The Dodgers are trying to win a World Series and with the trade deadline just 3 days away, almost every fan knows that the Dodgers need to address their bullpen situation. From a slow Joe Kelly start to injury issues like Scott Alexander to “turbulence” issues with Kenley Jansen, all of baseball knows that the Dodgers will need to make a significant trade to give themselves the chance in October and November.
With so many teams in a race for the Wild Card spots, there really aren’t that many sellers as in previous seasons, so the only relief pitchers left are:
- Pirates – Felipe Vazquez
- Tigers – Shane Greene
- Giants – Will Smith
- Blue Jays – Ken Giles
Obviously, Vazquez is the top prize here being a lefty reliever, 28 years old and only on the second year of a 4 year extension he signed with Pittsburgh. He is under team control with $5.75M owed next year, $7.75M the following year and then $10M for the next two years.
Before Jake Diekman was traded to the Athletics, the Pirates were requesting 2 of the Dodgers top 4 prospects:
- Gavin Lux
- Keibert Ruiz
- Dustin May
- Will Smith
Most fans and league sources balked at the idea of the Dodgers trading away two quality prospects for Vazquez, but now with a major off the table for the Dodgers in Diekman, the Dodgers may have to reconsider the costs if they truly want to make a run at the World Series.
Do you give up Keibert Ruiz, Dustin May and a 25-30 prospect for lefty reliever Felipe Vazquez?
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) July 27, 2019
The way Lux has been killing it in Triple A and Will Smith breaking a Dodgers Catcher record just yesterday, those two are definitely off the table.
With the basics of supply and demand, the Pirates are in a position to just sit and let the deadline pass as they can do this whole thing again next year when contenders are looking for a lock down closer.
I’m sure the Pirates prefer to pick off prospects from the Dodgers amazing farm system, so this will turn into a game of chicken soon to see if anyone flinches.
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