The Dodgers are looking to add a starter at the trade deadline, and it appears that they're shooting for a big name in their search. As Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com first reported last night, the Dodgers are pursuing starters David Price, Jon Lester, Cole Hamels and John Lackey with less than 72 hours to go before the deadline.
Los Angeles is known to be talking to the Red Sox about their pitchers, with a Matt Kemp-for-Lester deal being possible as of Sunday. Their interest in Lackey is a new development, and may signal that the sides are working on a revised version of a deal that would send a starter to Los Angeles.
The chances of Price or Hamels being moved anywhere seemed slim at the beginning of the week, but their teams are reportedly shopping them for the right offers. The Dodgers have concerns about if veterans Dan Haren and Josh Beckett will be able to last for the rest of the season, meaning they are looking to add yet another ace to an excellent starting corps that includes Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
If the Dodgers were to make a deal for a front-line starter like Price, Lester, Hamels or Lackey, they would likely have to deal with one or two of their top prospects (Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, Julio Urias or Zach Lee). It will be fascinating to see how aggressive the Dodgers are to land a front-line arm in the next three days.