Dodgers Asking About Available Position Players

The Dodgers have been making calls in regards to acquiring position players, but thus far haven't had much success, reports ESPN's Buster Olney (Twitter links).  The Dodgers have found "no real match" in what is thus far an "extremely limited market," writes Olney, who notes that the team had been exploring trade opportunities even before Matt Kemp's latest hamstring injury.

With the Dodgers in first place and the Magic Johnson-led ownership group willing to spend, the team has been expected to be active before the trade deadline.  Only right field (Andre Ethier) and catcher (A.J. Ellis) seem like set positions for the Dodgers at this point, as they have been hamstrung by injuries and under-performance almost everywhere else on the diamond.  The Dodgers signed Bobby Abreu earlier this month and called up prospect Alex Castellanos to help fill the void left by Kemp, but GM Ned Colletti is still probably looking for extra outfield depth.  James Loney and Dee Gordon have respectively struggled at first and shortstop, second baseman Mark Ellis is out until August with a sprained MCL and while Jerry Hairston Jr. has played well in limited action at third base, that's probably also a position of need.

The Dodgers also made an offer to Roy Oswalt, though with Ted Lilly's DL stint expected to last not much longer than the minimum 15 days, pitching doesn't appear to be a major concern for the team.


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68 Comments on "Dodgers Asking About Available Position Players"


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baseball52
3 years 1 month ago

We got this guy, Bryan LaHair…

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johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

LOL The Twins have this GG dude named Justin Morneau and the LAD have new ownership with cash burning holes (literally) in their pockets..

Lets see.. Career MiLB guy, or one of the best…

Edit:
Not picking on ya BTW. Just thinking before long Morneau is headed to the LAD, or Toronto..

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baseball52
3 years 1 month ago

Hey, man, I gotta push my guy. I’m on the phone with billboard people in LA. hah

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VegasANGELSFan
3 years 1 month ago

The cash is *literally* burning holes in their pockets?

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DodgerCyan
3 years 1 month ago

Isn’t Morneau locked down for several years?  I dunno, don’t follow the Twins that closely.  

Guest
3 years 1 month ago

This year and next at $14 per if I’m not mistaken….and he’d look super in a Jays uniform!

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johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 As the poster below mentioned.. 14m this and next season and the Twinkies are in ‘sell mode”, with Morneau and his 14m not exactly affordable to everyone.. This guy would fit like a glove at the Grand Canyon known as Chavez Ravine, as well as in Toronto.

A large stadium, as in LA wouldn’t bother his game too much and LA could afford him. I cannot think of a move LA could make better than Morneau, even if it meant eating every last penny of Loney’s contract this season and sending him off somewhere.

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3 years 1 month ago

 seems like the best deal that the dodgers could make, and if he stays healthy would be a steal at 14m for this year and next

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101andCounting
3 years 1 month ago

Although I agree it’d be smart to move LaHair while his value is as strong as it is, I’d much rather move Soriano to the Indians (who need RH power badly, have a hole in LF and could platoon him with Pronk at DH), and stick LaHair in left when we bring Rizzo up. 

Way I see it, Sori’s a sunk cost no matter what. Might as well see what we have in LaHair rather than letting someone else do it for us.

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baseball52
3 years 1 month ago

In my opinion, if you can move both in worthwhile deals, do it.

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theophilus166
3 years 1 month ago

We already have a lefthanded first baseman who hits righties 100 points higher than lefties (.272 to .171)  Lahair hits righties 200 points better than lefties.  If only Lahair was right-handed, he and Loney would make a great platoon.

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baseball52
3 years 1 month ago

Well we are talking about 22 at bats here versus left handers. Not saying being skeptical of LaHair isn’t a reasonable approach though.

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TommyL
3 years 1 month ago

Amazing how the team with the best record in baseball can have so many holes.
 

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BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

It doesn’t.

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theophilus166
3 years 1 month ago

starting pitching has been great thus far, but they won’t have the best record long if they can’t get some offense.

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BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

As of today: #4 in BA and #2 in ERA. That combo will get you there.

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theophilus166
3 years 1 month ago

maybe fourth in batting average, but 13th in the statistic that matters – runs. Take Kemp out of the equation, and that will start to head towards the 20something ranking.

