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June 28, 2009 at 1:41 PM

More from Jack Zduriencik on Beltre, Langerhans, Ackley

In the course of talking to Jackie Z about the Langerhans trade, I asked him if he was going to pursue a third baseman now that Adrian Beltre is headed for the DL. Here’s his answer:
“I think you leave all your options open. Obviously, there have been a lot of talks over the last month on a lot of different scenarios. Nothing is imminent. At this moment, I don’t anticipate anything, That’s not to say, as you move forward, the next day creates something that wasn’t there today. I think everyone is aware of everyone else’s situation. When they see what’s happened here recently, or we look at other clubs…but at this time, we are where we are, and we’ll try to do the best we can with where we’re at.”
I asked him if he had received his first call from a GM with a proposal relating to the Beltre absence.
“I have not had that. I had a couple of calls this morning, but it was just guys touchiing base on other things. It’s just this time of year. It’s common courtesty, what all clubs do. I don’t anticipate anything in the short term, but tomorrow you never know. Every day has its new set of exploration, if you will.”
Zduriencik said the Langerhans deal was in the works before Beltre’s injury, and is more related to Endy Chavez’s season-ending injury.
“We’ve been talking about this three or four days now — when Endy went down, to give you a similar type guy. Yesterday morning we talked, and we were really down the road quite a bit. Yesterday’s circumstances (with Beltre) didn’t have anything to do with it. We’ve been discussing this, throwing around different names. This is where we ended up.”
Zduriencik sat with Scott Boras throughout Saturday’s game, very conspicuous in the first row behind home plate at Dodger Stadfium.
“I don’t know if you guys saw us or not,” he joked.
He characterized the meeting as “very cordial. It really wasn”t anything in depth. It was our first sitdown together.”
Boras clients Beltre and Jarrod Washburn were discussed, he said. So, in general terms, was No. 1 draft pick Dustin Ackley, who is being “advised” by Boras.
“We talked about Ackley, of course,.but I don’t think we were in the setting, or timing of yesterday to do any kind of detail,” Zduriencik said. “That comes in a different setting.”
Will Ackley be signed in time to be in uniform this year? The signing deadline is Aug. 17, which would leave only a couple of weeks in the minor-league season.
“I don’t hold the cards on that,” he said. “We’re one end; there’s three things: Us, the kid, and his representative. Where this thing ends up, I’m not sure, and I don’t know the timing, nor did we discuss that….We want to sign the kid,and he wants to play.”



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