On the final day of the trade deadline, the Los Angeles Dodgers have yet to make the big move that was expected from them.
On Wednesday, it was reported that the Dodgers had all but dropped out of the race for a big-name pitcher because of their desire to keep their top prospects. General manager Ned Colletti made it seem like the Dodgers would be rather quiet this deadline.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the team is making an attempt for a reliever within the division:
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 31, 2014
The Dodgers were first linked to Benoit on Wednesday, although the San Diego Padres seemed unwilling to move him within the division. In 42 games this season, the right-hander has a 1.88 ERA in 43 innings with 51 strikeouts. He signed with the Padres in the off-season after spending the previous three seasons with the Detroit Tigers. Benoit’s deal runs through 2015 with a team option for 2016, giving the Dodgers more than just a rental.
Currently, the Dodgers bullpen ranks 12th in the National League with an overall ERA of 3.72 while being tied for the fifth-most losses. The bullpen was considered a strength heading into the season, but inconsistent years from Chris Perez, Jamey Wright, Brian Wilson and others have made it difficult to close out games. Left-hander J.P. Howell has been the bright spot of the bullpen, leading them with 1.21 ERA in 49 appearances.
If the Dodgers can pull off a deal for Benoit, he would likely slide into the setup role.
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