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Dodgers Quiet as Trade Deadline Looms
July 27, 2015

The Major League Baseball trade deadline isn't until Friday, and you know the Los Angeles Dodgers are going to do something. They can spend as much money as they want, the Giants are closing in, and they need some help. The new regime has brought in a plethora of relievers that haven't helped, and they'll probably do that again, but rumors continue for a big name starter.

We know it won't be Johnny Cueto. The free-agent-to-be was dealt from Cincinnati to Kansas City yesterday. It won't be Scott Kazmir. Oakland dealt him to Houston last week. Cole Hamels? Maybe, but the guy just pitched a no-hitter Saturday and the Phillies' asking price has already been pretty high. David Price was rumored to go to LA last year, but Tampa Bay traded him to Detroit. Facing free agency now, the Tigers may move him, but that would admit being out of the race, and they are only games out of a playoff spot. It might end up being Yovani Gallardo.

You remember him, right? He won 17 games for Milwaukee in 2011, and 16 the following year. After an 8-11 season last year, he was traded to Texas and is 7-9. Not eactly a third ace, but he'll be cheaper than Price or Hamels. You know the Dodgers are going to do something, and this might be as good as it gets on the starter front.

As far as relievers go, the new President-General Manager-Farm Director brain trust has brought the likes of Chris Hatcher, Joel Peralta, and Juan Nicasio. Not exactly Jonathan Papelbon, Joakim Soria, or Aroldis Chapman—all guys rumored to be traded. Papelbon and Chapman don't seem to be guys who would convert from closer to setup man for Kenley Jansen, but Soria seems like a good fit, if he's the same guy who had 115 saves in three years for Kansas City, and not the one that had an ERA of almost five and only pitched 11 innings for Detroit last year, although that guys seems like a Chris Hatcher, Joel Peralta type. The Dodgers won't get Tyler Clippard. The A's sent him to the Mets today.

You do have to wonder how Dodger management operates. Amid rumors of a possible Yasiel Puig trade, the “wild horse” (as Vin Scully calls him), was reportedly so upset, that he went to team management. They assured him that he wouldn't be traded, and now it's reported that Puig would be moved “if the right deal came along.” Admittedly, Puig has been disappointing, and listening to offers is not a bad idea, but then don't tell the guy you're not going to trade him. Running a business is one thing, that doesn't mean you have to be a jerk and a liar too.

Dodger fans can no longer be excited about Cueto, but maybe Price could be coming if the Tigers abandon ship. Otherwise, Dodger Stadium might be holding Gallardo and Soria bobblehead nights. Enough to get you to open your wallet for those playoff tickets?


Tulo traded: It just happened about an hour ago. The Colorado Rockies have reportedly sent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins to Toronto for shortstop Jose Reyes and minor leaguers. While this certainly counts as a blockbuster and a surprise, it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. Tulowitzki is a legendary Rockie, but reportedly wanted out when it became clear the team was not winning. He got his wish, and at least Colorado got something in return.

Trimulcast?: Saturday's Giants-A's game was on three different television networks in northern California. You had the Giants telecast on Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area, the A's broadcast on Comcast Sportsnet California, and the game was also seen nationally on Fox Sports 1. FS1 joined late because of a golf tournament, but also cut away for the ninth inning of Hamel's no-hitter. That was the best part.

Greinke doodle: Nothing against Dodger pitcher Zach Greinke and his scoreless inning streak which ended Sunday, but it's not a bad thing that he didn't catch record holder Orel Hershiser. Both Hershiser and Don Drysdale, whose record Hershiser broke in 1988, accomplished their scoreless inning streaks in six starts. Greinke made six starts and was still 14 innings short. And the opposing pitcher was the one who drove in the run!

Colin Coward: You may know that ESPN's Colin Cowherd lost his job as a talk show host because of offensive and asinine remarks about Dominicans in baseball. During Sunday's TBS broadcast of the Dodgers and Mets Sunday, analyst Ron Darling called out Cowherd, but never mentioned his name, or exactly what he said. Play-by-play man Brian Anderson agreed with Darling, as you would expect, but neither mentioned Cowherd, ESPN, or the exact nature of his remarks. It wasn't meant as a cheap shot, but if you are going to call someone out, let the whole audience in on what you are talking about. Darling brought up the subject while talking about Pedro Martinez' induction into the Hall of Fame—the first Dominican since Juan Marichal.

So what did he say?: Cowherd, on his radio show Thursday, said that he “didn't believe baseball was complex”, saying a third of the sport was from the Dominican Republic, which had "not been known, in my lifetime, as having, you know, world-class academic abilities.'' Cowherd tried to defend and apologize for his remarks the next day, but was fired by the network. It's not nearly as offensive as Mike Huckabee saying the Iran nuclear deal is “marching Israelis to the door of the oven”, but it was pretty stupid, and wrong.





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