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Dodgers Web doings: Gearing up as the trading deadline approaches

July 23, 2010 | 10:34 am
Eight more days until the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline, and do you know where your budding Dodgers pitcher is?

The Dodgers could use an ace. They could use a fifth starter. They could use a middle reliever. Heck, right now they could use an outfielder.

This is a busy time for General Manager Ned Colletti, who has managed to do the rabbit-out-of-the-hat routine the last couple years. And very inexpensive rabbits.

Can he do it again? Possibilities are everywhere, certainties absolutely nowhere.

Here is how the Web is looking at the trading market, and how the Dodgers might fit in:

-- NBCsports.com’s Craig Calcaterra offers a good overview on what he calls the 25 "most buzzed-about trade targets.’’

He has the Dodgers interested in Ted Lilly and Jake Westbrook.

-- ESPN.com’s Jason Stark calls the starting-pitcher market mediocre.

He also disputes the notion the Dodgers won’t take on salary to make a trade. Strark writes that the Dodgers have told clubs they’re willing to take on an additional $2 million to $3 million to make a deal.

-- Yahoo.com’s Tim Brown reviews the starting pitchers who are available, and the likelihood of the Big Two -- Roy Oswalt and Dan Haren -- getting moved.

-- ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reviews the relievers available, calling it an underwhelming group.

He has Matt Capps and Octavio Dotel at the top of his list.

-- Dodgerdivorce.com’s Josh Fisher writes an overview of the McCourts’ divorce for ESPN/LA.com, trying to answer all possible outcomes of either a settlement or trial.

-- Steve Dilbeck
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