Dodgers pondering offseason moves

Associated Press Modified: October 4, 2012 at 9:01 pm •  Published: October 4, 2012
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"He should be ready for spring training," Colletti said.

Ace Clayton Kershaw went 14-9 with a major league-leading 2.53 ERA despite a hip impingement late in the season that he said hadn't bothered him in recent days. His offseason workout plan will be tailored to strengthen his hip.

"Things can always come back," Colletti said. "There's a really good chance it won't come back."

Starters Ted Lilly and Chad Billingsley were hobbled by shoulder and elbow problems, respectively. Lilly's inflamed left shoulder kept him out from May 24 to the end of the season, and he's recovering from surgery. Billingsley's recurring issues with his right shoulder sidelined him the final month and he's now trying to avoid Tommy John surgery.

Adding a starting pitcher is "an area we'll seriously have to look at," Colletti said.

Crawford, part of the nine-player trade with Boston, never suited up during the season while rehabbing in Houston from elbow surgery. Colletti said Crawford should be able to start hitting in December. He won't be at full strength until April or May, however, that "doesn't preclude him from playing," the GM said.

Colletti wants to keep intact the bullpen that includes Ronald Belisario, Matt Guerrier, Kenley Jansen and League. Jansen will undergo a procedure to fix an irregular heartbeat that has affected him the last two seasons, and is expected to be ready by spring training.

"Our bullpen really prospered," Colletti said.

Cuban outfielder Yasiel Puig will play in the Arizona Fall League and attend spring training with the Dodgers in Glendale, Ariz., although his prospects of making the big-league roster remain unknown. Puig signed a record seven-year, $42 million contract after defecting from Cuba in June after several failed attempts.

"Great power, speed, arm," Colletti said of the young slugger. "He still needs work playing the game."

The Dodgers' season attendance of 3,324,246 was the third-best in the NL, and an improvement over last year when numbers dipped below 3 million.

"That was a real show of confidence by the fans," said Kasten, who took over in May when the Dodgers' sale was finalized.

Among the promises made by the new owners were improving the team, enhancing the fan experience, and reaching out to the community.

"I think we have made major progress," Kasten said, adding, "The jury is still out until we get to where our goals are."