LAS VEGAS -- Don't be surprised if the Dodgers and third baseman Casey Blake reach an agreement in the very near future.
Blake's agent, Jim McDowell, has been holding out for a three-year offer, and the Dodgers appear poised to meet it -- while the Minnesota Twins indicated the other day they would not budge beyond two years.
"If we can get Casey locked up, it would be a huge piece for us," Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said. "We'd be able to move Blake DeWitt over to second base. Casey's character, he's team-oriented, he's a grinder.
"We love having players like that."