The Rumor Mill

As we digest the signing of Yasiel Puig, let's take a look at some MLB players that could be targets for Ned Colletti in the coming weeks. To be clear, these are not rumors per se. Rather, these are Buster Olney's thoughts on who might be on Ned's radar and his comments (edited for this posting) on these "less-than-perfect options." ESPN Insider is required to read the whole article with Olney's complete commentary...

Jeff Francoeur, Kansas City Royals: As of Wednesday afternoon, Francoeur had a .702 OPS, which ranked 51st among 60 outfielders. He's owed about $9 million for the rest of his deal.  

Alfonso Soriano, Chicago Cubs: He's owed about $46 million and is an incredibly streaky player. If the Dodgers traded for him, there's probably as good of a chance that he would be part of the problem as there is that he would be part of the solution. 

Chase Headley, San Diego Padres: He'd be a great fit for the Dodgers in every way, giving them some positional flexibility. But the Padres might not be wild about trading within their own division.

Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays: Yes, he's eligible for free agency after this season, and he's having a strong year, and he'd be a nice fit. But it's probably far too early for Toronto to start dumping players.

Carlos Lee, Houston Astros: He could play first base and be an RBI guy, but in the past, he's told the Astros he would not approve a trade.

Hanley Ramirez, Miami Marlins: Ramirez is owed $40 million and is hitting .260, and they'd want significant return for one of Loria's favorite players.  

Daniel Murphy, New York Mets: Here's someone who could be a nice fit. The Dodgers have bullpen help, which the Mets need, and the price for Murphy wouldn't be prohibitive now, because he's had an off year.

Bryan LaHair, Cubs: Month to month, his OPS has gone from 1.251 to .792 to .666. He is 3-for-35 against left-handers, and there are concerns about his defense.

Boston Red Sox leftovers: The Red Sox could have a surplus of outfielders with Daniel Nava and Ryan Sweeney.

Vernon Wells, Los Angeles Angels: Oh, sure, the Angels would probably be open to a conversation about Wells, who is owed about $50 million for the next 2 1/2 seasons.

Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins: Because of his concussion history some executives simply don't believe any team would make a move for him.

So, Dodgers fans...what do you think about these options?  Sound off in the Shout Box!