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Dodgers (still) want to sign Pineiro

Jan 11, 2010, 10:25 PM EDT

The Los Angeles Dodgers want everyone to know they’re trying really, really hard. Honestly, folks.

According to Yahoo!’s Tim Brown, the Dodgers are trying to figure out away to sign free agent pitcher Joel Pineiro, who is coming off perhaps his finest season.

The Dodgers have reportedly been on the Pineiro hunt for awhile, but since it keeps coming up we’ll mention it again.

Following two straight trips to the NLCS, and proving to be no match for the Phillies in both instances, the Dodgers are taking an odd (meaning cheap) approach to this offseason. It’s an approach no doubt connected — no matter what the honchos tell you — to the ongoing divorce proceedings between owners Frank and Jamie McCourt.

The Dodgers have already let Randy Wolf walk and made little to no effort to bring back Jon Garland, Vicente Padilla and/or Jeff Weaver. Jason Schmidt is also gone, but his presence was little more than a rumor anyway, kind of like Sasquatch.

That leaves them with Chad Billingsley, Clayton Kershaw, Hiroki Kuroda and a host of other possibilities, including Hong-Chih Kuo, Eric Stults, James McDonald and Russ Ortiz. Russ Ortiz? What, Dave Burba wasn’t available?

Anyway, the whole thing is rather ridiculous considering the Dodgers said they couldn’t afford Wolf, who signed for three years and $29.75 million with the Brewers. Guess how much Pineiro wants? Three years, $30 million!

Who’s running that team, the body guard?

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  1. Moses Green - Jan 12, 2010 at 7:39 AM

    Chavez Ravine is one of 4 or 5 places where Pineiro might not lose his Duncan pixie-dust.

  2. Steady Eddy - Jan 12, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    My sons and I have vowed to not attend any Dodger games in 2010. We are very upset with the fact that year after year the Dodgers attendance is between 3.5 million and 3.75 million and still the McCourts are unwilling to take the final one or two steps to put the team in the World Series. Bud Selig is ultimately the one to blame: he went out and found the McCourts to buy the team from News Corp. Only in America could someone like the McCourts buy a major league sports franchise with little or no money. Thank you Mr. Selig for aiding and abetting the current disaster in Los Angeles.

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