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First-place Dodgers stand pat at trade deadline

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 31, 2014 at 11:44 pm •  Published: July 31, 2014
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NL West-leading Dodgers stood pat at Thursday's trade deadline, making no major moves as they try to stretch their lead in the division race.

Their only new addition was infielder Darwin Barney, acquired from the Cubs on Monday.

That doesn't mean the Dodgers won't be active in August, when they have a history of making deals.

But for now general manager Ned Colletti said the team can win with its current roster.

"Had we done something of major consequence it doesn't guarantee you're going to win," he said.

Colletti said the Dodgers had a small list of players they were interested in, but other teams wanted top-level prospects Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Julio Urias that Los Angeles wasn't willing to trade.

"This franchise's greatest years were really built around people who came up in the system," Colletti said.

The Dodgers talked to Boston, who sent pitcher Jon Lester to the Oakland Athletics, but the Red Sox's demands were too high, Colletti said.

Right fielder Matt Kemp stayed put after his name had been bandied about, and his mood appeared lighter after the trade deadline had passed. He's been part of a crowded outfield, but has stood out since the All-Star break. Kemp came into Thursday night's game leading the NL with a .436 batting average and .744 slugging percentage.

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