OAKLAND, CA - MAY 23: Brian Fuentes #40 of the Oakland Athletics pitches in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at O.co Coliseum on May 23, 2012 in Oakland, California. The Angeles won the game in eleven innings 3-1. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
While the Los Angeles Dodgers are targeting a left-handed reliever for their bullpen, they are not interested in veteran Brian Fuentes, who was released by the Oakland Athletics today, reports Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.
The #Dodgers are looking for a left-handed reliever, but have no interest in Brian Fuentes, who was released today.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) July 11, 2012
Dodgers’ relievers have been solid so far this season, maintaining the 5th and 10th best ERA (3.10) and WHIP (1.23) in the bigs.
However, LA only has one left-handed reliever on its current roster in 26-year-old southpaw Scott Elbert. While Elbert’s been solid overall this season, he hasn’t been particularly good against left-handed hitters. On the year, lefties have hit at a clip of .286/.349/.429 over their 56 at-bats against the 26-year-old.
Beyond a lefty reliever, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said earlier this summer that he’s looking to acquire a starting pitcher and a bat. Colletti added that he’d rather take on payroll than part with prospects when it comes to summer trades.
What do the Dodgers need most; a bat, a starter or a lefty reliever?