Colletti on Varitek, Manny, Lowe

December 08, 2008 - 9:01 am

Dodgers G.M. Ned Colletti stands in the eye of the free-agent storm. He just offered updates on the status of the Dodgers' offseason blueprint, including the following nuggets: --The Dodgers might have been interested in Jason Varitek on a short-term contract, but their interest disappeared after it became clear that he wanted a long-term deal. Los Angeles was intrigued by the prospect of having Varitek tutor Russell Martin, up to a point. "We learned it wouldn't be a crash course," said Colletti. "It would have been a degree program." --Though his team offered Derek Lowe arbitration, Colletti suggested that the Dodgers viewed his departure as inevitable. "I sense Derek doesn't want to be (in L.A.)," said Colletti. "We're not spending much time trying to persuade him." --The Dodgers offered Manny Ramirez a two-year deal at the G.M. meetings, but have heard "zero" in response from the free-agent slugger and his agent, Scott Boras.