The Dodgers lost out on the Juan Soto sweepstakes. The superstar outfielder is heading to San Diego to join a now much better than they were Padres team. While it’s easy to be bummed that the boys in blue aren’t picking up another generational talent at the trade deadline, there’s enough reason to still be plenty ok with where the club is at.
Deadline move or no.
Let's not forget: the #Dodgers have the best record in baseball and a 12-game division lead. They don't *have to* make deadline moves.
— David Higgins ?? (@David88Higgins) August 2, 2022
The Dodgers are on top of the NL West by a wide margin. Sure, the Padres are getting better and these two teams still play each other 12 more times over the next two months (with the first 3 of those games coming this weekend in LA).
So, the good guys are in a good spot… and they’re primed to get even better.
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On Monday night, the Dodgers picked up win number 69 on the season, most in the National League by 4 games. They own the best winning percentage heading into play tonight in San Francisco at .676. The 70 win Yankees are at .673. And they’ve done all that while being without several key players at different points all through the season.
To name a few, Clayton Kershaw missed time with a hip issue. Andrew Heaney has started just 5 games all season while dealing with shoulder problems. Walker Buehler has been out since June and still, the Dodgers have 69 wins.
So, again, the team has done this without some key names and is continuing to do so. However, as the calendar trudges along, those key pieces will be getting healthier and could be set to make the Dodgers that much better.
Plus possibly (if they choose to)
– Bobby Miller (99 mph FB)
– Miguel Vargas (.879 MiLB OPS in '22)
– Michael Busch (.920 MiLB OPS in '22)
— Clint Pasillas (FRG) (@realFRG) August 2, 2022
Dustin May is two Minor League rehab starts away from rejoining the club. Chris Taylor sets out on an assignment today. Edwin Rios could be back in as little as two weeks if everything goes according to plan. Blake Treinen is throwing another bullpen session in San Francisco on Wednesday and, if everything goes well, could be heading out on his own rehab assignment soon after.
No other team in baseball is primed to add as much talent as these Los Angeles Dodgers are over the next two months. Sure, the Padres will be getting Fernando Tatis back as soon as mid-August, but Soto and Tatis are but two players. LA has 7 on the mend and a few hours left before the trade deadline as of publishing time.