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Dodgers uninterested in trading Billingsley for Halladay?

Nov 23, 2009, 6:31 PM EDT

billingsley2.jpgWhile Dodgers GM Ned Colletti was unwilling to mention anyone by name, he did attempt to defuse some of the Roy Halladay rumors in a conversation with the L.A. Times’ Dylan Hernandez on Monday:
“We would like to improve our pitching, especially starting pitching. I don’t believe we can subtract from it in order to improve it.”
It’s been assumed that Chad Billingsley was the bait the Dodgers were using in their pursuit of Halladay, but if that’s not the case, a deal seems especially unlikely. If Billingsley isn’t in play, then Clayton Kershaw certainly isn’t, and the Dodgers don’t have an elite pitching prospect with which to tempt the Jays.
A package involving outfielder Andrew Lambo, shortstop Dee Gordon and young right-handers James McDonald and Josh Lindblom would be impressive, but given their payroll concerns, a deal built around Billingsley would seem to make the most sense for the Dodgers.

  1. Rick2009 - Nov 23, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Why would a deal built around Billingsley make sense about payroll concerns.

  2. Matthew Pouliot - Nov 23, 2009 at 8:08 PM

    It’s not a major issue for 2010, since Billingsley shouldn’t make much more than $4 million or so. But the Dodgers are going to be in big trouble going forward if they don’t have any cheap players to plug in. Billingsley, Kemp, Ethier, Broxton, Martin and Loney are going to receive huge raises every year.

  3. Rick2009 - Nov 23, 2009 at 8:47 PM

    Yes, eventually their salarys will rise and so the best thing to do to hold down payroll is to find some more good young players either through their own farm system or trades with other teams. And they will save even more money if they don’t trade for Halladay in the first place if that is their main concern. When Manny leaves that will free up 20 mill.

  4. Rick2009 - Nov 23, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    Yes, eventually their salarys will rise and so the best thing to do to hold down payroll is to find some more good young players either through their own farm system or trades with other teams. And they will save even more money if they don’t trade for Halladay in the first place if that is their main concern. When Manny leaves that will free up 20 mill.

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