The Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t make the splashy trade for Jon Lester or David Price, instead opting for minor moves in August that added Kevin Correia and Roberto Hernandez to the pitching staff.

At the time, it appeared the Dodgers were merely adding some depth to a shaky rotation that included an injured Josh Beckett and struggling Dan Haren. However, Beckett’s injury and Hyun-Jin Ryu being placed on the disabled list have forced both Correia and Hernandez into the rotation.

While the Dodgers managed to address one of their needs, the bullpen remains a question mark. The Dodgers were believed to be interested in bolstering their bullpen prior to the non-waiver deadline and at one point were linked to Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported in July the Dodgers were likely to have been interested in Boston Red Sox relievers if the team made them available. Again, nothing came to fruition.

In an interview with Jim Bowden on MLB Network Radio, Colletti said the Dodgers would consider acquiring a late-game reliever:

Kenley Jansen continues to fulfill the role of closer and J.P. Howell has been a dependable option for manager Don Mattingly, but there haven’t been many other positives out of the bullpen.

Chris Perez and Brian Wilson have both been inconsistent and Perez is currently on the disabled list with bone spurs in his ankle. Jamey Wright had pitched well in multiple roles for the Dodgers, which led to him taking the mound in the eighth inning of Friday’s loss.

Wright struggled in the high-leverage situation and the Dodgers wound up losing the game. Brandon League slowly earned his way into the eighth inning of games, though Mattingly doesn’t appear in a rush to hand him the job as setup man.
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6 Responses

  1. berty28

    Ned Colleti is an idiot. Using stop gaps to fill our needs have done nothing. He had a chance to pick up players to help but did nothing. I think the dodgers next move should be to get rid of this bargain shopper (Colleti) and get a gm that will bring us a world series champion team.

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  2. Vic Ochoa

    I think that Coletti is doing a very good job as it is. Getting top of the line pitchers will mean giving the top prospects and that is not good. We only need another good reliever to help out and Ned knows what to do but I hope he brings out the best players from the minors and trust them to do the job which it’s the only way for them to get the experience they need…GO DODGERS!!!!

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