Los Angeles Dodgers: Grading the Front Office's Trade Deadline Performance

Robert PaceContributor IIIAugust 1, 2013

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 1:  Manager Don Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti of the Los Angeles Dodgers converse in the dugout before the game with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on July 1, 2011 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.   (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Dodgers opted to remain mum at the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline, a now-uncharacteristic move for a franchise that has quickly evolved from penny pinching to signing any All-Star that winks in its direction.

While some fans called for the Blue Crew to further pad its roster, potentially with the likes of a power-hitting second baseman or third baseman like the Philadelphia Phillies' Chase Utley or Michael Young, the front office did well to keep its core group of players untouched.

Instead of flexing its wallet by adding another hefty contact to the payroll, the front office put its money where its mouth is and undertook the best course of action for the Dodgers to remain a championship-caliber team.

With the Dodgers finally jelling as a team and performing to their potential, there was no need to throw another pebble in the pond.

This roster has emerged from the ashes of a last-place spot in the National League West and surged into first place.

This roster has won 27 out of its last 34 games and has finally begun to look like a group of players who will do whatever it takes to win, day in, day out.

It's this roster that has achieved that success together as a team.

Shaking up the roster at the trade deadline in any form would have been a novice mistake for the Dodgers. The team is thriving with its current roster, and taking a chance to try to further improve their success could have resulted in a turbulent spiral.

Of course, the Dodgers didn't exactly do nothing at the trade deadline, just not anything that had an impact on the day-to-day roster or moving key players.

To fortify their bullpen heading into what they hope will be a deep postseason run, the Dodgers signed World Series champion closer Brian Wilson, a key move for the team as they head down the stretch.

Although Wilson has yet to pitch at the major league level since injuring his elbow in April 2012 with the San Francisco Giants and undergoing Tommy John surgery, he still has the potential to be a solid reliever for the Dodgers.

Moreover, he comes at little risk to the Dodgers, as he was signed to a one-year, $1 million contract and he was picked up as free agent, so the team didn't have to surrender any prospects for the 31-year-old reliever.

While Wilson will likely have an impact on the Dodgers' major league squad after serving two to three weeks in the minor leagues, the Blue Crew also signed another player that won't likely have any impact on the major league team in the near future.

In a last-minute deal, the Dodgers acquired Minnesota Twins catcher Drew Butera for cash or a player to be named later.

Butera, who was immediately optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque, has played in 186 major league games and batted .182 with five home runs and 41 runs batted in.

The odds of his getting called up to play in lieu of A.J. Ellis and Tim Federowicz are little to none. And that's just fine.

As I said before the trade deadline, the Dodgers have all the talent they need. The chemistry is there (or at least appears so). The fervor is there. The will to win is there.

The cap's going back on the red pen.

The Dodgers aced this one.