As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline draws closer and closer, the Los Angeles Dodgers continue to remain in numerous trade rumors besides not having made any moves as of now. The club has primarily been linked to left-handed relievers and willing to include Brandon Morrow and/or Sergio Romo to create more balance in the bullpen.
Some of the targets include Zach Britton, Justin Wilson and Brad Hand. However, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Dodgers would prefer to trade minor league prospects that are farther away from reaching the majors than those who are:
The Dodgers would rather trade prospects with comparable ceilings who are further away from the majors, major-league sources say.
Two of those prospects are Walker Buehler and Alex Verdugo, who could make their major league debuts as soon as the 2017 MLB season if an injury were to occur in their respected positions. However, one trend is the Dodgers are not afraid to make certain prospects seem untouchable — as they have with Joc Pederson, Corey Seager, Julio Urias and Cody Bellinger. While all of those players have played an important role in the team’s success in the last few seasons, Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman always aims high in trade talks around this time of the season.
Whether Los Angeles makes a big splash before the trade deadline or not, whoever is on the roster must understand that the titles are not playing just for NL West division titles anymore, but has World Series aspirations since they last did it in 1988. While all these trade talks continue, the team continues to ride high as they are currently on an MLB-best 11 game winning-streak and have won the last 31 of 35 games to have the best record in baseball at 66-29.