Dodgers Seek Starting Pitcher

TUESDAY: The Dodgers continue to work hard to add a starting pitcher,'s Buster Olney reports (on Twitter). Olney points out that the Dodgers are willing to take on major salaries and suggests Mark Buehrle could be a possibility.

MONDAY: Eight of the 25 players on the Dodgers’ active roster have been acquired in trades since the end of July and they may not be done dealing yet. The Dodgers are looking for another starting pitcher, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (Twitter links). However, they aren’t close to any trades and don't expect to be able to acquire an impact starter.

The Dodgers have already traded for two starters since the waiver trade period began in August: Joe Blanton and Josh Beckett. Clayton Kershaw, Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano round out the rotation for the Dodgers, who can only trade for MLB pitchers who have placed on waivers. To this point no available starting pitchers are known to have cleared waivers (Joe Saunders cleared, but was traded over the weekend).

GM Ned Colletti must complete a deal by Friday for an acquisition to be eligible for postseason play. The Dodgers could trade for a starter in September, but he would not be eligible for the postseason should the Dodgers qualify.

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  1. DerekJeterDan 3 years ago

    Haven’t they done enough?

  2. Bye Bye Baby Bonanza 3 years ago

    Dodgers Seek New Team.

  3. j6takish 3 years ago

    Zito is available. If you’re lucky, the Giants might let you pay Huffs contract too

  4. MarinersRoyalsBraves2014 3 years ago

    Roger Clemens

    • Slopeboy 3 years ago

      All this time, I’ve been saying that Clemens had an ulterior motive for this
      ‘Fun Return to the mound.’ Now it’s out in the open!

      • FrnchDp 3 years ago

        Hershiser was saying that he thinks Clemens is doing this to get a start in the ML so that his HOF eligibility is pushed back 5 more yrs and ppl will “forget” about his trial / steroids / etc

        • IdontknowwhyIpostonforums 3 years ago

          That is actually kind of clever if true. I love Orel, I wish he had bought the Dodgers.

        • Slopeboy 3 years ago

          He heard from me. I said it last week on one of the threads here. Orel waits with bated breath on every word I speak.

        • Michael 3 years ago

          What’s he going to do? Pitch this year, then in 2017, then 2022 and so on until everyone forgets or dies?

          • Slopeboy 3 years ago

            Could happen. Depends on how long the Astros remain awful.

        • mwagner26 3 years ago

          It makes sense WHY he’s doing it, but it’s a stupid move nonetheless. I think that in a few years, he’d be voted in irregardless.

    • Mike Santos 3 years ago

      Interesting…. Hmmmm : /

  5. ColonelBoston 3 years ago

    Dodgers want starting pitching? Lackey & Cook are available… They can also rent Dice-K for a month…

  6. chicothekid 3 years ago

    Johan Santana is available, he won’t be playing til next year, and he’s massively overpaid. That’s right up the Dodgers alley, right?

  7. AlKelz 3 years ago

    Dodger blue is giving way to Dodger green 😉

    • Lefty_Orioles_Fan
      Lefty_Orioles_Fan 3 years ago

      If the Dodgers acquire not only a starting pitcher and that pitcher comes from an “American League” Team, especially one from the American League East.
      Namely, ahem cough, Aaron Cook, I will not be happy.

      If they got Marcum from the Brewers, I would be ok with that.

  8. Cody 3 years ago

    Just replace Blanton by recalling Fife, or stretch out Elbert to replace him. Anything but Blanton. Anything. Seriously.

    • thegrayrace 3 years ago

      Ely has been pretty spectacular in the Pacific Coast League. Probably a better option than Fife. But either of them are better than Blanton, you’re right about that. Definitely don’t foresee Elbert moving back to starting any time in the near future…

    • macdice 3 years ago

      Trade Fife to the Mariners for Kevin Millwood

  9. Jerry Mandering 3 years ago

    Gavin Floyd told me he’d love to play for the Dodgers and that his elbow feels great. Give Kenny a call.

  10. I guess it’s intentional due to the fact that he’s now injured, but given we don’t know the extent of it, how long he will be out, odd that the post above doesn’t mention Chad Billingsley, who’s been their #2 starter and having a good year before his injury. Obviously Dodgers looking for more pitching is a reflection on worries about that, though.

