Even Without A Trade, The Dodgers Remain Heavy Favorites

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In reality, the Dodgers had two “needs” — a fifth starter and an extra arm or two for the bullpen. Dan Haren has been dreadful over the past two months and the likes of Paul Maholm (now out for the season), Chris Perez and Wilson have been disappointing in the bullpen.

The good news? You don’t need five starters come playoff time.

The other good news? It’s not like the Dodgers are without relief solutions down on the farm.

For the bullpen, the obvious move to replace Maholm is Paco Rodriguez — someone who was one of the best relievers in baseball last season. Behind him, they’ve still got fireballer Jose Dominguez and the well regarded Yimi Garcia waiting in Albuquerque.

Are those options the best-case scenario? Of course not. But apparently general manager Ned Colletti saw that as a better option than trading a prospect for someone marginally better (at least for now).

And at the end of the day, that’s okay. The Dodgers still hold the best record in the NL, are still the odds-on favorite to win the division and they’re still the heavy favorites to win the NL pennant.

So let the writers write and the analysts analyze. Meanwhile? The Dodgers will be just fine.
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