The Los Angeles Dodgers have started the second half of the season losing 6 of 7 games, and find themselves 5.5 games behind the division leading San Diego Padres, who lost to the Braves on Thursday afternoon. The Dodgers have been searching for a 5th starter all season using the likes of Charlie Haeger, Carlos Monasterios, and James McDonald. They have made the playoffs the last two seasons, losing to the Phillies in the NLCS in both seasons. Improving the pitching staff has been Ned Colletti's priority since spring training, but no major moves have been made, mainly due to the highly publicized divorce of their owner, Frank McCourt.
Well, if you beleive ESPN Los Angeles' Tony Jackson, it appears McCourt is opening up the vault and is ready to ADD payroll to improve the team by the trade deadline. Here is what he wrote on Thursday evening:
Jackson goes on to write that it will be difficult for the Dodgers to trade for Oswalt due to his contract, and the fact that so many teams are looking to trade for him. With that said, Jackson goes on to say: