So far the trade deadline for the Dodgers has been like hearing crickets in your backyard. But today this info came across the web:
Sources: Royals trying to package Ian Kennedy in a potential Wade Davis deal. Dodgers a strong match. Covet Davis and can take on Kennedy $.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 28, 2016
I feel very strongly that the Dodgers shouldn’t make this deal. You do get a stud bullpen arm in pitcher Wade Davis. With Davis the Dodgers could pick up his option for next season since closer Kenley Jansen is a free agent. Andrew Friedman is familiar with Wade Davis during his Tampa Bay Rays years. But you also get stuck with another mid rotation arm for Ian Kennedy.
Ian Kennedy is having a down year and his contract runs through 2020. Check out his stats:
|2016 Regular Season||20||20||0||0||114.1||102||57||56||26||39||117||6||9||100.6||1.23||.236||4.41|
The Dodgers have the money to take on the contract, which is 65 million, but should they if he is tied for MLB lead with 26 HRs allowed? I rather just have Wade Davis. I would assume the Kansas City Royals will try to pillage the Dodgers prospects for Davis. Wade Davis’ control this season hasn’t been the same. His strikeouts are down and walks are up. The Dodgers must wait until the asking price goes down. Wade Davis is just a bullpen arm! No reason to gut your system for a bullpen arm when you really need a Starter in the rotation and another bat.
I feel the Dodgers should go in a different direction. This rumor has been going on for days.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 25, 2016
This is the big splash the Dodgers should make. I know the Chicago White Sox will ask for a lot of prospects to make this happen. Let’s just say we could at least keep prospectJose De Leon, which we can use as a bullpen arm down the stretch. I’m all for making this move. Chris Sale gives the Dodgers a great opportunity to win the fall classic this year and beyond. Look at his stats:
Of course this is all contingent upon the status of Clayton Kershaw this season. Chris Sale is signed through 2019. That window gives the Dodgers two years to try and win the fall classic. Clayton Kershaw can opt out of his current contract after the 2018 season. You have to maximize the opportunity to win with one of the best pitchers ever in Clayton Kershaw.
The Dodgers are operating in a big market with big expectations. It’s time to stop worrying about cutting payroll and running the team like a small market franchise.
The Dodgers need to be more forthcoming on the status on Clayton Kershaw. If he isn’t able to pitch this season, then you don’t make the Chris Sale move. Realistically with only one ace, you’re not going to win the World Series this year. No reason to get rid of all your prospects at that point. Also if the fans know that Kershaw will be sidelined. They won’t be as upset at the Dodger brass for all the crickets they keep hearing during this trade deadline.