You can add the Dodgers to the list of teams interested in adding the service of Lance Lynn at the deadline. Major League Baseball has until noon on Monday for trade transactions to take place, and Los Angeles could potentially be making moves.
Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman downplayed the notion that the team was seriously looking to make moves this week. Dave Roberts also echoed that sentiment earlier in the week calling the team he has very complete top to bottom. But the report that surfaced today suggested they could indeed be in on Lynn.
The #Dodgers may be the team in all of #MLB, but they quietly have been in touch with the #Rangers for Lance Lynn. They may not need him to win the World Series, but if they get him, they could be unstoppable. Unlikely the Dodger will meet the asking price, but they're exploring.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 29, 2020
It just so happens that the Dodgers are not the only NL West team looking into possibly adding Lynn. The Padres’ rotation has not been what they hoped, and adding an arm could be huge for them.
Fans also might be wondering with all of the starting pitching the Dodgers have, why add Lynn? The short answer is that Lynn is more of a luxury, not a necessity. Ross Stripling had another rough outing on Saturday, marking the fourth straight start where he was unable to make it through the 5th inning. Stripling has allowed a total of 13 earned runs through his last 15.2 innings(7.47 ERA).
The Dodgers also had Walker Buehler go to the IL this week with a blister on his hand. Add in the fact that Julio Urias still has not fully found his groove, and you can see why they might consider the addition.
The price for Lynn would have to be reasonable though, and with the number of teams looking at him, don’t expect a move to be made by the Dodgers. Lynn’s peripheral numbers suggest that he could be a regression candidate, so do with that what you will.