MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 27: Ned Colletti, General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, watches batting practice before the game against the Minnesota Twins on June 27, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly made it clear as the trade deadline approached that he couldn’t care less if the team made a move, or not.
About a week ago he told reporters he was confident the team he had was good enough to win. He didn’t say that directly to his boss Ned Colletti, but he might as well have.
The deadline came and went Thursday and the Dodgers general manager sat back and watched his counterparts around baseball use their players and prospects in the annual game of Battleship, and go trade crazy.
That meant Matt Kemp was spared the awkward we’re-pulling-you-out-of-the-game-in-the- middle-of-an-inning-in-the-middle-of-an-opponents-at-bat-because-you-just-got-traded moment, that should from now on be referred to as getting "Austin Jacksoned."
It also meant that the Dodgers top three minor league prospects, Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Julio Urias, are still in the organization but the team still needs bullpen help.
And, most of all, it meant that Colletti has supreme confidence that the 25-man roster he assembled at the end of Spring Training is good enough to win a World Series.
In the hours leading to the deadline, Colletti told reporters the club was in the John Lester David Price sweepstakes but the asking prices were too high.
Lester was eventually sent to the Oakland A’s in a two-month rental deal and the Price went to the Detroit Tigers in a three-way trade with the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners, thus the reason why Austin Jackson got Austin Jacksoned.
With an overloaded, overpriced outfield, prospects that other teams would’ve parted with All-Star caliber players for and a bottomless bank roll, to hold firm against making a blockbuster move is a bold one by Colletti.
Dodger fans are just hoping no moves was the right move.