The trade deadline is just two days away and the Dodgers like most contending clubs are looking to fortify their rosters in time for postseason baseball. One of the glaring weaknesses on the Dodger’s roster is middle relief. The Dodgers have one of the worst bullpens in baseball this season and have a huge massive black hole sized need for a lockdown reliever for the late innings.
One of the best relievers supposedly on the trade market this season is Pittsburgh left hander Felipe Vazquez. Reports are indicating that the Dodgers are interested. Many clubs are interested in Vazquez’s arm and it’s not difficult to see why. He’s one of the best relievers in the National league and under team control for the next two seasons. He is an elite reliever.
Vazquez would fit well into any team’s late inning relief corp. The 28-year old has posted a 1.87 ERA over 40 appearances. In 43.1 innings pitched Vazquez has notched 21 saves while striking out 68 against just 11 walks. His strikeout to walk ratio is incredibly good (6-1) and he rarely allows home runs, just 3 in 43.1 frames. A true indicator of a great pitcher is the ability to limit base runners and Vazquez does just that, allowing just 7.3 per nine and recording a 1.96 FIP.
You get the picture now. Vazquez is great. The Pirates are mired in the basement of the National League central and in need of rebuilding their farm system. According to rumors, the Dodgers want Vazquez but the Bucs want Gavin Lux, the Dodgers top position player prospect.
Lux is currently tearing up Oklahoma City. The 21-year old is batting .474 at triple-A right now. He’s so good that the Dodgers may have to call him up if he doesn’t get dealt. The Dodgers are trying to get Vazquez but apparently are hesitant to deal Lux in any deal. The question I have for everyone is in regards to Lux and the trade deadline. Would you trade Lux for Vazquez? Or would you flip Lux for an elite reliever?
There are no guarantees that a lockdown reliever will help the Dodgers win a World Series. However getting a reliever of Vazquez’s quality, (especially one with two years of team control) would greatly improve their chances of winning the World Series. The bullpen as currently constructed is not a championship caliber pen. Lux is great, but if Vazquez comes into the eighth inning of game 4 of the World Series and shuts down the heart of the Houston lineup, then that would be worth a thousand Gavin Luxs’. Do you all agree?