The Dodgers are going to be looking at just about every arm on the market this week. With the July 30th trade deadline looming, Andrew Friedman and his team are going to be very busy looking for some help.
There is a strong possibility the Dodgers could land a big reliever if the deal fits. Friedman had noted that in the weeks leading up to the deadline, a bullpen piece could be an option. That seemed interesting since they need so much help in their starting rotation.
But one of the latest rumors has the Dodgers connected to starting pitcher Danny Duffy. The Royals’ southpaw is in the final year of his contract and Kansas City is well out of playoff contention in 2021.
Duffy is currently on the 10-day injured list with a left flexor strain. This is the second time in 2021 that Duffy has landed on the IL with that injury, and it could have him out until the start of September. Despite that, the Dodgers still appear to have some interest in bringing him on board.
Part of that reason could be a discount for a very good arm. Duffy has started 12 games this year and pitched to a 2.51 ERA and struck out 65 over 61 innings pitched. The Dodgers might get a slightly better deal given his IL situation.
But they certainly won’t be alone in the pursuit. In addition to the Dodgers, the Giants and Padres are 2 other teams reportedly looking into Duffy. That NL West competition alone could drive up the price well beyond a place Friedman is comfortable with.
But on the flip side, adding him into the playoff rotation could be huge.