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Victorino hit .264/.324/.401 this season for the Phillies.

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Dodgers Designate Bobby Abreu For Assignment

The Los Angeles Dodgers welcomed new outfielder Shane Victorino on Wednesday, but to make room for him on the roster the Dodgers designated outfielder Bobby Abreu for assignment.

Abreu, 38, will be placed on waivers, and the Dodgers will have 10 days to either trade or release him. He is now off the Dodgers' 40-man and active rosters. It is the second time Abreu has been let go this season, as he was released by the Angels to make room for Mike Trout on April 27. The Dodgers picked him up a week later.

"It was a tough one today. Bobby came at a time when we had some guys hurt and did a great job for us.," said manager Don Mattingly.

Abreu hit .251/.359/.341 in 70 games with the Dodgers, but hit just .165/.258/.215 in his last 32 games, dating back to June 19. With the addition of Victorino, there simply wasn't going to be enough playing time for Abreu.

"Shane changes the dynamic of the outfield," Mattingly said. "There's really no double switching, there's no platooning. The only place the at-bats really come are from pinch hitting."

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Shane Victorino To Arrive Wednesday, Dodgers' Roster Move Yet Unknown

The Los Angeles Dodgers will add outfielder Shane Victorino to their active roster on Wednesday, as he is expected to start Wednesday's series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks. But the Dodgers will have to make a corresponding move to make room for Victorino, and so far the team is mum on the pending transaction.

The club already added Victorino to the 40-man roster on Tuesday by designating pitcher Michael Antonini for assignment. That removers the right-hander from the roster and if he clears waivers, Antonini could be outrighted back to Triple A Albuquerque.

Removing Antonini likely means that the move to put Victorino on the active roster won't be a veteran getting designated for assignment, because if the Dodgers were going to remove a player from the 40-man they could have done in Tuesday instead of Antonini.

That likely means struggling veterans Bobby Abreu (.234/.333/.255 in July), Tony Gwynn Jr. (.140/.204/.160 in July), and Juan Uribe (.154/.281/.346 in July) are probably safe. In the case of Uribe, he is at least healthy, but had just one at-bat in his one appearance in the last eight games coming into Tuesday.

"(Uribe's) healthy. In a sense, with Hanley at third and Cruz playing well at short, there is nowhere to use him except maybe as a pinch hitter, or doubling him in late in the game," said manager Don Mattingly.

The move could be as simple as someone to the disabled list, or perhaps someone getting optioned.

Luis Cruz could be optioned, but that would mean Hanley Ramirez is ready to play shortstop full time and would leave the club without a true backup at the position.

Rookie reliever Shawn Tolleson is another option candidate, but he has been pitching well of late, and would leave the Dodgers with only six pitchers in the bullpen. Though that is more palatable with off days on each of the next two Thursdays.

Both Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti declined to comment on a possible roster move, but one will need to be made by Wednesday. Now we wait and see.

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Shane Victorino To Bat Leadoff, But Dee Gordon Still In Dodgers' Plans

The Los Angeles Dodgers will have a new leadoff man when new acquisition Shane Victorino arrives before Wednesday's series finale with the Arizona Diamondbacks. But that doesn't mean shortstop Dee Gordon is out of the team's plans.

There has been some talk since the club acquired Hanley Ramirez last week that the former Miami Marlins shortstop would return to his old position with the Dodgers. Though Ramirez has played exclusively third base in seven games as a Dodger, he has taken pregame grounders at shortstop for four days and manager Don Mattingly said once Ramirez moved to shortstop Mattingly would keep him there.

But Mattingly clarified on Tuesday that he meant he would keep Ramirez at shortstop only until Gordon returns from the disabled list. Gordon tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb on July 4 and is currently still in a cast. Mattingly said Gordon could miss up to a month, which would put him in line for a September return.

But when Gordon returns, Mattingly said, the club plans to continue to have Gordon play shortstop.

