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Dodgers Got Busy Quick

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The Dodgers and general manager Ned Colletti were busy today acquiring pieces in hopes of making a third consecutive postseason run.

First move: The Dodgers received left-handed starting pitcher Ted Lilly, second baseman Ryan Theriot and cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs for second baseman Blake DeWitt and two minor league pitching prospects Kyle Smit and Brett Wallach. The 34-year old Lilly has a 106-92 career record with a 4.21 ERA. This season he is 3-8 with a 3.69 ERA in 18 starts. The Torrance native was drafted by the Dodgers in the 23rd round of the 1996 draft and 12 years ago today in 1998 was traded to the Montreal Expos along with Peter Bergeron and Jonathan Tucker for Mark Grudzielanek, Carlos Perez and Hiram Bocachica.

The 30-year old Theriot has a lifetime .287 batting average and is batting .284 this season with one homer, 21 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 22 attempts. He is under the Dodgers’ control until 2012.

Second move: The Dodgers got right-handed relief pitcher Octavio Dotel and cash considerations from the Pittsburgh Pirates for right-handed pitcher James McDonald and minor league outfielder Andrew Lambo. The 36-year old Dotel has served as the Pirates’ closer this season with 21 saves in 26 opportunities with a 4.28 ERA in 41 games. He has a career 3.65 ERA and 104 saves.

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Today marks the end of the non-waiver trade deadline. After today players traded between teams must clear waivers before a trade can happen, and players must be on the 25-man roster by August 31 to be eligible for postseason play. The exception to this is a player who is put on the 60-day disabled list can be replaced by a player on the 40-man roster in the postseason.