Los Angeles Dodgers Getting Desperate to Win Now

8/24/12 in MLB   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

After a three-game sweep at the hands of the suddenly hot San Francisco Giants, the Dodgers found themselves three games behind their division rival for the top spot in the NL West. Today, the Dodgers have been gauging interest in trade scenarios to drastically increase their payroll for the foreseeable future in order to expect immediate contention.

August 15 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Boston Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (28) singles in the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIREThe Boston Red Sox are a team on the brink of change, whether that means managerial or player personnel, we know it means something. Bobby Valentine's first year in Boston hasn't gone as planned and the Sox have been pushed into a corner, forced to make a decision with the amount of money they have committed to both Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford over the next five seasons. Josh Beckett is far from former World Series form as well, and therefore, believed to be expendable and potentially on the move. 

The Dodgers would drastically improve (on paper) and be in a legitimate position to win right now and over the next few years, but we have witnessed too often that it is not the star name power that typically carries a franchise to a title.   A balanced pitching attack with timely hitting and very few fielding mistakes will allow for a team to consistently compete for a championship. 

The Dodgers pitching rotation is among the elite in the National League, however, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier have considerably cooled since beginning the regular season on fire, making them more feeble over the course of the last few months. The Giants currently lead the division and have won five straight games after defeating Atlanta for the second consecutive night. Without their leading hitter, the MelkMan, the Giants have welcomes back Pablo Sandoval from injury and he has not disappointed producing nine RBI and scoring seven runs over the last 10 games.

If the Dodgers want to compete with San Francisco for the division title this season, this pre-waiver-deadline trade would put them in the conversation. However, it doesn't come without risk. Crawford hasn't been able to stay healthy whatsoever since receiving his big pay day from Beantown. He may be on his way to season-ending surgery. Adrian Gonzalez continues to produce the numbers, however, his price tag is quite high as well. Beckett has been, for lack of a better word, awful this entire season. 

If there is fire where there is smoke and this rumor comes to fruition, the Dodgers will place upon themselves unrealistic expectations to finish the year, and beyond. Perhaps all those three need is a change of scenery to compete at a high level, however, it appears, at least from the latest murmurs around the baseball world, that the Dodgers are willing to take that risk. 

Only time will tell, however, it appears money is no object to the new and improved Dodger ownership. 
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