Gordon is hitting .229/.280/.282 on the season, and with Victorino on the team the Dodgers don't need to try and fit Gordon's speed into a position at which he does not fit, at leadoff.

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Dodgers Never Really Close On Ryan Dempster Trade

The Los Angeles Dodgers failed to land starting pitcher Ryan Dempster at the trade deadline on Tuesday, as the Chicago Cubs instead dealt the right-hander to the Texas Rangers. In the end, the Cubs' asking price was too high.

The Dodgers refused to part with Allen Webster, whom the organization considers one of its top prospects, for a two-month rental, as Dempster is pending free agent. Webster has a 3.72 ERA in 23 games for Double A Chattnooga, and according to Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti was not the only player the Cubs wanted.

"It wasn't just one premiere prospect," Colletti said. "It was one premiere prospect and other players too."

The Dodgers and Cubs had talked off and on for weeks and even though Dempster reportedly wanted to join the Dodgers the two teams were never really close on a deal, even Tuesday.

'We had been talking for such a long period of time, and there was no moving," Colletti said. "We tried up until the last couple of minutes."

Colletti added that the pending return of Ted Lilly, who could return from left shoulder inflammation as soon as August 13, was a factor in the Dodgers not being desperate to add a starting pitcher. Colletti said the Dodgers will continue to pursue upgrades via trade in August, when players have to be placed on waivers before they can de dealt.

In addition, Rubby De La Rosa, who underwent Tommy John surgery last August, pitched three scoreless innings in a rehab assignment on Sunday and could add depth to the bullpen at the very least by September.

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MLB Trade Deadline 2012: Ryan Dempster To Rangers, Dodgers Miss Out

The Los Angeles Dodgers were one of the main teams vyiing to grab the services of Ryan Dempster, but they lost out in the end to the Texas Rangers, who ended up grabbing Dempster instead.

Dempster did have the ability to veto the deal, but it's clear that he was happy with going to Texas. This sesaon he's 5-5 posting a 2.25 ERA in 16 starts this year. He's struck out 83 and walked 27, with hitters posting a batting average of .210. Dempster is making $14 million this year.

Apparently the Dodgers were one of Dempster's top choices but it just didn't work out, and he made it clear the Rangers and Yankees were also acceptable destinations. The Dodgers refused to include Allen Webster in the deal and that was that with negotiations with the Rangers.

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Shane Victorino Trade: Dodgers Designate Michael Antonini For Assignment

The Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday made official their acquisition for Shane Victorino from the Philadelphia Phillies, in a day filled with moves at the MLB trade deadline. The Dodgers also designated pitcher Michael Antonini for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

For Victorino, the Dodgers sent relief pitcher Josh Lindblom, minor league pitcher Ethan Martin, and a player to be named later or cash considerations.

"We’re excited to add an All-Star caliber player with postseason experience," said general manager Ned Colletti in a statement. "He plays the game with passion, gives us a top of the order bat from both sides of the plate, can steal bases and is solid defensively in the outfield."

The Dodgers also added relief pitcher Brandon League from the Seattle Mariners late Monday night. League will take Lindblom's spot in the bullpen, and on the active roster and 40-man roster. Designating Antonini for assignment creates room on the 40-man roster for Victorino, but another move will still need to be made to make room for Victorino on the active roster.

Antonini was added to the 40-man roster last November, and he was called up twice earlier this season. However, despite accumulating four days of service time in his two brief big league stints, Antonini never pitched for the Dodgers.

If Antonini clears waivers, the Dodgers can outright him back to Triple A Albuquerque.

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Shane Victorino Trade: Dodgers Send Josh Lindblom, Ethan Martin To Phillies

The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired their leadoff hitter on Tuesday, acquiring Shane Victorino from the Philadelphia Phillies for reliever Josh Lindblom and minor league pitcher Ethan Martin.

