Trade talks keep Dodgers busy before Deadline

Trade talks keep Dodgers busy before Deadline

LOS ANGELES -- It's no secret the Dodgers are seeking help to improve the club, but manager Don Mattingly said he's not expecting a major move to simply happen overnight.

"I know we are trying to do everything we can, but I don't know if you can just pull guys off trees," he said. "People just aren't going to hand you guys."

From conversations he has had with general manager Ned Colletti and club president Stan Kasten, the team is exploring every option in an aggressive manner, and he has been assured the team is going to continue that approach.

"We are searching everywhere we can to make this team better," Mattingly said.

Names such as Cubs righty Ryan Dempster, Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez and Phillies lefty Cole Hamels have been mentioned in connection with the Dodgers, who are seeking a power-hitting corner infielder, a starting pitcher and a left-handed reliever with the July 31 Trade Deadline approaching. The team lacks depth in the farm system in terms of highly desirable prospects, but it has the financial ability to take on a bad contract.