Trade Deadline: Relief Pitching Targets For Dodgers

[new_royalslider id=”247″]
PAGES: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Surprise Guest: Joaquin Benoit

The Padres signed Benoit to pair with Huston Street at the back of their bullpen this past off-season, which gave them a formidable pair of relievers to close out games.

Having dealt Street, there’s no reason to hang onto Benoit, who is now 36 and is owed roughly $10 million through 2015. As you’d expect, he’s had a good season pitching half his games at Petco Park.

What The Padres Might Want: Joc Pederson

There seems to be a trend here. San Diego got the Angels second best prospect in the Street deal, as well as a relief arm. However, Anaheim has a terrible farm system and Taylor Lindsay wouldn’t be in the Dodgers’ top-10. But it never hurts to ask.

What The Padres Might Take: Darnell Sweeney, Chris Reed

Sweeney is a good athlete and has performed very well in Double-A while playing shortstop, second base and center field. He would give the Padres a versatile offensive piece who’s close to the majors.

Reed gives them another arm who will probably put up great numbers for a year or two and eventually move to the bullpen.

Deal or No Deal: NO DEAL

Again, this comes down to finances. Benoit is owed $8 million next year, which would give the Dodgers five relievers making $4 million or more. While the budget hasn’t been a problem yet, you don’t want to bog down payroll obligations to relievers.
Dodgers May Get Bullpen Help From Red Sox

Please enable Javascript to watch this video

Written by Staff Writer

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

VIDEO: Gordon And Kemp Hit Two Of Five Dodgers Triples

Dodgers Rumors: Team Not Close To Making A Trade