Anyone who expected the Dodgers to improve their roster before the trade deadline hasn’t paid attention.
In a season in which a shameless cash grab by Major League Baseball bastardized an already questionable postseason format, there was virtually no chance the Dodgers would solve a short-term problem by trading coveted prospects.
There’s an extra round of playoff games this year, with the first round now a three-game series.
However, if the increased chance of something freakish happening in October dissuaded the Dodgers from adding a starting pitcher, it was also a reason to do what the San Diego Padres did.
The Padres made five trades in the two days leading up to the deadline, the most notable of them for