Personally, I can’t stand Pat – he’s rude, arrogant and self-centered… Oh, not that Pat?
OK, the deal is that the Dodgers are probably forced to stand pat right now because with the expanded playoff format, half of all the teams are still in the hunt. Since the Dodgers are flush with cash, teams are going to want to ask for a lot more than normal and it’s a sellers’ market right now. I doubt that it will be a buyers’ market this year, but as the Trade Deadline approaches, the sellers may drop their demands slightly.
Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer, Carlos Quentin, Chase Headley, Carlos Lee, Josh Willingham and Brandon Inge are all hitters who may be available, depending upon which teams fall out of contention. Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster and maybe Cole Hamels are some of the top pitchers that may be available. Ned Colletti has said he is looking for a bat, a starter and a LH reliever. Odds are, he won’t get all three.
Also, depending upon what players are acquired, some players on the current roster, may have to go as well. On that list could be IDJ2, Tony Gwynn, Jr., Juan Rivera, Juan Uribe, Justin Sellers, James Loney, Adam Kennedy and Matt Angle. Prospects who could be traded are: ANYONE – the Dodgers have no one off limits! That means Zach Lee, Shawn Tolleson, Chris Reed, Chris Withrow, Ethan Martin, Joc Pederson and any other prospect with a pulse could be traded in the right deal.
We just have to wait on Pat…