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Dodgers Reluctant to trade pitching prospects

Apparently new Dodgers GM Ned Colletti doesn't subscribe to the TINSTAAPP axiom. The LA Times reports that the Dodgers are not interested in trading top starting pitching prospects.

The spending might continue. The Dodgers want to add another starting pitcher before spring training -- preferably one who fits in the front of the rotation. Currently D.J. Houlton, Edwin Jackson and Chad Billingsley would compete for the fifth spot, but the Dodgers prefer that Houlton be used in a swing role and Jackson and Billingsley begin the season in triple A.


The Chicago White Sox are shopping right-hander Jon Garland, but the asking price might be too high for the Dodgers, who don't want to trade top pitching prospects.

Garland was a cornerstone of the White Sox's World Series championship season, posting an 18-10 record and 3.50 ERA. He made $3.4 million and is arbitration eligible, but is on the trading block because he turned down a three-year offer.

However, the White Sox want pitching prospects in return and Colletti is reluctant to part with top minor league starters Billingsley, Justin Orenduff and Chuck Tiffany.

ESPN 1000 Radio's Bruce Levine was reporting this morning that the Sox would be looking "for some relief help" in exchange for Garland, but he also said they would be looking for prospects also.

I'm not married to the trade proposal I made yesterday in the comments, but that appears to be the type of deal the Sox are looking for. -- A three-for-one deal with 1 young major league reliever, 1 good prospect who is close to the majors and has the opportunity to make the '06 club out of the pen, and a second tier prospect who has some upside. -- Any Garland deal should resemble something like this.