Victorino is hitting 264/.324/.401 this season, an upgrade over Dodgers' left fielders, who have hit a combined .259/.329/.348 on the year. Victorino, 31, hit .281/.348/.452, a 111 OPS+, averaging 30 doubles, 12 triples, 15 home runs, 28 steals, and 96 runs per season.

Victorino is making $9.5 million this season, so the Dodgers will be on the hook for just under $3.4 million the rest of the season.

Lindblom, 25, was 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 48 games this season, with 43 strikeouts and 18 walks in 47 2/3 innings. The Dodgers acquired relief pitcher Brandon League from the Seattle Mariners on Monday night, who will likely now fill Lindblom's primarily seventh-inning role in the Dodgers' bullpen.

Martin, 23, was the Dodgers' first round draft pick in 2008, and was 8-6 with a 3.58 in 20 starts in Double A, with 112 strikeouts in 118 innings.

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Dodgers' Trade For Brandon League Could Pave Way For Shane Victorino Deal

The Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night completed a trade for relief pitcher Brandon League from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor leaguers Leon Landry and Logan Bawcom.

League was 0-5 with a 3.63 ERA in 46 games this season for the Mariners. He lost the closer job in late May after blowing four of his 13 save opportunities.

"I've seen this cat in the American League, and he's dirty. He may have had troubles with lefties this year, but he's like (Ronald Belisario)," manager Don Mattingly said. "When he gets the ball down he gets everybody out. He's filthy. This is a good arm."

General manager Ned Colletti said League throws 95-96 miles per hour with a sinker and a slider. League will likely pitch in the later innings, as a setup man to Kenley Jansen.

"Any time you can add people in that segment of the game, that's a good spot to have," Colletti said.

The trade for League appears to have opened the door for the Dodgers to deal another reliever, Josh Lindblom, in a deal for Shane Victorino of the Phillies, as has been widely reported as a close deal.

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Dodgers Trade For Brandon League, Deal Leon Landry And Logan Bawcom To Mariners

The Los Angeles Dodgers ended up acquiring have finally dealt Brandon League after the rumors started surfacing a few days ago. The trade was announced by the Mariners awhile ago, ending up sending League to the Los Angeles Dodgers for two more prospects. League posted an ERA of 3.71, winning 17 games and losing 26 games, striking out 275 and walking 54 batters.

With the League trade, the Mariners will receive two prospects by the Dodgers deep in the farm system, getting outfielder Leon Landry and right handed pitcher Logan Bawcom. Landry was batting .328 when he was at Rancho Cucamonga at the Dodgers A+ affiliate, while Bawcom appearing in 27 games with the Chattanooga Lookouts, putting up a 2.60 ERA overall.

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Dodgers Trade Rumors: Ryan Dempster Talks Stall, Braves Still In The Mix

Before the Los Angeles Dodgers acquired difference-maker Hanley Ramirez, they were making the full-court press for starting pitcher Ryan Dempster, who had earlier appeared to be on the verge of heading to the Atlanta Braves before that deal fell through.

Mike Axisa at MLB Trade Rumors reports that the Dodgers have reached an impasse with the Chicago Cubs regarding a trade for Dempster. The Cubs' asking price continues to be a bit higher than the Dodgers are willing to go. Now, with the trade deadline approaching, the Braves may be able to step back into the mix and make another push at acquiring Dempster.

The Braves were one of the teams attempting to land Zack Greinke before he went to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.

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Dodgers Option Shawn Tolleson After Hanley Ramirez Trade

The Los Angeles Dodgers made their first foray into the trade market on Wednesday, adding Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate from the Miami Marlins. Both arrived in time for Wednesday's game with the St. Louis Cardinals, necessitating a roster move.

The Dodgers traded pitcher Nathan Eovaldi in the deal to get Ramirez and Choate, so that opened up one spot on the active roster. The other spot was created by optioning relief pitcher Shawn Tolleson to Triple A Albuquerque.

