Although no one in the organization will confirm it, the Dodgers are believed to have agreed in principle on a three-player trade with Cleveland — a scaled-down version of the earlier eight-player trade that would have brought CC Sabathia to Los Angeles. This one will bring third baseman Casey Blake to the Dodgers, along with cash considerations to cover the slightly more than $2 million he is still owed for the rest of the season. In return, the Indians get Jon Meloan, the fireballing reliever and potential closer who had a shaky debut for the Dodgers last September and hasn’t been back to the majors since, and Carlos Santana, one of the Dodgers’ many catching prospect and the one who is thought to be the farthest away from the majors. He is having an OUTSTANDING season at Single-A Inland Empire, but with Russell Martin a fixture in the majors and Lucas May a year ahead of Santana, Santana became expendable.
Blake will become the Dodgers’ everyday 3B. Not sure what this means for Andy LaRoche and Blake DeWitt, other than one of them is probably headed to Las Vegas. More as the day goes on.