Of course, it could just be coincidence or simply the smart thing to do. Anyway, it is smart.
Still, fairly amazing news Monday afternoon that two of the Dodgers’ main perceived free-agent targets for the coming offseason were both removed from the menu within hours of each other.
If Dodgers fans are uncertain if the team’s new owners will spend big, it is very possible the rest of baseball already believes.
The Reds, who many thought would trade star first baseman Joey Votto rather than pony up big time, are reportedly close to signing him to a multiyear extension.
And the Giants announced shortly afterward they had signed right-hander Matt Cain to a five-year, $112.5-million deal. That’s a record for a right-hander. And it probably didn’t distraught Tim Lincecum, who can become a free agent after the 2013 season.