To the Los Angeles Dodgers It is proving more difficult for them than they expected the defense of the World Series title from the MLB.
The ups and downs of his main pitchers and some injuries have altered the manager’s plan Dave Roberts, which could benefit if the arrival of any of these pitchers were made.
The veteran ace of the Washington Nationals is the most valuable piece in the exchange market this summer. It is already known that to pretend to Scherzer You have to offer him an extension, and that puts the Dodgers first among the teams that can pay for him. Having three former Cy Young winners in the starting rotation would be a luxury.
The Dodgers have hardly been able to see Brusdar Graterol pitch this year and while Joe Kelly is looking good, he and Kenley Jansen need help in the final stages. Right-hander Kennedy has had some physical problems this year, but he still has 13 saves. His ERA is 2.39 and he has struck out 30 opponents in 26.1 innings.
In Pittsburgh they live again for a year to be forgotten and, without Jameson Taillon and Joe Musgrove, Richard Rodriguez is the best arm they can offer in the market. The 31-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic has had three good seasons and has had 10 saves this season (3-1 record, 1.78 ERA in 29 games). It would help in the Los Angeles bullpen.
The Reds expected a lot from the Dominican right-hander, who could not assume the role after the departure of Trevor Bauer. In the last month he has shown a better face and is regaining his dominance, although the numbers still do not show it (3-10 balance, 5.14 ERA and 80 strikeouts). Seeing him alongside Bauer and Kershaw should give Los Angeles another face.
The Venezuelan has just thrown perfect for six innings and although he did not keep the jewel, he reached six wins in the season. Colorado’s situation suggests that they will be sellers in the exchange market and the right-hander may be on the list of some teams looking for an arm to reinforce the starting rotation, as is the case with the Dodgers.