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DePodesta Working the Phones
2005-06-04 21:26
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Dodger general manager Paul DePodesta has begun looking for pitching help, though some more teams might need to fall out of the race for anything to happen, according to Mark Thoma of MLB.com.

DePodesta is prepared to part with some Dodger prospects, though of course he did not say which ones.

"We've already put some calls out there and had some initial conversations," he said. "Ideally, we'll be able to stabilize our starting pitching. Right now, that's probably the most important issue for us to address."

DePodesta and the Dodgers did their preseason budgeting with the possibility of midseason trades in mind, and DePodesta said that if help was acquired, it would probably be in exchange for Minor League talent, rather than key components of the Major League roster.

The biggest hurdle for the Dodgers front office at the moment is the paucity of players on the trading market. Only five Major League teams are more than 10.5 games out of first place in their respective divisions, and, with the Wild Card, many of the teams on the bubble aren't ready to sell just yet.

"A lot of teams, most times, aren't ready to do something until the end of June or early July at the earliest," DePodesta said. "There aren't many that consider themselves out of the race yet, and that certainly limits the number of available players."

Later in the article, DePodesta gives Dodger manager Jim Tracy and the coaching staff a vote of appreciation, saying they've done a "very good job."

Comments
2005-06-05 02:28:35
1.   natepurcell
i would look towards the pirates for kip wells.

hes a FA at the end of the year and if he continues to pitch well, he'll likely command a FA price of 6-8 mil.

therefore, we can say thanks for the good outings and take the two draft picks when we offer him arby.

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