Friedman will interview Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez during the meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., bringing the list of known candidates to nine.
Friedman wouldn't comment specifically on negotiations with Greinke or any of his free agents, citing his policy, though he did say he hasn't heard back from any of his three qualifying offer free agents whether they will accept or decline.
After a disappointing 2015 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers think they have a potential solution that will aid Yasiel Puig in achieving his potential. 255 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI. "It may not be the optimal size for him to play 150 games, 150-plus games".
Puig played in just 79 games last season after landing on the disabled list twice with hamstring injuries. In addition to Puig becoming leaner, Friedman said he would like to see Puig improve his swing mechanics.
Pederson was a model of good health.
"It's just getting him back to what he was mechanically", the executive said.
Re-signing Greinke - or luring Price to Los Angeles - would require giving a long-term contract to a starting pitcher, one that would stretch well into that pitcher's mid- to upper-30s, dangerous territory when it comes to committing to a pitcher.
"Nothing is done yet with Honey, and the other coaches are similar to where we were a few weeks ago", Friedman said. "I don't know yet"."For the most part, our position player group is pretty locked down", Friedman said.
Grandal, 27, recently had surgery on his left shoulder and is expected to recover in time for spring training. He and backup A.J. Ellis finished with nearly identical batting lines (.238/.355/.403 for Ellis, .234/.353/.403 for Grandal). If Greinke does leave the Dodgers, Friedman said he has no "hard-and-fast rules" about having to replace one front-line, elite-level starter with another (i.e. his former ace in Tampa Bay, left-hander David Price, also a free agent this winter). "Being around them for a year, seeing their work ethic and what they put into it gives me optimism they will be contributors next year".
From the sounds of it, the Dodgers offense might not look too much different in 2016 than the one that struggled over the last four months, middling its way to averaging exactly four runs per game after May 31. Pederson drilled 20 home runs in the first half of the season but looked lost at the plate by October. In his final 365, he batted.