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.