Sitting seven games back of the Padres and five-and-a-half games back in the wild card chase on deadline day, the Dodgers decided to burn up the phone lines and upgrade their roster. Despite the impact that the McCourt divorce may have on the club's financial situation, Los Angeles surprisingly became one of the deadline's most active teams.
After acquiring Scott Podsednik from the Royals, GM Ned Colletti decided that he wasn't done. He swung a deal for Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot from the Cubs and also grabbed Pirates reliever Octavio Dotel. The Lilly deal would cost them Blake DeWitt, Brett Wallach, and Kyle Smit. For some observers, the Dotel deal was the real head-scratcher as Colletti surrendered pitcher James McDonald and outfield prospect Andrew Lambo. While each player has suffered their own setbacks, both continue to hold promise and could blossom into real contributors.
Ultimately, the Dodgers rolled the dice for a chance to gain some ground in the home stretch. To date, the upgrades have not helped them in the standings as they are 60-58, ten games back in the NL West and six-and-a-half games behind in the wild card chase.
Should the Dodgers have been buyers, sellers, or stood pat at the Trade Deadline?