The Dodgers have come a long way since last Friday as they now sit just 3.5 games behind first place Arizona after winning eight of nine.
While the team has gotten healthier and seen unexpected performances from pitcher Stephen Fife and infused youth in the bullpen, general manager Ned Colletti and president Stan Kasten are looking at the trade market to hep improve the team even more.
Speaking to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, Kasten talked about what Dodger fans should expect about trades:
“We’re going to deal where we can, to try to make us better,” Dodgers President Stan Kasten said. “I like our rotation. I like our lineup. Our bullpen has struggled. Ned has been looking at ways to improve that.”
The Dodgers acquired Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol this morning as Kasten mentioned, the bullpen is arguably the weakest part of the team thus far.
Another rumor making the rounds yesterday was that the Dodgers would be interested in Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, who could be put on the trade block later in July.
If the Dodgers are to make a run at Utley, he would likely cost the Dodgers key minor league pieces, something Kasten won’t be too keen on:
“We’ve made progress,” Kasten said. “I have to admit that the minor leagues are far away from where we need them to be. That is the reality. We don’t have a lot of high-end prospects at the top.”
Top pitching prospect Zach Lee and outfield prospect Joc Pederson are the Dodgers two biggest trade chips, but it’s doubtful that they’d include Lee in any deals this summer.
Regardless, Kasten likes the current makeup of the team and wants to see the prospects grow through the system, rather than execute more trades like last summer.