After two days of meetings, no one really knows if we are inching closer to ending the MLB lockout, which has been going on since December. The possibility of MLB canceling games now seems like a higher possibility. As a fan, it is starting to get a bit concerning to complete a full regular season.
There are many big-name free agents out there, so teams will need a good period of time to negotiate and improve their rosters.
The Dodgers are one of those teams, as they’ve lost a number of key free agents and still have many remaining.
One area in which there are a lot of questions is the starting pitching, which looked to be a strength at the beginning of the 2021 season. The Dodgers starting rotation currently looks like Walker Buehler, Tony Gonsolin, and Julio Urias with newly signed left-hander Andrew Heaney looking like he can also be part of it.
Right-hander Dustin May figures to be back from Tommy John surgery sometime during the season, and there are many questions as to whether Trevor Bauer will even pitch on a major league mound again. The Dodgers already lost Max Scherzer and could possibly still lose Clayton Kershaw, so we’ll take a look and some trades the Dodgers could conceivably swing.
Castillo has probably been the pitcher most talked about in the trade market. The 29-year-old right-hander was an All-Star back in 2019. Throughout five seasons with the Reds he owns a 3.72 ERA and his strikeout stuff is amazing, as he has registered 770 strikeouts.
In 2021, he posted a 3.98 ERA, with a record of 8-16. This year you may remember that Castilo started against the Dodgers and had 10 strikeouts in 6 ⅓ innings. The Reds asking price may be too high for the Dodgers to consider, but Castillo would be a nice addition to the Dodgers rotation.
Montas has already spent time in the Dodger organization from 2015 to 2016, as he was traded to the Oakland Athletics in the deal that brought Rich Hill and Josh Reddick to Los Angeles. The 28-year-old right-hander finished the 2021 campaign with a 13-9 record and a 3.37 ERA along with 207 strikeouts. He finished sixth in American Cy Young voting.
There have been many rumors that Oakland may trade away some of their pieces such as Matt Olson and Montas. The Dodgers and Montas have been linked for a bit and Oakland and LA could swing another trade.
After he struggled with a 5.60 ERA in the 2020 season he turned it around to have a great 2021 campaign. There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Athletics including the direction they want to move forward in and whether they relocate to Las Vegas.
The 28-year-old left-hander enjoyed a great 2021 campaign, one of the few bright spots they had in Baltimore. He pitched a no-hitter this year, and only allowed one runner on a dropped third strike. Means was an All-Star back in 2019.
He missed some time due to injuries in 2021 and ended with a 3.62 ERA in 146 ⅔ innings. Throughout his career, he has had a 3.82 ERA over four seasons and 63 starts. The Orioles the past couple of years has been the bottom feeders of the MLB, so they may want to grab more prospects as they continue their rebuild.
Those are just some of the pitchers that could be on the trade market that could help the Dodgers. Certainly, there could be plenty I missed. Nevertheless, I am eager to see what the front office does before the beginning of the season—if it ever gets started.