In the past week, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been linked to Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Jon Lester, John Lackey and David Price.
Prospects Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Julio Urias were all mentioned as what it would take to acquire a big-name pitcher. The Dodgers have been adamant on building their farm system and were hesitant to make a move with one of their prized prospects.
According to MLB analyst Peter Gammons, the Dodgers have decided against a big-name pitcher in favor of their young talent:
Dodgers have made it clear they're not trading Pederson, Seager or Urias, no longer on Lester, Price or Hamels. Thinking backend SP, bench
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) July 30, 2014
The Dodgers have long been rumored to be interested in Price, but talks never materialized. For Hamels, it was reported that the Philadelphia Phillies wanted all three prospects involved in a deal. The Lester and Lackey talks came about recently and Lackey could still head this way, as he is not considered an ace.
Currently, the Dodgers have a rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Josh Beckett and Dan Haren. Beckett and Haren have struggled recently, prompting the front office to consider bringing in another starter as insurance. Last season, the Dodgers acquired Ricky Nolasco from the Miami Marlins and he enjoyed a strong end to the season.
The Dodgers recently traded for infielder Darwin Barney to possibly help the bench and another bat off the bench could be brought in before July 31. Down in the minor leagues, the Dodgers have Alex Guerrero, a major-league ready bat that is learning multiple positions. He could be enough for the Dodgers to decide against bench help.
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