Tolleson had a 5.40 ERA in 11 appearances with the Dodgers, but he had improved in July with a 3.86 ERA in six appearances with seven strikeouts in seven innings. Tolleson retired 15 batters in a row at one point.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Choate, the Dodgers transferred reliever Todd Coffey to the 60-day disabled list. Coffey is out for the season after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow that required Tommy John surgery.

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Dodgers Vs. Cardinals: Hanley Ramirez Batting 5th, Playing Third Base

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to rebound from Tuesday's loss as they battle the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium. But the Dodgers' lineup got a boost on Wednesday with the addition of Hanley Ramirez, who was traded by the Miami Marlins. Ramirez is starting for the Dodgers on Wednesday and playing third base.

Ramirez, hitting .246/.322/.438 with 14 home runs on the year, is hitting fifth for the Dodgers on Wednesday night. Earlier Wednesday manager Don Mattingly made it clear where he thought Ramirez should hit.

"I look at him more as a middle of the order guy," Mattingly said.

Here are the starting lineups from Busch Stadium, the third game of a four-game series.

Dodgers (53-45)

Abreu LF
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Ramirez 3B
Loney 1B
Cruz SS
Ellis C
Harang P

Cardinals (51-46)

Furcal SS
Jay CF
Holliday LF
Beltran RF
Craig 1B
Molina C
Freese 3B
Schumaker 2B
Lohse P

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Hanley Ramirez Trade: Infielder Expected In Dodgers Lineup Wednesday

The Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday finalized their blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins, acquiring three-time All-Star infielder Hanley Ramirez and left-handed reliever Randy Choate for pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and minor leaguer relief pitcher Scott McGough.

Ramirez told reporters as he left Marlins park that he was in the starting lineup Wednesday night for the Dodgers in St. Louis, per Joe Capozzi of The Palm Beach Post.

Ramirez, 28, is under contract for two more seasons beyond this year, at $15.5 million in 2013 and $16 million in 2014. The Dodgers are on the hook of the remainder of his $15 million salary this year, roughly $5.8 million.

"The addition of a hitter the caliber of Hanley Ramirez improves our lineup from top to bottom, inserting a proven run producer to go along with Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier," said Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. "We’re excited for Hanley to begin a new chapter in Los Angeles."

Choate, 36, adds a second left-handed pitcher to the Dodgers bullpen along with Scott Elbert, and one who has held left-handed batters to a .150 batting average this season (9-for-60).

"Randy Choate is a veteran pitcher that provides depth to our bullpen and gives Don Mattingly another left-handed relief option," said Colletti.

With Eovaldi gone, the Dodgers will need to make another roster move to make room for both Ramirez and Choate on the active roster. That move is expected to be infielder Adam Kennedy to the disabled list, as he aggravated a right groin injury on Tuesday in St. Louis. To make room on the 40-man roster, reliever Todd Coffey, who underwent Tommy John surgery this month, will likely be transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Eovaldi was slated to start for the Dodgers on Friday in San Francisco. They will need to make another roster move for Friday's starter, whether it is via trade or possibly Stephen Fife getting called up from Triple A to make his second start.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Dodgers Acquire Hanley Ramirez, According To Report

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached a deal to acquire Miami Marlins shortstop/third baseman Hanley Ramirez, according to multiple reports late Tuesday night. It is yet to be confirmed by either club, but it appears the deal has in fact gone down.

In addition to Ramirez, the Dodgers will receive reliever Randy Choate. Initial reports indicate Los Angeles will send Nathan Eovaldi and pitching prospect Scott McGough to the Marlins. Eovaldi was a top-prospect for the club, but he has struggled for most of the season and has received very little run support. McGough was a fifth round selection in 2011.

Here is the initial report from Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.

