Dodgers Need a Halladay

Todd HayekCorrespondent IAugust 8, 2009

ST LOUIS, MO - JULY 14:  American League All-Star Roy Halladay of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during the 2009 MLB All-Star Game at Busch Stadium on July 14, 2009 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Images)

Roy Halladay is a perfect fit for the Dodgers, especially now.

Don't look, but the Dodgers lead in the NL West is down to "just" 6.5 games. Is it impossible to think the Giants and/or Rockies could make a run at the division title?

Based on how the Rockies have played under Manager Tracy, and their past "Rocktober" streaks, it isn't that unrealistic for them to make up 6.5 games.

San Francisco has the pitching, and their bats are producing more run support than many thought possible.

The Dodgers just lost Schmidt to an injury, and Billingsly came out of last night's game with a strained hammy. Kershaw is still young and inexperienced. Their bullpen is overworked (even with the addition of Sherrill), and Broxton is not a given commodity as a closer.

Will the Dodgers rely solely on their offense to win their games for them?

The answer to Dodger success is Roy Halladay for now, and the future. They would give up some prospects, but the future is much more clear with a proven player than a bunch of "could be" players.

Wonder Boy Roy would bring swagger to LA, and give them a much-needed, experienced, dominant pitcher to anchor the rotation.

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He pitches deep into games, saving the bullpen to pitch innings during starts by the back of the rotation.

A starting three of Halladay, Billingsley, and Kershaw in the playoffs would be scary. A much better option than a combination of Billingsley, Kershaw, Kuroda, and Wolf.

The Dodger have the money to sign Halladay to a long term contract, and their pitching staff would be set for years if they did. Manny and Hudson are free-agents-to-be, and they could use that money towards a real star player who would put butts in the seats and isn't injured, suspended, or near the end of his career.

I'm not sure if Halladay would pass through waivers at this point, but the Dodgers should pursue it. The have the money, the prospects, the need for pitching, and a shrinking lead in the NL West.