The Dodgers need a starter if they are going to continue being the best team in baseball. Jason McDonald didn’t work out, Eric Milton is done for the year, and Jason Schmidt, well we all had high hopes. Eric Stults filled in nicely while he was in the rotation. He is sure to get a call as soon as soon as the Dodgers are done experimenting with Jason Schmidt.
Jon Heyman from SI had this to say about the Dodgers today. “The Dodgers are more focused on Lee than Halladay, as they probably sense their chances are close to zero for Halladay. Lee provides a cheaper alternative in terms of both prospects and money. The Dodgers and Indians made a big deal last year when L.A. sent top catching prospect Carlos Santana to the Indians for third baseman Casey Blake, so they have it in them.”
I will admit Heyman got it right here. I think the price for Halladay is dangerous and GM’s should be very careful and not get too trigger happy. I think Cliff Lee fits the Dodgers much better anyhow. Colletti needs to zero in on GM Mark Shapiro and get a deal done.
Heyman goes on to say later in the post that pitching prospects James McDonald, Scott Elbert and Chris Withrow would have to be in play. The Dodgers don’t want to trade off their major league roster (can’t blame ‘em for that), but are their prospects enough?”
I like those names for a guy that pitches at the front of the rotation. We are ready to win now, and despite what the standings show the Dodgers need to stay the course. We can’t break up the starting roster in any deal. If our prospects aren’t enough to get a deal done, Colletti needs to say no deal. The other options is to move on to a guy like Jarrod Washburn who the Dodgers have been interested in for weeks. The Reds have Bronson Arroyo, Aaron Harang, plus some bullpen help as well. The facts are this, there are plenty of quality pitching options on the trade market even after Halladay and Lee.