Relievers the Dodgers Could Acquire by the MLB Trade Deadline
The Los Angeles Dodgers are flying high and playing like World Series favorites. However, no team is without its weaknesses and the Dodgers are no exception. As good as L.A. has been this season, its bullpen could stand to improve, as its relief corps has combined for a 4.05 ERA on the year (No. 10 in MLB).
With that in mind, here are three relievers that the Dodgers could trade for at the July 31 MLB Trade Deadline.
3. Sam Dyson, RP, San Francisco Giants
Will Smith is easily the crown jewel of Giants bullpen, but he'll likely require a king's ransom from the Dodgers considering they're both in the NL West and bitter rivals. However, striking a deal for Sam Dyson at the deadline is definitely within the realm of possibility. The 31-year-old reliever is having a fine season in 2019, sporting a 2.86 ERA and 0.98 WHIP across 44 innings pitched. A free agent at the end of the season, Dyson would be a good cost-effective rental worth considering.
2. Brad Hand, RP, Cleveland Indians
A possible deal will cost an arm and a leg and will hinge on how the Cleveland Indians view their postseason prospects before the deadline, but nabbing Brad Hand would be the best move the Dodgers could make at the deadline. The southpaw closer has been lights-out for the Tribe this year, owning 2.11 ERA while successfully converting 24 of the 25 save opportunities he's been given this season. If they can swing a deal, the Dodgers will greatly improve their bullpen not just for this season, but also for future seasons, as Hand is under contract until 2021.
1. Shane Greene, RP, Detroit Tigers
The trade market is flush with elite relief talent, but nabbing Shane Greene from Detroit might be the most savvy deal L.A. can make. The veteran righty has been lights-out for the Tigers this year, sporting 1.06 ERA while successfully converting 22 of the 24 save opportunities he's been presented with in 2019. Under team control until 2021, Greene would provide the Dodgers with a high-leverage arm for the next two and a half seasons and could be acquired without gutting the farm.
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