With five days left until the trade deadline hits, the Los Angeles Dodgers have yet to make a deal, despite their need for starting pitching.
Scott Kazmir and Johnny Cueto are already off the market, and the Detroit Tigers still weren’t for sure sellers, meaning the Dodgers have to look elsewhere for their needs. While Cole Hamels is still available, the Phillies price has not lowered much and the Texas Rangers are battling for the left-hander as well. The Dodgers have reportedly named a backup plan; however, it’s all just talk until a move actually occurs.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Dodgers have taken an interested in a right-hander from their very own division:
Tyson Ross is an extremely popular man on the trade market, with the Blue Jays, Astros, Dodgers, Rangers and others interested.
Ross is 6-8 with a 3.45 ERA and 132 strikeouts in 21 starts (122.2 IP) this season. He leads the league in walks allowed (57), but has allowed just three home runs all year. His FIP is 2.75, meaning he’s ran into a bit of bad luck this season. The 28-year-old won’t be a free agent until after the 2017 season, something that is more enticing than a player set to become a free agent.
While trading within the division is somewhat rare, the Dodgers and Padres already pulled off a big deal in the offseason involving Matt Kemp and Yasmani Grandal. The Padres were expected to challenge the Dodgers for the division crown, but it hasn’t gone that way and they have made their players available. They also are shopping Andrew Cashner and James Shields, but it’s unclear if the Dodgers have any interest.
Trading for Ross would give the Dodgers a solid starter behind Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, and could come in addition to another trade possibly.