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Dodgers scout trade targets Price, Leake

Club looks to upgrade rotation behind Kershaw, Greinke

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers had scouts at games Tuesday night started by David Price and Mike Leake, two of their rumored trade targets with the Trade Deadline coming Friday at 4 p.m. ET.

Price's availability is uncertain because of Detroit's status on the fringe of contention, while Leake is presumed very available because of the Reds' status. Both will be free agents after the season.

Price is believed to be the Dodgers' true top target, despite constant speculation that the club is focused on Philadelphia's Cole Hamels. Price pitched for Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman in Tampa.

Price would join Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke to give the Dodgers three Cy Young winners, creating a powerhouse rotation reminiscent of the one current Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten enjoyed when he ran the Atlanta Braves in the days of Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine.

Leake would be an incremental upgrade for a rotation that has had to replace Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy, the Nos. 3 and 4 starters, who were lost for the year with injuries.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for
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