The July 31 deadline is only eight short days away, and word is that the Dodgers are looking for relievers, not starters. Buried in Jayson Stark's column about trade deadline myths is the news that the Dodgers are going for bullpen support:
• Dodge-ball: Clubs that have spoken with the Dodgers report they've back-burnered their hunt for another starter. Instead, they're all over the bullpen market. The Rumblings Espionage Bureau reports they've been spotted scouting the Pirates (Matt Capps and John Grabow), Blue Jays (Scott Downs and Jason Frasor), Reds (Arthur Rhodes and David Weathers) and Orioles (Sherrill). Among others.
Arthur Rhodes? Yikes. Can we, uh, not do a deal for a forty-year old reliever whose 1.67 ERA is such an aberration, being almost two and a half runs below his career ERA average?