The Los Angeles Dodgers have been there and done that regarding big trades. Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, and Yu Darvish. Since the team is regularly among the perennial candidates, it is no debate as to why they execute these trades.
This trade deadline season isn’t any different, as the Dodgers have many names linked to them. Even with a record of 66-32, the Dodgers are still looking to add pieces for the postseason push.
From now to the August 2 trade deadline, lots of speculation will surround 23-year-old outfielder Juan Soto, and for a good reason. The Washington Nationals have made it clear that the right fielder is available for trade, and every contender is interested.
Soto is still very young and could be a huge boost to a contender, especially if the club that lands him is eventually able to sign him to a long-term deal.
Luis Castillo and the Dodgers seemingly have been linked to each other for the past three seasons. Castillo is a hot commodity on this year’s trade block, and he is undoubtedly approaching his last days as a Cincinnati Red.
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.
We are just a little over a month away from the 2021 summer trade deadline when some teams look to trade players as they gear up for potential playoff runs. The Dodgers obviously will be one of the contenders, but will they add anyone or stay pat?
The trade deadline has come and passed, coming at the end of August this year due to the shortened 60-game season. The Dodgers, who usually are big noisemakers at the deadline, didn’t make any big splashes. The only move done was trading away Ross Stripling to the Toronto Blue Jays for two players to be named later who are not in the 60-man player pool. The deal was announced nearly after the trade deadline concluded.
And just like that, the regular season is half over.
Of course, in this time of craziness that is only 30 games, but still we find ourselves at the halfway point. The Los Angeles Dodgers just finished a schedule of 17 games in a row with two road trips embedded within. I had worried that this might be a little stumbling block for them, but they finished it with a record of 13-4.
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.