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Dodgers Rumors: Cliff Lee, Adrian Gonzalez

August 3, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (28) hits an RBI single during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE
August 3, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (28) hits an RBI single during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

While the Los Angeles Dodgers made several notable moves this summer, it’s been reported that there were two other impact players they had their eye on; Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee and Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com offers insight on LA’s pursuit of each player:

The Dodgers not only claimed Lee, they made offers of players for him. (Colletti and Kasten wouldn't talk about waivers or Lee, since waivers are supposed to be a secret and Lee is still a Phillie, but others confirmed their involvement.)

The Dodgers also did make a play at one point before the deadline for star Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, as Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globereported. But as one Red Sox person noted regarding their lack of interest in trading Gonzalez, "It takes two to make a deal."

While few expected any major league team to risk claiming Lee and his monster of a remaining contract after he was placed on waivers by the Phillies, the Dodgers did.

Heyman lists the "most willing trading partner in baseball," after they added third baseman Hanley Ramirez, outfielder Shane Victorino, relievers Randy Choate and Brandon League and starter Joe Blanton via trade this summer.

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Which player(s) should the Dodgers target this off-season?

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