Padres @ Dodgers July 14, 2012: Volquez vs Harang

The big news today is the rumor that the Dodgers (along with the Tigers) “have a deal on the table” for Ryan Dempster, who they’ve long been supposedly interested in. That’s per George Ofman of WBBM in Chicago, who goes on to suggest that Garrett Gould & Chris Withrow are potentially the prospects who have been offered.

It’s dangerous to try to consider trades off an unsourced rumor like this, because you talk yourself into Gould & Withrow and then all of a sudden it’s Zach Lee & Joc Pederson. Still, if that is the deal on the table, I think it’s fair for both sides. Dempster is not as good as his 1.86 ERA suggests, of course, but he’s without question an upgrade on Nathan Eovaldi, and he’d be coming at a fraction of the price that Cole Hamels would be while offering most of the same value. (I said most, not all, but remember that there’s only so much difference between two good pitchers over a short time period.)

Padres
Dodgers
SS
Amarista
LF
Abreu
2B
Forsythe
2B
M.Ellis
3B
Headley
CF
Kemp
LF
Quentin
RF
Ethier
C
Grandal
1B
Rivera
1B
Alonso
3B
Kennedy
RF
Venable
C
A.Ellis
CF
Maybin
SS
Cruz
P
Volquez
P
Harang

I wouldn’t mind losing Withrow at all, because while I know many are attached to him and keep hoping he’ll turn the corner, he’s been passed by many other young arms on the depth chart. If I told you that the Dodgers were trading for a guy who just got kicked to the bullpen in his fourth year in Double-A and who was still walking more than five per nine, I doubt you’d be that excited, so the fact that we once had high hopes for him shouldn’t matter. I like Gould much more, but his ceiling is as a 3/4 type, which shouldn’t be untouchable since the Dodgers have so many guys like that in the system, and at least in this deal he’d be going for someone who is an obvious upgrade – unlike Carlos Lee. Still, this is just a rumor for now, so I’ll give it a more thorough review should it become more imminent.

Speaking of trades, I think I have to go back and reiterate my praise for Ned Colletti in somehow managing to get two prospects out of Baltimore this winter for Dana Eveland, who was DFA’d by the Orioles today. It’s more than likely that Tyler Henson & Jarret Martin will never have an impact at the big league level – though Martin did make the Midwest League All-Star team – but Eveland was an easily replaceable piece who was probably going to get dropped by the Dodgers before the season anyway. It’s a minor deal that may not do more than just fill out some organizational depth, but all the same it’s making something out of nothing, and that’s the kind of deal I love.

Finally, Javy Guerra has been placed on the bereavement list to go to Mexico to be with his father, per Dylan Hernandez. That list allows for an absence of between three and seven days, so the earliest we could see Guerra again would be Tuesday. 25-year-old Isotope closer Josh Wall gets his first call to the bigs to replace him; as usual, don’t put too much stock into his 5.68 ERA, since it’s 7.71 in Albuquerque and 3.93 on the road.

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