Dodgers focused on hiring manager, improving pitching

LOS ANGELES (AP) Besides hiring a new manager, the Los Angeles Dodgers are focused on bulking up their rotation and bullpen this offseason.

Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations, said Monday that interviews with managerial candidates are ongoing and he expects to meet or possibly beat his target of hiring someone before the winter meetings begin early next month.

Speaking by phone from Florida, where the general manager meetings were underway, Friedman declined to comment on negotiations to retain starter Zack Greinke. The 32-year-old right-hander opted out of the final three years of his contract, giving up a guaranteed $71 million to become a free agent last week.

The Dodgers extended qualifying offers to Greinke and free agents Brett Anderson and Howie Kendrick. The players have until Friday to accept; Friedman says the team has yet to hear from them. Greinke is expected to reject the offer that would pay him $15.8 million next season.