The Dodgers regained a commanding lead in the NL West, and now they will look to lock up the division after acquiring a pair of veterans on the final day of waiver dealing.
The Dodgers acquired Jim Thome from the White Sox and right-hander Jon Garland from the Diamondbacks on Monday after the two cleared waivers. The moves came on the final possible day for players to be dealt and eligible to play in the postseason with a new team.
Thome, 39, hit .249 with 23 home runs and 74 RBIs in 107 games with the White Sox this season. A designated hitter in the American League, Thome will be forced to a lesser role with the Dodgers as a slugger off the bench.
Garland, 29, went 8-11 with a 4.29 in 27 starts for the Diamondbacks this season. He will help solidify a rotation that has been decimated by injuries all season, giving manager Joe Torre some stability after Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw.
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