The Los Angeles Dodgers starting rotation holds the best ERA in baseball (3.03) and has an 11-game winner in Zack Greinke, 10-game winner Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu one win away from joining the double-digit winners.
Josh Beckett and Dan Haren have also been solid options at the backend of the rotation, however Haren has faded as of late and Beckett is dealing with a hip issue.
While the Dodgers have been linked to a potential David Price trade, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported the team held talks on acquiring Jeff Samardzija:
The Dodgers kicked the tires on recently traded Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija, but the talks never got serious, according to major league sources.
Rosenthal added the Dodgers weren’t willing to part with their elite prospects in order to land the right-hander:
For Samardzija, the Dodgers were not willing to sacrifice prospects such as outfielder Joc Pederson and infielder Corey Seager.
The 29-year-old right-hander is eligible to become a free agent after the 2015 season and despite his 2-7 record prior to being traded to the Oakland Athletics, Samardzija was an attractive commodity.
In his debut with the A’s, Samardzija allowed one run on four hits in seven innings of work to improve his record to 3-7.
Samardzija had a sub-2.00 ERA through his first 11 starts this season, but had a 1-4 record to show for it. With Samardzija off the market, Price to the Dodgers rumors may again heat up.
However, the likeliness of Price being moved, who can become a free agent in 2016, may temporarily be put on hold as the Tampa Bay Rays are suddenly 8-2 in their last 10 games.
General manager Ned Colletti expressed his desire to solidify the bullpen prior to the trade deadline, but with two veteran starters that could drop off in production, trading for a starting pitcher may suit the Dodgers well.