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In baseball, the point of making a trade is to get better. The point of getting better, of course, is to win more games.

Somewhere in the last week, however, “analysts” and other writers have confused this simple equation and skipped a step. If you’ve read anything about the Los Angeles Dodgers in the last week, you’d think that making a trade = winning more baseball games.

Sure, most trades make you better — but not all. The fact that the Dodgers, a team clearly interested in making a move, didn’t find themselves making a trade probably indicates they didn’t hear of a trade that would make them better.

Fine by me.

You see, the Dodgers’ problem this year is never going to be talent. If the Dodgers don’t end the season as World Series champs, it’s not going to be because a rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu wasn’t good enough.

Or that a lineup of Adrian Gonzalez, Dee Gordon, Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig just didn’t measure up. Or even, for that matter, that a bullpen of J.P. Howell, Kenley Jansen and Brian Wilson didn’t have the necessary talent.

If the Dodgers don’t win the World Series, it’s not going to be because they didn’t make a trade.

The St. Louis Cardinals acquired John Lackey and Justin Masterson at the deadline because they were desperate for No. 3 and No. 4 starters. The Dodgers weren’t.

The Seattle Mariners acquired Austin Jackson at the deadline because their outfield was dreadful. Not a problem in Chavez Ravine.

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Jeff Spiegel has been a staff contributor for DodgersNation.com since 2012. Jeff grew up in Oak Park, California before attending the University of Oregon. Follow Jeff on Twitter at @jeffspiegel.

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  1. Robert Reilly

    I don’t see how the Dodgers can be heavy favorites to win the west (even with the poor teams they need to compete with, Giants excepted). When a guy can get on their home hill with a 4 and 11 record and an ERA nearing 6.00 and look like a Cy Young candidate the outlook looks very shaky! Now let’s talk about the bullpen inconsistencies…one night they are lights out, the next night they make the last place Cubs look like the ’27 Yankees! I am VERY glad to see that Matt has finally allowed the game to come to him with exceptional results, however, he cannot do it all by himself…Agon, Hanley, Crawford all need to increase their B.A.’s so that the RISP numbers become a consistent factor. Let’s go Bums!!

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