The trade deadline is always fodder for talk about who won, who lost, who made the greatest improvement to their team. The Dodgers were heavily scrutinized for their lack of big moves this year.
The last two seasons, the Dodgers did make big trades, acquiring Yu Darvish in 2017 and Manny Machado In 2018. While they are both only one player, neither move proved to bring the Dodgers their much sought-after World Series ring.
There is no guarantee that had the Dodgers given what the Pittsburgh Pirates had asked for in return for their closer Felipe Vazquez, that that would be the move that brings Los Angeles a World Championship. The Pirates reportedly asked for Gavin Lux, the Dodgers future at second base. According to Andrew Friedman, President of Team Operations, the Dodgers made an aggressive offer in return, but the Pirates were unwilling to budget in their request for the Dodgers’ top prospect.
Second base has been one place where the Dodgers are mixing and matching a player to cover the position. It makes perfect sense that they would not want to part with the man who may be at that position for many years to come. While Dodger fans are pining for that move, the last two season have shown that the big move doesn’t necessarily bring the ring.
The Dodgers decided that they would rely on who was already on the squad to help bolster the bullpen in October. How that looks exactly remains to be seen, but now with the promotion of Dustin May, it leads one to think that he could be a part of it.
The Dodgers need another arm for the starting rotation with Ross Stripling and Rich Hill both out with injuries. Tony Gonsolin and Julio Urias did a great job in Denver with their combined effort against the Rockies, but now it’s May’s time to make his Major League debut.
Friedman stated yesterday to reporters that May will “probably” make more than one start with the Dodgers. “We’re not thinking beyond tomorrow night right now and just giving him an opportunity – meaning that we don’t have everything mapped out right now. We don’t need to right now”.
Manager Dave Roberts on May and his future this season with the team, as told to MLB’s Ken Gurnick – “We’re going to take this opportunity now to see guys in different roles to give us a better idea of how it might look in October. every opportunity is an audition for young players. (May has) earned the opportunity to pitch here and for us to put our eyes on him is very important. As the days go on, it will be more clear for the role of Dustin and a lot of our guys.” Roberts did not rule out May moving to the bullpen come October.
For his part, May isn’t focusing on October. “If the time comes for me to move to the bullpen, I’m 100 percent down with it. At the moment right now, I’m just focusing on my start, and we’ll see where it goes from there.”
Yesterday, Dennis covered why May is such a prized prospect, and why his call up has long been awaited. May will face off against Eric Lauer, a 24 year old lefty with a 5-8 record and 4.52 ERA, and 81 strikeouts in 99.2 innings of work. Game time is 7:10 PDT.