The Los Angeles Dodgers have made up plenty of ground in the NL West standings, but they still have issues that need to be addressed.
Along with the inability to get healthy without losing another player to injury, general manager Ned Colletti has identified the bullpen as needing improvement.
With that in mind, Colletti said the Dodgers have received several overtures from other teams, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times:
We’ve probably heard more teams and had more conversations earlier than ever,” Colletti said. “There seems to be so much parity. There are a lot of teams in and around .500 that are still competing for the wild-card spots. Those teams that feel that they’re not in that group are making it known what they’re willing to do.”
The Dodgers were rumored to be shopping all of their outfielders other than Yasiel Puig and Hernandez reports Colletti acknowledged some of the trade talks have revolved around Dodger outfielders.
Although the Dodgers have a surplus of outfielders, injuries have largely prevented the group from being fully healthy. The same held true last season and the Dodgers opted against trading an outfielder.
The prevailing trade scenario the Dodgers are linked to is David Price. The Tampa Bay Rays starter is believed to be on the market and as the were in the off-season, many have identified the Dodgers as a landing spot for the left hander.
The St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants have also been reported as potential trade suitors for the Rays and that may have an influence on the Dodgers’ pursuit of Price. Peter Gammons identified Ben Zobrist as a player the Dodgers should target, but there has yet to be substantial reports of that taking place.
July 31 is the non-waiver trade deadline.
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