Originally posted on Dodgers Rumors  |  Last updated 6/21/12
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If the rumors about the Dodgers are even half true, we can certainly expect the Dodgers to be big players in the summer deadline sweepstakes. There is a lot of pressure on the Dodgers players, the new ownership group, and the franchise as a whole at this point. I would hate to see the Dodgers make moves to simply to make moves, we have seen this happen in recent years, hopefully Colletti has learned his lesson, and I would like to think Kasten knows better than that.

According to Steve Dilbeck, the Dodgers are in pursuit of a starting pitcher, at least one offensive upgrade, and a left-handed reliever. Trades are difficult these days, according to Ned Colletti, as teams are reportedly only willing to move pending free agents. It is early in the trading game, with still over a month to go, a lot can happen over the next 30 days. Teams will continue to fall out of contention, but with the additional wild-card this year, it may have teams being a bit more optimistic than in years past. More sellers will emerge, that's for sure, and most teams that are willing to deal, aren't willing to show their hand quite yet, hoping to get more in return from a desperate team. Closer to the deadline there will be more sellers, better bargains, and a bigger selection, it happens every year. Trust me. In the meantime, sit back and enjoy the fun.

With that in mind, the Dodgers were in attendance for the Astros game last night. They Dodgers had scouting officials watching Wandy Rodriguez, according to Ken Rosenthal. Rodriguez pitched 7 innings, allowed 6 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 strikeouts, and 2 walks. This of course was against the Royals, so it's not like he was pitching against the Rangers or Yankees, so take that for what it is worth. But this is about what you would hope to get from Rodriguez, but I'm not sure if I am sold on him really. It's hard for me to call this guy an upgrade over anyone except maybe Harang. Perhaps his numbers would be better at Chavez Ravine, I'm sure his win/loss record certainly would be, you know, with an offense behind it.

So far 2012 has brought Rodriguez a 6-5 record with a 3.29 ERA. He is only averaging 5.74 strikeouts per 9 innings this year compared to his career average of 7.54, but his walks per 9 innings in fairing a little better, allowing 2.1 compared to his career average of 3.1, and his SO/BB average is at 2.77 compared to his career average of 2.40, so I guess it pretty much evens out in the end. Look at me doing math again, scary I know.

Rodriguez, 33, does however come at a fairly reasonable price. He will earn $10MM in 2012, $13MM in 2013, and his $13MM performance option for 2014 would become a player option if traded. That would make Rodriguez a Dodger for what two and a half years then? Tough call, I would have to get a better look at what the Dodgers would be giving up to make a judgement call here. Certainly not the worst option on the trade market, but I think the Dodgers can do better.

The Dodgers seem to have added another name to their wishlist as they continue to hunt for starting pitching. This is very interesting to me, as I have already speculated on Carlos Lee, while I also see James Loney being a fit for the Astros. Very interesting indeed. Could a package deal be in the works? That would be a serious salary dump move by the Astros, providing them a lot more financial flexibility, and I can see the Dodgers come out ahead in a deal, if Loney is sent to Houston, and the Dodgers don't give up a ton of quality prospects.


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