The Los Angeles Dodgers are the new evil empire. They have spent the last two seasons making splashy moves and throwing their financial weight around to build a World Series contender. With the July 31st trade deadline fast approaching, one might reasonably expect that the Dodgers will continue that practice and execute a blockbuster trade.
It doesn’t sound like that will be the case, however. Citing a desire to keep top prospects and depth in the farm system, Dodgers’ general manager Ned Colleti indicated that people should not expect a major trade from them this summer. That includes any possible deals for Tampa Bay Rays’ ace David Price or Philadelphia Phillies’ ace Cole Hamels.
General Manager Ned Colletti intimated Saturday the Dodgers are unlikely to acquire a frontline pitcher such as David Price or Cole Hamels before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline…
..Colletti said any deal for a top-tier player would require the Dodgers to trade prospects, adding, “probably more so than yours truly would like to part with at this particular time.”
The list of top prospects would include a guy like outfielder Joc Pederson; it turns out he might be up to help the Dodgers soon, possibly this season yet, making the team even less likely to include him in a deal.
The Dodgers have other prospects they can include in a deal, guys like Julio Urias and Corey Seager, and they have the money to take on a big extension for Price or a big salary for Hamels. Even with that being the case, it sounds like they will stick to understated moves this time around as they try to take control of the National League West.