Dodger fans were hit be a bit of surprising news on Monday morning from reporter Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Rosenthal reported that the Dodgers were open to trading one of right-handed reliever Sergio Romo or right-handed reliever Brandon Morrow to clear a spot on the roster for a left-handed reliever that the team is currently in search for.

This might cause some immediate confusion because the first thought running through heads is why would the Dodgers trade a reliever when they are looking to upgrade the bullpen?

The first reason was stated by Rosenthal in that it creates a greater balance of lefties and righties in the Dodger bullpen. The Dodgers are lacking any sort of quality from the left side, forcing themselves to throw out a struggling Luis Avilan whenever they need a left-handed reliever to come in.

Another reason for them to trade one of Romo or Morrow is to get a return from the possible trade that could lessen the blow in the prospects that would be sent to get said left-handed reliever.

Brandon Morrow has been far better than Sergio Romo this season. In his 15.2 innings pitched this season, he is currently posting a 1.93 earned run average. Morrow started the season on a minor league deal but has rightfully earned a spot in the Dodger bullpen. It would be hard to see them moving an impact arm like his just to fill the left-handed reliever void.

Romo on the other hand has been nothing short of a disaster. A 6.12 earned run average over his 25 innings pitched is not what you want from the man that was signed to be the team’s setup guy in front of Kenley Jansen. Unlike Morrow, it would be hard to find a suitor for Romo. Most would expect him to be designated for assignment before any sort of trade comes for a bad rental reliever.

It would be hard to find a match with either of the relievers being sent elsewhere. Romo has little to no value and the Dodgers trading Morrow to another contender could only do them harm. It will be interesting to see how they handle the roster once they inevitably fill the left-handed reliever hole.

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  1. Phil

    Such a poorly written article. Please brush up on your writing skills, or else we may need to trade you Trevor.

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