May 27, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT
Yesterday I inferred that the Dodgers had made inquiries about Roy Oswalt. That was confimed by the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin last night. And Shaikin goes one better: The Dodgers asked about Cliff Lee’s availability as well. The Mariners, like the Astros, rejected Colletti’s overtures.
Either move makes sense for the Dodgers, who really could use a pitcher. It’s just too early, methinks, for this kind of deal to happen, because the Astros and Mariners would be silly not to wait a while and see who finds themselves in more dire need of pitching between now and July.
Someone is going to get hurt. Some team is going to go on a skid that makes them panicky. When that happens, Lee and Oswalt will bring higher prices than Ned Colletti is willing to offer right now.
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