Dodgers Not Done Pursuing Pitching Help

The Dodgers swung a trade with the Phillies yesterday and acquired right-hander Roberto Hernandez due to concerns over the health of Josh Beckett, but GM Ned Colletti told reports, including Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times, that he hopes to make at least one more move. “There’s another pitcher out there we’re trying to get,” Colletti said.

Colletti said that the Dodgers would like to add a swingman to replace Paul Maholm, who is out for the season with a torn ACL, and added that the club is also looking at back-of-the-rotation arms and late-inning relievers. Referring to the Hernandez trade, Colletti candidly admitted that the trade talks accelerated quickly, as he hoped to swing a deal before news of Beckett’s injury broke. “Ruben [Amaro Jr.] could hold me up for even more,” he stated.

A number of back-end arms that I mentioned in last month’s look at the trade market for starting pitchers could likely be had for very little return from the Dodgers, including Kyle Kendrick, Kevin Correia and Colby Lewis. Bartolo Colon could represent a potentially more expensive but still effective option, assuming he clears waivers (which is highly likely). MLBTR’s Jeff Todd examined the trade market for right-handed relievers and left-handed relievers, and while some of them have since been dealt (as have some from the list of starters), many of those names could come into play as well.


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39 Comments on "Dodgers Not Done Pursuing Pitching Help"


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flyerzfan12
10 months 29 days ago

Ned, it’s Roberto Hernandez we’re talking about here. You could lose Kershaw, Greinke, and Ryu on the same day and Hernandez would still cost the same amount, next to nothing.

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lt michaels
10 months 29 days ago

You may be pleasantly surprised with Roberto Hernandez. I was never a big R. Hernandez fan but he has been pitching terrific the past month or so.

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flyerzfan12
10 months 28 days ago

Well I’m a Phillies fan and have seen him pitch all year (yes I’ve subjected myself to this torture all season) and he has been solid especially of late. My point was mainly sarcasm in that Ned made it sound like Ruben (or any other GM) could hold him hostage if word got out about Beckett.

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The Original Drew
10 months 29 days ago

Can someone explain to me how a team with Kerhsaw, Grienke, Ryu, and Haren need pitching help? They don’t have some guy in AAA that can make some starts if Beckett is seriously injured? I mean, 4/5 of the Yankees starting 5 is on the disabled list and they are getting by with Shane Greene, Brandon McCarthy, and Chris Capuano. Not saying that they shouldn’t be upgrading their rotation but I am just not getting LA’s desperation for pitching when it seems they have plenty.

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Puig Power
10 months 29 days ago

The team relies on pitching and right now there is literally no one they trust to bring up from the minors that will be able to eat innings. Fausto is a big deal for this team. The Dodgers don’t play in Yankee Stadium and aren’t able to get a HR to right whenever they want.

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The Original Drew
10 months 28 days ago

I take it you have’t watched much NYY baseball this year then, because neither can the Yankees.

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MB923
10 months 28 days ago

Based on Park Factors, Dodger Stadium is 5th in HR this year (Yankee Stadium 2nd), but 5th out of 30 tells me, at least this year, it’s been pretty HR friendly.

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Puig Power
10 months 28 days ago

Wow!? I don’t believe it.

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Dynasty22
10 months 29 days ago

Because the Dodgers felt like Hernandez was a better option? Just because you have a great rotation doesn’t mean you don’t have to improve it when there is a problem.

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jeremy
10 months 28 days ago

unless dodgers bring someone up from double A they dont have anyone to call up. plus it not like haren been doing well he been struggle alot before he had his good start. dodgers always want to get better and if they had minor league pitching they could bring up i think they would but they dont. dont matter how good your team is they will always look to improve any way they can. since dodgers need help at the 4th/5th spot with Beckett health and haren struggles doesnt hurt to look for pitching help with almost two months left of the season

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Eugene
10 months 28 days ago

Easy.

Dodgers and starting pitching:

Haren the Horrible has been (you guessed it!) horrible. Beckett is hurt. Malholm is hurt. We have some starters in the farm (Zach Lee) but they aren’t ready. That leaves the Dodgers with only one option: Trading.

Dodgers and relief pitching:

Jansen and Howell have been great. Everyone else has been mediocre to bad. Since we don’t have anyone in the farm, that leaves us with one option: Trading.

Honestly, watching this team day-in and day-out, it doesn’t feel like we own the division yet. A big trade can’t happen soon enough.

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Sean
10 months 27 days ago

They have options at RP in the minors. Yimi Garcia has looked lights out in the PCL away from ALB, Dominguez is wild but touches 100 MPH and has 10.5 K/9 in the hitter friendly PCL. Baez who just got the call up touches 98 MPH, in only his 2nd year as a pitcher. Paco has more BB/9 and higher ERA than all of those three. Daniel Coulombe is a lefty at AA with 14.7 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9. Paco had 14.5 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9, Kenley had 16.1 K/9 and 5.5 BB/9 in AA. Both skipped AAA and they all had less innings than Coulombe. I can’t understand Ned’s aversion to bringing up young talent.

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John Cate
10 months 28 days ago

There’s no one in Albuquerque right now who, even when you adjust for Albu being a bandbox and Dodger Stadium being a cavern, projects to be better than Hernandez should be in Dodger Stadium. Therefore, since you can get him for basically nothing, you take Hernandez. It’s as simple as that.

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jeremy
10 months 28 days ago

the pitchers they name makes me want the dodgers to just use haren since those pitchers wouldnt be much of an upgrade as a starter

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Puig Power
10 months 28 days ago

I didn’t think Nolasco was a great pickup and he proved us wrong.

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jrodhard
10 months 28 days ago

Carlos Villanueva

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sflomenb
10 months 28 days ago

PLEASE take Kendrick!!