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Dodgers trade rumors: Team determined to land top pitcher

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The Los Angeles Dodgers appear determined to acquire a starting pitcher, with the two big names at the top.

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As the deadline approaches, and with the team in first place, it probably won't come off as a surprise that the Los Angeles Dodgers are actively looking for some starting pitching. They have a talented farm system and incredibly deep pockets, and as a result they're aiming high.

The Dodgers already have a pretty talented rotation, led by All-Stars Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. Carlos Frias and Mike Bolsinger have been surprisingly dependable, which has helped Los Angeles stay afloat in the NL West. Despite that, the Dodgers appear ready to go after Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto, according to Jon Heyman of

Hamels appeals to the Dodgers in a myriad of ways, which includes his contract. The assumption from the Dodgers is that Greinke will opt out of his deal at the end of the season, and Hamels being locked up for five years provides them with insurance in case Greinke winds up elsewhere.

Cueto on the other hand is a rental player, due to his free agent status at the end of the season. He would cost less in prospects and money for the Dodgers than Hamels would, but his contributions would likely be short lived.

There are other tier two options for the Dodgers to ponder. They "like" Jeff Samardzjia, but with the White Sox not selling as of now, they don't see a match. Mike Leake and Scott Kazmir are two other options that the Dodgers may consider. It seems clear that they're going to add a starting pitcher, but the question that remains, is who will it be?