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.
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.