As complete as the Los Angeles Dodgers roster has looked on their way to the best record in baseball at 64-29 during the 2017 MLB season, the club continues to be focused on adding to their bullpen depth as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Dodgers are open to trading Brandon Morrow and Sergio Romo to make room for a left-handed pitcher:
Sources: #Dodgers open to trading Morrow and/or Romo. Idea would be to clear spot for LH acquisition, create greater L-R balance in ‘pen.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 17, 2017
As Rosenthal mentions, the idea is to create a ‘greater’ left-handed to right-hander balance in the bullpen as the Dodgers are gearing up to make a long postseason run. However, as for the pitchers involved in the rumors, they have had a tale of two different stories. The 32-year-old Morrow has pitched well out of the pen, owning a 2.30 ERA with a 0.89 WHIP and 20 strikeouts against two walks in 15 2/3 innings pitched. As for the 34-year-old Romo, he has given up seven home runs for a total of a 6.12 ERA in 25 innings this season.
The idea of trading the right-handers, who are both in their first season with the Boys in Blue, is to potentially make a run at Zach Britton. That means Los Angeles would possibly have the most dangerous one-two punch in the bullpen with Britton — who led the majors in saves last year with 63 — would pair up with Kenley Jansen to close out ball games.
If the deal were to happen, that could be the missing piece that would help the organization make their first World Series appearance since winning the Fall Classic back in 1988. Britton has a 1.80 ERA with a 1.67 WHIP alongside 11 strikeouts and five saves in 14 appearances this season, while Jansen currently holds a 0.90 ERA and 0.58 WHIP to go with his 61 strikeouts and 23 saves in 38 appearances for a total of 40 innings pitched.