It has been reported that the Dodgers’ have inquired about trading for Texas Rangers’ starter, Yu Darvish this trade deadline.
Darvish has 6 wins over 133.1 innings pitched in 2017, along with 143 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.44.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 22, 2017
Yu Darvish, the 30-year-old Japanese born right handed pitcher, has thrown many solid innings this year for the Rangers. Although his career has been plagued with injury, he has been a consistent strong arm. He would be a short term rental, as his contract would end after this year. Yu Darvish is one of the biggest names in the trade talks this year, and would likely cost the Dodgers’ top prospects, such as Alex Verdugo and or Willie Calhoun.
In his career with the Rangers, Yu Darvish has 38 starts (entering tonight) of 1 or no runs of support.
— Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) July 22, 2017
The tricky thing about the Dodgers’ rotation is the injury factor. With Kershaw’s injury last year, Ryu being sidelined for two seasons with shoulder problems, Hill’s nagging blister, and McCarthy and Wood’s surplus of injuries, Urias’ season ending with surgery, the truth is, the Dodgers could use more starting pitching depth. Adding another arm would probably put Ryu or Maeda in the bullpen, as well as being a fall back arm to fill in a slot in the rotation should an injury occur. There is a lot of baseball left to play, and there are a lot of innings to put on the rotation.
Along with Darvish, there are a couple of more potential arms up for grabs, with Sonny Gray and Gerrit Cole being put into talks. However, the Dodgers’ would have to move their prospects that are knocking on MLB’s door. Is the risk worth the reward?
Andrew Friedman has been very conservative in trading players. In fact, most of the Dodgers’ team has come from a very conservative move like acquiring the newly star studded Chris Taylor for Zach Lee. Or what about Alex Wood for Hector Olivera and company? Minimal risk, high reward.
July 18, 2017 Trade Update:
Chris Taylor has 10 HR, .300 AVG with a .878 OPS in 294 PAs.
Zach Lee has 8 IP and allowed 5 ER for SD.
— Trevor Vernola (@tvern16) July 19, 2017
With 8 days left until the trade deadline, we’ll have to see how Friedman moves his carefully placed pieces. One thing is for certain, if any year in the past 28 years is the year we end the World Series drought, it’s this one. Is it time to go all in for the crown?