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Dodgers: Will LA Trade for Starter Before July 30 Deadline?

A debunked rumor got us thinking.



With the MLB trade deadline just weeks away and the Dodgers suddenly in need of starting pitching help, we discuss if LA should consider trading for Atlanta Braves veteran hurler, Charlie Morton. After the Rays declined to pick up his club option, the two-time All-Star signed a one-year $15 million contract with Atlanta to help get them over the top in the postseason. However, due to injuries and mediocre play, Atlanta finds themselves currently in third place in the NL East and could look to be sellers at the deadline.

We discuss the possibility of the Dodgers trading for Charlie Morton why it feels like a move Andrew Friedman would be more than comfortable making.

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With Trevor Bauer not very likely to return to the team, Morton is exactly the type of innings eater that Friedman could and should be targeting at this deadline. Even at 37-years-old, the veteran has plenty of gas left in the tank and postseason pedigree that could help the Dodgers become the first team to go back-to-back in more than two decades.

One big problem for Dodgers fans, Charlie Morton was part of the cheating 2017 Houston Astros.

If fans can forgive and forget — especially considering the pitchers weren’t stealing signs — the addition of Morton would add a starting pitcher with a respectable 3.64 ERA in 99 innings this season.

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Written by Doug McKain

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  1. Braves are not going to trade Morton, they are more likely to add a hitter like Kris Bryant to help offset the loss of Acuna.

    • I’ve heard other names mentioned, such as Kyle Gibson and or Hendricks . But any trade for a starter will perhaps be costly with teams well aware of the Dodgers starter shortage, wss.

  2. The question is whether you feel comfortable going into the post season with Buehler, Kershaw (?) Urias and maybe Price as the horses. Doesn’t sound like that is enough to get it done, especially in light of the questions in the bullpen.

      • Braves just traded for Joc Peterson from Cubs. But if they’re otherwise sellers, a deal for Morton as a rental might work for now at least. There may be a deal made before they decide to have another BP game, which would be on Tuesday next week.

      • No way is giving up Keiburt a good idea. He’s a better catcher, defensively, than both Smith and Barnes. He has the potential to be just as good or better hitter than Smith. I’d say give up Barnes, but I doubt there’d be much value in that.??

  3. Stupid article no cheater belongs with the dodgers period we have 3 aces in Kershaw Urias and buhler and Gonsolin a good 4th stater and Price a fifth starter when playoff starts 1 or 2 will go to bullpen no need fir pitching once Seager is back Dodgers will run away with division and World Series

    • well said. we have 5 starters with Kersh back, Price and T-Gon joining Urias and Ferris. Freidman has said he will improve the pen if he can’t get a 5th starter. Pen pieces are generally inexpensive compared to starters, so my vote goes with a pen pick-up!

  4. I always get nervous this time of year. I am afraid we will get rid of one of our young players that are headed for stardom. (Remember Pedro Martinez?) I certainly hope that we hang on to Keibert Ruiz. It sure looks to me like he will be a premier catcher in the near future.

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