This is a huge move for the Dodgers. Ramirez has been questioned frequently about his work ethic and ability to be a good teammate, but there is no denying he is an elite hitter when healthy. His defense leaves something to be desired at shortstop and third base, but it is serviceable.

The biggest question remaining is how much of Ramirez's salary the Dodgers will pick up. Ramirez is owned $38.5 million the next three years, so it'll be interesting to see if there is any cash compensation sent to L.A. to help pay his contract.

(UPDATE: No cash will be sent to the Dodgers in the trade.)

In 92 games this season, Ramirez is batting .246/.322/.430 with 14 homers, 14 stolen bases and 47 runs batted in.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Ryan Dempster To Dodgers Talks Resume

It appeared Ryan Dempster was on his way to the Atlanta Braves after being linked to the Dodgers for weeks. While the Braves and Cubs had reached a deal, Dempster has a full no-trade clause due to his 10-and-5 rights*. Dempster had interest in going to Atlanta, but he wanted to see if the front office could arrange a deal with the Dodgers first. They are believed to be his preferred destination should a trade happen.

According to the latest tweet from Jon Morosi, the Dodgers and Cubs are working on a trade once again after negotiations broke off on Monday.

Webster, 22, is regarded as a top-five prospect in the system. He currently pitches in Double-A and has pitched well while striking out nearly a batter per-inning. Given that Webster has the potential to be a very solid No. 3 or 4 starter one day in the big leagues, it's tough to see L.A. giving him up for two months of Dempster, who will hit free agency in the offseason.

We will continue to monitor the trade rumors out of Los Angeles in the coming days. Dempster is scheduled to start next on Wednesday night.

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Ryan Demspter Off The Market, Reportedly Headed To Braves

The Los Angeles Dodgers were working on a deal last week for Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster, but the two sides couldn't quite come to an agreement on a deal. Now it appears Dempster will be off the table as he is reportedly close to becoming a member of the Atlanta Braves.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that a deal is close, and Jayson Stark of ESPN said the deal could be completed Monday afternoon. Mark Bowman of MLB.com confirmed the Braves will acquire Dempster, possibly with Randall Delgado going to the Cubs.

Heyman said on MLB Network that the Cubs "wanted a high-end starting pitching prospect" in return, which gave the Braves an advantage over the Dodgers, who didn't want to trade top prospect Zach Lee, currently in Double A at 20, for a rental like Dempster.

The Dodgers, who are also desperate for offensive help, could possibly turn their attention to Matt Garza, also of the Cubs, or James Shields of the Tampa Bay Rays, each of whom are under contract beyond this season.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Ryan Dempster To Dodgers "Unlikely", According To Report

The Los Angeles Dodgers were the reported favorite all week to right-handed starter Ryan Dempster, but it appears they may be looking in a new direction. There is no denying the Dodgers need to improve their starting rotation, but the asking price for Dempster is high and he'll likely skip town in free agency once the season ends.

This all being said, it looks like trade talks between LA and the Cubs is slowly falling apart. Here's the latest from Ken Rosenthal:

The news comes from an unnamed source, so take it with a grain of salt for now. Still, Rosenthal is typically very solid with his reporting and seldom releases news if he doesn't feel it's legitimate.

Garza, 28, has very similar numbers to Dempster over the course of his career, but he's struggled a bit in 2012 with the long ball and away from home. Since he's under team control for another season, it would make more sense for LA to pursue him instead of Dempster.

More to come throughout the weekend as news continues to trickle in.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Ryan Dempster Not Dealt On Friday, Dodgers Continue Discussions

Just about all of Friday has come and gone, which is a substantial development for the Dodgers, Cubs and the other 10 or so teams in pursuit of Ryan Dempster. Many felt Dempster would be dealt before his start on Friday evening, but that was not the case as he took the mound against the Cardinals.

To recap the trade rumors up until this point, the Dodgers have been viewed as the favorites to land the 35-year-old veteran for couple of weeks. LA has the money and prospects to entice Chicago to send Dempster west, but the two clubs appear to be stuck on which players would be sent to the Cubs.

