The Los Angeles Dodgers surprised many by nabbing ace Cliff Lee off waivers
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The Los Angeles Dodgers continued their pursuit of acquiring All-Star players, preparing for the stretch run to the playoffs. First, the Dodgers nabbed pitcher Joe Blanton, then acquired Blanton’s former Philadelphia Phillie teammate Cliff Lee. Further proving the new Dodger management is not afraid to spend money.
From the LA Times:
Blanton is scheduled to join the Dodgers Saturday and make his first start in one of the following three days. The Dodgers claimed him on waivers from the Phillies, and the two teams then agreed on a trade for the ol` player to be named later.
The Dodgers then stunned many by executing the same maneuver on the Phillies ace, Lee. He’s guaranteed $95 million through the 2015 season but apparently the Dodgers’ new ownership did not blink. Going after Lee is their strongest statement yet that they are prepared to spend what it takes to win now.
All signs point for a happy Los Angeles fan base. After a futile past few seasons in Dodger land, the new ownership has shown it is willing to put a winning product out on the field, even if it means spending a few extra bucks this season. Currently sitting only .5 games out of first place in the National League West, the Dodgers appear to have a loaded team heading into the stretch run of the baseball season.