected to come to Dodger Stadium in January to work on his infield versatility, as he could end up the starting third baseman or second baseman.
Joe Torre has been thinking of DeWitt as a third baseman. Guess DeWitt will be working out at second and third. And why not? Flexibility is good.
- The Dodgers want arbitration-eligible closer Takashi Saito back next season, but aren't really sure what they have with his balky right elbow.
Hopefully no balks! Ha ha!
- The Dodgers training staff has been checking in on Andruw Jones. "He's working out, doing a lot of cardio work," Colletti said.
- Asked to name some minor leaguers who might have a major league impact next season, Colletti listed Tony Abreu, Chin-lung Hu and Ivan DeJesus Jr.
Hu is still a minor leaguer?
"The little things in the game have been put aside and put away," Colletti said. "It drives me crazy watching games and small intricacies of the game are overlooked. For years, you would look at this organization, and you were in for a tough three-game series. I don't think any team is saying it right now about us. I know teams for a long, long time held us to that excellence."
The Cubs beg to differ. Apparently Ned no longer has playoff fever.
Hey, other reporters were there too!
Colletti has full plate for offseason (Ken Gurnick, Dodgers.com)
Dodgers' Ned Colletti says club hopes to talk to Manny Ramirez's agent soon (Dylan Hernandez, LA Times)
Colletti photo by Jon SooHoo/Dodgers