The Los Angeles Dodgers could trade for Philadelphia Phillies outfielders Shane Victorino or Hunter Pence even if the club acquires Chicago Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster along with Hanley Ramirez, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:
Regarding the Dempster situation, Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren said this morning that it’s "highly unlikely" his club acquires the Cubs’ veteran. Buster Olney of ESPN reports the Dodgers are feeling "increasingly confident" they can complete a deal for Dempster, because the Cubs "don’t have many alternatives."
The Dodgers are feelingly increasingly confident they can work out a deal for Dempster, because CHC don't have many alternatives. We'll see.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 25, 2012
Whoever they acquire, the Dodgers are interested in a "true No. 2 starter" to pair with Clayton Kershaw rather than a "depth guy," according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Morosi says beyond Dempster, Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke and Miami Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson are also on LA’s list.
#Dodgers more interested in true No. 2 starter to pair with Kershaw than a depth guy. They expect to land a pitcher.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 25, 2012
If #Dodgers can't complete deal for Dempster, they have Zack Greinke and Josh Johnson on their list, as well, sources say.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 25, 2012
Which should the Dodgers target next; a pitcher, hitter or both?