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Colletti Expects To Have Flexibility At Deadline

The Dodgers have the best record in baseball at 25-13 and they currently lead the NL West by six games over the Giants. GM Ned Colletti told Dylan Hernandez of The Los Angeles Times that if he needs to make a move to improve his club at the trade deadline, he expects to have the financial flexibility to do so.

"If we have a chance to improve our club, [ownership is] open-minded to doing it and everything that it entails," said the GM.

Guggenheim Baseball Management's first major expenditure could involve retaining one of their own, however. Colletti acknowledged that he's spoken to the ownership about parameters for an Andre Ethier contract extension, and in fact the two sides have been talking since last month.

"I'm not going to get into where it is, but we've discussed it," he said.

Los Angeles has already picked up Bobby Abreu on the cheap, but Colletti could look for reinforcements at first base, third base, and as always, on the mound. Although the GM acknowledged that they will have to deal with Dee Gordon's growing pains - .207/.247/.264 this year - the club could potentially look for an upgrade at shortstop as well.

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