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Imagine, if you will, that it's Game 4 of the National League Championship Series.
After winning the series opener behind a spectacular performance from Clayton Kershaw, the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped Games 2 and 3 to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Manager Don Mattingly goes to fill out his lineup card, and in the pitcher's spot he picks...who, exactly?
Kevin Correia? Dan Haren? Roberto Hernandez?
Not only are those three people who have never been in my kitchen, but they're about as far down the list of pitchers a manager would want on the mound in a playoff game as they can possibly get.
It didn't have to be this way, of course.
The Dodgers were steadfast in their refusal to part with any of the team's three best prospects: center fielder Joc Pederson, shortstop Corey Seager or left-handed starter Julio Urias.
Seager, especially, would have been difficult to part with, given the team's need for a shortstop after the season. Even if Hanley Ramirez re-signs with the Dodgers, it'll be as the team's starting third baseman, as he simply can't handle shortstop any longer.
"There was no trade where I was thinking, 'Wow, we should have done that,'" Colletti told the Los Angeles Times' Steve Dilbeck. “Cost on the prospect side exceeded where we saw as the value.”
Without question, it was a severe seller's market and, as such, the cost of doing business was steep. And no, the Dodgers had no way of knowing that, only days after the deadline passed, an injured hip might end Josh Beckett's career, according to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com, while a torn ACL would end Paul Maholm's season.
But this isn't a Dodgers team—or fanbase—that's going to be satisfied with a division crown and early exit from the playoffs. It's World Series or bust in Los Angeles—and by the team's inaction at the deadline, the odds of things going bust are better than they should be.