Dodgers Trade Rumors: Jon Lester update, cost too high?

In today's Dodgers trade rumors and news update, the Los Angeles Dodgers are in prime position to contend for their first World Series championship in 26 years. However, that doesn't mean they're willing to sell the farm now (and risk losing in the future) to increase their odds heading into October.

According to Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today Sports, while the temptation to pick up a star pitcher before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline is great, the cost to the team's organizational depth could be prohibitive:

Star left-handers David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays and Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox have been the subject of trade talk, and adding either one to a rotation already featuring Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu would make the Dodgers prohibitive favorites in any postseason series.

But the return for either elite starter would surely require a package that included precocious left-hander Julio Urias, Class AA shortstop Corey Seager and/or multi-tool outfielder Joc Pederson.

With GM Ned Colletti's recent proclamation that the team wasn't in the business of mortgaging the future for the present, such a massive offloading of talent might not be in the cards over the next couple of days.

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