All Quiet on the Dodger Front

There is not a lot to report on the Dodger board of trades, with general manager Ned Colletti -- who has been averaging only a couple of hours of sleep a night -- has returned from the Winter Meetings and is sorting through his options.

In the front office, Tagg Romney, vice president of on-field marketing for Reebok, has been hired as chief marketing officer for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team said Romney will lead the strategic planning and implementation of all advertising, marketing and branding initiatives including in-game entertainment for the Dodgers.

It is said the Pittsburgh Pirates have offered Bill Mueller a three-year contract, so if the Dodgers really want him, they might have to boost their offer from two to three years to land the free-agent third baseman.

Another possibility at third is a trade for David Bell of the Philadelphia Phillies, who are interested in reliever Duaner Sanchez and Dodger prospects.

But common sense would dictate that the Dodgers make due with what they have at third base instead of clogging up the pipeline to Las Vegas and keeping super third base prospect Andy LaRoche from advancing to The Show.

And since pitching was one of the most difficult commodities to come by, perhaps we ought to hang on to what we have.

The Pirates have increased their efforts to trade for outfielder Milton Bradley, a source said. The Dodgers could get a left-handed reliever in return because the Pirates are overstocked.

Free-agent first baseman J.T. Snow, who spent the last nine seasons with San Francisco, said the Dodgers and San Diego Padres have made him offers. The Dodgers are close to signing backup catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. A source close to Alomar said the 18-year veteran is awaiting a phone call from Colletti to finalize the deal.

Team chemistry has been a hot topic with the Dodgers, who didn't have much while going 71-91 last season. Grady Little downplayed it during an interview recently by saying, "My chemistry with my wife would be bad if we lost 91 games."

Baseball reports that in March 2004, Dodger GM Paul DePodesta offered 3B Adrian Beltré to the Padres for 3B Sean Burroughs. Kevin Towers turned him down.

Beltré went on to hit .334 with 48 HR and 121 RBI for the Dodgers in his free agent year, then signed a five-year, $64 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. Burroughs hit .281/.338/.342 with 3 HR in 223 games and 807 AB during 2004-05.

A highly placed source said there is no truth to reports that Mueller has agreed to play for the Dodgers.

Mike Milligan of San Diego has come up with research that has shown that limiting the opponents scoring is much more important than scoring runs yourself.

We'll let Mike take it from here:

Analyzing the question of scoring runs or not allowing runs we included seasons in Dodger Stadium starting in 1962. The Dodgers have never won a World Series and given up over 550 runs in a season.

In only nine of 44 seasons, have they given up 550 runs or less. In five of those seasons, they have been to the World Series and they have won 4 of 5. We've never made the World Series by allowing more than 582 runs.

But what if they scored over 650 runs would that increase our chances to win the World Series? They have scored over 650 runs in 24 seasons. Over this span they have made the post-season only 6 times and never won the World Series.

In years, where they have scored 650 runs and made the playoffs, the most runs they have given up has been 684 (2004) and 609 (1983) and in each case they didn't make the World Series

When they do score over 650 and make the World Series, they have never given up more than 582 runs.

Here's the formula for the Dodgers to win the World Series:

Runs Allowed -- under 550 or under 3.40/game.

Score 84 more runs than they allow.

The only years they accomplished this and didn't win the World Series was 1966 (Baltimore) and 1975 (Big Red Machine).

Here's the interesting thing: Had the pitching staff allowed less than 550 runs in 2005 and still scored 685 runs, they would have the best Dodger team in the history of L.A.

Here's the difficult thing: In 2005, the best pitching staff (Houston) gave up 609. In 2004, the best pitching staff (St. Louis) gave up 659. Can anyone find enough pitching?

Let's get some pitching soon.