The Los Angeles Dodgers roster has changed more in the last year than a chameleon at a rave. Ned Colletti has not been gun shy about pulling the trigger on a big deal, but hasn’t been trigger happy either.
Colletti addressed the anemic offense and lack of frontline starting pitching by acquiring Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto, Yasiel Puig, Skip Schumacher, Josh Beckett, Zack Greinke, and Hyun Jin Ryu. With the support of Stan Kasten, Mark Walters and Guggenheim Baseball Management, Ned Colletti has rebuilt the boys in blue. But strangely enough, Ned Colletti was not making or receiving frantic phone calls on Wednesday morning.
It’s unclear whether the Trade Deadline came at a very good or bad time in the Dodgers season. They are playing the best baseball in the Majors, with the best record in July. The Dodgers are unprecedentedly 10-1 since the All Star Break. Their offense is clicking, and will only become more potent when Matt Kemp returns to the lineup.
This could have been a much different deadline.
If the Dodgers were riding shotgun on the struggle bus like they were for the first 2.5 months of the season, they could be selling some of the highest payroll in baseball for their new coaching staff. The Dodgers could have unloaded a big bat, probably one of their 4 All Star caliber outfielders. The Dodgers could have unloaded one of their many utility players too to restock their depleted farm system. The team is in need of top caliber, young, starting pitching in the farm system.
If Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford were healthy, Andre Ethier might have been on his way back to Oakland or Pittsburgh or Baltimore.
If the team was a little out of the race though, they also could have addressed much more aggressively another starting pitcher or reliever, or a middle infielder. It easily could have been the Dodgers giving up way too much to acquire Jake Peavy, or Padres reliever Joe Thatcher.
But it’s not like the Dodgers made no moves. They made an early play at the Marlins Ricky Nolasco which paid off since the Marlins made an early play at being the worst team in the league. And they added Brian Wilson Tuesday, and Carlos Marmol at the beginning of July. Both are wild card additions, but bullpen depth addresses a serious area of need for the Dodgers.
The trade deadline was without incident, but the Dodgers could still be involved in the waiver period after the deadline.