LA Dodgers Trade Buzz: 4 Other Arms Better Than Ryan Dempster

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LA Dodgers Trade Buzz: 4 Other Arms Better Than Ryan Dempster
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A little more than a week left until the MLB July 31st Trade Deadline, and true to form, the Los Angeles Dodgers are leaving their fans anguishing for reinforcements. Despite the fact that serious talks about the Dodgers' trade offer to the Chicago Cubs for pitcher Ryan Dempster have effectively died with the Atlanta Braves reaching an agreement for Dempster, the Dodgers are still in need of another arm to bolster their pitching staff.

Reports from Fox Sports have centered on how the Dodgers are lacking in the prospects and organizational depth needed to pull the Cubs over the hump to complete the deal, but more importantly than that, there are better options for the Dodgers out there.

The Dodgers are already closely linked to Dempster’s teammate Matt Garza because Garza has a contract for 2013. But in terms of starting pitchers, there are other names like Wandy Rodriguez, James Shields, John Lannan and Joe Blanton who will be discussed as more long-term and potentially more easily-obtainable quality arms.

Let’s take a look at who could be another option assuming Dempster does not end up in Dodger blue.

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