With the July 31 trade deadline in the rear view mirror, many teams made moves to improve for the future or to gear up for a postseason run. However, the Los Angeles Dodgers did not.
This came as a surprise to many considering the enticing players the Dodgers have to offer and general manager Ned Colletti’s history of being active in July.
In an interview on AM 570 Fox Sports LA’s Petros and Money Show, Colletti expanded on why the Dodgers were quiet at deadline:
I went into it knowing that it was going to be a very limited group of guys that we were looking at. It proved to be an even more limited group of guys that we were looking at. But you know what, I think we’ve got a real good club and I think if we can continue to play with a healthy team and a passionate team, we’ll be fine.”
Players the Dodgers were most linked to included David Price, Jon Lester and Cole Hamels. However, in order to acquire one of the pitchers, the Dodgers would’ve had to let go one or more of top minor league propects Joc Pederson, Corey Seager or Julio Urias.
Colletti explained why the Dodgers repeatedly told teams they were unwilling to part ways with any of these young talents:
We’re typically not adverse to moving prospects. These three I think are a cut above almost everybody since the Kemp, Russell Martin, James Loney, Billingsley group. These are in that upper-echelon of ability.”
With Josh Beckett’s health in question and Dan Haren’s shaky performance of late, many thought the Dodgers would go after a top-tier pitcher to boost the starting rotation.
However, Colletti was content with keeping the team intact:
If we’re going to make a change in that rotation, we got to be really sure that whoever we’re going to get is going to be better than who we have. Making a trade doesn’t guarantee you’re getting to the World Series.”
The decision to not acquire a pitcher was magnified tenfold in the Dodgers’ loss on Friday. Haren couldn’t get out of the fifth inning and Paul Maholm suffered a torn ACL.
The Dodgers now have until Aug. 31 to acquire a player via waivers trade or they can remain as is or call on a pitcher in their farm system.
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