The MLB non-waiver trade deadline is coming up quickly. Teams have until July 30 to buy and sell. Andrew Friedman and the Dodgers are perennial buyers. According to Friedman, this year shouldn’t be any different.
Thin on starting pitching, and forever lusting for more bullpen arms, it would be a shock if Friedman didn’t make a move or two. Or three.
Friedman appeared on AM570’s Petros and Money this week and discussed the Dodgers approach to the 2021 trade market.
“From our standpoint, we’re trying to be as prepared as we can be. Have all of our ducks in a row. As we’ve shown over the years, when something made sense, we’ve been aggressive to act. I anticipate that being similar and what that ultimately means, not sure yet.”
What does make sense for the Dodgers and Friedman is acquiring more starting pitching. More names will float to the top of the rumor mill as the deadline gets closer and more teams become sellers. But, for now, those names are Jose Berrios, Charlie Morton, and Jon Gray.
Friedman also noted that the complexion of the deadline is different this season than in years past for the Dodgers. Both the Giants and the Padres aren’t going anywhere.
“We’re playing in a tough division with two really good teams. All kind of neck and neck and that certainly factors in.”
As always, the question becomes whether or not Friedman would be willing to part with top tier prospect talent. Catcher Keibert Ruiz is a tantalizing young player. Will Friedman actively shop the Dodgers’ top prospect in return for a starter the team desperately needs?
The Dodgers are short on starters and another bullpen arm or two wouldn’t hurt.
Whenever the Dodgers have had a clear need, Friedman has addressed it.
This trade deadline shouldn’t be any different.