From Rob Neyer's SweetSpot blogpost, "Dodgers not spending for bats" (no shit, Sherlock):
Craig pointed out this bit of exciting Southland news from Robothal:
The Dodgers are in discussions with free agent Bill Hall, who would be their primary left fielder. Hall, who hit 18 home runs in 344 at-bats for the Red Sox last season, likely would be the Dodgers' last significant addition; the team is nearing its budgetary limit.
Hey, he's better than Tony Gwynn. [...]
I think it's fair to say the Dodgers haven't done anything exciting. The problem is that there weren't many exciting hitters available this winter, not on the free market anyway. And apparently the Dodgers don't have the financial wherewithal to grab one of them.
Should the Dodgers have outspent the Nationals for Jayson Werth, or the Red Sox for Carl Crawford? Crawford in particular would have been a good fit, but it's pretty clear that the Dodgers simply don't have that kind of money. Maybe they should have that kind of money, considering their market and their ballpark. But the McCourts were running the franchise on something of a shoestring before the divorce, and now every significant outlay is going to be just another bone of contention.
Colletti's track record isn't real good. But given his financial limitations and the paucity of impact hitters on the market this winter, there's something to be said for focusing on run prevention and hoping for the best.
Is hope a strategy? Hmm.