  11. Marcatmeowmeow 3 years ago

    “…And Lincecum takes the mound, making his first start for The Dodgers…”

  12. Being serious, Aaron Cook or Dice K are options. Redsox could start Mortenson or Drake Britton or Stolmy Pimentel. Wouldnt surprise me at all if its one of these two.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      I wondered why they didn’t just give Matsuzaka to the orioles when they needed a SP, rather than the O’s have to send a reliever to the Dbacks for someone like Saunders who is of about the same use as Matsuzaka.

      You know he would have passed waivers and think Cook already did, unless they pulled Cood back.. O’s could just claim them..

      I do miss the old days of “beat NY 1st” when teams in the AL East would work together if a team was out of it to send guys to the other team and improve their chances.

      • APNDaveR 3 years ago

        I doubt the Orioles would have been interested in Matsuzaka before he could demonstrate that he was passably healthy. They took the warm body when it was available.

  13. Victoria Roberts 3 years ago

    Wow, it’s going to be harder to bankrupt this team this time, but you’ve got to admire their effort. Is there anyone left in the farm system to trade?

  14. Edinson Volquez was placed on waivers. Although might cost a lot from SD.

  15. Devern Hansack 3 years ago

    I hear that John Lackey is available.

  16. tribemagazine 3 years ago

    Might not hurt to add another starter after the postseason deadline.

    We have some old/fragile arms that could use the extra help during the final push.

  17. sourbob 3 years ago

    I heard they were going to acquire the Rockies next… all of them.

  18. LAALLDAYGYANTH8TR! 3 years ago

    King Felix? Can we go back to Cliff Lee? Lackey?

    • King Felix isnt going anywhere. Jason Vargas or Kevin Millwood are about the only Mariners SP available.

  19. iTarget Designs 3 years ago

    I’m starting to think Bankruptcy is not such a bad thing after all…

  20. So this pretty much flat out states that LA is paying $30M to Beckett, just to pick up Gonzalez right?

    • start_wearing_purple
      start_wearing_purple 3 years ago


    • FrnchDp 3 years ago

      don’t forget Crawford too

    • Michael 3 years ago

      That’s pretty much the story in Boston. It was “okay, we’ll talk Gonzalez, but here’s what we want you to do, or no deal….” Either very diabolical on Cherington’s part, or the Dodgers legitimately wanted Beckett, which is possible, considering his post-season record.

    • carlos 3 years ago

      i just think it signals billingsley’s elbow isnt right. they accepted the beckett dump knowing they can bench harang. now not anymore

  21. Bud Norris could be available, but im not sure he’d pass waivers

  22. LifelongMets 3 years ago

    How much of a farm system do they have left to give up for a front end starter?

    • APNDaveR 3 years ago

      Probably enough, barely… but they’d be utterly mortgaging their future.

  23. YanksFanSince78 3 years ago

    I’m assuming they’re cool with obtaining a #4 or #5 type right? They have a pretty decent starting 4 for the playoffs which is basically all you need.

  24. 805'r 3 years ago

    Lets just get Cliff Lee…and call it a year.

    • LifelongMets 3 years ago

      He’s off waivers.

    • Bob George 3 years ago

      Cliff Lee was claimed by the Dodgers earlier in the month, a trade was not completed during the short deadline after a waiver claim. He can’t be traded now, to the Dodgers or any team.

  25. Al Paca 3 years ago

    Randy Wolf… problem solved ( unless he has been signed elsewhere and I missed it in which case nevermind)

    • APNDaveR 3 years ago

      I think Vin Scully has better stuff than Randy Wolf right now, with the bonus that he’s already under contract.

  26. camerondatzker 3 years ago

    The only problem with taking on large contracts they will weigh alot on 2013. I think that The New Ownership found a Money Tree. AdrIan Gonzalez is a head case and I think he went out after Bobby V. Don Mattingly may have a rough time with agone and the rest of the Boston Retreads. I think that The Dodgers need to waive Juan Uribe to totally start a new.

