The Dodgers might be unlikely to pursue free agent Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, but that doesn’t mean they’re inactive.
The team is aggressively pursuing infielders and also talking to backup catchers and starting pitchers, major-league sources say.
First baseman James Loney, shortstop Dee Gordon and third baseman Juan Uribe are virtually assured of starting positions in the Dodgers’ infield, but the second base and utility jobs are unsettled.
Ivan DeJesus and Justin Sellers could end up in the mix, but defense was a major issue for the Dodgers at second last season, and the team would prefer to add an established regular.
Clint Barmes, Aaron Hill and Mark Ellis are among the free-agent second basemen the Dodgers are targeting; Hill currently is negotiating with his previous team, the Diamondbacks.
At catcher, the Dodgers would like to add a Brad Ausmus-type backup behind A.J. Ellis, someone who could catch once or twice a week and serve as a mentor while the team develops Tim Federowicz at Triple A.
The free-agent market for catchers market is thin, but Jose Molina, Brian Schneider and Matt Treanor are among the players who fit the description of what the Dodgers would like to add.
As for starting pitchers, the Dodgers’ first choice is to re-sign right-hander Hiroki Kuroda. But it is unclear whether Kuroda wants to stay with the Dodgers, sign with another team or return to Japan.
— Ken Rosenthal