The Los Angeles Dodgers offense has been inconsistent this season and more struggles may lie ahead with Hanley Ramirez’s and Yasiel Puig’s health uncertain.
However, with the trade deadline quickly approaching, much of the focus remains on the Dodgers potentially acquiring starting pitching or bullpen help. Cole Hamels and David Price have been two pitchers linked most frequently to the Dodgers.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, an executive believes Price could be dealt to the team that emerges as the aggressor:
Exec involved in Price conversations said this: "It all comes down to which teams decides to be aggressive–Dodgers, Cardinals or Mariners."
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 21, 2014
After stating Hamels or Price were unlikely to wind up with the Dodgers because of the prospects it would cost the organization, recent comments from general manager Ned Colletti appeared to leave the door open for a Price trade.
As for the bullpen, which Colletti identified as an area he wished to address before the trade deadline, an executive named the Dodgers as a team interested in trading for relief pitching, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 21, 2014
Jonathan Papelbon emerged as one option the Dodgers were reportedly going to pursue, but it was later refuted.
Should the Boston Red Sox make the decision to unload salary in the form of their relievers, they are rumored to potentially be a trade parter for the Dodgers.
The organization finds itself in a situation where they must balance mortgaging the future for the opportunity to improve and win now. U
Under Guggenheim’s control, the Dodgers have made an effort to fill out their farm system and to this point, have been reluctant to undo their work.
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