After being linked to numerous big-name pitchers at the trade deadline, the Los Angeles Dodgers have allowed the deadline to pass without making a deal.
On the final day, it was reported that the team was in the market for David Price, but ultimately came up short when the Detroit Tigers acquired the left-hander. The Dodgers were also in the market for bullpen help; however, a deal was not made.
According to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, the Dodgers remain confident in upgrading the team despite the official trade deadline being over:
#Dodgers don't get a trade done, but they're confident pitchers will clear waivers and be available in August.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 31, 2014
It would be nothing new for the front office to make a deal in August, as they pulled off the biggest waiver deadline deal in 2012 when they acquired Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto in exchange for James Loney, Jerry Sands, Rubby De La Rosa, Allen Webster and Ivan De Jesus. General manager Ned Colletti also traded for Greg Maddux in August in 2008.
While the Dodgers weren’t able to acquire a starter or reliever, they stuck to their plan to build the farm system by keeping Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Julio Urias. They currently lead the National League West by three games over the San Francisco Giants and have the best record in the NL.
The Dodgers will still be expected to be World Series favorites, although that could increase with a move in August.
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