ESPN.com is looking into the possible options for the Dodgers as they look for starting pitching help for the second half of the season. Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt and Mariners pitcher Cliff Lee are at the top of their list, but sources say the Rangers remain the favorites for his services.
Lee is an interesting option only because if the Dodgers trade for him, they would be assuming another long-term contract, something that hasn't gone well for them in the past.
Other options include the Cubs' Ted Lilly and the Indians' Jake Westbrook. Lilly got a late start to the season recovering from an offseason setback, and aside from today, he has pitched pretty good. Lilly, who is 2-6 with a 3.42 ERA, went 44-26 in three previous seasons with the Cubs, the best in the rotation.
NL sources believe the Cubs want to retain Lilly, but are in no rush to sign him to an extension midseason. Multiple sources say it's not inconceivable for the Cubs to extend his contract on the same year-to-year salary (10 million dollars) for two or three seasons.
The Indians are expected to shop Jake Westbrook, who is in the final year of his contract making 11 million dollars. Westbrook is 4-4 with a 4.76 ERA in 14 games this season, but may be better suited in the NL at this point in his career.
The Dodgers will for sure be in the market for starting pitcher as they try to pull away in what is expected to be one of the most exciting division races in baseball.