The Dodgers have been the most active team thus far on the trade front as they’ve acquired Carlos Marmol and Ricky Nolasco to fortify their entire pitching staff.
Now sitting just 3.5 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks for first place in the NL West, the Dodgers are still looking to improve even more. Last night, it was reported that they had scouts watching Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza and according to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, they’re looking for more bullpen help:
“A Dodgers scout was dispatched to Milwaukee this week, sent to look at the three relievers the Brewers are currently marketing. While the Brewers have told teams that closer Jim Henderson won’t be dealt, they are more than willing to discuss John Axford, Francisco Rodriguez and left-hander Mike Gonzalez.”
So far this season, K-Rod has a 1.25 ERA and has nailed down nine saves while Axford was taken out of the closer’s role and could provide another hard-throwing righty in the ‘pen.
Axford would be an interesting target, but has had command issues as he was replaced in the closers role by Rodriguez and Henderson. With all the issues that Brandon League and Ronald Belisario have had, taking on Axford would be another reliever that you don’t know what you’re getting on a consistent basis.
Regardless, the Dodgers look to be adamant about making the necessary changes to the pitching staff and should be the most active team on the trade market.