NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. >> Even though the Dodgers didn’t get Chris Sale, it still may have been good news for them when the Chicago White Sox traded him on Tuesday.By dealing Sale to the Boston Red Sox, the White Sox essentially signaled to the industry that they are rebuilding. It would be logical for them to also trade third baseman Todd Frazier, who is a free agent at the end of 2017.The Dodgers have made re-signing third baseman Justin Turner one of their priorities this winter. If they can’t, Frazier could be an alternative.When Dodgers president Andrew Friedman was asked if he interpreted the White Sox move to signal a willingness to move other players, he said: “My cheap seat analysis would be yes, but it’s a better question for them.” “The market plays a huge part of in in where this plays out,” Friedman said. “The free agent market plays out to the point of doing more than what you rationally want to do. If you do what you rationally want to do, you will finish third on every free agent.”Dave Roberts said he’s talked this winter to both Turner and Jansen, but it was “more of a check-in, coach to player, as opposed to a sales pitch.”Bautista too?Although the Toronto Star reported that the Dodgers have “checked in” on free agent outfielder Jose Bautista, that would seem to be an unusual move, considering their glut of outfielders.“It’s not something we’re intensely focused on,” Friedman said. He added that if the Dodgers did bring in an outfielder it would mean one of their current outfielders would be part of a trade.Bautista is coming off a disappointing season in which he hit 22 homers with a .234 average and an .817 OPS, all lows over his past seven seasons. The Dodgers would have to surrender their first-round pick if they signed Bautista, because he was given a qualifying offer.AlsoRoberts said the Dodgers are planning on Austin Barnes as the backup catcher, indicating they aren’t looking for help at that position behind Yasmani Grandal…Friedman said the Dodgers plan to be “more aggressive” with Kenta Maeda’s workload in his second big league season. In his first season coming from Japan, where starters work once a week, the Dodgers regularly gave Maeda a fifth day of rest between starts. They plan to reduce that in 2017. Roberts said the Dodgers want Maeda to gain to some weight so he can better handle the increased workload…The Dodgers have not heard from Maeda about whether he plans to pitch in the World Baseball Classic. Roberts and Friedman said they would support whatever decision he makes. Frazier, 30, hit 40 homers last season, although he had an uncharacteristic .225 average and .767 OPS.Besides Frazier, the third base trade market also includes Yangervis Solarte and possibly Mike Moustakas.The Dodgers first choice, however, is still to re-sign Turner.They also are still trying to re-sign closer Kenley Jansen, and Friedman said Tuesday that they still have room in the budget to do both.However, he cautioned that the dollars they budget don’t always fit with the player’s demands. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Merle Carl HouchinMerle Carl Houchin, 76, of Caldwell, retired tool grinder for Raytheon and owner of Kansas Whitetail Outfitters, died June 17, 2014 at his home in Caldwell.He was born the son of William Oria and Zenia Elizabeth (Cook) Houchin October 12, 1937 at Canton, Oklahoma.Â Carl was a 1957 graduate of Caldwell High Schoolwho enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling and was planning a trip to Estes Park the first part of July.He is survived by his three daughters; Terrie Breitigan, Teresa Alexander and Delana Morris all of Wichita, KS; sister Eva May Houchin of Derby, KS; 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 23, 2014 at the Central Christian Church in Caldwell.Â Interment will be in the Caldwell City Cemetery, Caldwell.Memorials may be given in memory of Carl to the Central Christian Church or to the Kansas Humane Society.To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit www.schaeffermortuary.infoArrangements by Schaeffer Mortuary, 6 N. Main, Caldwell, Kansas.