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Dodgers: Why Trade for a Pitcher When Tony Gonsolin is Rotting on the Taxi Squad?

The Dodgers can make a move at the deadline, but the question is should they?



With the trade deadline just over a weekend away, the Dodgers find themselves in a precarious situation. They don’t necessarily need to add to the team but could likely go out and add any available trade target.

Premium starting pitchers like Lance Lynn and Trevor Bauer are reportedly on the market, but even a not so keen eye could see that LA already has the best acquisition in their farm system. Here in this discussion, we talk Tony Gonsolin and play make-believe general managers looking to improve the big league ballclub.

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Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. As someone said a few weeks ago, “if you can’t win a title with this current team…” There is no point in burning a bunch of good prospects for a really short term rental. If the Dodgers play as they are capable of, they will win this year. It’s time to take the training wheels off of Urias, May and Gonsolin.

    • Urias struggles to even pitch 5 innings (averaging more than 17 pitches per inning this season) that will not get the job done. I have much more confidence in Gonsolin and May as starters.

      • Hello Socal! For me it’s been awhile as far as commenting here is concerned. You take on Urias is right on the money at this time and why Gonsolin is not a regular starter in rotation now is beyond me.

  2. Amen. This team is good enough to win. You have Lux Gonsolin rotting away in the minors. While you got Beaty and Rios coming back soon the team is solid. Now if Roberts stops bs we can win it this year.

    Stripling is clearly the long relief man period. Gonsolin is our addition. When Urias or Mays falter it falls on Wood and Stripling to earn thier money. When Kike or Taylor fails it falls in Lux to step up. When any of our OF fails it falls on Beaty Taylor to step up. When Muncy and JT need rest then it falls on Rios. BP is set. So is our pitching and hitters. This is it Pederson, Kike JT and Wood are FA. So are up

    • Lux has never proven himself. Gonsolin has. Gonsolin deserves to be the 3 or 4 pitcher in the rotation.

  3. Exactly Clint, you should give your partner at Dodger Nation Daniel a clue. He wants to trade for a pitcher!
    The Dodgers have a plethora of young arms in Gonsolin, Gonzalez, White, Gray and others. It makes no sense to trade for a rental that is maybe better than Gonsolin or the others that are under team control…

  4. We have great arms, but in the playoffs the pressure is much higher and they are playing the elite teams. Because of this great young arms might falter because of a lack of experience. That is why I think they need one more experienced arm for the playoffs. For the regular season, yes, we should be using our homegrown talent.

  5. Gonsolin is the man. Let him loose. He will have a big audition tomorrow. Hope it goes great.

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