Dodgers Activate Corey Seager, More Thoughts on 2021 Trade Deadline

In one of the craziest trade deadlines ever, players began to move left and right in the final hours of the last day. Making one of the biggest splashes again was Dodgers’ President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. In the biggest blockbuster of the year, the club acquired veteran and multiple Cy Young Award Winner Max Scherzer along with All-Star shortstop Trea Turner.

The team made the announcement official not long before the deadline.

In return, the Dodgers sent prospects Keibert Ruiz, Josiah Gray, Gerardo Carrillo, and Donovan Casey. Previously, I mentioned I had Ruiz on my untouchables list, but with two players of that caliber coming to the Dodgers, the choice was relatively easy.

In another deal, the Dodgers also acquired left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy from the Kansas City Royals on Thursday. The veteran is currently sitting on the disabled list and isn’t expected to return for three to four weeks.

However, the Dodgers stood pat with regards to upgrading their bullpen. Los Angeles was linked to several names such as closer Craig Kimbrel, but he ultimately ended up with the White Sox.

In other long-awaited news, the Dodgers activated shortstop Corey Seager from the 60-day injured list hours before the opener against the Diamondbacks.

Seager had been out since May 15 with a broken hand. It is expected that Turner will play second base when he joins the team.

Slowly but surely, the Dodgers are getting healthier and getting their team back, which is quite a scary sight for opposing pitching. Over the next week or so, they will have Seager, Mookie Betts, and Clayton Kershaw return from the injured list. While also adding Turner and Scherzer.

Scherzer is lined up to make his first start against the Houston Astros next week since he started yesterday for the Nationals, but we will have to wait and see when exactly he’s penciled in.

In a short playoff series in October, the Dodgers can possibly start Walker Buehler, Kershaw, and Scherzer along with the likes of Julio Urias, Tony Gonsolin, and David Price in the bullpen. The Dodgers still remain three games back of the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants.

The Giants also made a move right before the final buzzer of the trade deadline when they traded for 2016 NL MVP Kris Bryant, who the Dodgers were also relatively linked to for a period of time.

The Padres also made several significant upgrades, including All-Star Adam Frazier early in the week.

It will definitely be a fun race in the NL West with 60 games to go after one of the most exciting deadlines.

After all the trade deadline craziness, there is still a baseball game left to be played. The Dodgers will play the league-worst Arizona Diamondbacks who are 32-71.

Gonsolin is due to start the opener for Los Angeles. He’s 2-1, with a 2.38 ERA. Starting for Arizona will be right-hander Zac Gallen, who is 1-5 with a 4.80 ERA.

First pitch is set for 6:40 p.m. Pacific.

Max Scherzer Approves Trade to Join Dodgers

Multiple reports on Thursday evening have revealed that starting pitcher Max Scherzer has approved a deal to be traded to Los Angeles, as both the Dodgers and Nationals put the finishing touches on the details.

Just hours after it seemed like the Padres were in the driver’s seat to acquire Scherzer from Washington, Los Angeles boss Andrew Friedman swooped in and is preparing to pull off an even bigger blockbuster than what was initially anticipated.

According to reports, the Dodgers will receive both Scherzer and shortstop Trea Turner from Washington in exchange for a package consisting of blue-chip prospects Josiah Gray and Keibert Ruiz, among others.

Because Scherzer has accrued 10 and 5 rights — 10 years in the major leagues and five years with the same team — a deal must be approved by him before being finalized.

Not only does the trade have huge implications on the Los Angeles starting rotation, but it also sets the Dodgers up for shortstop in 2022, as Corey Seager is eligible to become a free agent at the end of this year.

In the meantime, with a healthy Seager expected to rejoin the team for the beginning of the Arizona series on Friday, the righty-hitting Turner will temporarily slide to second base, creating a vastly improved middle infield.

With the addition of the Turner, the Dodgers can move Chris Taylor, who has no doubt been the club’s 2021 MVP, back to his super-utility role.

Obviously, the arrival of Turner provides the squad with much more flexibility for rest days — a factor that could be important during the stretch run of the regular season. Primarily, though, the main infield unit will feature Trea at the keystone, Seager at short, Justin Turner at third base and Max Muncy at first.

However, the most essential improvement comes to the club’s starting pitching rotation. As it stands, the team’s starting five consists of Walker Buehler, Julio Urias, Tony Gonsolin, David Price and Josiah Gray, but with the addition of Scherzer and a healthy Clayton Kershaw returning in early August, the Dodgers might conceivably have the best rotation in the majors, so long as all the pieces are fully healthy.

Nevertheless, losing Gray and Ruiz is no doubt a huge sacrifice, but at least the Los Angeles scouting directors know what they’re losing, as they have gotten solid looks at both youngsters recently at the big-league level.

According to MLB Pipeline, Ruiz and Gray are ranked as the Dodgers’ Top 1 and 2 prospects, respectively.

Scherzer is in the final year of a seven-year/$210 million contract with Washington. His base salary in 2021 is $27.3 million, and he’ll also be paid an additional $7.1 million as part of his original signing bonus.

So far this year, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound righty is 7-4 with a 2.83 ERA and an impressive 0.886 WHIP alongside 142 punchouts over 18 starts and an even 105 innings.

Turner is amidst his seventh big league season and is arb-eligible next year, meaning he’ll be under the Dodgers’ control at least until the end of 2022.

