The July 31 trade deadline is just five days away and while the Dodgers have been big movers and shakers the past few July’s, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot out there.
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti has already made two trades for Ricky Nolasco and Carlos Marmol, but he’d like to add another bullpen arm.
Appearing on ESPN Radio with Mason and Ireland, Colletti talked about the Dodgers plans at the deadline:
Well, we’ve usually been pretty active. So few teams in the selling mod so there might be about five that are looking to move players. It’s so thin, the thinnest I could ever remember. We’re looking mainly for some pitching to updgrade that. We won’t trade top prospects for a rental unless someone comes onto the market later on.
The Dodgers scouted a trio of Brewers heavily, notably Francisco Rodriguez, but his trade to the Orioles hurt the reliever market.
Colletti was specific in saying that he’d prefer a relief pitcher over a starter as the Dodgers also had scouts watching Jake Peavy’s performance against the Tigers yesterday afternoon.
It’s good to hear that the Dodgers wouldn’t trade Zach Lee or Joc Pederson for a two-month rental, but Colletti did leave the possibility if someone new comes onto the market.
All and all, it sounds like the Dodgers are focused on acquiring another reliever unless someone unexpectedly comes onto the market. ______________________________________________________________________________________
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