While there haven’t been an overwhelming number of rumors linked to the Dodgers in the days leading up to this year’s trade deadline, one surfaced on Monday evening that suggested Andrew Friedman and his troops were talking to the Orioles about reliever Mychal Givens.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was among the first to report the rumblings.
The 29-year-old Givens was originally snagged by Baltimore in the second round of the 2009 MLB draft out of H.B. Plant High School in Tampa. According to John Sickels at minorleagueball.com, Givens was drafted as a shortstop, but wasn’t converted to a pitcher until the 2013 season when he was at Single-A Delmarva.
Sickels describes Givens as “having a nasty power sinker at 92-95 MPH, thrown with a low-angle delivery. He also has developed a slider and change-up, both average to plus, and has demonstrated excellent mound presence and unusually good pitching instincts.”
Despite the promising scouting report, the righty has had anything but a stellar 2019 season, his fifth in the majors. Through 33 games, he has posted a 4.23 ERA, a 4.63 FIP and a 1.200 WHIP with 52 punchouts and 17 walks over 38-2/3 innings.
Last year, he tallied an 0-7 record with a 3.99 ERA over 76-2/3 innings pitched in 69 games.
Our good friend Connor Byrne at MLBTR note that “with two-plus years’ team control remaining and a $2.15 million salary, Givens stands out as one of the Orioles’ strongest trade chips. Considering the Orioles are caught in what figures to be a long rebuild, it’ll be a surprise if they don’t part with Givens soon.”
Givens has gone just 8-for-13 in save opportunities this year and has a 1.9 HR/9 rate, the highest of his career.
There’s no question that the Dodgers could probably score Givens cheaply. Yet, based on the way he’s been throwing so far this year, it’s doubtful he would provide much of an upgrade over many in the existing Los Angeles relief crew.
In the meantime, the Dodgers begin a short, two-game set against the Angels on Tuesday evening at Dodger Stadium.
Both games are slated for a 7:10 PM Los Angeles start time.
The trade deadline is eight days away.