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)
Clubs that have spoken with the Los Angeles Dodgers say they’re looking for a starting pitcher, a left-handed reliever and a bat, reports Jayson Stark of ESPN. New Dodgers president, Stan Kasten, told Ken Rosenthal earlier this week that he wants fans to know LA is "going to be aggressive" this summer.
Stark notes that the Dodgers are likely to be busy once the selling/buying season begins this summer. LA was tied to Washington Nationals left-hander John Lannan earlier this week, and Jon Paul Morosi speculated the Dodgers could target Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis and Toronto Blue Jays first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion.
According to Stark, the Dodgers could face one problem when attempting to acquire players as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches. Stark hasn’t heard much enthusiasm over the prospects the Dodgers have to trade outside of Alex Castellanos.
Still, Stark notes that LA has been given the go-ahead to take on money and spoke with one National League executive who called money a prospect.