They are six regulars down, and rolling, with the second-best record in the
Uribe is on the bench, but Grandal, Puig, and Crawford all are expected to return. With McCarthy and Ryu out for the season, the Dodgers are looking to trade for starting pitching.
Bolsinger, who retired 23 of 24 batters and lowered his earned-run average to 0.71, said he was not offended. He said he would let his mom keep up with the trade rumors.
"It doesn't bother me," he said. "I'm going to keep pitching and keep trying to get Ws for the team. Whatever happens, happens."
"No one's anxious right now," Friedman said. "Most teams feel like they're one winning streak from being right back in it."
In the meantime, Friedman said he has revisited off-season and spring-training discussions with teams, and he talked with rival executives when he scouted the Southeastern Conference tournament last week.
"We're actively vetting the market, doing everything we can to augment our depth," he said.
And, of course, there is grand prize
The Dodgers might have a surplus at third base, but Alex Guerrero, the only young player in the mix, has little trade value because he can declare free agency at the end of any season in which he is traded. The veterans at the position, Uribe and
The Dodgers do not intend to trade any of their three elite young players: Pederson, the rookie center fielder, triple-A shortstop
But the ownership mandate to rebuild the farm system is paying off, so the Dodgers have a crop of other prospects available for trade, including pitchers
More important: The Dodgers plan to spend heavily on international amateurs when that market opens July 2, meaning that they will be able to trade a fair number of prospects this summer and still replenish their farm system.
"Acquiring starting pitching depth is my No. 1 priority," Friedman said. "I would love to wake up one morning to answer a question from you guys about 'What are we going to do with all our starting pitching depth?'