Dodgers drop out of bidding for Lester, Hamels, Price

Dodgers drop out of bidding for Lester, Hamels, Price
July 30, 2014, 6:15 pm
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The Dodgers have been mentioned prominently in every rumor involving the big pitching names on the trade market, partially because they have the money and partially because they have the prospects. But Peter Gammons reports that they are NOT willing to part with big prospects and thus are out of the running for the big arms:

Dodgers have made it clear they're not trading Pederson, Seager or Urias, no longer on Lester, Price or Hamels. Thinking backend SP, bench

Well, the Dodgers rotation is still strong, so it’s not like any of those guys were truly needed. At the same time, retaining top prospect Pederson gives them the outfield flexibility to deal Matt Kemp or Carl Crawfordeither now or at some later date.

Seems to me now that the Dodgers could use bullpen help more than anything. And it sounds like that what they’re focusing on.

-- Craig Calcaterra, NBC's Hardball Talk