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BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

Kemp hasn’t been a factor in weeks and the other statistic that matters is runs allowed. Look that one up too while you’re at it.

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Cam Hodgson-Dwyer
3 years 1 month ago

BlueSkyLA, as much as I bleed Dodger blue, any objectional fan can see they have holes. Can’t argue with production thus far, but many would argue that it’s not sustainable with the current roster.

Take off the tinted glasses, and leave the condescension at the door.

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BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

If someone is going to quote runs scored without also citing runs allowed then they are deliberately painting half a picture, and it isn’t condescending to point that out.

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3 years 1 month ago

Dodgers’ MVP up until this point has been Tinkerbell.

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TommyL
3 years 1 month ago

 I thought Tinkerbell worked for the Angels.

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3 years 1 month ago

The A’s seem an obvious match in terms of outfield/pinch-hitting depth with Smith and Gomes. Do they have anything in the system they would be willing to part with that would entice Oakland?

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BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

Nothing is my guess. Despite what the article says, the Dodgers don’t have depth issues. It’s because of roster depth that the injuries haven’t tanked team. A team that has likes of Abreu, Hairston and Gwynn in reserve are not hurting for depth. The other misleading statement in the article is that either of Loney or Gordon are in danger of losing their starting jobs. Loney maybe if absolutely the right deal comes along, but otherwise, no. Gordon is experiencing growing pains but I have not heard hint one that he is not the starting shortstop.

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corey23
3 years 1 month ago

 how about you take coco and his $ and call it even!

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BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

Thanks for the huge downgrade offer!

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DodgerCyan
3 years 1 month ago

If we can get a well-performing SS it’s likely Dee will get sent back down to Triple-A.  He was brought up too early anyway.

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BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

Such as? Gordon did great for nearly a half a season last year. Donnie says he still believes in Gordon and I’ve gotten used to seeing Donnie as a straight shooter.

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DodgerCyan
3 years 1 month ago

You could say the same about Loney.  Dee just needs some seasoning before you stick him in the oven.

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BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

Except that Gordon is just getting started and Loney is a five year MLB pro. Note that you didn’t answer my question.

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DodgerCyan
3 years 1 month ago

Put Herrera in SS, or maybe Castellanos if he can prove himself in the majors.  Either on would be better than Dee Gordon.  And the fact that Loney is a veteran and has never lived up to his potential is reason enough that he needs to go.  McCourt is gone; we can do better now.  And how do you consider Mattingly to be a “straight shooter”?  Some of his lineups have just been bizarre.  Our success this year seems to be more the result of the players’ comradery/chemistry than the manager’s decisions.

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BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

I don’t know what you are talking about, but I am talking about a manager who communicates to fans what he feels is going on with his players and team much more candidly than Joe Torre ever did. I think Mattingly has done a great job juggling lineups through injuries. I’m not going to turn nasty on him just because the team is going through its first bad patch of the season, if only because I can see what he’s accomplished to date with what he’s got.

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johnsilver
3 years 1 month ago

 “It’s because of roster depth that the injuries haven’t tanked team.”

Not always true now.. You cannot count on your starting 3 OF to be on the DL for like.. 3 months minimum with injuries?? Ross/Ellsbury Crawford and only the 4th OF healthy.. Sort of.. in Sweeny?

Having 7OF on the DL at one time is kinda’ odd and no depth in the world will fix it..(Boston)..

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BlueSkyLA
3 years 1 month ago

Well, no, but you do have to plan on some injuries, which is why depth is important. And in the case of the Dodgers, it has been “only” two of the starting outfielders not three. This is why I liked the signing of Gwynn this winter and the pickup of Abreu. Neither of these players create offensive or defensive holes if you are forced to start them.

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Snoochies8
3 years 1 month ago

Seth Smith or Jonny Gomes seem like ideal fits for the dodgers. Wouldn’t take too much to acquire either of them.

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Gumby65
3 years 1 month ago

 The Professional Hitter Seth Smith sure, Gomes, meh…  Don’t dislike him, just meh.

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3 years 1 month ago

We might be able to get Hosmer while hes in his sophmore scuffles

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3 years 1 month ago

 LOL.  Okay.