The 1 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline on Thursday passed without the
reinforcing their pitching staff or finding
a new home.
warned of this scenario Wednesday night, when he said he didn’t want to trade any of the Dodgers’ top three prospects: triple-A outfielder Joc Pederson, double-A infielder
and Class-A left-hander Julio Urias.
More than one of them would have been required to land pitcher
, whom the
sent to the
in a three-way trade involving the
. The Mariners landed
from the Tigers, while the Rays received Nick Franklin from the Mariners and Drew Smyly from the Tigers, according to the multiple reports.
Price wasn’t the only front-line starter to be traded in the hours leading up to the deadline. The
in exchange for All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
John Lackey was also traded, from the Red Sox to the
. He, too, came at a considerable cost, as outfielder
and right-hander Joe Kelly were sent from the Red Sox to the Cardinals.
The Dodgers also couldn’t land a reliever. Potential targets
play for division rivals -- Benoit for the
and Perez the
-- which made them difficult to land.
As for Kemp, he is likely to have to settle for playing right field for the remainder of the season. Kemp has said he would like to play center field again and made it sound as if he was open to a trade.
Kemp has hit three home runs in his last two games and is batting .486 over his last nine games.
The Dodgers could still add a pitcher in the coming month.
Most players will be placed on waivers in August. They could be claimed by the Dodgers or, if they clear waivers, could be acquired in a trade.
The Dodgers acquired