The Phillies will eventually receive a pair of low-level minor-leaguers from the Dodgers to complete Thursday's Roberto Hernandez trade.
But had they held out a bit longer, the price could have been more steep.
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told the LA Times on Thursday that trade talks "accelerated" Wednesday into Thursday. The reason? Colletti wanted to complete a deal before the news broke of Josh Beckett possibly missing the rest of the season with his hip injury.
The Phillies could have theoretically gained leverage over the Dodgers had they known about Beckett's renewed injury. Colletti told the paper he wanted to have the deal done before "Ruben could hold me up for even more."
Ruben obviously refers to Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr., who held out before July 31's non-waiver trade deadline because he didn't find offers he deemed worthy of his veteran players. So it does stand to reason that Amaro would have used that leverage to ask for even more.
As for the Dodgers, they're not finished adding arms. With Paul Maholm out for the year and possibly Beckett as well, Colletti told the Times "there's another pitcher out there we're trying to get."
Perhaps Kyle Kendrick? He's one of a few back-end rotation pieces around baseball who could probably be dealt for little more than salary relief.