The Los Angeles Dodgers were armed with resources, both financial and in prospects, to land one of the big fish at the non-waiver trade deadline.
As the clock ticked past 1 p.m. PT Thursday, the Dodgers were merely bystanders. Jon Lester was the first big pitcher to get traded, followed by John Lackey and ultimately David Price before the buzzer sounded.
Had the Dodgers acquired Lester or Price, it likely would have been at the cost of at least one of Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Julio Urias. The trio of prospects had essentially been deemed untradable by the organization.
Prior to the Dodgers playing the series finale against the Atlanta Braves, general manager Ned Colletti discussed why none of the highly-touted prospects were traded away, via ESPN LA’s Mark Saxon:
If we didn’t think that Joc or Corey or Urias had a chance to be impact players here, they’d be out of here.”
Colletti furthered his stance by pointing to the team’s history of relying players who developed in the farm system:
You can’t always stay in the same place where it’s a team built on trades and free agency. This franchise’s greatest years were really around teams that came through the system.”
Colletti indicated the Dodgers didn’t spend much time going after a starting pitcher on Thursday, which may translate to the team’s desire to improve the bullpen. San Diego Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit was thought to be one trade target, but clearly nothing materialized.
While the Dodgers weren’t active on the final day, they added some infield depth within the organization in the form of Darwin Barney. If the Dodgers are to complete any trades this season, it will now involve waivers.
One starting pitcher that may have been the subject of a waiver-trade, Cliff Lee, left Thursday’s start in the third inning with an apparent elbow injury.
Colletti and manager Don Mattingly have expressed their confidence in the current makeup of the team, but given the general manager’s history, it’s unlikely the Dodgers won’t add to their roster before Aug. 31.
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