The trade deadline sits just over a week away and the Los Angeles Dodgers have been involved in plenty of rumors.
Most of the rumors involve starting pitchers, and rightfully so, as the Dodgers have already lost Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy for the year, and Carlos Frias and Brett Anderson could be out longer with injuries. The Dodgers have been said to be looking for not only starting pitching depth, but a top-of-the-rotation arm that would slot behind Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Cole Hamels, Johnny Cueto and David Price are among the big names already mentioned as potential fits, but the Dodgers have also been linked to second-tier starters such as Scott Kazmir, Jeff Samardzija and Clay Buchholz. (Although Kazmir was traded Thursday morning to the Houston Astros.)
Another starting pitcher in that second-tier has now been linked to the Dodgers via Jon Morosi of Fox Sports:
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 23, 2015
The 29-year-old is currently 7-9 with a 2.91 ERA in 20 starts for the Rangers, including seven innings of shutout ball against the Dodgers back on June 15. Gallardo hasn’t gone six innings in his past three starts, but has gone at least six innings in 11 of his 20 starts this year.
Gallardo was traded to the Rangers in January, but they have fallen to third place in the AL West and could decide to sell before the trade deadline. The right-hander will be a free agent this winter so the Rangers may want to get something of value if they don’t plan on bringing him back next season.
The Dodgers are determined to add at least one starting pitcher, and Gallardo would be a welcome addition to a broken down rotation.