Originally written on Dodgers Rumors  |  Last updated 6/30/13
With tomorrow officially marking the beginning of the summer hot stove, that means business is about to pick up. I’m sure you all remember the fireworks from last summer. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if we see something similar go down this summer. I will be running this series all the way up to the trade deadline. With the Dodgers finally showing signs of life, well, minus the embarrassing defeat at home a couple nights ago, I expect the Dodgers to make some surprising changes over the next several week. The Dodgers pitching rotation needs some help. Kershaw, Ryu, and Greinke have been solid, but the combination of Stephen Fife, Matt Magill, Chris Capuano, and Ted Lilly has been subpar. The Dodgers would be downright foolish to believe that the current rotation is good enough to win the NL West, much-less the World Series. The Dodgers would be even more foolish to think that the current bullpen is good enough to do anything but blow games in the late innings. Starting Rotation Targets: Cliff Lee- The Phillies are said to be listening on several of their players. Trading for Lee could work and the Dodgers and Phillies connected on a trade involving Shane Victorino last season. Lee has 9 wins, 2.59 ERA, .965 WHIP, 1.5 BB/9, and a 8.3 K/9 ratio. Determining value, prospects, etc. is going to be the issue here. Ricky Nolasco- Rumors of the Dodgers getting close to a trade are already surfacing. Nolasco isn’t a staff ace by any shape or form. But Nolasco is a pretty dependable arm to have in your rotation. He’s certainly an upgrade over the other current options the Dodgers have. As long as the price is fair I say pull the trigger. Matt Garza-I like the guy. He’s certainly had his ups and downs, but I’m not so sure how to approach this one. Last summer, Matt Garza was one of the biggest names being talked about. This year, it appears that there is a much greater chance that Garza gets dealt. He’s only made eight stars in 2013, but I like the 3.83 ERA. If he can stay healthy he would be a nice addition. Yovani Gallardo- Not officially available for trade yet. But if he is you can certainly bet Ned Colletti will be calling. Gallardo is a huge upgrade and next to Lee he could be the best available pitcher available this summer. Bullpen Targets: Jonathan Papelbon-Whispers of a Papelbon Lee package are being floated around the web. Regardless Papelbon is an elite late inning option and he would carry a huge price tag. If the Phillies are looking to knock salaries off the books expect the Dodgers to come calling. John Axford-After losing his closing job in Milwaukee, Axford is almost certainly guaranteed to be traded this summer. If the Dodgers are willing to take on his $5MM salary the Dodgers could have a new addition to the bullpen. Axford’s struggles have been mighty in 2013, but there is no denying the guy has legitimate talent. Perhaps a change of scenery will do the trick? With no signs of injury something has to be going on. I’ll take my chances and roll the dice. Carlos Marmol- This one is just puzzling. How do you go from being one of the best closers in baseball, to one of the worst, then get DFA’d. Yikes. Too many red flags for me to love the idea. But if the price is right I’d take a chance on the hope that something is still there. More names to watch: Brian Wilson, Francisco Rodriguez, Ervin Santana, Glen Perkins, Steve Cishek. Related Posts:Rumor Roundup: Garza, Nolasco, Ethier UpdatesDodgers in hot pursuit of Ricky NolascoColletti Gets Green Light To Add PayrollDodgers Still In Talks For Garza, Dempster,Dodgers Miss Out On Cliff Lee Again, Traded To Rangers
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