According to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com, a member of the Kansas City Royals beat, the Dodgers have longed been viewed as the front-runner for an acquisition of left-handed pitcher Jake Diekman.
Dodgers appeared to be the frontrunner from the start. Diekman still on the Phillies’ and Nationals’ radar as well, per source. https://t.co/UE6uF3Ih0b
— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) July 26, 2019
This comes in response to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com claiming that the Royals were moving closer to a deal for Jake Diekman with the Braves and Dodgers believed to be showing the most interest in acquiring his services.
Here are my thoughts on a Diekman acquisition:
I have long been wanting Jake Diekman. He probably won’t cost much and his peripherals are pretty damn good.
Walks galore, but his DRA, FIP, and SIERA all have him as more of a 3.25-3.50 type guy. pic.twitter.com/Fsv0oNYgQ2
— Daniel Preciado (@DanJPreciado) July 26, 2019
A lot of teams are likely after him, with the Phillies and Nationals also known to have shown interest.
On the year, Diekman holds a 4.75 ERA and has racked up 63 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings. As mentioned, his true talent level is somewhere around an ERA in the low 3.00s range.
Diekman would add an excellent left-handed arm and he would not cost much. Think Tony Cingrani and what the Dodgers did for him. With a mutual option for Diekman in 2020, he could potentially be with the Dodgers for this year and next.