Given the talent in their Minor League system, coupled with the willingness and ability to add marquee talent and high salaries to their roster, the Los Angeles Dodgers are believed to be open to completing trades.
That belief particularly holds true when it comes to starting pitching. The Dodgers have previously been linked to David Price rumors, which continue to persist. Given the Philadelphia Phillies struggles, Cole Hamels name has also surfaced as a player who may be on the move.
However, according to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, general manager Ned Colletti hinted the Dodgers are unlikely to acquire either of the left-handers:
General Manager Ned Colletti intimated Saturday the Dodgers are unlikely to acquire a frontline pitcher such as David Price or Cole Hamels before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
Colletti didn’t specifically name Hamels or Price, but also added such a trade would require the Dodgers to part ways with more prospects than they’re willing to:
Based on what I know of who can be acquired, even those of upper-echelon ability that are going to require more than others, I don’t see us doing anything that’s going to tear apart the farm system,” Colletti said.
The front end of the Dodgers’ starting rotation has more than answered the bell. Josh Beckett and Dan Haren have at times, but face some uncertainty moving forward. Beckett is currently on the disabled list with a hip injury and Haren has struggled in recent starts, which led to him admitting that he’s “searching.”
Despite the uphill battle the two right-handers may be facing, manager Don Mattingly gave his vote of confidence for both pitchers. While Colletti didn’t explicitly name Hamles or Price, he has identified the bullpen as an area of concern.
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported one team the Dodgers may be able to complete a trade with for bullpen help is the Boston Red Sox. The non-waiver trade deadline is July 31.
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