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Dodgers Trade Deadline: Pirates Likely Not Trading Felipe Vazquez

Count Felipe Vazquez out in potential Dodgers bullpen moves.

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 21: Felipe Vazquez #73 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at PNC Park on June 21, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

It appears that left-handed closer Felipe Vazquez will not be on the table in trade talks this season, according to Chris Adamski of Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Pirates’ GM Neal Huntington.

With the Pirates fully expecting Felipe Vazquez to be ‘closing the next Pirates’ playoff games’, this takes the super-reliever effectively off the market and honestly, for good reason. Although Pittsburgh could command a pretty steep price for Vazquez, the time to strike most likely is not now for them.

Any potential Dodgers’ package would most likely start with either Dustin May or Keibert Ruiz with multiple mid-level prospects to sweeten the offer. This appears to no longer be an option and fully expect the Dodgers to move on from the Vazquez front in the days leading up to the deadline.

Vazquez, 28, holds a 2.28 DRA on the year with a whopping 66 strikeouts across 42 1/3 innings. He remains one of the game’s premier young closers and arguably the best left-handed reliever in the sport.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. Its obvious the Dodgers would like to trade for a reliever or two with so many teams in the wild card hunt now it is looking more and more there may not be any options available to do so, we may have to rely on what we have.

  2. “It ain’t over til its over”. By not trading with us, the Pirates stand pat and do not improve -level their team. A possible catcher, mid-level pitcher, etc. might be theirs if they give serious thought to dealing with the Blue. On the other hand, we are not here to enrich others. Lets see what happens. Many teams would love to have what the Dodgers can offer. Go Blue!!!

  3. GO BLUE LOU! We can move on from Vazquez, especially if they want may and or Ruiz or Lux or Smith. And you are so correct, LOU, we are not here simply to enrich others and that’s what would be happening if we were to cave in to other team’s potential demands.

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