Dodgers Trade Rumors: Catching Up on a Few of the Latest Rumblings

Though it’s been several days since we’ve discussed any rumors surrounding the Dodgers and the 2017 non-waiver trade deadline, there hasn’t been a shortage of hypothetical theories from pundits around the game, despite a handful believing Los Angeles is so deep that the club may decide to not upgrade at all.

Early last week, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that the Dodgers were open to dealing right-handed relief pitchers Sergio Romo and Brandon Morrow over the coming weeks. Of course, Romo was ultimately designated for assignment on Thursday to create roster space for lefty Grant Dayton. Two days after the move, Los Angeles struck a deal with the Rays, as they will send Romo and cash to Tampa for a player to be named later and/or cash back. There haven’t been many whispers about Morrow, although in her column yesterday, Andy highlighted a few reasons why it may be beneficial to retain the veteran’s services moving forward.

According to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network, representatives from the Dodgers’ camp were in attendance at Tropicana Field on Friday night to see Texas righty Yu Darvish throw against the Rays. Darvish impressed all those on hand, pitching a full eight innings with 12 strikeouts while surrendering three earned runs on five hits. For the season, the 30-year-old Osaka native has posted a 6-8 record and a 3.44 ERA with 143 strikeouts over 133-1/3 innings of work. Even though Darvish is headed for free agency at the end of the 2017 campaign, many experts believe the Rangers will still attempt to get a hefty return in a prospective deal, if the right-handed is indeed moved.

Also on Thursday, we put together a story regarding the Dodgers’ interest in Baltimore relief pitcher Zach Britton, making note of several reasons why Los Angeles should aggressively pursue the southpaw before the July 31 deadline. Perhaps one of the biggest obstacles in a deal, though, could be the concern of Britton’s past forearm strain, which up until recently kept him on the disabled list for more than two months. Britton hasn’t pitched on consecutive days since being reinstated on July 2. In the same breath, we also mentioned the rumors about the Orioles presumably being interested in all three of Walker Buehler, Yadier Alvarez and Alex Verdugo in some type of return package.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports composed an article recently indicating the Dodgers’ interest in San Diego left-hander Brad Hand, however, the first name which the Padres countered with was Verdugo, which apparently have brought the discussion to an impasse. Hand has a 2.16 ERA with a 2.67 FIP and 65 strikeouts over an even 50 innings and 45 appearances this season.

On Saturday morning, Buster Olney of ESPN reported that Los Angeles is looking into a potential deal with the Mets to acquire righty reliever Addison Reed. The 28-year-old Montclair native has a career 3.38 ERA and 9.4 K/9 over seven big league seasons, and has tallied a 2.35 ERA and a 2.91 FIP with 47 strikeouts in an even 46 innings this season.

Scouts from the Dodgers have also been watching Oakland righty starter Sonny Gray recently, most specifically last Friday night against Cleveland at Oakland Alameda Coliseum. In the affair, Gray worked six innings and didn’t allow a runner past second base as the A’s cruised to a 5-0 win. Over the entirety of 2017, Gray has made 15 starts and has put up a 6-4 record with a 3.66 ERA and 85 punchouts over 91 innings pitched. After a 2016 campaign that was hampered by injuries, Gray opened 2017 on the DL with a strained lat.

Not long before the trade deadline last year, the Dodgers acquired veteran starter Rich Hill and outfielder Josh Reddick from the Athletics in exchange for three pitching prospects — Frankie Montas, Jharel Cotton and Grant Holmes.

Many who were familiar with the particulars of the deal believed it was GM Farhan Zaidi’s close relationship with Oakland boss Billy Beane that eventually facilitated the trade.

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5 Reasons Why Dodgers Should Pursue Zach Britton Before 2017 Trade Deadline

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While the Dodgers have been extremely quiet so far during the weeks leading up to the 2017 non-waiver trade deadline, the silence doesn’t necessarily mean the front office isn’t working hard to negotiate a trade or two in order to upgrade an already stacked 25-man roster. If there is one departmental weakness on the club, it could be the vulnerability of the bullpen, despite the NL-leading 2.90 ERA. Furthermore, it’s apparent that the team could benefit from the acquisition of an elite lefty specialist, and nobody fits the bill better than Zach Britton of the Orioles. And we’re here to tell you five reasons why.

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Dodgers Appear Content in Waiting Out Trade Deadline

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The Dodgers are heading into Chicago to face the White Sox for a two game set while riding a nine game winning streak, and Clayton Kershaw will make his first start of the second half. Will the Dodgers ever lose again? It’s quite the popular rhetorical question on social media these days. The answer, of course, is yes. Teams do not win every game that they play. But the way this team is clicking, all things just seem to keep falling into place.

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Digging Deeper into the Dodgers’ Need for Bullpen Help

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In Saturday’s column, we took a look around the farm system of the Dodgers and outlined a handful of potential pitchers the club could conceivably utilize for the stretch run of the regular season. But while there’s a good chance the Dodgers do indeed call on one of the youngsters we mentioned, it still doesn’t solve the team’s problem of not having a reliable lefty relief specialist.

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Dodgers Bullpen: 3 Potential Internal Additions for Second Half of Season

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With the 2017 non-waiver trade deadline almost at the two-week mark, much of the recent chatter in the Dodgers‘ camp has been about potentially acquiring help for the bullpen. Plenty of prospective additions have been tossed around the baseball blogosphere thus far, however, if the availability of some of the better relievers eventually dissipates, there may be a few options that the club could decide to utilize from within. And while much of the speculation has suggested the need for a left-handed pitcher, it just might be one of the righty kids on the farm who makes the biggest difference in the end.

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Dodgers Weighing Multiple Options as 2017 Trade Deadline Approaches

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And so the second half, and the trade cycle, of the 2017 season begins. The Chicago Cubs kicked it off with a trade with their cross city partners, acquiring Jose Quintana from the White Sox for two of their top prospects, plus one other. Quintana had been on the Dodgers‘ radar for the last season and a half. The reigning World Series champs obviously felt they needed to jump to rush to acquire who they thought could help their team.

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Dodgers 40-Man Roster May Have Different Look After Trade Deadline

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Even if the Dodgers don’t make a huge splash before next month’s non-waiver trade deadline, the club’s 40-man roster may take on a bit of a different look before the big league 25-man rosters expand in early September.

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Should Dodgers Pursue Offensive Help at 2017 Trade Deadline?

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With less than two months remaining until MLB’s 2017 non-waiver trade deadline, we knew it would be only a matter of time before the Dodgers surfaced among clubs that are likely to show trading activity during the coming weeks. In Wednesday’s column, we made note of how several media outlets believe that Los Angeles will be aggressive on the pitching market, yet based on the squad’s recent propensity to fall into frequent offensive stupors, the management crew could be interested in seeking offensive help as well.

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Dodgers Bullpen: Ross Stripling’s 25-Man Roster Chances Are Improving

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While quite a number of spots on the Dodgers‘ 25-man roster are presumably set in stone, the bullpen is still a complex gray area that’s loaded with plenty of question marks. Yet after the dust finally settles at the end of March, versatile righty Ross Stripling may have found a spot among the big league relief corps.

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Dodgers Trade Rumors: What’s Next on Andrew Friedman’s Wish List?

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Despite the unusually high number of player trades orchestrated by president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and the Dodgers over the winter months, many of the deals, excluding the acquisition of Logan Forsythe, have been that of the low profile variety. Yet after continuing to add to the bottomless pit of talent on the Los Angeles farm, many fans are beginning to wonder if the management crew may be on the verge of cashing in on a potential blockbuster.

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