Will Dodgers Be Busy at 2022 MLB Trade Deadline?

The trade deadline has been a game-changer for the Los Angeles Dodgers in recent years. Last year, the team traded for Max Scherzer and Trea Turner. The club also traded for Yu Darvish in 2017, and you can even go back to the start of the decade-long success with the Adrian Gonzalez trade in 2013.

But, will the Dodgers make any trades close to that magnitude this year? Similar to other seasons, the team is nursing injuries to key players such as Mookie Betts, Walker Buehler, Dustin May, and Blake Treinen, to name a few.

The Dodgers have already made one trade for outfielder Trayce Thompson from the Detroit Tigers in a platoon role to fill in the outfield for Betts.

Depending on the rehab stints of several players, the Dodgers could swing a significant trade or two at this year’s deadline.

The team can decide to beef up the bullpen or add an extra starter, who could take on a bullpen role later, if needed. Currently on the injured list are Buehler, Treinen, Danny Duffy, Caleb Ferguson, and Andrew Heaney, just to name a few. If any of them encounter a setback, that may be more of a reason to pursue pitchers at the trade deadline.

The Dodgers have been linked to several pitchers: the Reds’ Luis Castillo, and the Athletics’ Frankie Montas. They have been connected to the two for the past couple of seasons. Castillo has posted a 3.32 ERA and has recorded 60 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched. Montas has a 3.20 ERA and has struck 99 batters in 95 ⅔ innings.

So those two definitely can be targets since Oakland is most likely to deal. The Dodgers can also check in on right-hander Paul Blackburn, who is 6-3 this year with a 3.12 ERA this year, in 80 ⅔ innings.

The reliever market is a bit more complicated, as some teams may be on the fence about being buyers or sellers. The Dodgers could grab someone like David Robertson, a veteran reliever from the Chicago Cubs, or Gregory Soto from the Detroit Tigers.

Overall, I don’t see a big trade going down like the one that occurred last year involving Scherzer and Turner. Those trades don’t happen too often. But you never know if the Dodgers have something up their sleeve.

Prospective deals could depend a lot on the Dodgers’ current guys on the injured list. Despite all these injuries, the Dodgers are still in a great spot, as they’re still in first place in the National League West at 47-28 and 2.5 games in front of the San Diego Padres, and they also have the best record in the National League. It will be an exciting trade deadline as it always is in Dodgers nation.

The Dodgers look to make it three wins in a row Friday when Tony Gonsolin gets the start. He is 9-0 and has posted a 1.58 ERA. The Padres will start Blake Snell, who is 0-5 with a 5.60 ERA but has enjoyed success in his career against the Dodgers.

The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Pacific.

Dodgers Trade for Trayce Thompson to Help with Outfield Depth

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been struggling at the plate as of late, and they’ve lost their leadoff hitter and right fielder to boot.

On Sunday, Mookie Betts was placed on the IL, dealing with bruised ribs. Betts sustained the injury on a miscommunication on a fly ball with Cody Bellinger, who ended up running into him and causing the discomfort.

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Exactly How Good Are the 2022 Los Angeles Dodgers?

Aside from the World Championship season in 2020, one of the most talked about baseball topics over the last decade has been the Dodgers not playing to their potential. Sure, this can be said for the majority of MLB teams that at least make an effort to spend money, but when you look at the Dodgers on paper, the roster just oozes with talent.

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Dodgers Acquire Craig Kimbrel from White Sox for AJ Pollock, Plus 2022 Record Prediction

As I was writing the article I had previously started, there was some breaking news happening. At first I believed it was an April Fools joke, but it is not.

Mark Feinsand has reported that the Dodgers have traded outfielder AJ Pollock to the White Sox for reliever Craig Kimbrel. The Dodgers will also play part of Pollock’s deal in the contract.

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How Would Dodgers’ Lineup Look with Freddie Freeman?

As the free agent signings and trades continue to occur during this abbreviated hot stove season, all eyes remain on Freddie Freeman as he decides which club he will commit to for the next half-plus decade.

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Kershaw, Dodgers Reportedly Agree to One-Year Deal

In the first full day back in action, teams around baseball began spinning their respective wheels in terms of major league roster additions. News was coming in left and right as the day progressed, but some big news struck for fans of the Dodgers a little before 6 p.m. Eastern time when reports surfaced that 33-year-old Clayton Kershaw was returning to the team on a one-year deal, pending a physical.

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3 Big Moves the Dodgers Can Make Before 2022 Opening Day

Baseball is finally back. After all hope looked lost, the owners and MLBPA finally agreed to a new CBA for the next five years.

Opening Day is set for April 7. However, the Dodgers will begin their season on April 8 on the road against the Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers home opener will be on April 14 against the Cincinnati Reds.

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