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Published September 19, 2011
HOT STOVE: In L.A., Steve Dilbeck noted Dodgers GM Ned Colletti has said that he "hasn't been told by McCourt yet what kind of budget he'll have in the offseason, though that's standard operating procedure for this time of year." The team's offense "is the one area everyone agrees the Dodgers need to focus on improving." Cardinals 1B Albert Pujols and Brewers 1B Prince Fielder are the "only two big bats scheduled for free agency" this winter, and Dilbeck noted both "will be looking at a $100 million-plus contract." McCourt has "never spent $100 million on a single player, and that's when he wasn't in bankruptcy court." The Dodgers have "at least $25 million coming off the books this offseason, so the possibility of signing a Pujols or Fielder isn't completely ridiculous." But "even if they were to make a run at them, there certainly is no guarantee that they'd return the interest" (LATIMES.com, 9/17).