Although the deadline for non-waiver trades is now inside a week, there still appears to be no conspicuous sense of urgency by the management team of the Dodgers to make any additional roster moves.
There’s a strong belief around the league that Los Angeles is making a strong play for some much-needed bullpen help, but if the team is close to securing such an acquisition, team representatives on both sides are doing a good job of keeping it quiet, unlike all the leaks that were disclosed in the days leading up to the trade which sent infielder Manny Machado westbound.
Nevertheless, in one of the more recent whispers, it has been reported that the Dodgers have an interest in Tigers righty closer Shane Greene. On Wednesday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press talked about the rumor, although the Dodgers have had scouts watching Greene watching him both before and after his injury, which kept him sidelined for about 10 days at the beginning of July.
Shoulder inflammation would normally be a red flag for many clubs; however, it’s obvious the Dodgers are leaving no stones unturned. Regardless, about three weeks ago, an MRI revealed slight inflammation, but no structural damage. Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire was quick to furnish his own diagnosis, calling it “dead-arm syndrome.”
For the entirety of the season, Greene has made 44 appearances and has thrown an even 43 innings, posting a 4.19 ERA and a 3.97 WHIP while logging 20 saves. He features a fastball that exceeds 95 MPH, which can sometimes be untouchable when he has it moving properly.
In other news, the Dodgers are still linked to several Marlins relievers and have also been seen scouting pitchers for the Rays. Of all the Miami pitchers, the Dodgers were believed to be watching Kyle Barraclough the longest and the closest.
In turn, it was indicated that the Marlins sent team representatives to watch Yadier Alvarez throw in his most recent outing for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers. Alvarez, who was once a Top 3 ranked prospect for the Dodgers, has been on a downward slide in recent years, primarily because of injuries and lack of command.