Mets have sights set on Sexson
"I don't feel at this point we're going to be left standing without a chair when the music stops," DePodesta said Saturday night at baseball's winter meetings.
That being said, DePodesta remains hopeful Beltre will return, despite the high price tag required to keep him. DePodesta said the Dodgers haven't made an offer to Scott Boras, Beltre's agent.
The Dodgers have expressed interest in third baseman Corey Koskie, a free agent the Minnesota Twins are hoping to keep.
The Dodgers' stated goals since the season ended have been to re-sign Beltre and get some pitching and catching help.
With that in mind, the Dodgers are discussing a trade with Oakland involving Hudson and expressed interest in Matt Clement, a highly sought after free agent despite his 9-13 record with the Chicago Cubs last season.
General manager Omar Minaya spoke with Sexson's agent, Casey Close, on Saturday at the winter meetings, perhaps a signal that the Mets have picked the player they want to solidify a position that's been problematic for years.
"Are you close? I don't want to give you false hope that we're close on anything," Minaya said. "I think you can leave these meetings and still be able to get a deal done."
Sexson is coming off an injury-shortened season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He hurt his left shoulder twice and did not play after May, batting .233 with nine homers and 23 RBIs.
Piazza is expected to be a full-time catcher again next season, and Minaya said Friday he would like to have a strong defensive first baseman to complement a young infield.
The Diamondbacks sent six players to the Brewers for Sexson last year, including Lyle Overbay. Arizona offered him salary arbitration on Tuesday, and the two-time All-Star has until Dec. 19 to accept the offer.
"We had set our sights on not just getting there, but winning it, so it was disappointing," he said Saturday at baseball's winter meetings. "In the end, I think what bothers you most is that it was so noncompetitive. I mean, people who saw us for the first time I'm sure were wondering, 'How did that club win 100 games?"'
"We're still negotiating with both of those guys," La Russa said.
If Matheny leaves, the catching job will probably go to Yadier Molina, who played in 51 games last season as a rookie with two homers, 15 RBIs and a .267 average.
"He's having a real good offseason," La Russa said. "Right now we're very optimistic that he can more forward without anything else happening. He displayed another side to him because he played in a lot of pain and kept producing. It was just another example of his toughness."
In 2004, the 6-5, 215-pound Halama went 7-6 with a 4.70 ERA in 34 appearances, including 14 starts for the Devil Rays. Halama has previously played for the A's, Mariners and Astros.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.