The Dodgers have reportedly inquired about two of the top starting pitchers that could be available in this summer’s trade market. The L.A. Times is reporting that the Dodgers have contacted the Seattle Mariners about Cliff Lee and the Houston Astros about Roy Oswalt.
According to the report, both teams said they aren’t ready to deal their aces, but will keep the Dodgers in mind if they make a move. Both teams are in last place in their respective divisions. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said he would consider adding to the payroll on a case-by-case basis. The franchise’s finances are in flux while McCourt goes through divorce proceedings.
Lee, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2010 season, would be the cheaper option dollar-wise than Oswalt, who is under contract through 2011 and has a club option for 2012. Lee was acquired by the Mariners from Philadelphia in the offseason. Oswalt has spent his entire 10-year career in Houston, but recently asked management to trade him to a contender.