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No deals for Dodgers before non-waiver trade deadline

No deals for Dodgers before non-waiver trade deadline
The Dodgers made no deals before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline. General Manager Ned Colletti, shown above last fall, didn't want to trade any of the Dodgers' top three minor-league prospects. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

The 1 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline on Thursday passed without the

Dodgers

reinforcing their pitching staff or finding

Matt Kemp

a new home.

General Manager

Ned Colletti

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

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Corey Seager
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and Class-A left-hander Julio Urias.

More than one of them would have been required to land pitcher

David Price

, whom the

Tampa Bay Rays

sent to the

Detroit Tigers

in a three-way trade involving the

Seattle Mariners

. The Mariners landed

Austin Jackson

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

Boston Red Sox

sent

Jon Lester

and outfielder

Jonny Gomes

to the

Oakland Athletics

in exchange for All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

John Lackey was also traded, from the Red Sox to the

St. Louis Cardinals

. He, too, came at a considerable cost, as outfielder

Allen Craig

and right-hander Joe Kelly were sent from the Red Sox to the Cardinals.

The Dodgers also couldn’t land a reliever. Potential targets

Joaquin Benoit

and

Oliver Perez

play for division rivals -- Benoit for the

San Diego Padres

and Perez the

Arizona Diamondbacks

-- 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

Adrian Gonzalez

,

Josh Beckett

and

Carl Crawford

in an August waiver deal in 2012.

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