Dodgers: Andrew Friedman Eyeing Both Rental Pieces and Controllable Years at the Deadline

LA is looking at every possible angle this year.

It’s that time of the year again when the Dodgers are connected to every available name at the trade deadline. But given their need for an arm in the starting rotation, this year’s rumors seem to carry more weight than in years past. 

The Dodgers have been linked to just about every arm in the trade rumor mill over the last week. And in all fairness, they probably have checked in on just about everyone. They’ve already made it clear that they don’t want to trade Keibert Ruiz for a rental, but that doesn’t mean they won’t consider guys in the last year of their deals. 

Andrew Friedman spoke with the LA Times’ Mike DiGiovanna recently about the upcoming deadline. According to him, the Dodgers aren’t limiting themselves to guys with years of control left. Instead, they want to look at the market from all angles. 

We’ve had conversations on a lot of fronts, some focused more on rental types, some that are much bigger concepts that are focused on guys with more years of control,. I think each hour, each day we learn more and get a better sense of what’s more real.

That’s huge for a couple of reasons. There are a number of very good arms out there that are in the final years of their deals, and the Dodgers could very well be interested. Does that include guys like Max Scherzer who wants an extension? It sounds like you can’t rule him out.

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Guys like Tyler Anderson who are in their final year of arbitration make sense for the Dodgers. But guys with years of control like Joe Berrios also make sense. Friedman and his front office team aren’t being limited this year, and it sounds like they’re ready to go big. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.


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  1. It just may end up being the case that perhaps none of the other MLB teams want to engage in any deal with the Dodgers. Who knows, there may be some collaboration within all the other teams to shut Dodgers out of any deals unless Ruiz and or another top prospect or 2 are involved, even for a return of just a rental. wss.

  2. Glad to see FO is exploring all options to improve this team, after all AF wasn’t named Exec. Of The Year for nothing. He must be laughing @ all of our wannabe GM ideas. Can’t you see they were picking up these reject projects and not – ready mlb players to fill in for some unfortunate injuries and buy time until the regulars get back. He accomplished that w/ the team only 2 games back and lurking right behind the Giants w/out spending anything.
    Now it’s GO time, and I don’t think there’s any collaborations as every organization are jockeying for their man and the sellers are tanking to unload salaries and rebuild. The word around MLB is that the Dodgers are fair and very trustworthy in their negotiations, according to the respected pundits on MLB Network. Look what Boston got in Verdugo and Downs trade for rental Mookie. Quite sure the FO will do their due diligence on any elite rental, especially Scherzer w/ his arm ailment. However, they must make couple pressing moves to improve certain concerns to win another championship when the core of the team are @ their prime yrs. and some are now in their back end of their careers. Have to do it now as next year’s team will look different. WSS.

    • Hopefully, however, there will be a DH in the NL which will allow for an extra bat in the lineup and most important is that with a DH, Roberts won’t have as many tough in game decisions to make.

  3. Agree about Roberts. He is not a good manager. Friedman could get anybody to mange LA as he instructs the manager what to do. Roberts is only a yes man, can’t think on his own. They won with talent last year, not manager Roberts. This year, too many injuries, not LA’s year.
    Might want to try Smith at 3rd base win off season. He is athletic enough to do it. Make Turner the DH, Ruiz catcher. Must sign C. Taylor to keep him. He is irreplaceable.
    See no future in Beatty, Raley, McKinnie, DJ Peters, Reks. Need fresh blood in the outfield. Pollock has/is playing very well, Bellinger needs to be in center, when healthy. Betts in right.
    Need Seager, Lux back.
    Too much in consistency and too many injuries this year.

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