The trade deadline came and went with the Dodgers doing very little to change up their team. Their biggest move was trading away Ross Stripling to Toronto to open up space in the rotation for Tony Gonsolin.
But as it turns out, there may have been a lot more going on behind the scenes. We already know that the Dodgers at least talked to the Rangers about Lance Lynn, as the two sides were very far apart. But there were also some suggestions that the team would trade away from its depth in order to gain new prospects.
Now, Jon Heyman is reporting that the Dodgers also tried to move some of their relievers at the deadline. While it’s not clear what they were hoping for in return, it would make sense that they were looking for future talent.
Most interesting aspect of deadline: Dodgers are the best team ever to sell. Apparently they just have too many good players. Not only did they trade solid SP Ross Stripling but they shopped at least 3 MLB relievers (they ended up holding them). Indians a 2nd contender to sell
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) September 2, 2020
There are a few guys in the bullpen that are in their last year or on a one-year deal with the Dodgers. Pedro Baez was on the injured list, so he would not have been moved though they might have considered it if he was healthy.
Adam Kolarek has a few more years of team control and his value might be at an all-time high. Caleb Ferguson falls into a very similar situation, but he might have more upside long-term. Jake McGee, who has been a huge addition to the bullpen, is another guy that is only signed through this year with the Dodgers.
Whoever it might have been, the Dodgers ultimately decided that they would hold onto their guys. When you have one of the best bullpens in baseball, that makes the decision a little bit easier.