  27. thekidfromyesterday 3 years ago

    Jair Jurjens PLEASE

  28. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    Is anyone else hoping their aggressiveness backfires?

    • AngryTick 3 years ago

      Here! Here!

    • crashcameron 3 years ago

      you mean, besides each and every Giants fan?!

    • Why would anybody want the Dodgers aggressiveness to backfire when they just went through hell with their last ownership? That’s pretty stale.

    • Vail Beach 3 years ago

      Giants fans trying to change the subject from how cheating got them into first place would love the focus to be on the evil Dodgers. Otherwise, I think the “hated Dodgers” meme is still a ways off, like after they actually win something.

  29. Alz147 3 years ago

    Well, Lackey is always available, but I guess the Dodgers want someone to contribute this year. Dice-K could be an option as he’s healthy now and only under contract for the remainder of this season.

  30. Shel K 3 years ago

    too bad someone like, say, ryan dempster isn’t available.

  31. I’m hoping this doesn’t signify a possibly Tommy John for Billingsley. He’s always been solid and it’d be a real bummer to lose him for the rest of the season and most of the ’13 season. Hopefully the Dodgers get somebody on the cheap who can provide stellar pitching because I’m getting a little tired of dealing all of our prospects away.

  32. 1980CHAMPS 3 years ago

    Shouldn’t either Lilly or Billingsley be ready in the next few weeks?

    • vtadave 3 years ago

      Billingsley..who knows, but Lilly is out until September and is slated to return in a relief role, as he won’t have time to build arm strength to slot back into the rotation.

  33. bigpat 3 years ago

    quick, who is the most overpaid starter on the market? Johan Santana maybe? done.

    • vtadave 3 years ago

      Real original. At least throw out a guy who’s not hurt.

    • LifelongMets 3 years ago

      Clifford Lee. Not like they didn’t already try that though.

  34. Phil Humber? Stuck in ChiSox pen…

  35. Tko11 3 years ago

    Dodgers can have Dice-K if they refund the Sox their winning bid for him.

  36. sportsnut969 3 years ago

    Maybe they would take Ubaldo off the indians hands for Josh Wall & Blake Smith Ubaldo would surely pass through waivers i would think.

    I do not believe Masterson would but they most likely would also deal him for the right price since it is looking like a major overhaul for the indians this offseason.

  37. toddcoffeytime 3 years ago

    Marcum would be a nice fit for the Dodgers, and would be a relatively inexpensive option at that.

    • angels4life 3 years ago

      That’s exactly why the Dodgers have no interest in him.

  38. kcstengelSr 3 years ago

    i want the Dodgers to get the highest paid player available…my Royals want more luxury tax money

  39. kcstengelSr 3 years ago

    New owners going for broke, or going broke. LA needs a new fad like the Dodgers in the Series. A passing fad.

  40. The Dodgers are set for the playoffs with Beckett, Blanton, Kershaw, and Harang. They don’t need any more starting pitchers for this year, especially considering the fact that whoever they bring in after Friday wouldn’t be eligible to pitch in the postseason. Knowing their recent history with acquisition, though, it wouldn’t surprise me if they did bring in a big name pitcher this week. But I do not expect them to make any more big moves.

  41. diehardmets 3 years ago

    I can only hope a similar spectacle to the Dodgers happens if/when the Coupons finally sell the team.

  42. James Smith 3 years ago

    if dodgers trade for a-rod i will start cheering for houston after sixty plus years as a dodger fan.

  43. stickyone 3 years ago

    might not make enough for the Dodgers, but they can have Young from the Mets. Please.

  44. Mr Awesome 3 years ago

    Dodgers want to win the pennant… But they won’t be able to beat washington.

    • thegrayrace 3 years ago

      Nevermind the fact that the Dodgers have beaten the Nationals every game they’ve played this season…

    • Dodgers beat just about any team except the Rockies and DBacks

      • Mr Awesome 3 years ago

        We can continue this conversation when the Dodgers make the playoffs…

  45. We can give them Lackey and his Salary, he did great in L.A. before, big with the chicken & beer crowd

  46. FrnchDp 3 years ago

    so he won’t get there till the 4th inning then? 😉

  47. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    the A’s put tor/rogers to shame, its not that difficult

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