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The Dodgers are calling all over for pitching

Jul 20, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reports that the Dodgers — previously thought to be unable or unwilling to do anything at the deadline — have been “very aggressive” in pursuit of pitching, making calls about Dan Haren, Roy Oswalt, Ted Lilly, Jake Westbrook and Fausto Carmona.  Brown also reports that the Dodgers are interested in the eleventeen relievers the Blue Jays are shopping.

Frankly I’d be shocked if the Dodgers landed a big name like Oswalt or Haren (and Haren may not really be available anyway). I say this both because of the apparent payroll restrictions Frank McCourt has placed on the team but also because the Dodgers probably need an ace less than they need a merely competent, reliable starter.

Sure, everyone would like an ace, but the real issue in L.A. is not the top of the rotation, where Clayton Kershaw has been pretty good most of the year, but the back end of the rotation where John Ely, Carlos Monasterios and James McDonald have been committing crimes against baseball humanity for most of the season.  If they had no other holes, sure, shoot the wad on a top starter, but with bullpen and rotation needs, it’s probably better for Ned Colletti to focus on a Westbrook/Carmona type and use whatever resources he has left over to shore up the pen.

  1. Jonny5 - Jul 20, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Smoke and mirrors, I bet they don’t pick up a starter. Just keeping the fans somewhat satisfied with the situation with that club. “Well we did try folks”. That’ll be the story.

  2. Proudly Canadian - Jul 20, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    As a Jay’s fan, I say “trade for our closer please”.

  3. BC - Jul 20, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    Ollie Perez is available….

  4. beezo - Jul 20, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    As much as I hate to say it, I agree with you jonny. The dodgers have had pitching problems all season, and haven’t made a move yet. I almost think mccourt wants the dodgers to fall off so he can unload some contracts.

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