It’s all but guaranteed right now that the Dodgers will be going after an arm before the trade deadline. Andrew Friedman basically confirmed that getting a starter was front of mind for the, heading into the final 2 weeks. But the biggest question right now is which pitcher that will be.
There are going to be a number of arms out there on the market that the Dodgers could go after. Charlie Morton, Tyler Anderson, Jose Berrios, and German Marquez are all names that the team has been linked to. But it might be another Rockies arm that they end up landing.
The Denver Post polled a panel of MLB experts during All-Star week and found that the Dodgers were the favorite to land Jon Gray. The right-handed pitcher is in the final year before hitting free agency so it makes sense that they would move him.
Aside from the NL West matchup, the pairing would make sense. Gray could potentially eat up a ton of innings for the Dodgers, as he’s shown he can be a workhorse when healthy. Gray is also having one of his better seasons. He’s put up a 3.77 ERA and a decent 1.221 WHIP.
The Dodgers are going with 3 guys in the starting rotation right now and there is no indication Trevor Bauer will return. Clayton Kershaw is down with a forearm strain and should be out at least until the end of the month.
They need an arm, and Gray is there. The only thing standing in the way? The Rockies. They’ve shown an unwillingness to do business with Los Angeles in the past.