As the All-Star break comes to an end, all 30 MLB teams have resumed play this weekend. With the trade deadline just weeks away, teams must make some pretty hefty decisions on whether they are buying or selling some key players in the coming days. The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to add some depth to their bullpen, particularly in a relief pitcher. With pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu out with a foot injury and Grant Dayton out with neck problems, the Dodgers need someone who can stay consistently healthy. Here is a closer look at some of the players the Dodger’s organization is keeping their eyes on:
Zach Britton: Britton has spent his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles as a left-handed closing pitcher. In his 13 innings so far this year, Britton has only allowed three runs off of 17 hits. Britton has established an 8-4 record which is pretty acceptable considering he is typically only brought in for one inning at a time near the end of the game. The Dodgers would most likely bring on Britton because he is a left-handed closer who could assist their right-handed closer Kenley Jansen. All they need to do is persuade the Orioles and be willing to give up some high ranking prospects to land Britton.
Brad Hand: One of the biggest trade rumors when it comes to the Dodgers is their interest in the San Diego Padres left-handed pitcher Brad Hand. Hand is another relief pitcher who is typically pitching one or two innings a game in San Diego. Although he may not play for long periods of time, Hand holds an impressive 2.25 ERA. Hand has only allowed 34 hits on 746 pitches this year, while keeping hold of a 26-17 record. With the Padres being a team within the same division however, they may not be as willing to trade unless the Dodgers give up a key player.
Sonny Gray: The 27-year old right handed pitcher Sonny Gray would be a great addition to the Dodgers. Coming out of Vanderbilt into the Oakland Athletics organization in 2013, Gray pitched a total of 64 innings his rookie year. So far this season, he has already pitched 84 innings. In those 84 innings, Gray has impressively struck out 79 batters. Gray has also managed to cut down his ERA from a whopping 5.69 in 2016 to a 3.72 in 2017.
With only two weeks left until the deadline, the Dodgers must make some offers and be willing to sell if they have their heart set on a new relief pitcher. While the Dodgers are looking like early contenders for the World Series, they must make a few minor changes in order to achieve a dream they have been chasing since 1988.
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