Inviting someone over

The Dodgers have been adept at adding mainstay talent in a cost-efficient way

Updated: February 13, 2010, 5:12 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Traditionally, by the first couple of weeks of February, baseball's proverbial hot stove has all but burned out. Fans have turned their attention to the fast-approaching start of spring training, and the most compelling news of the offseason in terms of blockbuster trades and big-name free-agent signings is already lining the bottoms of birdcages.

This is also the time, though, when the groundwork is being laid for some of the best stories of the coming months.

The terms "minor league ...

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