With less than 24 hours remaining before the 2019 trade deadline, it’s hard to gauge whether the Dodgers will ultimately stand pat with their current roster or make a splash with some sort of high-impact type of deal.
Skipper Dave Roberts over the past few days has been preparing those close to the team for a potential letdown, insisting that regardless of what happens by Wednesday, the team will be poised to make another successful championship run. He also reiterated that whatever potential deals are discussed, the end result will need to heavily benefit the organization without sacrificing the most valued prospects on the farm.
In other words, Andrew Friedman and his crew will be very sensible and judicious about what they do.
“Where we’re at right now, it just puts us in position not to reach, and not to do something that not only compromises this year potentially, but in years to come,” Roberts explained.
Rumblings are still circulating about the Dodgers being tied to flame-throwing lefty Felipe Vazquez of the Pirates. However, it’s still not known whether or not GM Neal Huntington will pull the trigger in a deal. Nevertheless, there were some rumors reported on Monday that Pittsburgh may conceivably be interested in a package surrounding prized infielding prospect Gavin Lux, which likely is a deal-breaker.
Additionally, there are whispers about the Dodgers showing interest in New York reliever Edwin Diaz. Logic suggests that the Mets might want a huge haul to part with the closer, considering what they gave up to snag him last December. Whatever the case may be, the 25-year-old native of Puerto Rico has a 4.95 ERA, a 3.83 FIP and a 1.450 WHIP over 44 appearances and an even 40 innings pitched this season.
There’s also some chatter linked to righty reliever Shane Greene of Detroit, but some folks familiar with the situation in the Midwest seem to feel that the Tigers might want to let go of several players in the same package, hoping to score a deal that brings in a handful of quality prospects in return.
Gonsolin, 25, rejoins the team for the second time this season. In his only previous action, the right-hander made his MLB debut in a start against the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 26. He pitched 4.0 innings, allowing six hits, six runs (four earned) with three strikeouts in a losing effort. With Triple-A Oklahoma City, he has made 12 starts, posting a 1-4 record with a 4.95 ERA (20 ER/36.1 IP) and 41 strikeouts.
The 25-year-old Sborz has appeared in two games in two stints with the Dodgers, allowing six runs on six hits in 3.0 innings of work. On the season, he is 3-3 with a 4.54 ERA (19 ER/37.2 IP) and 51 strikeouts in 34 games for OKC, including a 2-0 mark with a 2.61 ERA (3 ER/10.1 IP) and 14 strikeouts in his last 10 games.
First pitch is 5:40 PM Los Angeles time.
(Juan Dorado furnished some information provided in this report)