Dodgers Rumors: Dempster, Garza, Cuddyer, Willingham

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 15: Starting pitcher Matt Garza #22 of the Chicago Cubs stretches before throwing against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field on July 15, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Dodgers are aggressively pursuing starting pitchers and hitters, including Chicago Cubs right-handers Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza, Colorado Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer and Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham, reports Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com:

The Dodgers remain aggressive in their pursuit of both starting pitching and hitting. Their need for pitching may have become more urgent with the news Sunday that Chad Billingsly will have an MRI on his right elbow.

Cubs starters Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza remain high on the Dodgers' wish list. The Dodgers have also expressed interest in outfielders Michael Cuddyer of the Rockies and Josh Willingham of the Twins, although it's not clear how willing either team would be to move them.

While Garza and Dempster, especially the latter, are available this summer, the same may not be true of Cuddyer and Willingham. Both players signed three-year contracts this off-season, and while the Rockies and Twins are not in contention it appears each team would have to be overwhelmed to trade either veteran.

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What do the Dodgers need most; pitcher or hitter?

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