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Dodgers Rumors: Other Teams Interested in RHP Brusdar Graterol

This one was a surprise.



The Dodgers are checking high and low this week looking for guys to land before the trade deadline. While Andrew Friedman will be busy looking for teams willing to deal away some of their better arms, don’t be shocked to see him looking for a good bat either. 

While that is all something that many around the league have expected from the Dodgers for weeks, this was not. The latest rumor from ESPN’s Jess Passan suggests that teams are very interested in one arm currently in Los Angeles’ bullpen.

Brusdar Graterol has not had the best season in 2021, but recent appearances have shown promise that he is returning to 2020 form. Brusdar punched out 2 batters over 2.1 innings and did not allow a runner to reach. The Dodgers flamethrower got a very late start to the season and has been playing catch-up ever since. 

Obviously, Brusdar throws 100+ mph and offers ridiculous sinking movement on most of his pitches. That type of arm plays up in playoff bullpens and he also offers 4 more years of control AFTER this season. It would be strange for the Dodgers to let that sort of deal get away from them. 

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However, the right deal could pry Brusdar away from the Dodgers very quickly. Could the Cubs look to move Craig Kimbrel and a bat in a deal that includes Graterol? Maybe, but it would certainly take more than that for Chicago. 

Alternatively, a contender could like what they see out of him and make the trade to have a really good October arm. Things could be getting very interesting as we head towards the Friday deadline. 

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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. Wish other teams wanted Lux and some others.
    For Kimble definitely trade away or Scherzer if we can include Lux in any deal let’s do it

    • Chris, like Dodgers noted earlier., they won’t trade Ruiz for a rental piece and that’s what Scherzer would be unless extended. Lux is currently on IL so tough to move. But if I’m the Dodgers, I don’t put Graterol in any deal.

  2. The Dodgers should hold onto Graterol. When he perfects off speed stuff to to go along with the heater, he could be an unhittable closer very soon. Obviously, Jansen doesn’t have it any more. Knebel could hit his stride. But Graterol is going to be around for a long long time.

    • Absolutely. Graterol is fine tuning his craft and will only be getting better as he does so. He should be as hands off as Ruiz and not part of any Dodgers conversation that has “trade” in it.

      • Barb McP, concur but the reality is that teams will want Ruiz in any deal even for a rental piece. Freidman is on record here as already saying Ruiz will not be dealt for just a rental player. So IDK, but it’s possible Dodgers don’t get any deals done but they still have until 1 PM on Friday. Stay tuned.

  3. Graterol must be throwing a 101-102 straight fastball that very few MLB hitter swing and miss at. That’s his main claim to game and without movement it doesn’t work. Also seems to be a bit of a head case.
    Anybody know why he was late to report this spring? No explanation given I could remember
    Package him with Bellinger, Raley, Lux and Neuse for Berrios and Rogers.

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