Colletti working to further bolster roster by Deadline

Colletti working to further bolster roster by Deadline

Colletti working to further bolster roster by Deadline
LOS ANGELES -- There were two fresh faces in the Dodger clubhouse Monday afternoon in Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate, and general manager Ned Colletti said he is working hard to make sure they won't be the only ones.

Colletti said he has been in communication with a number of clubs regarding potential trades, and that it could come down to the final hours leading up to Tuesday's 1 p.m. PT non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Names like Ryan Dempster, Matt Garza and Shane Victorino have been mentioned as possibilities for the Dodgers, but Colletti wouldn't commit to any names or teams with whom he has been talking. However, he said he thinks the Dodgers have a chance to do at least one thing, even if it means waiting until Tuesday morning.

"I've probably talked to fewer clubs than I ever have, but the ones I have talked to, I have talked to over and over and over again," said Colletti, noting how the second Wild Card has changed the landscape of the trade market this year.

"Our focus has been on the same guys for a long time."

Colletti mentioned a desire to add a starter, reliever or hitter, and he said the team doesn't have an order of importance this close to the Deadline.

With new ownership in place, the Dodgers have additional flexibility to make deals since the team can take on higher salaries than they have been able to in the past.

"We're not going to be reckless and we are not going to do something just to do it," he said. "But if we can improve the club, then we are going to take a shot at it."

Like Colletti, manager Don Mattingly remained confident the team would make another move, despite the clock clicking closer and closer to the Deadline. Prior to Monday's game, Mattingly was quick to say he expects a deal before backtracking a little bit.

"I know we are still working on stuff," Mattingly said. "I anticipate to do something. But maybe, maybe not. I can't say I know. I don't know."