The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best record in baseball, but they are still looking for upgrades at the MLB Trade Deadline. There are three players in particular the Dodgers are targeting: Yu Darvish, Sonny Gray and Zach Britton.
Sources: #Dodgers’ three main targets are Darvish, Gray, Britton. Not necessarily in that order; decisions likely hinge on asking prices.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 29, 2017
To be clear: It’s possible #Dodgers end up with none of the three, and settle for lesser pieces. Fluid.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 29, 2017
The Gray asking price is very high, since he's a controllable arm, and it's actually too high for the Yankees right now. The Rangers are willing to move Darvish, but his asking price is also high. The price for Britton is a little less clear, because of his arm injuries.
Darvish is 6-9 this year with a 4.01 ERA and a 1.168 WHIP. He was roughed up in his last start, giving up 10 earned runs in just 3.2 innings of work. That game pushed his ERA from 3.44 to above 4. Gray is 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 16 starts this season, and he can't become a free agent until after the 2019 season. Since returning from injury, Britton has a 3.5 ERA in 17 games with six saves and a 1.833 WHIP.
The Dodgers, clearly, are searching for bullpen help and a starting pitcher. The injury to Clayton Kershaw increased the need for another arm and both Darvish and Gray would start in the playoffs. Britton, if healthy, could form a deadly duo in the bullpen with Kenley Jansen.Back to the Los Angeles Dodgers Newsfeed