Dodgers uninterested in trading Billingsley for Halladay?

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billingsley2.jpgWhile Dodgers GM Ned Colletti was unwilling to mention anyone by name, he did attempt to defuse some of the Roy Halladay rumors in a conversation with the L.A. Times’ Dylan Hernandez on Monday:
“We would like to improve our pitching, especially starting pitching. I don’t believe we can subtract from it in order to improve it.”
It’s been assumed that Chad Billingsley was the bait the Dodgers were using in their pursuit of Halladay, but if that’s not the case, a deal seems especially unlikely. If Billingsley isn’t in play, then Clayton Kershaw certainly isn’t, and the Dodgers don’t have an elite pitching prospect with which to tempt the Jays.
A package involving outfielder Andrew Lambo, shortstop Dee Gordon and young right-handers James McDonald and Josh Lindblom would be impressive, but given their payroll concerns, a deal built around Billingsley would seem to make the most sense for the Dodgers.

The Angels were the first team to use up all of their mound visits

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Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that makes the Angels the first team to use up all of their mound visits since the advent of the rule.

Sadly, they did not try to go for a seventh, thereby testing the currently unknown limits of the rule. Umpires have been instructed to not allow additional mound visits, but they cannot issue balls or tackle anyone or anything to enforce it. Presumably, if Maldonado had walked out to talk to Cam Bedrosian about the weather or where he was going to dinner after the game, the home plate umpire would’ve simply done the old Robin Williams English policeman’s bit of yelling “Stop! . . . or I shall yell ‘Stop!’ again!” Maybe a fine would issue later, but we’ll never know.

At least until someone breaks the limit. And we know someone will, right? We should have a betting pool on who does it.