In their defense, there was little to talk about.
Andrew Friedman, the president of baseball operations, had already spoken the previous night about their failed attempt to retain
The other moves they made were minor.
They made two waiver-wire acquisitions, claiming right-hander Danny Reynolds from the Angels and outfielder Daniel Fields from the Milwaukee Brewers.
They also picked up five players in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft, which cost them a combined $60,000. Among the selections was 27-year-old right-hander Logan Bawcom, whom the Dodgers drafted but traded to the
Exciting stuff, huh?
But as Friedman pointed out Wednesday night, more than four months remain until opening day.
Until then, Friedman will try to rebuild the advantage the Dodgers had last year over their division rivals. The
In the meantime, here are some minor story lines that emerged this week:
"That's encouraging for me," Manager Dave Roberts said.
The players were linked in controversy this off-season when outfielder Scott Van Slyke's father implied on a St. Louis radio station that Kershaw told Dodgers management that Puig should be traded.
Asked whether Kershaw and Puig would be roommates, Roberts joked, "Fortunately, the game where it's at right now, I don't think that they have to be roommates. The state of baseball's in good shape, so they won't be sharing a room together."
Utley a hit?
Friedman thinks Utley can still be a contributor on offense despite his stats.
"Just feel like he's a really good hitter who works a very professional at-bat," Friedman said.
Utley, who turns 37 next week, batted a career-low .212 this year. But he played with an injured ankle for most of the season and Friedman pointed to how his performance improved after returning to the Philadelphia Phillies from the disabled list in August. As for why Utley batted only .202 after his trade to the Dodgers later that month, Friedman attributed it to misfortune.
"I've never really put numbers on the expectations or what I feel I can do," Utley said.
He added, "Obviously, staying healthy is important to me."
Utley said he has started an off-season training program to help him do that.
Speaking of Utley, he is still facing a two-game suspension resulting from his takeout slide of
Utley defended his slide, saying, "I thought I made a hard, aggressive slide to break up a double play in the playoff game."
He otherwise declined to speak of the play, until after his hearing.
Of the rude welcome he received from Mets fans at
Former Dodgers manager Don Mattingly looked as if he was settling in as the new manager of the Miami Marlins.
"I've been fortunate," Mattingly said. "I went from New York City to L.A. and now South Beach. Next stop is Cuba, I guess. I'm going warmer. I'm not going colder."
Mattingly's staff will include bench coach Tim Wallach and hitting coach Barry Bonds. Wallach was Mattingly's bench coach with the Dodgers. Bonds will be a rookie coach.
Wallach was interviewed for the Dodges' managerial position that Roberts landed.
"He's going to be a big league manager some day and you want that for him," Mattingly said. "But once that didn't happen, him coming is a key component, I think, because he knows me."
Mattingly said he never questioned Bonds' knowledge of hitting or Bonds' ability to teach it. Before hiring baseball's all-time home run leader, however, Mattingly said he wanted to be certain Bonds understood the time commitment.
"That was part of the interview, making sure he knew how much time it was," Mattingly said. "You're in the ballpark at noon, not showing up at 5 o'clock for a 7 o'clock game. Coaches are there longer than when you played, and you're preparing, and you're getting guys ready.
"Barry understood completely. He's been around the game. So I don't think we surprised him with anything. I just wanted to make sure he was prepared for that time."