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Dodgers Rumors: LA Seeking Starter, Bat and Lefty Reliever

Apr 24, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti before the game against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 24, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti before the game against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he is looking to add a starting pitcher, another bat and a left-handed reliever to his team this summer. So far this season, the Dodgers have been tied to Chicago Cubs starting pitchers Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza, Boston Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis and Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

Colletti told Hernandez that the Dodgers front office now has the ability to add payroll with new ownership coming on board. Still, Colletti believes the extra wild-card slot in each league will make for fewer sellers this summer.

Colletti estimates that the Dodgers will have five or six potential trade partners as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches. At this point, he says teams are only interested in discussing pending free agents.

Hernandez provides a list of hitters that fits into this category, including Carlos Lee of the Houston Astros and Carlos Quentin of the San Diego Padres. Pitchers that fall into this group include Dempster, Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum of the Milwaukee Brewers, and Brandon McCarthy and Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics.