LOS ANGELES -- Detroit pitcher David Price remains the Dodgers' top target and the team's pending trade with Atlanta might help make it happen before Friday afternoon's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
Young left-handed starter Alex Wood, one of the players the Dodgers are expected to receive from the Braves, has long attracted the attention of the Tigers, who have tried to trade for him in the past, according to a baseball source. Wood could be flipped to Detroit as the key part of a package to obtain Price.
The Tigers also apparently covet Dodgers right-handed pitching prospect and former first-round pick Grant Holmes.
Despite long-running speculation that the Dodgers wanted to acquire Cole Hamels, Price has always been the preferred target of Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, who ran Tampa Bay and traded Price last year to the Tigers. Hamels is reportedly heading to the Rangers.
The Dodgers, meanwhile, are determined to add Price as a dominant third starter behind Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Brett Anderson would be the fourth starter and Mat Latos, whose acquisition from Miami is also pending, would be fifth in the rotation.
Price will be a free agent after this season. Greinke could join him because he has an opt-out clause in his contract.
The Dodgers have been looking to replenish a rotation that lost Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy to season-ending surgeries.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.