Without a move at the trade deadline, it seemed as if Ned Colletti and the Los Angeles Dodgers were comfortable with their team heading into the stretch run.
However, Colletti made it clear that they believed they could get deals done in August with waivers and delivered on that on Thursday. The Dodgers acquired Roberto Hernandez from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for two players to be named later or cash considerations.
According to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, Colletti may not be done:
Colletti: "There's another pitcher out there we are trying to get."
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) August 8, 2014
While there is still the rest of August to make a waiver deal, the Dodgers are searching now following the loss of Paul Maholm for the rest of the season and potentially Josh Beckett too. Hernandez is slated to start on Friday in place of Beckett, leaving recently promoted Carlos Frias as the team’s long-relief man for the moment.
When asked about making a move, Colletti wants to make sure the team is prepared via Dan Arritt of ESPN LA:
As I’ve said many times, you better have enough of everything.”
The Dodgers rolled into the All-Star break with one of the best rotations and seemingly enough depth in the lineup; however, Beckett was injured, Dan Haren has struggled and the bullpen was inconsistent. Colletti tried to make a move for bullpen help, but was unsuccessful. A move can still be made and will likely get done with Colletti at the helm.
It will be interesting to see what names clear waivers and become available to the Dodgers. The Phillies put Cole Hamels on waivers, but he was claimed by the Cubs and never had a chance to come to Los Angeles.
If the Dodgers can pull off a deal for another major-league ready arm, it will only help their chances of repeating as National League West champions.
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