The Dodgers front office has been pretty quiet leading up to the trade deadline. Generally pretty tight-lipped about players they’re interested in, Andrew Friedman and his team have made sure to not let much slip. But it’s also no secret that they are after quality arms.
Los Angeles is pitching with guys in their rotation that they did not expect to be there in 2021. Tony Gonsolin, David Price, and Josiah Gray were not supposed to be part of the Dodgers’ plans when they entered the year. But with injuries and Trevor Bauer’s legal trouble, those 3 were forced into the rotation.
The Dodgers have also said that they would invest in bullpen arms should the opportunity arise. That might be why they are reportedly interested in Rangers’ closer Ian Kennedy. Once a starter earlier in his career, Kennedy has turned into a valuable arm in the late innings for Texas.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal made the connection between the Dodgers and Ian Kennedy earlier today. He’s 36-year-old and likely would not revert back to a starting role, but Los Angeles could use his arm in the bullpen.
Kennedy is owed roughly $700,000 after the deadline and is a free agent after this season. The only question at this point is what the Dodgers would have to give up to get him. But Los Angeles and Texas have shown in the past that they can do business, so that certainly plays in Friedman’s favor if this is a guy he wants.