The trade deadline is almost here and the Dodgers are yet to make any moves; however, they’re continues to be in many prospective trade talks. The most popular potential trade is most definitely the Jay Bruce for Yasiel Puig trade. Puig was scheduled in Sunday’s lineup which tells us that the trade is not yet close to being complete.
Along with Bruce, the Dodgers have always been interested in Ray’s Chris Archer, but they might be in talks for another Ray’s pitcher as well. Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reported on Sunday that the Dodgers are interested in both Chris Archer and Matt Moore.
TodaysKnuckleball.com: Jon Heyman
The Los Angeles Dodgers, perhaps discouraged about the chances of Chicago White Sox star Chris Sale being dealt to them (or anyone), have been talking to the Tampa Bay Rays about Chris Archer and Matt Moore.
Archer is under contract until 2020 at the earliest, but there are two team options in his deal that could keep him under team control through 2021. He’s currently on a 6-year, $25 million deal.
Moore isn’t a free agent until 2020 and is 7-7 on the year with a 4.08 ERA, but he has a 2.41 ERA in five starts in July.
Chris Archer is struggling this year, accumulating a 4.42 ERA with 5 wins and 14 losses; however, there is no question that the young starting pitcher has talent given his season last year where he was an All-Star with an 2.90 ERA.
Matt Moore is another pitcher who has had a rough year so far, accumulating a 4.08 ERA with 7 wins and 7 losses. His ERA has been improving since June 24th though, which shows that he is improving.
The Dodgers Bullpen is the best in baseball and the bats have woken up in the month of July. The only area the Dodgers are desperate for improvement is the starting rotation. Neither Archer nor Moore are guys who are going to come in and shake things up, but both are established pitchers who have shown hints of talent. At this point, the team can use anybody to help boost their starting rotation so, if the price is right, hopefully we see these two arms in Dodger Blue!