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Dodgers Reportedly Appear to be Frontrunners for Royals’ Jake Diekman

Diekman, 32, is an arm that could be the type of low-risk, high-reward arm the bullpen could use.

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.

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:

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.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 19 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. This guy profiles like every other guy the dodgers have in their bullpen. High ERA, gives up walks, high velocity guy. If they’re going to spend prospects to get relief help then get someone that can actually make a difference. This would resemble every reliever the Dodgers have gotten at the trade deadline over the past many years. None of them have made a difference, except maybe Morrow and he wasn’t at the deadline. The kid who wrote this has very little perspective. He compares Diekman to Cingrani and what championship did Cingrani help them win? You can give me all the DRA and FIP stats you want, his ERA is 4.75. No thanks. Been there and done that!

  2. Retarded, stop trying to find a diamond in the rough. Get real good relievers, stop messing around. LA need to win now, not next year.

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