The MLB trade deadline will conclude today at 4pm EST. The Dodgers who are in need of a rotation guy, a power bat, and a reliever have so far not done anything of significance. But that can all change or will it? Unless you have been living under a rock, I’m sure you have heard of this rumor:
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 30, 2016
When I first saw this rumor, I thought there goes Andrew Friedman and his multiple team trades. The Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce would fill the power bat need for the Dodgers. These are his stats for the season.
He has had great offensive stats but his defense has taken a turn for the worse since his surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee early in the 2014 season. Take a look: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-jay-bruce-defensive-metrics-test/
Jay Bruce Defensive Runs Saved Breakdown
|Year||Shallow||Medium||Deep||Range Runs|||||Adv. Opps||Extra Bases||Adv. Rate||Kills||Arm Runs|
-All figures presented on per-1,000 inning scale –Shallow/Medium/Deep: Runs saved, based on location –Adv. Rate: Percentage of baserunners taking an extra base on advancement opportunities –Kills: Outs made by throws directly to base, without assist by cutoff man
All you have to do is take the eye test and you can see that Jay Bruce is not a premium defender. But if during this three team trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, the Dodgers could get an arm. Then you might roll the dice especially with the way the team has been playing lately. But three team deals are hard to complete. The front office might be able to complete this though.
Another rumor that has been going around is for the Chicago White Sox’s pitcher Chris Sale.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 25, 2016
The Dodgers seem to be offering Julio Urias for Chris Sale’s services. I don’t know what other prospects they would give up to get this deal done. Chris Sale could be a good move for the sake of taking Clayton Kershaw’s spot for now. Chris Sale would be a great help for Clayton Kershaw this season if he returns and next. I know the Whiz kids don’t like giving away prospects. So I would assume this deal does not get done.
A general rule I follow is Prospects are suspects until proven otherwise. I feel as though the front office needs to be upfront on the status of Clayton Kershaw so the fans know if the team is going all in. The team has been playing really well lately. This current core could be on their last hurrah. The front office needs to let fans know if they are in full rebuild mode and cost cutting or still trying to contend during the prime years of Clayton Kershaw and this current group.
During yesterday’s Dodger game against the Arizona Diamondbacks P Bud Norris was pulled from the game due to tightness in his back. The Front office can’t possibly think that standing pat is going to win the World Series. Take a look at this article written by Los Angeles Times reporter Bill Shaikin
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 30, 2016
The Dodgers must have read Mr. Shaikins article because it looks like a move has been made. The Dodgers acquire OF Josh Reddick and P Rich Hill from the Oakland A’s for Minor league pitchers Frankie Montas, Grant Holmes and Jharel Cotton are heading to Oakland. This rumor has been going on for a while. This is a great move and that gives the Dodgers an outfield bat and a Rotation arm. Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig could still be in play for P Chris Sale.
Bravo to the Front office for making this deal. Now they can go for P Chris Sale if they feel inclined to or add a rotation piece. They still have P Julio Urias, P Jose De Leon, 1B Cody Bellinger, and OF Alex Verdugo.