The Los Angeles Dodgers made little noise going into the Major League Baseball trade deadline, and it is a major disappointment given the team’s history of doing whatever necessary to win. They missed the ball on both major pitchers on the market in David Price and Jon Lester, which would have been a great help to strengthen the back half of the pitching rotation.
Dan Haren and Josh Beckett have had some rough starts recently, and adding either Lester or Price would have been just what the team needed. Lester was a bit of a stretch with him essentially being a rental for a few months before he becomes a free agent and likely returns to the Boston Red Sox, but Price would have been a great addition.
The Dodgers have made a name for themselves by willing to go out and get whoever they needed to be successful with little regard to financial burdens since being bought by the Guggenheim Group. Unfortunately, the only addition they made to the team was getting Darwin Barney from the Chicago Cubs even though they have depth in the infield already. This was a major letdown for the fans of the team, as it seems as though the team whiffed on a few big opportunities.
Dodgers general manager Ned Coletti said that they were not willing to give up their top prospects or a star player like the Oakland Athletics did in trading Yoenis Cespedes for Lester. The team has made it very clear that they wanted to keep prospects Joc Pederson and Corey Seager, and they were likely why they didn’t make a very big splash at the deadline.
This strategy is one that will be both criticized and praised by many as the team kept their future options open by not helping their current situation. Many will say this is the best strategy, but there was also a great deal of people saying that the team should have bolstered their current roster and worried about the future when it came.
If Haren and Beckett can’t get some momentum going forward in the season, the team’s lack of drive to lock down another big name pitcher could come back to hurt them greatly. Both have shown that they have what it takes to be big team players, but haven’t been at their peak in quite some time now.
The Dodgers’ biggest trade rumor Matt Kemp also wasn’t dealt after he found success in right field since Yasiel Puig‘s move to center. While he was the only Dodger that got much in the way of rumors this season, there was little chance that they would move him because of his contract and great fit within the team.
The one thing going for the team moving forward is having arguably the best pitcher in baseball in Clayton Kershaw and stars like Zack Greinke and Hyun-jin Ryu. Only time will tell if the team can do what it takes to lock the World Series championship that has eluded them for so long.
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