The MLB’s annual trade deadline is nearly here and the rumor mill is operating at full force as every team is seemingly linked to numerous players who may or may not be available. The Los Angeles Dodgers have no clear weaknesses on their roster, but they have seen their names mentioned in countless rumors this past month as the team could be a buyer.
At 66-31, the Dodgers currently own the best record in the league, but improvements could still be made to a roster that is heavily considered to be the World Series favorite. Their bullpen has been a focus in most of the trade rumors they are linked to and according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, they might have their sights set on Yu Darvish:
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 22, 2017
Darvish would make a strong addition to the team’s army of pitchers given that their starting rotation is always injury prone. Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Alex Wood have all spent time on the disabled list during the 2017 MLB season, so trading for Darvish would alleviate some of the pressure off Clayton Kershaw. The Texas Rangers could look to move Darvish in an attempt to accumulate prospects given their 46-50 record, so the Dodgers might have a shot at acquiring the right-hander.
While Darvish makes sense on paper, Los Angeles might be hamstrung in potential trade discussions given their reluctance to give up high-profile prospects in a trade. Unless the Dodgers truly believe Darvish moves the needle for them, expect the team to stand pat.