The Los Angeles Dodgers added Kevin Correia and Roberto Hernandez via waivers, but the team hasn’t halted their efforts in adding to their roster this month.
According to the OC Register’s Bill Plunkett, general manager Ned Colletti said the team has put in claims on players placed on waivers, only to walk away empty handed:
In my time, this has been the all-time claiming season,” Colletti said. “We’ve claimed a lot of players and they never get to us.
One reason Colletti believes the Dodgers haven’t been able to land anyone via waivers is the Dodgers position in the order and the abundance of teams with postseason aspirations:
It’s a function of how many teams are in the playoff hunt and our place in the order. We’ve claimed – what’s a good word, droves? Many? Very many? … We’ve claimed a lot of players and they never get to us.”
The Washington Nationals currently sit percentage points ahead of the Dodgers for the best record in the National League, which means the Dodgers are 14th in the order to claim an NL player and 29th to claim an American League player.
When the Dodgers have occupied the top spot in the NL standings, they’ve dropped to 15th and 30th in the two respective orders. Previous comments from Colletti indicated he was interested in adding another reliever to a bullpen that’s been inconsistent this season.
Given some of the struggles — both injury and performance — with their starting rotation, there was a certain level of expectation the Dodgers would file a claim on New York Mets righty Bartolo Colon.
Colon however cleared waivers and while one report linked the Dodgers to him, nothing has come to fruition. The deadline for teams to complete a waivers trade is Aug. 31.