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Dodgers exit Meetings with work to be done

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The last time the Dodgers left the nation's capital was in October, and they were ecstatic after an epic win to advance to the National League Championship Series.

Their departure on Thursday was subdued, the front office quickly and quietly pulling out of the Winter Meetings with essentially the same major needs they had when they arrived, on hold until free agents Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner decide where to play.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The last time the Dodgers left the nation's capital was in October, and they were ecstatic after an epic win to advance to the National League Championship Series.

Their departure on Thursday was subdued, the front office quickly and quietly pulling out of the Winter Meetings with essentially the same major needs they had when they arrived, on hold until free agents Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner decide where to play.

Hot Stove Tracker

The starting rotation is secure with the return of Rich Hill, but the Dodgers haven't re-signed or replaced closer Jansen or third baseman Turner, nor have they filled second base or added a needed right-handed bat.

With the club desiring to keep the payroll below the $235 million luxury-tax threshold, bringing back both Turner and Jansen seems to be a longshot, especially with competition from Miami and Washington for Jansen, even with Draft-pick compensation attached.

The Dodgers also might back off Jansen if reports of a five-year, $80 million offer from Miami are true.

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Deals done

Hill, acquired in the summer, was re-signed to a three-year, $48 million deal to be the No. 2 starter behind ace Clayton Kershaw, with Kenta Maeda and Julio Urias behind him and a robust competition for the fifth spot.

Goals accomplished

In addition to formally announcing Hill's agreement -- which actually was reached two days before the Meetings began -- the Dodgers say they met with enough clubs and agents to formulate contingency plans to fill their voids.

Unfinished business

If they don't re-sign Jansen, the Dodgers have talked about trading for Pittsburgh closer Tony Watson or White Sox closer David Robertson or signing free agent Greg Holland. If they don't re-sign Turner, the Dodgers have kicked the tires on White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier and Kansas City's Mike Moustakas.

At second base, they are enamored with Minnesota's 42-homer Brian Dozier, but also Detroit's Ian Kinsler and San Diego's Yangervis Solarte. The Dodgers also have considered right-handed outfield bats Andrew McCutchen (Pirates) and Lorenzo Cain (Royals), but there's already a surplus of Dodgers outfielders and only so many attractive trade chips.

The Dodgers still have some interest in bringing back last season's second baseman, Chase Utley. They must re-sign Joe Blanton or find an eighth-inning replacement as the setup man. They have surpluses in starting pitchers and outfielders from which to deal, including Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy and Yasiel Puig, although the young players most clubs want are first baseman Cody Bellinger (close to untouchable) and young pitcher Jose De Leon.

Rule 5 Draft

The Dodgers did not select or lose a player in the Major League portion of the Rule 5 Draft.

GM's bottom line

"I actually think it's really important to not feel you have to do something in these three days. When it happens is not something we feel we can force. If you get caught up in these three days, in our opinion, you can make mistakes." -- Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations

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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