In the gloomy winter months not long after the smoke settled on the 2018 World Series, management, players and fans of the Dodgers began to re-focus their collective mental energy on yet another upcoming campaign with hopes of capturing a long-elusive championship.
With less than 24 hours remaining before the 2019 trade deadline, it’s hard to gauge whether the Dodgers will ultimately stand pat with their current roster or make a splash with some sort of high-impact type of deal.
As the number of days remaining before the 2019 trade deadline dwindle away, the Dodgers are slowly but surely making a few moves to fill some existing roster holes, mainly due to injury.
While there haven’t been an overwhelming number of rumors linked to the Dodgers in the days leading up to this year’s trade deadline, one surfaced on Monday evening that suggested Andrew Friedman and his troops were talking to the Orioles about reliever Mychal Givens.
Although there are just 11 days remaining until the 2019 trade deadline, there still hasn’t been any significant rumors linked to the Dodgers as far as potential deals go.
As 2019 has seen the abandonment of waiver trades through the end of August, many teams around the MLB will be provided with limited opportunities to deal ahead of the July 31 deadline.
As the weeks of summer start to pass by at a quick pace, it means that the 2019 trade deadline is rapidly approaching. Unlike previous years, there will be no period allowed for waiver deals, meaning that there should be a huge amount of bustle among many teams before time runs out on July 31.
Even if the Dodgers don’t make a huge splash before next month’s trade deadline, the club’s 25-man roster will take a different look before big league active rosters expand in early September.
Whether the management crew of the Dodgers is prepared to admit it or not, the bullpen is continuing to prove itself as the weakest link on an otherwise very talented ballclub. Monday night’s loss to the Angels was another example of how the relief corps imploded, as it surrendered four combined runs in the seventh and eighth innings, spoiling a very fine outing by Hyun-Jin Ryu.