Dodgers Might Add Starting Pitchers, Relievers Before Trade Deadline

By Teddy Cecilio, Posted: 06/08/17 04:22AM EDT
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Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals.(Photo : Harry How/Getty Images)

As part of their push to clinch a fifth consecutive NL West title, the Los Angeles Dodgers will look to upgrade their pitching roster before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com said the Dodgers, despite having the best team ERA in Major League, will pursue starters and relievers before the deadline to further upgrade their pitching corps.

"The rotation, while effective, has durability concerns. Among the seven pitchers to start at least one game for Los Angeles this season, six have spent time away from the active roster due to injury or assignment to the Minors," said Morosi.

According to Morosi, Rich Hill went to the disabled list twice due to a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand while Kenta Maeda had a tight left hamstring.

In addition, Brandon McCarthy suffered a dislocated left shoulder, Hyun-Jin Ryu had a left hip contusion while left-hander Alex Wood has an inflamed joint in his throwing shoulder.

As expected, Clayton Kershaw remains as the Dodgers' most reliable pitching ace, gong 7-2 in 12 starts with a 2.28 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 83 innings, per MLB.com stats.

Recently, Kershaw recorded his 2,000th career strikeout, joining Hall of Famers Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson as third fastest to that mark

"For the Dodgers to maximize their chances at winning a World Series title for the first time since 1988, they'd be advised to have four trusted starting pitchers -- not three - on their National League Division Series roster," said Morosi.

According to Dayn Perry of CBS Sports, the Dodgers could make moves to acquire either Jose Quintana, Yu Darvish, Jason Vargas, Brad Hand, Tony Watson, Jeremy Hellickson or Derek Holland before the deadline.

The Dodgers could also try and get right hander Matt Harvey from the New York Mets. While Harvey's numbers are down this season, his velocity remains, which can be useful for the Dodgers in the long run.



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