All this Dodgers deadline trade talk is absolutely draining

All this Dodgers deadline trade talk is absolutely draining
Will the Dodgers acquire Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester before Thursday's Major League Baseball trade deadline? (Chris O'Meara / Associated Press)

Can it be Thursday, please? At 1 p.m. with deals done or not done? At some point do you stop caring and just want it over?

The nonwaiver trading deadline draws near, just not near enough.


This is the time of year when rumors fly, dip low and then go airborne again. And with blogs and websites and Twitter, it seems more amped up than ever. Particularly for the Dodgers. It’s information (or at least rumor) overload.

The Dodgers seem in on every whispered trade possibility. David Price or Jon Lester? Cole Hamels, John Lackey, Cliff Lee, Bartolo Colon or all of them?

Matt Kemp’s going. If not Carl Crawford or prospect Joc Pederson or Andre Ethier or Manny Mota or Ned Colletti’s favorite alligator boots.

The Dodgers get pulled into every scenario partly because they have money and partly because they are smart enough to listen. Throw in an overcrowded outfield and a team that –- hold onto your skivvies -– has the best record in the National League, and everything is possible.

Which is beyond fatiguing. And, of course, a significant deal may not transpire. This could be the summer the Dodgers' big move was trading for Darwin Barney.

“I’m not expecting anything huge,” said Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly.

So Mattingly filled out his lineup Tuesday and Crawford and Kemp were still his corner outfielders. Clearly he's behind in his Twitter updates.

Even when Thursday afternoon has come and gone, it doesn’t mean those crafty front-office types still won’t pull something. It was in August two years ago when the Dodgers made the mindboggling trade with the Red Sox that netted Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Crawford and Nick Punto.

But right now, Thursday is the deadline that looms. Just hurry up.