The Dodgers are looking for a left-handed reliever to bolster the back end of their bullpen.
With Luis Avilan struggling mightily, Grant Dayton inconsistent and Adam Liberatore injured, the team does not have a genuinely trustworthy left-handed option that they can use in the bullpen.
In steps Brad Hand of the San Diego Padres. He is sporting a 2.30 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 47 innings pitched to go along with a 1.00 WHIP.
Bottom line here is that he is good. Really good.
After reports that the Dodgers were in trade talks with the Padres for him, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports broke the news that the Padres asked for the Dodgers’ top position prospect, Alex Verdugo.
Padres asked dodgers for verdugo in talks regarding fine lefty reliever brad hand.https://t.co/9qRpYiVanJ
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 13, 2017
The price of a quality relief pitcher has risen immensely over the last few seasons. Some believe the ask is ridiculous while others think the ask is fair due to the fact that the Padres are in the same division.
Regardless, the ask is a steep one and it would be a surprise if we see the Dodgers trade a possible future star that is so close to the majors for a relief pitcher in the same division.