Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Clayton Kershaw (Photo: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) With the All-Star break ending, the Los Angeles Dodgers will return to the field Friday in Washington against the Nationals. Ricky Nolasco will be on the mound for his third start as a Dodger, second straight after he pitched in the first half finale against the Colorado Rockies. Just 13 days remain before the July 31 trade deadline, and the Dodgers still trail the Arizona Diamondbacks by 2.5 games and have needs that could be addressed. However, despite all the continuing rumors surrounding Matt Garza, Los Angeles should decline the rumored outrageous asking price for him or any other starter. Stephen Fife’s stint on the 15-day disabled list will be up in July 22, in time to make his next start after the Dodgers reordered the rotation. His season has been a surprise, with his production more than the team could have expected this season and possibly in his career. A throw-in to the Trayvon Robinson from 2011, in which the Dodgers netted Tim Federowicz, Fife has a 2.76 ERA in 45.2 innings with 35 strikeouts. Improving his BB/9 from 4.05 in 26.2 innings during the 2012 season to 2.36 this season has been the most obvious key to his success. Chris Capuano, and possibly Ted Lilly, are headed to the bullpen as soon as Fife returns to the rotation, the Dodgers can not afford to deal away any useful talent just to further cram the roster full of starting pitchers. Nolasco’s two starts have been solid, at the least good enough to be an improvement over the parade of has-beens Los Angeles sent out to start the year. With Nolasco joining Clayton Kershaw, Zach Greinke, and rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu as the probable playoff rotation, another arm would simply push him out and make his acquisition somewhat of a waste. Those four should be good enough for the Dodgers to feel confident in any playoff series, especially when considering the amount of money they gave to Greinke and Ryu to fill such roles. Trusting an unproven Fife and the newcomer Nolasco to hold down the back end of the rotation in the middle of a pennant race may be tough. But filling the active roster, and by extension bullpen, full of starters the team will not cut ties would be counter productive to a trade for Garza or any other starter. When considering the prospect cost as well, Los Angeles is better served to look to further improve its offense, either at second or third base. Given Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford’s inability to stay healthy, the team needs as much offense it can get and should rely on the pitching currently sitting on its roster.

Clint Trickett retires due to concussions, hid two

Drew Stanton likely out for the year, postseason included

Byron Scott: ‘Idiots’ think Lakers are better team without Kobe

Undrafted QB Connor Shaw to sign with Browns, likely start

Report: Alex Smith out Week 17 with lacerated spleen

Belichick: Garoppolo has better understanding of NFL


Lionel Hollins: 'Honored and blessed to coach Kevin Garnett'

Curt Schilling gives Johnny Manziel advice on Twitter

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

Andre Johnson willing to take pay cut with Texans?

Mets star David Wright reaches out to sons of slain NYPD officer

Video: Rudy Gay tosses half-court alley-oop to McLemore

WATCH: Craig Sager is touched by outpouring of support during leukemia fight

Hiroki Kuroda returns to Japan, ditches Yankees

Kevin Garnett: ‘Very weird’ to see Celtics without Rajon Rondo

Report: New Jersey Devils fire head coach Peter DeBoer

Mark Richt confirms Todd Gurley will leave UGA for NFL

Frank Gore: Colin Kaepernick is 'not broke'

The story of Morgan Bulkeley and birth of National League

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things the world learned about the NBA on Christmas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Five breakout stars in 2014

The 2014 NFL All-Help Offense

Five things learned about NBA on X-Mas

What if Bear Bryant coached in the NFL?

Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks are dying

The last time the Lions won in Green Bay

Year's most notable sports media stories

'Roberto Gronkowski wishes fans Feliz Navidad

Are the Seahawks back on track?

Wright reaches out to slain officer's sons

Q&A with Rich Eisen; TNF, DirecTV and living in LA

Dan Le Batard sums up Miami's relationship with LeBron

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.