Dodgers Rumors: Los Angeles Join the Giants in Their Interest of LHP Danny Duffy

Duffy would be a HUGE get for this rotation.

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. 

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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. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.


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  1. Pitching arm flexor strain has put Duffy on IL twice this season. Good pitcher who is now injured and cannot be counted upon. Thanks, but no thanks

    • I was going to say the same thing because if he’s currently on IL, he does us no good in the present need for the rotation. Concur, thanks but no thanks. So be it if Giants or Padres try to get him. And if either team does, it’s with knowing of Dodger’s struggle against LHP. WSS.

  2. i could see the dodgers picking him up just to keep the rivals from acquiring a quality lefty…and then crossing fingers and toes in hopes that he can contribute with the same quality he’s shown.

    but no matter who they pursue (unless it’s a stud who’s under contract for a few more years), i’ll be PISHED if they trade keibert ruiz. they need to keep him and start training him at alternate positions, and with an eye toward the DH position next yr and beyond. think of it, he and will smith sharing time behind the plate AND at DH…i love that idea. also love a world series again this fall, though, so i don’t know…

  3. Good things and bad things run in 3’s. It would be just the Dodgers and their luck this year that Duffy would go on the DL for a third time.

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