Because the clock ticks down towards Tuesday afternoon’s MLB commerce deadline, there are two possible paths mendacity in entrance of the Dodgers.
Pull off a blockbuster commerce for Washington Nationals celebrity Juan Soto.
Or bolster the pitching workers by the addition of a starter, with Miami Marlins right-hander Pablo López rising as a reliable goal for the Dodgers, in keeping with a number of individuals with information of the scenario.
The Dodgers’ curiosity in Soto has been obvious for weeks, ever for the reason that 23-year-old outfielder rejected a 15-year, $440-million contract extension from the Nationals final month and was positioned on the commerce block by the membership.
The Dodgers are reportedly certainly one of three front-runners within the Soto sweepstakes, together with the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals.
Buying the two-time All-Star and 2020 Nationwide League batting champion might come at an unprecedented price. The Nationals have been asking for as many as six prime prospects in addition to younger, productive MLB gamers.
For the Dodgers, such a package deal might embrace catcher Diego Cartaya, their prime total prospect and one of the crucial extremely touted minor leaguers within the sport; younger pitchers in Bobby Miller and Ryan Pepiot; promising hitters comparable to Miguel Vargas, Michael Busch or Andy Pages; and possibly even second baseman Gavin Lux or pitcher Dustin Could off the large league roster.
Nonetheless, optimism of getting Soto has been rising amongst some within the Dodgers group in latest days, as different contenders across the league such because the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners have seemingly dropped out of the working.
Nonetheless, there’s a likelihood Soto might find yourself with the Cardinals or Padres — who every have their very own spectacular cadre of property to deliver to the desk — or stick with the Nationals if the workforce doesn’t obtain a suggestion it deems robust sufficient for the generational expertise, who might be below workforce management for 2 seasons after this yr.
If the Dodgers don’t wind up with Soto, they might pivot to López, who is among the finest remaining pitchers nonetheless doubtlessly out there on the deadline.
A 26-year-old right-hander with a 3.41 ERA in 21 begins this season, López has been on the middle of discussions between the Dodgers and Marlins not too long ago. Veteran Marlins reliever Anthony Bass has additionally been talked about in talks between the groups.
López, one other participant with two seasons of workforce management after this yr, wouldn’t come low cost.
The marketplace for controllable beginning pitching has gone by the roof following the huge hauls the Cincinnati Reds bought from buying and selling Luis Castillo to the Seattle Mariners on Friday, and the Oakland Athletics obtained in dealing Frankie Montas to the New York Yankees on Monday.
However including López might assist regular the Dodgers’ banged-up pitching workers, which is main the majors in workforce ERA however nonetheless doesn’t know precisely what to anticipate out of injured pitchers comparable to Walker Buehler, Could and Blake Treinen down the stretch.
It’s uncertain the Dodgers might purchase each Soto and López, as a number of of the Dodgers’ prime prospects would possible be desired by each groups.
There are additionally different alternate options the Dodgers might discover earlier than the three p.m. PDT Tuesday deadline, with Ian Happ of the Chicago Cubs and J.D. Martinez of the Boston Pink Sox essentially the most notable of a number of different hitters who may very well be acquired at a lesser price.
“I feel we’ve realized methods to handle [the deadline rumors], so far as the noise,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts stated earlier than the workforce’s 8-2 win towards the San Francisco Giants on Monday, which was keyed by Max Muncy’s second-inning two-run residence run and a pair of RBIs every from Trea Turner, Freddie Freeman and Will Smith.
With the victory, the Dodgers (69-33) have the very best report within the majors going into deadline day.
“It’s simply form of, no less than you realize now after tomorrow, the blokes throughout the group that you simply’re gonna have and so then you definitely transfer ahead with these guys.”
Who precisely the Dodgers may very well be including stays unclear.
However on the eve of one other commerce deadline, they’ve as soon as once more positioned themselves to go after among the largest out there names in the marketplace.
Cleavinger dealt to Rays
The Dodgers did make a minor transfer on Monday, sending left-handed reliever Garrett Cleavinger to the Tampa Bay Rays in alternate for 18-year-old outfield prospect German Tapia. Cleavinger was in triple A, and his departure opens a spot on the workforce’s 40-man roster.