With only four days remaining until the July 31 trade deadline, teams are beginning to leak names of potential players they’re willing to trade to gauge the market for them.
The Dodgers have been very vocal about their need for another reliever as they looked at Francisco Rodriguez before he was traded to the Orioles and names like Jesse Crain or Steve Cishek are also potential trade targets.
However, according to Evan P. Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Rangers closer Joe Nathan could be on the market:
It is unlikely, however, the Rangers would consider moving Nathan to a fellow AL contender. The Dodgers, with five outfielders, could be a potential match if they were willing to give up somebody like Andre Ethier.
The initial report about Nathan hitting the trade block came from Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com who said that the Rangers are in need of hitting and could use Alexi Ogando or Joakim Soria as a closer.
With four outfielders for three spots and two at the minor league level, the Dodgers could be a match since the Rangers are bracing for a possible suspension of outfielder Nelson Cruz.
General manager Ned Colletti said that trading one of the four outfielders isn’t a legitimate option since they haven’t all been healthy at once and trading a Joc Pederson for the 38-year-old isn’t likely.
However, it’s evidently clear that the Dodgers are in the market for a late-inning reliever as talks start to heat up just four days from the trade deadline.
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