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Dodgers News: Farhan Zaidi ‘Optimistic’ Trade Will Be Completed



Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

With the Los Angeles Dodgers in need of starting pitching, they’ve already watched two arms come off the market in Scott Kazmir, traded to Houston, and Johnny Cueto, traded to Kansas City. While there wasn’t quite as much tying the Dodgers to Kazmir, their interest in Cueto was palpable.

Not all is lost for the Dodgers however, as they’re believed to be among the leaders in a two-horse race for Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels, and the Detroit Tigers may make David Price available in the coming days.

It is perhaps with that sentiment Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi expressed a sense of confidence his club will join the trade activity prior to Friday’s 1 p.m. PT deadline, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:

That being said, Heyman adds losing out on Cueto was a disappointment for some in the Dodgers organization:

Should the Tigers become sellers and look to trade Price, it’s believed part of the desired return is a pitcher who is ready to contribute in the Majors next season. Of course, it’s also plausible Zaidi’s optimism stems from the club pursuing other options such as, Yovani Gallardo and/or a relief pitcher.

An interesting twist to the Gallardo possibility is the Texas Rangers are also in on the Hamels sweepstakes. While the revamped Dodgers’ front office has constructed a team that’s withstood several injuries to key contributors, their next challenge is upgrading the roster without mortgaging the future may be their toughest task to date.

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