Dodgers Hot Stove For The Last 24 (okay, 25 1/2) Hours

With about 24 hours to go before the trade deadline, it appears that any major moves the Dodgers could make on the trade market are dimming, and while we know that General Manager Ned Colletti has a tendency to make last-minute roster bolstering moves out of seemingly nowhere (the best example being Manny Ramirez in 2008,) the combination of an additional wild card and a generally shallow trade market may cause the Dodgers to stand pat in regards to making a deal with another team.

This isn’t to say that the Dodgers haven’t been working the phones, however.  General Manager Ned Colletti is notorious for seeing who’s available and if there is a player out there that will improve the team.  This is, after all, the same guy who not only got Manny, but also picked up Casey Blake for that same 2008 stretch run, got Greg Maddux twice, found Marlon Anderson on the waiver wire, picked up Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto and Josh Beckett off the waiver wire (we know Beckett’s injury has kept him out most of this year but last year the man did have a 2.93 ERA down the stretch as the Dodgers fought for a playoff spot,) and if we look back to his first trade, found Andre Ethier in the depths of the Athletics’ farm system and got him for Milton Bradley (and 7 1/2 years later, how good does THAT trade look?)

Some “casual talk” has been mentioned today about a possible deal that would send Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim second baseman Howie Kendrick to the Dodgers, but no terms of any deal have been speculated on.  The Dodgers have not made a deal with their neighbors down I-5 in over 20 years now, and while a deal for Kendrick would solidify the Dodgers at second base, Kendrick also has a contract that runs through the 2015 season and the Angels may also view him as a player that they hold onto in hopes that their offense and pitching pick up the slack next year and that the team makes a run for the playoffs at that time.  As for what Kendrick could bring to the Dodgers, the 30 year old second baseman is hitting .298 this season, about on-par with his career batting average of .292.  He’s contributed 11 homers and 43 RBIs, and has been known to come up big in clutch situations.

There has been some chatter that the Dodgers are talking to the Angels about second baseman Howie Kendrick. Kendrick is signed through the 2015 season and could make sense as a replacement for Mark Ellis, but at this point the talk is apparently “casual” and no deal is imminent. Kendrick his hitting .298 with 11 HR and 43 RBIs this season. (Image source: http://socalsportsmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/howie.jpg)

The Dodgers are reportedly now the “front-runner” on right-handed relief pitcher Brian Wilson, per Bob Nightengale’s Twitter feed and also reported at dodgersnation.com.  A look at the positives of signing Wilson were written about yesterday in this well-thought piece by Rant Sports writer Isaac Comelli who believes that Wilson would be a great pick-up for the Dodgers if true.

There are some definitive concerns with Wilson, of course.  According to Yahoo Sports, in his showcase, Wilson’s fastball was topping out between 90-93, down from the 96-98 range that made him so effective as the Giants’ closer.  Further, Wilson was known during his time in New York because of his velocity.  Pinpoint control was not his strong suit, and there is a definitive difference between a fastball coming in at 93 and a fastball coming in at 96.  Still, scouts appear to be impressed by his body of work in these showcase workouts, and if Wilson has been tinkering with other pitches or working on spotting his pitches and improving his control during his rehab work, he may be an intriguing arm to add.

The Blog will keep an eye out and an ear to the ground and continue to update you of any moves that the Dodgers may make as the deadline approaches.

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