The Los Angeles Dodgers currently hold the best record in the league at 63-29, which includes riding an MLB-best nine-game winning streak. However, this is not necessarily keeping the club’s front office quiet regarding trade talks as the July 31 non-waiver deadline approaches.
Much of the assumption was the Dodgers would look into upgrading their starting rotation and bullpen as recent reports involve the focus of trading for a left-handed reliever to create balance in the bullpen.
However, since last season, Los Angeles was reportedly interested in trading for J.D. Martinez. Now as the 2017 trade deadline approaches, the two parties are once again linked together in trade rumors with the Dodgers among the current favorites to land Martinez according to Nick Cafardo of Boston Globe:
The Cardinals, Dodgers, and Royals seem to be the favorites to land Martinez, an impending free agent. The Tigers would only receive a fourth-round pick as compensation if they lose him to free agency.
The Detroit Tigers have an important decision to make regarding the 29-year-old as they would only receive a fourth round draft pick as compensation if they were to lose him to the open market this Fall. The Dodgers and Tigers have also been rumored to be discussing trades that would land either Alex Avila, Justin Verlander and Justin Wilson in the City of Angels.
Trading for Martinez would be somewhat of a surprise although they have had an interest in him since last year. However, it seems like the Dodgers may be looking at their options of what they could package for the right fielder that may also involve a pitcher from the Tigers rotation or bullpen. After missing the first seven weeks of the season with a suffered lisfranc sprain in his right foot, Martinez is batting.306/.384/.622 with 13 doubles, 15 home runs, 37 RBI, a .461 wOBA and 160 wRC+ in 55 games during the 2017 MLB season.
The Dodgers are still trying to make their first World Series since winning the entire Fall Classic in 1988 besides being the reigning four-time NL West division champions.