General Manager Ned Colletti was not content to stick with the current Dodgers roster. Instead, he made two substantial moves just before the trade deadline. Joining Scott Posednik as the latest Dodgers are Ted Lilly, Ryan Theriot and Octavio Dotel. LADugout.com discusses the details.
Dodger fans had to be pleasantly surprised with the two latest acquisitions by Ned Colletti. Both Ted Lilly and Octavio Dotel provide upgrades to the pitching staff. The Dodgers were able to reel in three veterans without surrendering any of their top players. Losing Andrew Lambo may likely be the biggest long-term loss, but he is recently coming off of a 50 game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy.
In order to bring Lilly and Ryan Theriot to Chavez Ravine the Dodgers had to relinquish Blake Dewitt and Minor Leaguers Kyle Smit and Brett Wallach. The Cubs also sent 2.5 million dollars to the Dodgers in the deal. Lilly, who was actually drafted by the Dodgers back in 1996, is happy to be returning to California.
Theriot will likely split time with Jamey Carroll, but provides improved depth in the infield. Theriot has played his entire career with the Chicago Cubs. This season he is batting .284 with one home run and 21 runs batted in.
With the emergence of Kenley Jansen and the arrival of Dotel, the Dodgers bullpen could finally stabilize for a playoff push. Dotel came at the cost of James McDonald and Lambo. The Pirates also sent 500,000 dollars to the Dodgers in the deal. Dotel has 21 saves on the season, with a 4.28 ERA. According the Colletti, the Dotel deal was completed in the last 40 minutes before the deadline.
Trade Deadline Summary
The Dodgers also received a total of three million dollars in the trades.
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