As time continues to tick nearer to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, Los Angeles Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman has yet to decide which moves, if any, he is going to make to address the roster. While the Dodgers have the best record in baseball and are by far the hottest team currently, the interest remains to improve the roster in efforts to make the strongest postseason run possible.
The bullpen seems to be the targeted interest in the club as they are open to trading Brandon Morrow and Sergio Romo in exchange for a left-handed reliever that would balance out the lefties and righties in the bullpen rotation. Los Angeles has prominently been linked to the likes of Zach Britton, Justin Wilson and Brad Hand to solve their bullpen needs.
According to Mark Feinsand of MLB, the Dodgers continue to keep ‘looking hard’ in the available left-handed relief market, with all three pitchers listed as ideal candidates that are on their radar:
Source: Dodgers are "looking hard" at the lefty reliever market. Justin Wilson, Zach Britton, Brad Hand all on their radar.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 20, 2017
The Dodgers already have one of the game’s best closers in Kenley Jansen, but adding another reliable piece to the bullpen could be the missing piece the club needs to get them to a World Series. Their bullpen and back end of the starting rotation has been a key factor on why they have yet to get past the NCLS besides winning four straight division titles.
It was reported earlier that Los Angeles prefers trading prospects who are not nearly ‘MLB-ready’ to get that desired left-handed reliever. However, it is just a matter of how much Friedman is willing to give up in order to get what he wants in return.
The deadline is less than two weeks away and if the Dodgers and Friedman are not willing to negotiate a deal with any teams, then they will have to roll the dice on their current starting rotation and bullpen to take them to their first Fall Classic since winning it all in 1988.