For all the Manny Machado and Jacob deGrom whispers – the Dodgers remain focused on improving their bullpen. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports that the Dodgers have been in discussions with the Miami Marlins about acquiring relief help. Morosi mentions three power arms in specific: Kyle Barraclough, Adam Conley, and Drew Steckenrider as potential targets.
Sources: #Dodgers, #Marlins have had preliminary dialogue on trade possibilities involving Miami’s power bullpen arms, including Kyle Barraclough, Adam Conley, and Drew Steckenrider. Story with details: https://t.co/J1b0vR09aX @MLB @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 1, 2018
Morosi also adds two key things of note.
- The Dodgers are widely expected to acquire ‘at least one’ reliever between now and the non-waiver trade deadline.
- No trade is close, sources say. But the fit between the two teams is undeniable.
Unquestionably, the Marlins have several veteran arms who serve them better as trade pieces than long-term fixtures. Meanwhile, the Dodgers have a clear need and many C-level and B-level minor league prospects who could be moved to shore up the bullpen.
This need became more glaring for Los Angeles as Pedro Baez, Tony Cingrani, and Josh Fields have all been placed on the disabled list within the past month.
Barraclough is the name on the list that jumps off the page to me. In 36 and 1/3 innings pitched, he has a 0.99 ERA on a team that is 31-53. Conley and Steckenrider have impressive numbers in their own right. Any of the three or even better – acquiring a pair of them – would get me excited. Still, to add an arm like Barraclough who has always had closer stuff to set up Kenley Jansen could pay Brandon Morrow-like dividends. Again, the Marlins make immense sense as a trading partner. If the asking price is reasonable, a move could happen in the next week or two. This is the quickest and simplest way for the Dodgers to get better immediately. A bullpen arm should not cost them a significant building-block of the future.
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