If The Dodgers Become Sellers

Yes, it's only April 28th and the Dodgers are only four games out in the NL West.  But say they continue playing .400-type ball for the next two months…who might we see on the trading block?

Manny Ramirez is owed $20MM this year, though $15MM of it is deferred without interest.  Manny has a full no-trade clause.  Given the huge salary, any team thinking about acquiring Ramirez would probably not make further concessions to convince him to waive the clause.  He'll be 38 next month, but Ramirez still has a game-changing bat.  Imagine the White Sox, Mariners, or Athletics renting him for a few months.

You wouldn't expect the Dodgers to have a ton of pitching to offer, as their 4.92 rotation ERA is part of the reason they're in last place.  However, Hiroki Kuroda is pitching quite well and is owed a hefty $13MM this year (plus he has no-trade protection).  He can become a free agent after the season.  Vicente Padilla could also become available, but he's currently on the shelf with a forearm injury.  The most intriguing name is Chad Billingsley, the 25-year-old enigma with a 5.40 ERA and two-plus years of team control remaining.  He'd potentially have a dozen suitors.

George Sherrill will earn more than $4.5MM in 2011, but teams searching for relief help might not mind.  The 33-year-old southpaw will need to put a lid on the free passes before interest picks up, though.  The Dodgers probably would not want to create too many holes for the 2011 club, but Ramon Ortiz, Brad Ausmus, Ronnie Belliard, Reed Johnson, Jeff Weaver, and Garret Anderson are on one-year deals and would be expendable.

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