Now that the Dodgers’ early season magic has worn off, there are visible gaps in the team that are beginning to show.
We’ve known all season long that the Blue Crew needs to upgrade its corner infielders James Loney and Juan Uribe, two high-paid players who have been struggling to put up any significant offensive numbers this season.
Although the Dodgers’ rotation appeared to be one of the best in the MLB at the beginning of the season with solid outings from Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano backing up young ace and reigning Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley has had a poor season by his standards and has been very inconsistent.
As the No. 2 starter, Billingsley has been quite a letdown for the Dodgers with a record of 4-9 and a 4.30 earned run average. He has had some stellar starts over the years but has been marked by inconsistency and has never really developed into the pitcher that the team has needed.
As we near the trade deadline at the end of July, there is one prominent replacement for Billingsley who would be a game-changer for the Dodgers: Phillies ace Cole Hamels. Of course the price tag would be hefty, but acquiring Hamels would be a huge step for the Dodgers in bulking up their roster for the postseason.
Here are the trade packages that could lead to Hamels wearing Dodger blue.