Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti has built a reputation for pulling off sensational moves at the trade deadline, and this season looks to be no different despite funds being tied up in a bitter divorce and ownership dispute with the McCourts.
The list of players acquired or dealt by Colletti before the deadline over the last five years has some big names on it:
Acquired pitcher Mark Hendrickson and catcher Toby Hall, dealt Sandy Alomar Jr., Odalis Perez for Elmer Dessens, got Greg Maddux and Julio Lugo while only giving up Caesar Izturis and prospects, also acquired Marlon Anderson.
David Wells, Estaban Loaiza, Mark Sweeney and Scott Proctor were added with essentially just Wilson Betemit departing.
Casey Blake, Angel Berroa, Greg Maddux again, and then the big one: Manny Ramirez in a three-team trade just minutes before the deadline.
George Sherrill, Vicente Padilla (via free agency), Jon Garland, Ronnie Belliard, Jim Thome.
With the above rapsheet as evidence, expect the tenacious GM to pull off some big moves. But who will be on the trading block in the upcoming weeks?
It may take some big name position players to land an A-Type starting rotation pitcher, as most of the former talented prospects have found their way to the Major League roster.
The Dodgers appear to have some talent below the Triple-A level. However, most teams are looking for immediate impact players when dealing at the deadline, so it may be tough to acquire pitching relief without losing key positions in the line-up.
To see the possibilities, click on the big orange box below.