The Dodgers don’t exactly have the elite roster that they came into the season with right now. They lost Walker Buehler to an arm injury, Mookie Betts is down with a cracked rib, Blake Treinen has been out since the start of the year, and even Edwin Rios couldn’t stay healthy off of the bench.
At the start of the year, most would have predicted that the Dodgers wouldn’t do much at the trade deadline. But the injuries and slumps that they have endured through the first 60+ games might put them in a position where they want to make some moves.
The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya thinks that could mean a number of things. In his Dodgers mailbag this week, Ardaya said that he thinks Los Angeles goes after an impact bat and starting pitcher at the deadline. And there’s a pretty good chance that he’s right.
“This is a cop-out, but I think the Dodgers pursue both. They’re at least a starter short of where they’d like to be with Walker Buehler’s injury. …José Quintana, for one, is off to a solid start in Pittsburgh and is a rental like Anderson was. Chad Kuhl and Zach Davies fit the bill, though I’d imagine Colorado and Arizona wouldn’t move them within the division.”
Even if Buehler was healthy, the Dodgers probably would’ve considered adding an arm. Tyler Anderson is pitching well beyond his pay grade and Tony Gonsolin is already past his career-high in innings pitched. It’s only June. At some point, the luck is going to run out.
And yes, they did just add in Trayce Thompson, who could stay on the bench when Mookie returns. But the Dodgers aren’t just looking to have a decent roster, they’re always looking to improve. If there is a bat that they like available, there is no reason to assume they won’t go out and get one.
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