Winter of content for DePodesta

If answering nettlesome questions is fun, Dodgers GM Paul DePodesta should have a blast this winter.

Originally Published: November 24, 2004
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider
Paul DePodesta has a positive outlook for a guy who's destined to spend a great deal of time between now and February swapping phone messages with Scott Boras.

Paul DePodesta
Paul DePodesta learned his craft with the A's as Billy Beane's right-hand man.
In his first season as Los Angeles general manager, DePodesta showed he's capable of thinking big by making a bold waiver-deadline trade – sending Paul Lo Duca and Guillermo Mota to Florida and getting Brad Penny in return as part of a six-player exchange with the Marlins. The Dodgers reached the playoffs for the first time since 1996, which made their fans happy, but only served to heighten expectations for 2005.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. This offseason is precisely what DePodesta was waiting for during five years as Billy Beane's assistant in Oakland.

Jerry Crasnick

ESPN Senior Writer