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Dodgers Rumors: Los Angeles Interested In Yu Darvish And Zach Britton

The Los Angeles Dodgers traded for Yu Darvish on July 31st, solely for what he could provide in October. Darvish was excellent in the NLDS and NLCS, going a total of 11.1 innings and giving up just two runs. However, that success did not continue in the World Series.

Yu Darvish started Game 3 and Game 7 of the Fall Classic and lasted a total of just 3.1 innings. He gave up eight runs on nine hits, including two home runs. To make matters worse, he was also apparently tipping his pitches.

Well Darvish is now a free agent and the Dodgers are reportedly interested, as long as the price is right.

Yu Darvish’s last contract was for $60 million over six years, so we will see what he asks for this off-season. However, if the price is right, it seems like a no-brainer to bring him back, regardless of his bad starts in the World Series.

Another pitcher that the Dodgers are interested in is Zach Britton, according to Jon Heyman of FanRagSports. Britton’s name was connected with the Dodgers at the trade deadline, but Los Angeles went for relievers Tony Cingrani and Tony Watson instead. Britton had a pretty good 2017 season, putting up a 2.89 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP in 37.1 innings pitched. However, his 2016 season was unbelievable, where he posted a 0.54 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP in 67 innings pitched. He is a free agent after next season and is expected to make around $13 million via arbitration in 2018.

What do you think about bringing back Yu Darvish? What about trading for Zach Britton? Let us know in the comments below!
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  1. I would first bring back Morrow! Possibly Watson or Britton depending on price. Also price on Yu and or what Walker might look like on the big club

  2. Britton would be a welcome addition to the Dodger staff, but not for $18 million..! Let Darvish go… Unless… In fact, he WAS tipping his pitches to The Astro hitters. It certainly looked like they knew what was coming.. For that much money, it would be wise to see what is on the market tho…

  3. Resign Darvish for the right price and contract. Rick Honeycutt is the best pitching coach in the business, and can fix that pitch tipping issue. Darvish throws 6 different pitches. Honeycutt will work to develop him into a better pitcher. Example: The improvement of Rich Hill since becoming a Dodger

  4. Unless we can find a way to trade some of our surplus starters there’s no way I would sign Darvish. Rather I would wait and see how Buehler and Urias develop and if needed get another good starter at the trade deadline again.

  5. I know David had a rough world series. But that was as a result of him tipping his pitches. That can be fixed and should have been detected by dodger staff. Bring him back if price is under 100 million.

  6. YU WHO?????

    In fact I like Yu…and I really felt sorry for him after the Series…especially when he said he loves L.A. & wants the stay…but it’s hard to welcome him back!!! I suppose if the price is right AND they are sure that it was pitch tipping…

  7. Yu Darvish can throw the ball. He has proven this from the beginning. But we expected to see the same success from the playoffs right into the World Series. We did not get it. However, since Rick Hunnicutte was convinced to return for one more season, he will have time to work with Darvish from Day 1. He can ensure that Yu does not tip his pitches and is mentally game-ready every 4th start. Yu has indicated that wants to return to the Dodgers, so picking him up might be better than expected. The fact that Rick is also returning spells success for the Dodgers and for this particular pitcher. So, I am for rehiring Yu Darvish perhaps to a one-year contract to ensure that he is ready for a much longer one for the ensuing seasons. The Cubs could not hit him nor could the Diamondbacks. But the Astros had faced him at least 5 games, so they knew what to expect. Having said that, his record in those 5 games was 4-1. Granted, this was not World Series but rather season games. If Rick can get him to not tip his pitches, the Dodgers will have another possible Cy Young candidate. They had 3 this season: Kershaw, Jansen and Wood. So they are ready to chase another WS pennant.

  8. This is just like the Stanton connundrum. Yes we would like to have him, but we have plenty of pitching and more prospects on the way up. The bad taste in my mouth from his performance in the series is hard to get rid of. Yet, I know he is a better pitcher than that and would be a number 2 or 3 starter for us–MAYBE. Once again, if the price is right and the deal can be made short enough with clauses to the Dodger’s advantage we should go for it.

  9. The reason why we lost is because we didn’t have enough pitching they should have known better than to pitch Darvish should have pitch Kershaw but if we would have had more pitching instead of a shitload of outfielders I think we would have accomplished and won the World Series that is my opinion and the president of baseball for the Dodgers needs to pull his head out of his butt and start getting more pitching it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out Stratton would be a good fit but you need to figure out who you’re going to get rid of in the Outfield it’s just frustrating that the only pick up players because of their stats that’s a bunch of BS

  10. Let’s put the entire band back together, give Darvish a 3 year contract that won’t break the bank. The money that is coming off the books for ’17 and ’18 is phenomenal. This team is going to be good for a very, very long time. The boys should have won game 2 and game 5…there shouldn’t have been a game 7…Dodgers, Baby!!!

  11. Don’t sign Darvish; he single-handedly lost the World Series, negating the efforts of a special Dodger team. Get Britton, sign Morrow, and then your starters will not have to go more than 6 innings, which they are not allowed to do or are incapable of doing, except for Kershaw, the only ‘real’ starter on the staff.

  12. Leave Britton alone, plenty of good bullpen arms available that won’t cost $13M. Could get 2 good bullpen arms for that price. Darvish is the best starter available. If we can get him for $15M or less a year I say do it otherwise sign a Lance Lynn type which I would be more than ok with as a#4 SP. What I would do is let Darvish sign somewhere else and sign Lynn and Lorenzo Cain or move Bellinger to LF and try to bring in Hosmer but that is a wish

  13. We should not get Yu Darvish. He will be a constant reminder of how we lost the World Series.

  14. Those two World Series games, especially Game 7, stick in my mind. I’ve heard Darvish was tipping his pitches, but I would bring him back only if bringing him back doesn’t financially hamper the Dodgers. How about going after Arrieta for a No.2 pitcher or bolster the bullpen in the event that Morrow, one or both of the Tonys leave?

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