Dempster is set to hit free agency in three months and reportedly wants to return to his current employer, so it's understandable for the Dodgers to be cautious if a contract extension cannot be reached.

As the Dodgers and Cubs try to work out a deal, it appears just about every National League team in contention for the playoffs is also 'in' on the righty. The Braves, Cardinals and Nationals have all been directly linked to him, as have a couple of American League teams. Dempster has a full no-trade clause, and he's stated that having a chance to win big is his only requirement.

The Dempster rumors are likely going to continue throughout the weekend, and you can expect the Dodgers to remain in the picture until he's dealt somewhere. Whether he ends up in Los Angeles or not is anyone's guess as of late Friday night.

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MLB Trade Rumors 2012: Los Angeles Dodgers Pursue Ryan Dempster

The Los Angeles Dodgers appear to be extremely active at the trade deadline. Is Ryan Dempster the player they'll end up landing? Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports the Dodgers are in hot pursuit.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have proposed a trade for Chicago Cubs starter Ryan Dempster, a baseball source told ESPNChicago.com on Thursday.

The Cubs have been clear their top priority on the trade market is adding young pitching. It is unclear whether Zach Lee, the top-rated arm in Los Angeles' farm system, is included in the offer.

As True Blue LA points out, Dempster is 35 years old, but he has been pitching well, posting a 1.86 ERA in 14 starts and is still riding out a streak of 33 consecutive scoreless innings. Dempster is reaching the end of a four-year contract that would pay out $14 million this season, and it looks like the moribund Cubs are ready to dump salary. The Dodgers could use an extra hand in the starting rotation and Dempster could be that guy to help upgrade Los Angeles toward a run to the playoffs.

This could be the first of a series of trade rumors involving the Dodgers as we move closer to the deadline, which is 12 days away. After that point, players can only be picked up by teams on waivers for the remainder of the season.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Ryan Dempster Says Dodgers First Choice

Fox Sports is reporting that the Los Angeles Dodgers are Ryan Dempster's first choice to be to be traded to. The Dodgers have been linked to the veteran Chicago Cub's pitcher for quite some time, but it would appear that a deal will be coming sooner than later.

Meanwhile, Jon Heyman is reporting that the Cubs are looking for either one very good prospect or two mid-level prospects, preferably young pitching prospects. Because Dempster is a 10 year veteran that has spent the past five years with the same team, he has veto power over the final destination, but it appears the Dodgers are clear in that count.

Dempster is 5-3 with a 1.86 ERA and will be a free agent after this year.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Dodgers Considered Likely Bidders For Cole Hamels, Ryan Dempster

The Los Angeles Dodgers could benefit from adding a pitcher or two to their starting rotation, and they're expected to be in the market for a couple of the biggest names around. Clayton Kershaw and Chris Capuano have cemented themselves atop the rotation, injuries to Ted Lilly and Chad Billingsley's sore elbow have been a cause for concern.

With a little more than two weeks remaining before the trade deadline, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports took a look at the contending teams looking to make a deal. Here's what he had to say about the Dodgers.

A lot of folks already are figuring they have a good shot at Hamels in the winter, so why not now? They definitely have the bucks to do a deal. They want to add a pitcher, but are also one of many considering Ryan Dempster (Ted Lilly, the ex-Cub, put in a good word for Dempster), who may be most likely for them.

He would be referring to Cole Hamels, the left-handed ace for the struggling Philadelphia Phillies. Hamels is set to become a free agent in three months and will see a huge check, something L.A. can now provide given their ownership change. At the same time, adding a pitcher of Hamels' caliber for the pennant race could be the difference between playing baseball or golf in October.

As for Dempster, the Dodgers have reportedly already made an offer to the Cubs for the veteran righty, although they'll get some stiff competition from just about every team in the league.

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