As the MLB non-waiver trade deadline inches closer, the Los Angeles Dodgers will continue to find themselves at the center of most rumors. After making Brandon Morrow available in trade talks, the Dodgers are willing to make a move if they feel the price is right.
It has been reported that Los Angeles is looking to add a left-handed reliever to complement Kenley Jansen in their bullpen, creating a better balance to close games out. However, according to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Dodgers seem to be interested in acquiring Addison Reed:
The Dodgers are exploring possible deal for the Mets' Addison Reed.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 22, 2017
Given their desire for a lefty reliever, Reed still makes plenty of sense for the Dodgers as he is having one of the best seasons in his career. The 28-year-old has a 2.35 ERA with a 1.07 WHIP to go along with 47 strikeouts in 45 appearances. After inconsistent showings with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox, Reed has been a valuable piece of the New York Mets bullpen. With New York struggling during the 2017 MLB season, moving Reed may be something worth looking into, especially if a player like Morrow would be coming back.
Reed is set to hit free agency this offseason, so he may only be a rental option if the Dodgers decide to trade for him. Still, the team is clearly going all-in for a World Series push and the right-handed reliever could be a worthwhile addition to help that goal come to fruition. While a deal is not imminent, expect Los Angeles to continue exploring their options.