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Dodgers notes: As other National League teams deal, Dodgers may stand pat

By in Press Enterprise on July 20, 2017

By Bill Plunkett

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs (starting pitcher Jose Quintana), Washington Nationals (relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson) and Arizona Diamondbacks (outfielder J.D. Martinez) each have made significant moves in advance of the non-waiver trade deadline, at least in part, to try and close the gap with the Dodgers.

This is not lost on Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

“Yes. I think when you’re seeing teams and you see the best team you try to figure out how you match up,” Roberts said of the flurry of moves recently. “Yeah, you see it.”

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The Cubs, Nationals and Diamondbacks each had obvious deficiencies to address. The Dodgers do not feel they do.

“We feel we have a pretty well-rounded 25-man roster – and 40-man – without any significant weaknesses that could be low-hanging fruit this time of year,” Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said.

Roberts said there is an awareness of the moves made by other National League teams and a buzz that comes with the approach of the trade deadline every year. But there is no sense of urgency about making a move.

“Every year, players are talking about it. Coaches are talking about it,” he said. “We’re very aware of what’s going on around baseball. We still know we’re the best team.

“If the right deal presents itself, I know we’ll act on it. And if it doesn’t, like I’ve said before, we expect to win this division and win a championship.”

The Dodgers might not have a glaring weakness, but the most obvious upgrade would be adding a left-handed reliever to the bullpen.

“You can always get better. A need? I don’t think we need anything,” Roberts said.

“You look at a left-on-left guy. […]    

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