Dodgers Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on Potential Deadline Deals in L.A.

Alex KayCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 28:  Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts to his double in front of Howie Kendrick #47 of the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on May 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers made their annual trade deadline splash by acquiring reliever Brian Wilson on Tuesday, per ESPN, leading to speculation that the club could be done and inactive in the final hours before Wednesday’s transaction cutoff.

However, as long as Ned Colletti is in the front office, there is always a great chance that the NL West leaders strike and load up on another veteran or two for a potential World Series run.

Let’s take a look at what L.A. could be cooking up and may even try to push through in the coming hours.


Howie Kendrick a Possibility

The Dodgers could be in the market for a second baseman.

According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels have had preliminary discussions regarding a trade that would send Howie Kendrick from Anaheim down the freeway to the Dodgers.'s Angels beat writer Alden Gonzalez noted that Kendrick is definitely on the table as a possible piece leading up to the deadline, so perhaps the Dodgers can find a way to work something out with their cross-town rivals.

History certainly isn’t on their side, though. It would be only the second deal these clubs have made since 1976—with the first coming way back in 1993, according to Stark.

Regardless, if the Dodgers make the right offer, it’s hard to see the Angels—currently sitting at 48-57 and well out of contention—refusing to take it.

Kendrick is hitting .301 with 119 hits, 11 home runs and 45 RBI in 395 at-bats in 2013.


Luke Hochevar Could Still Be in Play

Even though the Dodgers inked Wilson to a contract, that doesn’t mean that the club’s interest in reliever Luke Hochevar has subsided.

Per CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the 29-year-old right-hander has become a hot commodity as of late and the Dodgers are just one of a few teams to have expressed interest in acquiring him.

Hochevar is a former No. 1 overall draft pick that excels in set-up situations, as evidenced by his 41 strikeouts and 1.76 ERA in 41 innings pitched.

Adding his arm would definitely bolster the bullpen in L.A., although it may be costly.

The Kansas City Royals are in desperate need of a right fielder or second baseman and that may be the price of admission for Hochevar’s services.

Regardless of what happens today, the Dodgers are well positioned to make a run in 2013. 

Adding yet another piece to this group could play a major role come fall, but the team brass may decide that more transactions aren't worth it.

Messing with chemistry can be dangerous and keeping the same group together may just be the smartest play on Wednesday.