This year, Turner is slashing an electric .322/.369/.521 with 18 home runs and 21 stolen bases. Conceivably, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Florida native could slide into the two-hole with Seager lower in the batting order, so long as Mookie Betts returns to the lineup as anticipated this weekend.

Dodgers Drop Two of Three Games to Giants, Trade for Pitcher Danny Duffy

One day after the Dodgers executed a picture-perfect 8-0 victory against the NL West-leading Giants, the Los Angeles offense went missing once again, this time resulting in a 5-0 defeat. The loss closed a three-game set between the division rivals, with the Giants winning two contests and lengthening their lead to three full games.

The Dodgers mustered just four hits on the afternoon, all singles. AJ Pollock had two of the hits for Los Angeles, while Max Muncy and Austin Barnes added one apiece. The Dodgers had just one runner in scoring position all day after starting pitcher David Price laid down a bunt to advance Barnes to second base in the third inning.

The inconsistencies of the Los Angeles offense from one night to the next have been commonly viewed as the team’s modus operandi for the 2021 season.

Price lasted 4-1/3 innings and 64 pitches in what was “officially” his sixth start of the year. The veteran lefty allowed four earned runs on four hits and three walks while striking out two San Francisco batters.

Aside from the struggling Victor Gonzalez, the Dodgers bullpen held their own. Gonzalez allowed an earned run on two hits and a walk during the eighth inning, increasing his season ERA to an uncharacteristic 3.65.

Johnny Cueto picked up the win for San Francisco. The veteran righty threw 77 pitches, surrendering four hits and two walks while striking out five.

Austin Slater and Wilmer Flores had two hits apiece for the Giants. Both players scored one run.

Brandon Crawford delivered the big blow of the day for the Giants on a ground-ball double to left field that scored Mike Yastrzemski and Donovan Solano.

Next up for the Dodgers is a three-game series against the Diamondbacks on the road beginning Friday.

Dodgers Acquire Danny Duffy

In other news, Los Angeles threw its name back into the summer trade action when the club reached a deal with the Royals for veteran starting pitcher Danny Duffy.

The lefty Duffy is currently sitting on the 10-day disabled list with a sore forearm, which would seemingly put him right at home with the injury-riddled Dodgers.

Current indications are that Duffy might need three to four more weeks to heal, allowing him to return to action sometime in late August.

The 32-year-old Duffy is in the last year of a five-year/$65 million deal he originally signed with the Royals in 2017.

Before his injury, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Duffy posted a 4-3 record with a 2.51 ERA, 3.38 FIP and 1.213 WHIP alongside 65 punchouts and 22 walks over 12 starts and an even 61 innings of work.

Duffy has a vast repertoire of pitches, but he mainly uses a fourseam, slider and change along with an occasional curve.

According to Brooks Baseball, Duffy’s heater this season topped out as high as 94.6 MPH in June.

The Royals will receive a player to be named later in return.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Duffy, the Dodgers designated outfielder DJ Peters for assignment.

A Look at the National League West and 2021 MLB Trade Deadline

The 2021 MLB trade deadline week is upon us, and it will most likely go a long way in deciding which of three teams will win the NL West.

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4 Reasons Why Dodgers Might ‘Stay Put’ at 2021 MLB Trade Deadline

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After Saturday night’s 1-0 victory over the Rockies, the Dodgers find themselves maintaining a stronghold on the second-place spot in the National League West with a tidy 60-40 record. Heading into Sunday’s games, Los Angeles trails the struggling first-place Giants by two games. The Dodgers have 62 contests remaining on their regular season schedule.

The 2021 MLB Trade Deadline is less than a week away.

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What Will San Francisco Giants Do at 2021 MLB Trade Deadline?

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With this year’s All-Star Game festivities behind us, all eyes will now shift toward the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline. For fans of the Dodgers, any news surrounding the prospective return of starting pitcher Trevor Bauer will surge to the top of the headlines, but in the meantime, all focus will be watching how Los Angeles might improve its player roster.

No doubt, Dodgers fans can be some of the most creative people when it comes to dreaming up hypothetical deals with rival clubs. Even though we’re still more than two weeks away from the deadline, we’ve already been imagining ways on what it would take to bring some top-notch talent to Los Angeles, specifically in the forms of players like Max Scherzer or Richard Rodriguez.

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Dodgers Face Diamondbacks in Final Series Before All-Star Break

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are finally back home after a rollercoaster 5-3 road trip. The Blue Crew swept a four-game series against the Nationals, then lost the first three games of a four-game series against the Marlins before salving Thursday’s game.

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Should Dodgers Seek Offensive Help at 2021 Trade Deadline?

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Just when you think the Los Angeles Dodgers are putting things together offensively, they’ll go on a streak when they’re barely able to plate any runners. Yet, right when it seems like they’re one of the worst offensive clubs in the league, they’ll roll out double-digit offensive bursts that suggest their immense might with the lumber.

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Will Dodgers Make Move in Final Moments of Trade Deadline?

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Most years, the final 24 hours leading up to the MLB trade deadline would be filled with many fans sitting on the edges of their seats, wondering if their favorite squad would make a move to improve their roster.

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Should Dodgers Look to Upgrade at 2020 Trade Deadline?

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In a normal season, the baseball world is beaming with anticipation and excitement in the final week leading up to the trade deadline. This year, it’s tough to gauge if there will even be any significant activity at all.

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