In the waning moments of the 2017 non-waiver trade deadline on Monday afternoon, the Dodgers scored frontline starting pitcher Yu Darvish from the Rangers, in addition to landing a pair of lefty relievers in Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani from the Pirates and Reds, respectively.
If there’s one thing that can be said about the management crew of the Dodgers during the weeks leading up to the 2017 non-waiver trade deadline, it would be the fact that there are zero clues being left behind as to what intentions the club has in terms of upgrading the team. Outside of a few minor league additions in Luke Farrell and Luis Ysla — all in exchange for cash — the front office is seemingly flying under the radar in trade talks, or at least that’s what most fans think.
With less than 48 hours remaining before the 2017 non-waiver trade deadline, the Dodgers on Saturday afternoon acquired lefty pitcher Luis Ysla from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for cash considerations.
In a very minor deal that will still find a way to fly into the radar, the Dodgers on Friday acquired right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations.
Although we don’t yet know who the Dodgers will ultimately end up acquiring at the non-waiver trade deadline, it’s seems as though the Justin Verlander talks have cooled down, as it appears that the Los Angeles front office is more interested in acquiring Sonny Gray or Yu Darvish.
With the 2017 non-waiver trade deadline now only a handful of days away, pundits around the league are still just speculating about any potential moves from the Dodgers, as the club’s front office continues to appear relatively calm and quiet.
While there are several factors which could potentially contribute to the dynamics of the Dodgers pitching rotation over the coming week, the club still continues to take a conservative approach on a day-to-day basis, protecting themselves from one or two outcomes that may determine the fate of the starting five moving forward.
After all the dust settled on the active roster before the series opener against the Twins on Monday evening, the Dodgers had a whopping 10 arms available in the bullpen, yet only three available replacements off the bench. Thank goodness for more heroics from the mighty Cody Bellinger, because if the game would have somehow wiggled into extra innings, Los Angeles may have sent some relief pitchers to the dish to hit.
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.
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.