As the trade deadline nears and the market heats up, Dodgers president Stan Kasten chimed in on what he believes the team needs as they hope to continue their recent tear.
Big names like Jake Peavy and Cliff Lee have been somewhat connected to the Dodgers, but it sounds like those aren’t realistic trade targets unless something drastic changes in the next 48 hours.
On ESPN Radio 710 with Max and Marcellus, Kasten discussed the Dodgers plans ahead of the July 31 deadline:
I don’t know if we’ll get anything done at the deadline and the deadline Wednesday isn’t a big deal for us as you’ve seen. Let’s just see what happens. If we can find a way to improve it we will, but we don’t feel an overwhelming need to improve it.
The Dodgers have been connected to several relievers, but the trades of Jesse Crain and Francisco Rodriguez have taken a hit to the relief market.
Already trading for Ricky Nolasco helped shore up the rotation and while Lee or Peavy would be nice to slot behind Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, Kasten reiterated the teams’ desire to rebuild the farm system.
General manager Ned Colletti usually makes deals on July 31 so it would be rather shocking to see the Dodgers not add a piece, contrary to Kasten maintaining they don’t feel the need to.
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