The Los Angeles Dodgers are loading up for the playoff stretch run. On Monday night, the boys in blue acquired slugger Jim Thome from the Chicago White Sox and right-handed Jon Garland from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The deals were announced by Los Angeles in the top of the eighth inning of Monday night's game against Arizona. Both trades were for players to be named and were completed before the midnight EDT deadline required for postseason eligibility.
Thome goes from a third-place team trailing Detroit and Minnesota in the American League Central Division to the first-place Dodgers, who came into Monday night leading the NL West by six games.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sports Interaction have made the Dodgers’ odds to win the 2009 World Series 7/1 and their NL Pennant odds 3/1.
Posted: 8/31/09 11:30PM ET