The worst kept secret in all of baseball is out. The Dodgers need starting pitching. And that could play against them in a big way heading into the July trade deadline. With the need to clear and apparent to other teams, Los Angeles doesn’t quite carry all of the cards this time around.
The Dodgers were already missing Dustin May for the year due to Tommy John surgery. They also likely lost Trevor Bauer indefinitely with an impending felony assault charge and subsequent investigation. Add in uncertainty with Clayton Kershaw and they have a mess on their hands.
Naturally, the expectation is that the Dodgers will be in the market for an arm over the next 2 weeks. But Andrew Friedman made it seem like if there were a relief option out there, they could also go that route. He spoke with the OC Register’s Bill Plunkett about it this week.
We have to handle July – especially in light of not having August trade waivers anymore – in a way to protect us against injury or anything else that might come up as best we can. …I think augmenting our pitching is something that is definitely front of mind for us. If it’s a starter, that’s ideal. But we can’t just manufacture a starter that’s available and fits. So if it’s strengthening the ’pen that’s something we’ll look at as well. That’s primarily where our focus will lie in the next two weeks.
There are several directions the Dodgers could go with starting pitchers, but trading for one seems to be the easy choice. It’s just a matter of which arms they want to target. Guys like Charlie Morton, German Marquez, and Kyle Gibson should all be on the market with their teams on the decline.
But if the Dodgers do go the reliever route in the market, it seems logical to assume David Price would stick in the rotation. The Cubs could look to move Craig Kimbrel and the Pirates could opt to trade Richard Rodriguez. Seattle’s Kendall Graveman would be a great target and even Anaheim’s Raisel Igelsias.
But one thing is for sure: something is in the works.