The Dodgers were quick to shoot down a report from ESPN Los Angeles that they were considering trading closer Jonathan Broxton and first baseman James Loney to the Brewers for slugging first baseman Prince Fielder.
The initial report said the sides were “actively involved in discussions,” but Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said that was not so.
Other reports reinforced Colleti’s denial. FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal spoke to a source from one of the teams who said the teams had not even discussed such a swap. Yahoo!’s Steve Henson cited a source saying the Dodgers had “zero interest” in Fielder.
It’s not surprising to see Fielder’s name pop up in a Winter Meetings rumor. The Brewers have not had any success in talks with agent Scott Boras about an extension for the 26-year-old, who is arbitration-eligible for the last time and due a raise from his $10.5 million salary in 2010. Fielder is on track to reach free agency after the 2011 season.
The Brewers’ previous talks with other teams have all centered around starting pitching, but general manager Doug Melvin has found that other teams are unwilling to offer what Milwaukee officials consider fair value for Fielder.