The Dodgers are in the hunt for some big fish this trade deadline season as it appears they want to bring a top-tier reliever or two to the back-end of the bullpen. The organization has many strengths, with one sticking out above the rest: depth.
After two years of disappointing World Series losses, it is no secret that the Dodgers need to make a move and it is entirely obvious which facet of their game needs to improve: the bullpen.
This is why starter/reliever may prove valuable as a trade chip this July in an effort to bring a back-end guy to the roster.
Ross Stripling is a lot better of a pitcher than most give him credit for and would be, at the worst, a number 3 starter on most other teams. He also supplies the Dodgers with innings as somewhat of a combo arm, someone who can both start and relieve seemingly with ease of transition both ways.
At the moment, Strip looks like a formidable long man in the hunt for October, posting a 3.65 ERA and 3.42 DRA this season in 66 2/3 innings pitched. He has also been solid against left-handed pitching, which would also somewhat negate the need to bring a third lefty onto the postseason roster and still be able to keep a long man. Signature Dodger versatility at its finest.
Here are some proposed deals that fans sent in to be evaluated with Ross Stripling in mind:
Dodgers acquire: Felipe Vazquez
Pirates acquire: Ross Stripling, Tony Gonsolin, and Diego Cartaya
They aren’t going to be trading away their best bullpen arm in doing so. And he’s a few prospects would have to be thrown in too. I see Gonsolin and someone like Diego Cartaya because they need a catcher of the future
— thortan.alex (@ThortanAlex) July 15, 2019
This proposal is pretty on-base with what the Pirates would probably request from the Dodgers, if not more. Ross Stripling was reported to be of interest to the Pirates in the off-season in a Francisco Cervelli deal that never came into fruition. Tony Gonsolin has tremendous upside still at the age of 25. Diego Cartaya, a recent international signee also presents fantastic upside behind the plate.
Dodgers acquire: Brad Hand
Indians acquire: Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling
Joc Pederson & Stripling for Brad Hand
— Hector Castellanos (@NotoriousHEC) July 15, 2019
First of all, the Dodgers would most likely never trade away this much value from their major league roster and the Indians most likely would never accept such a deal. If this deal were to become something like Brad Hand for Ross Stripling and Keibert Ruiz headlining the package, this deal becomes a lot more feasible for both sides.
What are your trades? Let’s hear them in the comments!