ESPN'S Buster Olney tweeted the following yesterday:
"Dodgers were prepared to re-sign Nick Punto, but Oakland had an offer markedly higher than L.A."
It’s probably safe to say that this was the first time in a long time that the A’s agreed to outspend the Dodgers for a player. But...
|Skip Schumaker and Nick Punto are a 2013 memory now, both signed this past week to multi-year deals outside of Los Angeles. (photo by Alex Gallardo/AP)|
|Franklin Gutierrez, a free agent on the move. (photo by Tonmy Gutierrez/AP)|
|Grady Sizemore attempting to garner interest as a comeback free agent in 2014. (photo by Chuck Crow, Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
It's almost inevitable that Colletti will sign a number of players that many consider to be scrubs to report to Camelback Ranch on minor league contracts. Watch for those names to surface with barely a blip on the radar. A few of them will surface as the Puntos and Schumakers of 2014 for the Dodgers.