The Los Angeles Dodgers awoke Tuesday morning to find themselves once again with the best record in the National League, yet still connected to endless trade rumors.
With the Dodgers believed to be interested in acquiring a starting pitcher, reports of who potentially could be making their way to Boston, Philadelphia or Tampa Bay, consumed headlines.
A trio of Dodger prospects — Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Julio Urias — have been the hot names and the apple of opposing general managers’ eyes. The Dodgers however have indicated they would not move any of the three young players.
As a result, the Dodgers reportedly deemed the Phillies asking price for Cole Hamels as too rich, which leaves John Lackey, Jon Lester and David Price as the other well-known targets.
Price would likely require a package similar to what the Phillies asked for in exchange for Hamels and the same may hold true for Lester.
Although it’s been reported the Dodgers and Red Sox have held discussions for the left-hander, Pederson’s name has not been included, according to ESPN LA’s Mark Saxon:
Rumors continue to swirl that the Dodgers are in discussions about Lester, but one scenario – that they would trade top outfield prospect Joc Pederson in a deal for Lester – was shot down by a Dodgers source Tuesday.
Widely viewed as a can’t-miss prospect, Pederson was drafted in the 11th round of the 2010 draft. The center fielder is in his first season with Triple-A Albuquerque and is producing to the tune of a .318 batting average, 22 home runs 55 RBIs, 25 stolen bases and a 1.035 OPS.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly called the 22 year old the best center fielder in the organization and many believe Pederson is knocking on the door of being MLB-ready, if he hasn’t already busted it open.
With the non-waiver deadline just two days away, an answer as to whether or not the Dodgers will hold true to their word should soon become clear.
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