Matching the Los Angeles Dodgers With Their Most Likely MLB Trade Deadline Targets

Zach Brunner
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The Los Angeles Dodgers own the best record in baseball, currently sitting at 66-35. They are solid from top to bottom and look built to make another run in October. However, even the best can get better, and that is exactly what the Dodgers will look to do before the July 31 MLB Trade Deadline.

If there is a weak point on this team, it would be the bullpen, as the Dodgers' relievers have a combined 4.10 ERA this season. With that in mind, these are five targets for the Dodgers before the MLB Trade Deadline.

1. Felipe Vazquez, LHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Vazquez has been terrific this season, with a 1.96 ERA, 21 saves and 65 strikeouts in 41 1/3 innings pitched. He also has a team-friendly contract. Vazquez is owed $4 million this year, $5.25 million the next year, $7.25 million the one after, then club options in 2022 and 2023. Because of these two points, the asking price will be high, but the Dodgers have the farm system to make it work.

2. Brad Hand, LHP, Cleveland Indians

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Cleveland may end up not being sellers, but if it does decide to sell, Brad Hand would be a hot commodity. Hand has a 2.21 ERA in 41 games this season. He also has 26 saves, which ranks second in the MLB. He is owed $6.5 million this season and $7 million next year, before a team option in 2021. The Indians would likely need to have a rough week for Hand to be dealt.

3. Will Smith, LHP, San Francisco Giants

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The rivalry could stand in the way of this trade, since the Dodgers and Giants have made only a one trade since 1985. However, it's tough to argue against the Dodgers pursuing Smith. He would be a rental, since he is an upcoming free agent, but Smith is one of the best relievers in the league. He has 24 saves and has a 2.61 ERA in 41 1/3 innings pitched this season.

4. Ken Giles, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays

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This move comes down to the health of Giles' elbow. He missed two weeks in June due to elbow inflammation and has pitched just 11 1/3 innings since the start of June. Ultimately, if health isn't an issue, Giles would be a terrific option for the Dodgers. He has a 1.64 ERA with 14 saves in 33 innings pitched this season. He has also allowed just two home runs on the year.

5. Shane Greene, RHP, Detroit Tigers

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We know the Tigers are selling and Greene has been great this season. He owns a 1.03 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 35 innings. Greene would be a great power-arm option to add to the bullpen, and he would remain under team control as an arbitration-eligible player next season.

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