The Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves in the basement of the ultra-competitive National League West. Still, Los Angeles is determined to upgrade its roster, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN, specifically at starting pitcher and third base.
Dodgers determined to up-grade 3B and pitching over next five weeks
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) June 25, 2013
When it comes to available arms, the Dodgers have been most-frequently tied to Miami Marlins right-hander Ricky Nolasco as the trade deadline has approached. They're not the only NL West club showing interest in Nolasco, and the market for starting pitchers is continuing to develop.
Third base is a bit more of a surprise, considering the Dodgers have received decent production out of Juan Uribe at the position. The 33-year-old is turning in his best performance since the 2009 campaign, as he's hitting .275/.360/.401 with nine doubles and three home runs over 165 plate appearances.
However, based on Uribe's recent history, this level of production might not be sustainable. Entering the season, Los Angeles was hoping Luis Cruz would step up as the team's regular at the hot corner, as they were shifting Hanley Ramirez to the role of everyday shortstop. Cruz showed promise last season, but he's struggled mightily so far this year (.127/.175/.169).
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