A front-line starter would help the Dodgers secure their lead in the
But in the two weeks before the trade deadline, and the more than two months remaining in the regular season, the playoff scenarios can change significantly. Here's a look at some of the developing story lines:
Call to arms
It has been three months since the Dodgers lost Brandon McCarthy for the season, two months since they lost Hyun-Jin Ryu for the season. The Dodgers have used 12 starters, as many as they did all of last season.
With the fill-ins fading — since June 1, Mike Bolsinger has an earned-run average of 4.54 and Carlos Frias has an ERA of 4.50, with a combined two victories in 14 starts — this is the time for
That one bat, preferably swung by someone who could play left field, might now make a huge difference. The farm system still is thin — there are no top prospects among position players, but a few decent pitchers — but maybe interim GM Bill Stoneman can trade an arm for a bat.
Price was traded one year and two months shy of free agency, at a cost of $24 million. Hamels could be bound to his new club through 2019, but at a cost of up to $95 million. That means the Phillies have to pay down the deal to get top prospects in return.
Hamels would love to join the Dodgers, but no one is sure whether the Phillies can or will pull the trigger until incoming team president Andy MacPhail takes charge after the season.
No words spook San Diego fans more than "fire sale."
Upton, who will become a free agent this fall, is all but gone this month — and he would be a perfect fit in Anaheim. The Padres could admit the makeover failed and trade Kimbrel and Shields to restock the farm system, but that would scream "fire sale" and trigger a fan exodus no matter how rationally the team could explain it.
They're damned if they sell, damned if they don't.
Over the last four years, the Astros averaged 104 losses and the