The non-waiver trade deadline passed and the Los Angeles Dodgers made the decision to hold onto all five of their outfielders and their prospects.
In the weeks leading up to the deadline, Matt Kemp was included in much of the trade rumors, which may have been a result of his desire to play in center field. While Kemp hasn’t been moved back to center, he was placed in right field where’s been more comfortable.
Along with Kemp, Carl Crawford’s name was reportedly floated to other teams. Although the left fielder remained with the team, ESPN’s Buster Olney recently told John Ireland and Steve Mason on ESPN LA radio Crawford is the outfielder who makes the most sense to be moved in August:
I think Crawford is easily the most logical guy for them to put out there and say we’ll eat some money. He looks like he’s playing ok.”
As for the now bench-saddled Andre Ethier, Olney doesn’t see a market for him, given his struggles:
Ethier right now is not playing well enough where you probably get any team really that interested in him.”
Given that Crawford has been a mainstay in the new outfield alignment that has Yasiel Puig in center, the Dodgers may not be as inclined as they once were to trade the 32 year old. In his last five games, Crawford is hitting a pedestrian .267 with three RBIs, though he’s largely struggled since coming off the disabled list.
After this season, Crawford is owed over $62 million in the final three years left on his contract. Indicative of their interest in Jon Lester, David Price and other pitchers who were available, the Dodgers are believed to still be interested in adding another arm to their roster.
That’s not limited to a starting pitcher though, as general manager Ned Colletti intimated on Thursday. The Dodgers used waivers in 2012 when they added over $250 million in salaries from the Boston Red Sox.
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