The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to take looks at every single left-handed reliever available on the market.
After it was announced that they were scouting Addison Reed of the New York Mets, they have shifted their focus to another right hander.
The latest of their interests have been focusing on Pat Neshek of the Philadelphia Phillies. Neshek has been considered a tier lower than the Zach Britton’s or the Brad Hand’s of the baseball relief pitcher world, yet he has been absolutely dominant across the 2017 season.
Neshek holds a career 2.76 earned run average but the 12-year veteran is having the best season of his career as he is sporting a 1.12 earned run average across 40.1 innings. His .818 WHIP matched with his 1.1 BB/9 and his 10.0 K/9 are among the best numbers in all of Major League Baseball.
The Dodgers, along with many other contenders are scouting Neshek at Phillies games.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 23, 2017
With the Philadelphia Phillies completely out of contention for the 2017 season, they are going to look at cashing in on Neshek, as he is only signed through this 2017 year.
According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the market for Pat Neshek is getting competitive. The Nationals look to be eyeing him quite closely, which would be of concern to the Dodgers because they could very well meet the Nationals in the National League Division Series or the National League Championship Series.
Market for Pat Neshek getting competitive. Nationals, Dodgers and Red Sox among teams scouting him closely, per source.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 24, 2017
The Kershaw injury might have moved the Dodger front office towards looking at starting pitchers, but the team’s biggest need is still another dominant arm that they can trust to use at any point in October.