The Dodgers are going to come out of the All-Star break this week with just 3 starting pitchers. With no end in sight for Trevor Bauer’s investigation. experts have all but written him off of the team for the year.
Add in the injury to Clayton Kershaw, and there becomes a desperate need for Los Angeles. The Dodgers do not plan on having the veteran hurler ramp up his throwing routine over the break as he returns from a forearm strain. That means his return would likely not come until the end of the month.
One report came out today that the Dodgers would be in on Braves’ pitcher Charlie Morton. No one can really confirm the validity of that report given that the person who released it is virtually unknown. In fact, MLB sources that we reached out to could not confirm who the person was reporting the interest. But looking at Morton and the need for Los Angeles, there is a really good chance of a match.
The Braves are 44-45 heading into the All-Star break and don’t appear to be headed in a good direction. They just lost Ronald Acuna Jr for the rest of the year with a knee injury and Mike Soroka is also out for the year. That makes the Braves at least a decent chance to be sellers, and the Dodgers have to be paying attention.
Morton signed with the Braves on a one-year deal worth $15 million this past offseason. At 37-years-old, the chances of him signing any sort of multi-year deal were limited at best. The Dodgers could absolutely use a guy like Morton who has started a bunch of games over the last 4 seasons.
He’s also striking out batters at a decent rate and kept his ERA under 4. At just a hair under 100 innings pitched this year, he’s exactly the kind of back-end rotation guy the Dodgers could use for the second half.