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3 Biggest Team Needs for the Los Angeles Dodgers Before the MLB Trade Deadline

Mike Esposito
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The Los Angeles Dodgers (60-29) have been the National League's most dominant team for a large majority of the 2019 MLB season, and barring a collapse of epic proportions, it's likely that the club coasts into the MLB Playoffs once again.

L.A. sports one of the most complete rosters in the game and is more than capable of making it back to its third straight Fall Classic. However, there's still room for improvement no matter how strong a team might seem in July.

With that in mind, here are the top three team needs for the Los Angeles Dodgers as we head toward the MLB trade deadline.

3. Catcher

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Russell Martin has proven a solid free-agent pickup for the Dodgers so far, but Austin Barnes hasn't rebounded at the plate like many expected he would. The 29-year-old backstop is slashing a miserable .206/.305/.352 through 58 games this season (190 plate appearances). Grabbing a productive offensive catcher at the deadline may be tougher than people expect, but someone like Wilson Ramos could be available if the New York Mets find themselves in too deep of a hole come July 31.

2. Bullpen Depth

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Los Angeles has a pretty strong bullpen ERA-wise (4.09 ERA, No. 5 in NL) this year, but adding one more relief arm into the mix definitely wouldn't hurt. Joe Kelly (5.97 ERA, 1.71 WHIP) hasn't been as effective in 2019 as he's been in previous seasons and Dave Roberts could definitely use another option to choose from, especially in high-leverage situations. The trade market should be flush with relief talent, and acquiring a in-form pitcher like Will Smith or Mychal Givens would give the Dodgers' pitching staff further stability for the remainder of the year.

1. Fifth Starter

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Rich Hill has been a quality pitcher in his four seasons with the Dodgers, but staying healthy has been a major issue for the 39-year-old lefty and 2019 is no exception. Hill is expected to miss at least another eight weeks with a forearm flexor strain, leaving L.A. with a need for another starter. Ross Stripling and Julio Urias have done a good job when called upon to start in Hill's place, but both are better off in the bullpen for the long haul. Acquiring a cheap rental like Matthew Boyd or Zack Wheeler should be enough to shore up the Dodgers' rotation for the remainder of the season.

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