The Dodgers will always be one of the names involved in rumors for high-end talent. That sort of comes with the territory of being one of the best organizations in baseball. As the tea, heads into the trade deadline this week, things have changed, but just a little bit.
President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman talked with the OC Register about the team’s flexibility in 2020. The difference for the Dodgers this year is that there really isn’t a glaring need to fill on the roster.
I think from our standpoint we’re not viewing this deadline in a way that we have an acute need that we need to go out and address. Our mindset is to be opportunistic in that if a really good player becomes available and fits and works, then we’ll be aggressive to pursue. But we feel really good about our roster and also the depth behind it. So we’re mindful not to do something just to do it and block guys that deserve an opportunity.
The Dodgers enter Sunday afternoon with a record of 25-10. That would be the equivalent of roughly a 68-27 pace for a regular season. That being said, there are obviously very few glaring needs. But that certainly hasn’t stopped them from going after guys in the past.
Kind of similar to our approach at all the various trading cycles – we don’t want to miss out on a premium talent that gets moved without having a conversation…It’s definitely unusual, I think in part because 2020 has been so unusual and in part because of all the teams that are within shouting distance of a playoff spot.
The Dodgers picked up Yu Darvish ahead of the 2017 deadline, carrying them to the World Series. They also scooped up Manny Machado in 2018, another guy that helped them get to the World Series. But whether or not someone of that talent is even available this year remains to be seen. MLB’s new playoff format likely has more teams opting to hold or even buy at the deadline that ever before.
There are, of course, names that have been floated around over the last few days. Whit Merrifield is a name that pops up every year, but the Royals have insisted they would like to keep him around. Lance Lynn will almost certainly be dealt, but the Dodgers also would not overpay for his services.
Hanser Alberto could give the Dodgers an upgrade against left-handed pitching. The Pirates Phillip Evans could also do the same for them. They might even consider going after the Rangers’ Isiah Kiner-Falefa. This year truly is a mystery.
Teams have until noon this Monday to make any last-minute trades, per MLB’s new deadline.