Led by Clayton Kershaw, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been a team this season built on pitching; particularly starting pitching. Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu have given the Dodgers one of the best trio of starters.
Despite an injury Josh Beckett and a struggling Dan Haren, the team decided against emptying the farm system for any of the frontline starters that were available at the trade deadline. The Dodgers instead opted for waivers deals that landed them Kevin Correia and Roberto Hernandez.
According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Dodgers are one of multiple teams interested in Bartolo Colon, who recently cleared waivers:
There is still active interest in Colon. One American League executive identified that Angels, Dodgers and Royals as teams he expected to be most engaged.
Colon cleared waivers Monday, or one day after he threw six strong innings in a New York Mets win. The 41 year old is due the remainder $1.77 million of his $9 million salary this season and is under contract for $11 million in 2015.
The Dodgers are expected to place Correia in the bullpen once Ryu returns and adding Colon would give the team a seventh starter. However, given the unpredictability tied to Dan Haren, adding Colon would give manager Don Mattingly another option if Haren or Hernandez falter.
Colon won 18 games last season with the Oakland Athletics, which was his highest total since he won 21 games with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2005. This season, Colon is 12-10 with a 3.82 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 25 starts.
While Colon may be somewhat of an attractive option for the Dodgers, they are believed to be more interested in adding to their bullpen.
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