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Dodgers completing due diligence ahead of deals

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Dodgers came to the Winter Meetings seeking a closer and a third baseman, and they will probably leave on Thursday with the same needs.

"I don't necessarily see us doing anything in the next 12 hours," general manager Farhan Zaidi said on Wednesday night. "We're involved in a few markets where some dominoes need to start falling. As of now, most of the players that have been moved or signed weren't really high up on our list or on our radar."

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Dodgers came to the Winter Meetings seeking a closer and a third baseman, and they will probably leave on Thursday with the same needs.

"I don't necessarily see us doing anything in the next 12 hours," general manager Farhan Zaidi said on Wednesday night. "We're involved in a few markets where some dominoes need to start falling. As of now, most of the players that have been moved or signed weren't really high up on our list or on our radar."

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Those words were spoken before closer Aroldis Chapman, whom the Dodgers pursued, reached a five-year deal with the Yankees worth $86 million late Wednesday night, according to a baseball source. MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi and Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reported after news of Chapman's agreement broke that the Marlins -- who, with the Dodgers and Yankees, pursued Chapman -- had made an offer to fellow closer Kenley Jansen in the neighborhood of $80 million.

Still high on the Dodgers' list is re-signing third baseman Justin Turner, and bringing back Jansen may be an even higher priority in light of Chapman's deal, the completion of which would figure to accelerate Jansen's decision. Turner's situation might be stalled because of a reported shortage of eager suitors.

Both Jansen and Turner were granted qualifying offers by the Dodgers, meaning that if they were to leave, each signing club would forfeit a valuable Draft pick and the Dodgers would gain one. Such a restriction apparently didn't keep the Rockies from reportedly reaching an agreement with free agent Ian Desmond on Wednesday. The guidelines surrounding team compensation for free agents have impacted enough players that they were modified in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, although those changes don't go into effect until next year and won't affect Jansen or Turner this offseason.

Turner is considered the best third baseman on the market and probably sees Desmond's deal -- reportedly worth $70 million over five years -- as a nice target. If Turner leaves, the most likely trade replacements are Todd Frazier of the White Sox and Mike Moustakas of the Royals.

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Jansen, however, was competing for a contract with Chapman, whose deal won't require the Yankees to forfeit a compensatory pick. If the Dodgers don't sign Jansen, they may pursue Tony Watson, the Pirates closer with whom they've been linked in trade discussions, or free agent Greg Holland.

Zaidi said Wednesday's trade of Wade Davis from Kansas City to the Cubs as Chapman's replacement might shake loose the closer market, although he agrees that the late resolution to the CBA has delayed trades and signings in general.

"I think there were a lot of free agents out there that figured their markets would come to a head here, and there haven't been a ton of signings," Zaidi said.

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"We had to take a little step back to process some of the [CBA] changes, and even last night, we were uncovering things that weren't revealed in the first wave. There's a lot of stuff. For a team like us, right around the tax threshold and trying to work our way under it, there are a lot of repercussions. We reassessed the implications of long-term deals, and other teams are in the same boat."

At second base, the Dodgers have been linked to trades for Brian Dozier, Logan Forsythe or Yangervis Solarte, and there remains some interest in re-signing free agent Chase Utley.

"A lot of it does depend on how we fill our other needs, in terms of holes and handedness and payroll," Zaidi said. "We're trying to fit a puzzle together with multiple pieces. There's no one thing, obviously, no one move we're ready to lock in."

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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