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)
If you thought this weekend’s blockbuster with the Boston Red Sox might signal the end of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ shopping spree, you may have to think again. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the Dodgers are still on the hunt, and they’re specifically pursuing a starting pitcher:
Source:— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 27, 2012
#Dodgers not done. Looking for another starting pitcher. Nothing close.
Rosenthal does note that nothing is close at this time.
Following the trade that sent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, right-hander Josh Beckett, outfielder Carl Crawford and infielder Nick Punto to Los Angeles, the Dodgers have now acquired nine players in the last month-and-a-half. The others brought in by LA include shortstop/third baseman Hanley Ramirez, left-hander Randy Choate, right-hander Brandon League, outfielder Shane Victorino, and right-hander Joe Blanton.
Blanton and Beckett already provide the Dodgers with a pair of acquired starters this summer, but they are apparently seeking more. Dodgers’ starters have posted the third best ERA in the league (3.47) on the season, but with Chad Billingsly’s injury and the recent struggle of some of their veteran starters GM Ned Colletti and ownership may still believe there is room for improvement.
Do the Dodgers need to add another starter?