Dodgers News: A.J. Ellis, Don Mattingly Discuss Team, Trade Deadline
Since the Guggenheim Partners took over the Los Angeles Dodgers and began spending money freely, the team has continually been linked to any superstar player that may be on the market.
The latest rumor has the Dodgers pursuing Tampa Bay Rays’ starter David Price before the July 31 trade deadline. While the team has struggled a bit this season, starting pitching hasn’t been the reason; nevertheless, Price is a former Cy Young award winner and the Dodgers have the prospects and money to make the deal.
Improved play of late could make the Dodgers a bit more cautious around the deadline with the thinking that the team may finally be playing to their potential.
According to Bill Shaikin, starting catcher A.J. Ellis has faith in the front office, but also has faith in his team:
You’re always trying to improve your ballclub,” catcher A.J. Ellis said. “Ned Colletti and the front office have always done a good job of improving the ballclub at the deadline. I expect this year will be no different.
“But I like the direction this club is headed in as well.”
The team has won its’ last four series and is undefeated in its’ last six, making up 6.5 games in the standing as the San Francisco Giants have regressed.
Manager Don Mattingly had similar sentiments about the Colletti and the Dodgers:
I think we’re comfortable with our guys,” Mattingly said. “Ned and his people will look at anything we can do. But we’re happy with our guys.”
While Price may be more of a fantasy than a reality, the Dodgers may be in the market for some help off the bench and in the bullpen. Also, they have reportedly been shopping all of their outfielders minus Yasiel Puig in order to alleviate some of the congestion. If they can find the right deal, Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier or Matt Kemp could find themselves on a different team come August.
Rumors and talks will continue to heat up over the next month, but if the Dodgers continue to play well, they may find themselves browsing more than buying.
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