The Dodgers' financial situation has been in question all season due to the McCourts' divorce, but it sounds like the team might have some room to take on payroll in a deal this deadline. Helene Elliott of The Los Angeles Times spoke to GM Ned Colletti, who indicated he's now willing to move prospects in a deal, at least more than he was earlier this year.
"We're not inclined really to break up the club here, especially the core of it, to acquire somebody," said Colletti. "But I'm more open-minded than I have been in the past on prospects."
Colletti rattled off a laundry list of needs, including stability at the back of the rotation, help for the bullpen, and outfield depth to help cope with nagging injuries to Manny Ramirez and Reed Johnson. The team has been linked to Roy Oswalt and were in on Cliff Lee, ditto Cody Ross and Paul Maholm.
Baseball America ranked the Dodgers' farm system as just the 24th best in the game before this season, though they have gotten solid production from in-house fill-ins like John Ely and Travis Schlichting. They also have several interesting arms at the Triple-A level, including Josh Lindblom and Scott Elbert, that could be used in a trade if needed.