August 31st is almost here, and with it, the trade deadline for this bizarre 2020 season. While the rumor mill is still rather quiet on the Dodgers front, it is never too early to speculate as to what moves the team could make.
We set out to find where fans stood on this issue, and the results have come in! Let’s see how Dodgers nation feels about the possibility of making some moves prior to the Monday deadline.
Still not sold that the Dodgers need to make a trade before the deadline… how do you feel?
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) August 26, 2020
Many fans want another Starter
Unless we switch to a 4 man rotation, Kershaw, Buehler, May, Gonsolin. I think last night proved we need another starter not named Julio or Ross.
— Jack Riley (@ponchoman78) August 26, 2020
Pitching… can never stop improving on our rotation and bullpen. I think one more solid starter will do it for us
— P (@CiskoKid559) August 26, 2020
Not sold on Urías, Wood or Stripling in the playoffs. I think they need one more
— We Want Lux (@ManfredIsTrash) August 26, 2020
A vast majority of fans have identified starting pitching as the team’s biggest need. It’s hard to argue this, as starters haven’t gone as deep into recent games as the team would’ve hoped. While the depth may be there, the Dodgers have yet to identify a solid 3rd and 4th starter for a potential playoff series. Could it be May? Gonsolin? Or perhaps someone else that can be brought in for the right price…
Others hope the team stands pat
No trade needed. Pitching is fine Urias is still working his way into being in shape for the season once hes back on track we're fine. Top of the League in least runs allowed top in runs score whats there to fix?
— Matthew Garcia (@oldn07) August 26, 2020
Nope. The team is stacked and rounding out into dominant playoff form. Signing Betts to a long term deal was the only acquisition I wanted to see this year.
— thechoopdog (@thechoopdog) August 26, 2020
Then there were those who saw the glass half full instead. The Dodgers have obviously not played to their full potential, yet they somehow find themselves with the best record in baseball. Assuming that the weak links round into form by season’s end, there is some truth in believing the best move is to not make one.
There are also those who think the best fix is from within
I think most of the adjustments that could be made don’t necessarily involve a trade. I’ve been chanting this for a minute, but i think Gonsolin in rotation, urias to pen, and Santana back down.
— Nope (@EntertainMe43) August 26, 2020
And finally, the most interesting take of all: Add from within. The Dodgers have plenty of capable contributors waiting on the sidelines who they can choose from, including top prospect Gavin Lux who was recently called up for Thursday’s doubleheader against the Giants.
There are definitely some kinks that still need to be worked on if the Dodgers hope to hoist their first World Series trophy in the last three decades, but how to address them is still unclear. Knowing Andrew Friedman and the front office, they will kick the tires on just about everyone until they find a player and a price that makes them happy. And if the roster looks exactly the same on September 1st… well we could do a lot worse than the best record in baseball.
Who are some players that you would like to see join the blue crew before the trade deadline? Let us know in the comments below!