With the 2014 MLB trade deadline behind us, the Los Angeles Dodgers haven’t made any blockbuster trades to solidify their lineup for the rest of the season. However, the trade deadline doesn’t signify the end of any deals that might happen. Past history shows us that Ned Colletti likes to see where all the chips fall before he chalks up a deal (See: 2012 trade with Boston Red Sox that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Dodgers.)
Under baseball’s current collective bargaining agreement, the only way a trade can be made after the July 31 trade deadline is if all players in the trade clear waivers or they are not on the 40-man roster to begin with. While most of the big name pitchers have moved teams already, there are still players available who could help the Dodgers in a big way.
Philadelphia Phillies lefty Cliff Lee, who has been a subject of trade rumors, could be the key piece in a deal sending him to Los Angeles. Lee would be a welcome addition to the rotation and immediately becomes a better option than the struggling Dan Haren. Lee would also have no problem passing through waivers due to his very large 2014 salary of $25 million, which the Dodgers would have no problem taking on.
Another left-handed pitcher from the Phillies who might be an option is Cole Hamels. Hamels has had a solid year so far posting a 2.55 ERA and an impressive 1.13 WHIP for a Phillies team that is now 12.5 games out of first place in the NL East. The Phillies have said that Hamels was untradeable earlier in the season, but over the past few weeks they have opened up talks with a number of teams.
Other players who could have an impact include San Diego Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit, who has been lights out this year posting a 1.88 ERA over 43 IP. The Padres have been known to sell at the deadline, and Benoit’s large salary could make a trade possible. Going back to the Phillies, closer Jonathan Papelbon is another player who would help bolster the Dodgers’ bullpen. Papelbon has expressed interest in moving to a contender and a trade including either Lee or Hamels could be a possibility.