Lee represents the Holy Grail of this year's trade market. Acquiring Lee may prove to be impossible for the Dodgers, as they lack the prospects to pull off a deal. In order to bring Lee to So Cal, they may have to part with James Loney or Andre Ethier, neither of which figure to be going anywhere soon.
If the bidding for Lee is underwhelming, they could sneak in and steal the top pitcher at the last minute. Seattle is ready to reboot and will look to move Lee for the best available deal, even if it is for less than they expected.
After going 19-8 in 2007, Carmona digressed over the next two seasons. This year, the 26 year old starter has rebounded nicely and seems to have put his previous control issues behind him. Carmona would be more than a rent-a-player as his contact stretches past this season. It will be interesting to see how the Dodgers deal with long-term players, as Frank McCourt may be reluctant to commit.
Carmona has the highest upside/lowest cost ratio of the group, but the Dodgers will have to compete with the New York Mets to reel in Carmona.
The Texas Rangers were rumored to be the leaders in the Oswalt chase. That remains true, but only if they can sort out the questions surrounding the ownership. If they are unable to resolve those issues, the Dodgers could move into the front of the Oswalt race. All of that depends on McCourts' desire to add an expensive starter. Houston's ace is due 16 million this season and that may be a bit pricey for the divorcing McCourt.
Earlier this week Haren was rumored to be in the mix, but Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes had adamantly spoken out against trading their top players. Even more unlikely would be a trade to their division rival. Haren would be a quality addition to the team, but at this point the odds of a deal being made are virtually zero.
As the Cubs continue to struggle, the chances of Lilly finding a new home continue to increase. The veteran pitcher has been on fire of late (except for his last start). Before giving up seven runs to the Angels, Lilly hadn't surrendered more than three runs since May 5th. The Dodgers could swing a deal for Lilly without breaking the bank, which may exactly what McCourt is looking for.
Another Cleveland Indian has been flying around trade rumor mills throughout the week. A true innings-eater, Westbrook would help rest the bullpen, but would not dramatically change the landscape of the pitching rotation. Westbrook has posted a sub-four ERA only twice during his ten seasons in the majors.
Notes from the Dugout:
Rafael Furcal's father passed away at 2 AM Sunday morning. He reportedly died from complications of being kicked in the chest by a horse at the family farm. No word yet on when the Dodgers can expect Furcal back, but services for his father will be held Sunday and Monday in the Dominican Republic.
The Dodgers have been unable to reach their former first round draft pick Scott Elbert. Since taking personal leave on following a May 30th demotion, Joe Torre has been unable to get in contact with the pitcher. Elbert is rumored to be frustrated with the lack of progress in his once-promising career.
Chris Withrow threw his first professional shut out on Saturday. The Dodgers prospect struck out 10 and allowed four hits in a 5-0 win.
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