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"


flyerzfan12
flyerzfan12
11 months 27 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.

lt michaels
11 months 27 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.

flyerzfan12
flyerzfan12
11 months 27 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.

The Original Drew
11 months 27 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.

Puig Power
11 months 27 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.

The Original Drew
11 months 27 days ago

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

MB923
11 months 27 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.

Puig Power
11 months 27 days ago

Wow!? I don’t believe it.

Dynasty22
11 months 27 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.

jeremy
11 months 27 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

Eugene
11 months 27 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.

Sean
11 months 25 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.

John Cate
11 months 27 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.

jeremy
11 months 27 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

Puig Power
11 months 27 days ago

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

jrodhard
11 months 27 days ago

Carlos Villanueva

sflomenb
11 months 27 days ago

PLEASE take Kendrick!!

brian310
11 months 27 days ago

For the love of god, can one of the LA teams take Danks?

Chris March
11 months 26 days ago

Danks to whoever for a bullpen.

Klaus D.
11 months 27 days ago

Dodgers have money to burn and prospects to burn. I imagine they have to push in all of their chips and get whoever they need at this point. With all of the money they’ve spent, they really need to win a World Series otherwise it’s all for nothing. I’m not saying their window is closing. They should be good for awhile. But starting with when they made that huge trade with Boston, every year they don’t win at this point is one less year that they have in the future. As a Phillies fan, they can have anyone they want off our roster. I like the Hernandez trade from our side since he wasn’t going to be re-signed. Hoping Kendrick gets shipped out to LA for a couple more prospects. I’m not looking for top tier. Low level guys is fine with me. We need to rebuild and it has to start somewhere. Want Paps too? He’s all yours. I hope Ruben is all ears.

vtadave
11 months 27 days ago

If the Dodgers were going to push in “all their chips”, they would have done so on 7/31. Now it’s about both solidifying the present and protecting the future. Great that you’re not looking for top tier prospects for Kendrick and Papelbon though. :-)

Klaus D.
11 months 27 days ago

Yeah but at 7/31 Beckett wasn’t injured.

jeremy
11 months 27 days ago

yes he was he been hurt for a while and it shows because he cant pitch more then 4 or 5 innings his last few starts. he still pitch but he clearly hurting because his last 3 starts he pitch 3,4 and 4 innings

vtadave
11 months 27 days ago

Correct. Beckett was on the DL in July for the hip injury, got an injection, came back, and was ineffective. The team has known about this injury for awhile.

jeremy
11 months 27 days ago

you know your hurting when you cant pitch more then 5 or less innings for the last month. i love beckett but dodgers need healthy pitching and not see hunting beckett try to pitch

sherrilltradedooverexperience
11 months 27 days ago

definitely a low risk move. it’s not like it’s set in stone this guy will necessarily be in the rotation down the entire stretch. i think we’d need more information about how banged up haren and/or beckett are. Maybe the situation is they just need to skip a start or two with one of them to give them additional rest before putting him in the rotation. Maholm would have been the guy but he hurt himself too. And there is not Stephen Fife like guy anymore that could handle it so they had to dumpster dive. And it’s still ok if he needs to stay there because of the strength of the rotation. As soon as beckett/haren can get healthy he becomes a good long reliever in case of a huge farty start by one of the starters.

jeremy
11 months 27 days ago

on a side note if dodgers really wanted to use minor league pitching the only guy that would be a option is Chris reed the former pen arm turn starter.other then that they dont have anyone

sickoe47
11 months 27 days ago

How about trading for a backstop as well ned, it’s the only position on the team that isn’t producing on offense or defense.

Kevin Cosgrove
11 months 27 days ago

I think they should trade Corey Seager to the Mets for Bartolo Colon and Kevin Plawecki. Bartolo gives you innings for their playoff push, and Kevin Plawecki is great catcher in triple a that the mets don’t have room for another catcher as they have the highly touted Travis D’rnuad. The dodgers don’t have room for Corey Seager because I’m almost positive they will give Hanley and extension this offseason. From what I know, the dodgers need a solution behind the plate.

jmkh
11 months 27 days ago

Dodgers will make room for Seager. He is 2 years away from being in the big leagues. By then Uribe will be gone, and Seager will play SS and move Hanley to 3B (if they bring Hanley back). I for one am not a fan of Hanley. If he wants superstar money then he can sign with the Yankees. We can always use Guerrero at SS.

Kevin Cosgrove
11 months 26 days ago

Yeah the Yankees always steal everybody else’s allstar. I meant the trade as a win now going for it trade, not that it would be good later on. Regardless of Seager, I think Bartolo would help down the stretch of beating the giatns and is probably the best option at the waiver dealdine.

Dodgersbaseballfan
11 months 26 days ago

I can’t wait for Hanley to be gone. He only hurts them on defense and gets hurt nonstop. I know a lot of those injuries aren’t his fault but he is a real injury magnet.

vtadave
11 months 27 days ago

Sorry Kevin, but if the Dodgers were going to deal Seager, they would have done it for guys like Price, Lester, and Hamels. Not Bartolo Colon. As for Plawecki, the Mets may want to hold onto him given d’Arnaud hasn’t shown he can hit big league pitching.

Kevin Cosgrove
11 months 26 days ago

Travis went down to the minors and lately has been hitting like he was expected to, and I meant for the trade to be like a win now trade sort of like how the A’s trade for Samarjiza. Regardless of Seager, I do think the dodgers should target Colon, in my opinion he’s what they need to help push ahead of the giants to win the NL West.

Sean
11 months 25 days ago

The Dodgers are telling the LA times that Hanley has refused to go on the DL multiple times this year. I’m sure he or his agent have also put up a fight about switching to 3rd. I hope the Dodgers are smart enough to let him walk once an AL team offers him 4 or 5 years.

Kevin Cosgrove
11 months 25 days ago

The dodgers could give him as much money as he wants their payroll is overpowered but letting him walk wouldn’t be the wirst because with Corey Seager putting up monster numbers I think he will be their shortstop for years to come, I’m sure the Yankees will give him 200 million dollars to replacec Jeter.

bigbadjohnny
11 months 27 days ago

Carlos Villanueva is perfect for the Dodgers…….or the Braves….or the Giants……or for the A’s…….or the Angels…….