Colletti on Pierre
Juan Pierre's agent came to the Winter Meetings hoping to speak with the Dodgers about his client's status, and the meetings finished with Ned Colletti leaving Pierre a voicemail and e-mail to inform him of the team's agreement with Andruw Jones to play center field.
Colletti then defended the signing of Pierre, who went for five years, $44 million.
"I don't regret it. You can't look back on what you do like that. It's not fair to anything. You tell me what you would do when we were sitting there with one outfielder, Andre Ethier, who had played four months of big league baseball and no other outfielder. It's easy to go back and re-write history. I don't have the opportunity to go back and re-write history nor do I feel I need to. It is what it is, and we did what we had to do. We signed a player that's a great guy and a guy that comes to play every day and a great influence throughout the clubhouse. You know what you’re getting. 195 hits, 60-something stolen bases. The way the 2007 Dodgers performed is not Juan Pierre's fault."
Asked if it was the salary that was driving up expectations about Pierre, Colletti said, "Check it out on some blog, I don't know." Colletti later claimed never to have read a single blog entry in his lifetime.