The Houston Astros have acquired Scott Kazmir, the Kansas City Royals have acquired Johnny Cueto, and Troy Tulowitzki was finally relieved of his duty for the Colorado Rockies and has been sent to the Toronto Blue Jays.
With all of these big trades being made, it is almost surprising not to hear the Los Angeles Dodgers name in any of them, a team that has showed that they are not afraid to make big moves.
According to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, Farhan Zaidi believes that each team, whether they are buyers or sellers, are being very meticulous with their trades:
I think everybody’s going through their due diligence,” first-year GM Farhan Zaidi said as Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline approached. “Buyers like us are trying to evaluate who’s out there and what prices are. Sellers are trying to make sure that they’re not leaving any stone unturned with buyers. I think there’s a lot of searching going on.
While the Dodgers have yet to make a move, Zaidi believes that the Dodgers may have to wait until the day of the trade deadline to pull the trigger:
The question is when does the sort of matching start and deals start getting executed? Certainly having motivated buyers – and we have been and continue to be – that can potentially help pull the trigger sooner than the 31st. But at the end of the day, teams might just want to wait to the deadline to see what’s out there.”
The Dodgers are obviously in the market for a starting pitcher. They have recently turned to Minor-Leaguers such as Ian Thomas and Zach Lee, but that could end soon if the team makes a deal before Friday’s deadline.
It will be nerve-racking week for many Dodger fans, as they wait to see who the team will get.