In an interview with Jim Bowden and Casey Stern of MLB Networks Radio on Sirius FM, Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti went on record stating that he would like to add a bat to the lineup before the July 31st trade deadline.
Glad to see the team willing to spend some capital once again.
Now the question is, what type of bat are we talking about? Who will be available and what will they cost?
There is a short list of players that could be available to the Dodgers for the right price and play positions that could benefit from an offensive upgrade: first base and left field.
James Loney is only batting .222, and while Juan Rivera is batting .263, he is not exactly a power threat by any stretch of the imagination. There are three players that come to mind that have the capacity of pinch-hitting for power and taking over for either player on a limited basis.
Each of these players would be rentals with the option to sign them long-term should the team so desire. In no particular order:
Carlos Quentin: San Diego Padres
The Padres aren't going anywhere this year. Quentin has yet to play a game for the Padres while he nurses a knee injury. This would be the biggest gamble on the table. The upside to Quentin is his capability to hit 20-plus home runs.
The downside, well, he hasn't played a game in 2012 yet.
Delmon Young: Detroit Tigers
Young is not a home run hitter.
Sure, he can hit for some power, his career slugging percentage is .426, but he is more of a doubles hitter. That is not a bad thing on this team. Kemp is the obvious home run guy. Ethier can send one out from time to time as well.
The team needs a player that can get runs to cross the plate. With this lineup, Young could be very successful.
Bobby Abreu: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Abreu is a shell of the player he once used to be, that is no secret.
In eight games, he has no home runs and boasts a .202 average. However, last season, at age 37, he still managed to steal 21 bases and drive in 60 runs. His career .480 slugging is appealing, though his power numbers have declined in the past few seasons.
The plus side to Abreu is his minimal cost coupled with the bottleneck of talented outfielders the Angels are herding right now.
In order to get a better bat than any of those the team will have to get creative. But, if they are looking to spend a little and roll the dice on a low risk/high reward type of player, these three men could respectively be solid options for the team.