Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Dodgers Dangling Chin-Lung Hu as Trade Bait

Dodgers prospect Chin-Lung Hu -- an acrobatic defender hitting in the .350 range with moderate power in two minor league stops this season -- is among the ballyhooed farm system stars the team would be willing to deal for the right price, according to scuttlebutt around the league.

Hu -- who plays shortstop for Triple A Las Vegas -- would not come cheaply as he projects as a potential long-term replacement for aging veteran Jeff Kent.

The Dodgers could use a backup closer, or a starter. Look for general manager Ned Colletti to run up his long-distance phone bill discussing the possibility of reacquiring fan favorite Eric Gagne from the Rangers.

Other possibilities would include the Nationals Chad Cordero, the Astros Chad Qualls or Dan Wheeler. The Astros have recently been seen as having withdrawn Brad Lidge from consideration.