5 Pitchers the Dodgers Could Still Acquire Before the Waiver Trade Deadline
Acquiring Joe Blanton, Shane Victorino, Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Hanley Ramirez may not have been enough for the Los Angeles Dodgers in their pursuit of the 2012 World Series title.
After Blanton's latest poor start, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has reported that the Dodgers are still on the hunt for another starting pitcher.
While the Dodgers did have interest in CC Sabathia according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, it is doubtful that they will make another move of that magnitude.
Instead, the Dodgers will most likely look through the waiver wire for a pitcher who can fill in at the number four or five slot.
Since he joined the Seattle Mariners, Jason Vargas has really been able to get his career on track. He has looked like one of the better pitchers in the American League in 2012.
Vargas has a 13-8 record to go along with his 3.75 ERA. His numbers should get even better if he moves to the National League.
The Mariners recently placed Vargas on waivers according to R.J. White of CBS Sports.
The Seattle Mariners have also placed Kevin Millwood on waivers according to R.J. White of CBS Sports. Millwood should definitely be a trade target for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
While his record is not pretty, Millwood is still a solid back-of-the-rotation starter. He would also bring additional veteran experience to the Dodgers' clubhouse.
Because one mega deal with the Boston Red Sox may not have been enough, the Los Angeles Dodgers could choose to go after another high priced Red Sox starter.
Jason A. Churchill of ESPN (Insider required) has mentioned that the Dodgers may be interested in Daisuke Matsuzaka. It seems that this deal would be a salary dump more than anything else.
Roy Oswalt has struggled mightily for the Texas Rangers this season and he was even demoted to their bullpen from their starting rotation.
With all of the starting pitching that the Rangers have, they can afford to deal Oswalt. That has led Jason A. Churchill of ESPN (Insider required) to note that the Los Angeles Dodgers may be suitors for his services.
The Miami Marlins already unloaded one of their bigger contracts when they dealt Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers and they could find away to trade another one to them.
Buster Olney of ESPN has noted that Mark Buehrle could be a potential trade target for the Dodgers. He might not cost much in terms of prospects because the Marlins may just want to dump his salary.