MLBTR has posted some links concerning the Dodgers and their various pursuits. Here's my two cents...
- Ken Rosenthal writes that the Dodgers have talked multiple times to two likely sellers, the Cubs and Astros, and a third club that also could trade veterans, the Brewers. In addition, they’ve touched base with a number of other teams, including the Mariners, Royals, Twins, Blue Jays and Padres. Too many teams to speculate here, but outside of Dempster and the Cubs, one can assume the Dodgers are kicking the tires on Carlos Lee and perhaps Wandy Rodriguez - both of whom are said to be available. Lee, however, has stated his desire is to stay in Houston. Still, I can see a package deal involving as many as six to eight players could work - minor leaguers and major leaguers from both teams. The right mix is in there somewhere for each team to be satisfied with their return if indeed the Dodgers are looking at Lee and Rodriguez.
- The Dodgers are interested in Padres third baseman Chase Headley, according to Jon Heyman. In Headley's two full seasons where he accumulated more than 600 at-bats, he amounted to a 12 homer, 60 RBI guy and batted .260. Oh, and he also struck out more than 130 times in those seasons while walking about 60 times. Very pedestrian, eh? However, Headley has hit .327 with a .409 OBP and three homers in 110 career at-bats at Dodger Stadium and he has hit well in Arizona (.317), San Francisco (.271), and Colorado (.307). Heck, I'd take him if he came cheaply enough, but that doesn't seem to be the case. And for a team that is starving for power, he may not be the best use of resources if the price is too high.
- Jon Heyman also writes that the Dodgers are favored to land Ryan Dempster when he returns from the DL after the All-Star Break. Not much to say here except, "Go get him, Ned!" Dempster would be a welcome rental for the second half of the season.
- Rosenthal also discusses the Derrek Lee question for the Dodgers and hears from sources that the team is lukewarm on signing the free agent. What is there to feel lukewarm about? Of course Lee is in the declining stages of his career. But he's "only" 36, not 46. And let's see, he hit 35 home runs in 2009, 19 bombs in 2010, and again hit 19 homers in 2011. And though he'd probably only hit .260 or so, he'd clearly be an upgrade offensively over James Loney. At this point, I'd be happy to take Lee over Loney. Again, not that he would be the best option. Just a better option than what they've got and probably at an affordable price.