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Monday, August 4, 2014
Ned Colletti discusses August trades

By Mark Saxon

LOS ANGELES -- Teams have been able to put players on waivers for the past three days and it’s probable the some of those players already have cleared, making them eligible to be traded.

This is the time of year Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti looks to put the finishing touches on his roster. He said he hopes to be able to do the same this season and the Dodgers have clear needs at the back of the rotation and in the bullpen.

Colletti said that, if he makes a trade, it likely would be a smaller-scale strike, nothing like the blockbuster with the Boston Red Sox that brought in Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto two seasons ago.

Think along the lines of Marlon Anderson, Michael Young, Ronnie Belliard and Greg Maddux, all post-deadline Colletti moves.

“It may not be the sexiest name on the block, but it may be somebody who can make a couple starts for us or who can get a key hit for us or do something for us,” Colletti said in an appearance on 710 ESPNLA Monday. “The Boston deal a couple years ago obviously was historic not only in its size and contract sizes, but also the time of year. I wouldn’t look for anything like that, but we’re going to continue to look for smaller pieces.”

According to reports, the following players have been placed on revocable waivers (meaning their team can pull them back): Jason Hammel, Wade Miley, Antonio Bastardo, A.J. Burnett, Roberto Hernandez and Kyle Kendrick. So, let the conjecture begin!