On a cold, dreary day in Indianapolis, we need some musical sunshine to warm us up and who better to provide this lift than Randy Newman and his iconic I Love L.A. Of course, this choice is also twofold, since last night the Dodgers held their annual reception in which they thanked all of their Minor League affiliates. Nearly every Major League team hosts a reception of some sort at the Winter Meetings, which basically consists of commandeering a room at the hotel or convention center for a couple of hours for free drinks and finger foods. As you’d expect, the Dodgers do things a little different. They secured a bus that picked everyone up from the hotel and took them to Scholar’s Inn Restaurant, a very chic spot in downtown Indy. Once there, in addition to free food and drink, Los Angeles General Manager Ned Colletti and Assistant GM / Director of Player Development DeJon Watson spoke before turning things over to Tommy Lasorda, who delivered one of his classic pep talks.
While the whole first class affair was a lot of fun, the Dodgers still have work they’d like to do at these Winter Meetings, namely finding a starting pitcher. In his story in today’s L.A. Times, superb Dodgers beat writer Dylan Hernandez suggests former Isotopes All-Star Charlie Haeger may be in line to be the fourth starter in the Los Angeles rotation behind Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, and Hiroki Kuroda. Another name in the mix for a possible fifth rotation spot is Josh Lindblom, who was used mostly as a reliever in Albuquerque last year but will be converted to a starter next year. If Lindblom doesn’t crack the L.A. rotation next spring, ‘Topes fans can count on the right-hander being the ace and anchor of Albuquerque’s rotation.