All indications are that Jon Garland is still out of their price range. More importantly, all indications are that Randy Wolf is still WITHIN their price range. Thanks to Brooklyn Dodger for posting that foxsports.com link to my earlier post. Turns out Randy never turned down a three-year, $29.5 million offer from the Astros, but that the offer was actually pulled by the Astros for financial reasons, apparently just before the lefty was about to accept it. Sounds to me like this is the guy the Dodgers are going to end up with, and I’m guessing it’s going to heat up in the next few days.
The lights have been on all day and all evening at the new spring-training complex, at the stadium and both of the lighted practice fields. This is the first time I have ever seen them on, so I’m sure they burning in, a standard procedure with new stadium lights. I’m sure to the people in the houses across the street from mine, the ones whose rear windows directly face the complex, it’s quite an annoyance, as those lights are really bright. From here, though, it’s just a comforting reminder that spring training is right around the corner. Dodgers pitchers and catchers report in 20 days. … By the way, there is a report on mlb.com that suggests things might be heating up between the Dodgers and Jon Garland. Last time I checked, the Dodgers hadn’t head from Randy Wolf’s people in several days, so the team might have run out of patience and decided to look elsewhere. More on this in the days to come, obviously.
There are widespread reports out there on the web that seem to indicate the sides are close to an agreement on a one- or two-year contract. While that certainly could happen, and while Wolf is believed to be at the top of the Dodgers’ list in their search for a starting pitchers, they apparently are NOT CLOSE to an agreement at this point. A well-placed source just told me that the sides haven’t even talked in almost a week. But my guess is they will talk soon.