With the hours ticking away before the MLB trade deadline passes, the Los Angeles Dodgers have their collective heads on a swivel. Which move will be made – or will a move be made at all – is the question right now.
In the past, the Dodgers’ have been able to add big names such as Alex Wood, Rich Hill, Josh Reddick, Yu Darvish and Manny Machado. While no such big name is on the radar, the Dodgers have been active in discussions.
Now, Bill Plunkett of the OC Register writes that everyone in the Dodgers’ clubhouse is awaiting ‘the move’.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 28, 2019
However – manager Dave Roberts says if the right move isn’t there – it’s a vote of confidence for his team.
“No. I don’t,” he said. “I think if nothing happens, that right there should be something that shows the confidence the organization has in this group that’s in that clubhouse. And there should be trust and belief that this organization has done whatever it can to put us in the best position to win a championship. Then it’s up to us to perform. For me, I feel really a lot of peace and solace knowing that whatever we do or don’t do will be the best for our ballclub in 2019.”
To check the pulse of the Dodgers’ players in regards to the deadline, Roberts says his bunch has been through the drill.
“This is a group of guys that has been through it for many years, in this same position. So we’re used to going forward and focusing on the day at hand. But there’s a lot of talk about it, obviously,”
Without question, this is a very good-to-great team. Still, even great teams can use a shot in the arm this time of year to build momentum and strengthen the sum of the parts.
While it remains to be seen exactly what Andrew Friedman and company will do, the Dodgers are taking careful measures to protect the assets they have for the future; and weigh it against how it impacts things in the right now.