With the non-waiver trade deadline a week away, rumors of the Los Angeles Dodgers making a roster move continue to dominate much of the current discussions the team is involved in.
Given Dan Haren’s ongoing struggles that continued Tuesday and the uncertainty surrounding Josh Beckett’s health, the Dodgers are believed to be interested in acquiring a starting pitcher.
Manager Don Mattingly discussed the possibility of the Dodgers making a trade and why they may do so on Mark Willard’s ESPNLA Now:
I think we feel good. Obviously, we’re a club that has talent. I think you always want to try to improve, you want to always try and get better,” Mattinlgy said. “Sometimes you could make a trade at the deadline that is good for you next year even and sometimes you make a trade for an immediate fix on something, sometimes you make a trade that says ‘hey this is going to be a fit for us next year also. It makes some sense.’
Mattingly also said he’s confident with the current structure of the team:
And again I can’t sit here as a manager and say we need to do all this stuff or make a change here because at the same time it sends a message to my players that we’re not good enough and I feel like we are good enough.”
The Dodgers have struggled since coming out of the All-Star break, going 2-4 on their first two stops of their nine-game road trip.
Thursday provides the team with a day off before the Dodgers conclude their road-trip with a three-game set in San Francisco. At the very least, the Dodgers will send their top three starters to the mound due to Mattingly’s shuffling of the starting rotation.
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