The NL West leading Dodgers are going to look to add talent before the July 31 trade deadline as they do every season. This is a given. Their current lineup is stacked, but there’s always room for another bat. Their biggest need, believe it or not, is a starting pitcher, though.
The Dodgers website currently only has four starters listed on the depth chart: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Brett Anderson (who left his last start early with an injury) and Mike Bolsinger. That’s why LAD is rolling out relief pitcher Ian Thomas against the Mets on Friday night (a night after Kershaw took a perfect game into the seventh inning).
A middle of the rotation addition would be perfectly acceptable, but Magic Johnson and crew might have bigger ideas. What if they try and land one of the aces being shopped at the deadline?
Cole Hamels, Johnny Cueto and James Shields are all on the market, but with the way Kershaw and Greinke are pitching, David Price would be the type of addition that creates an all-time rotation.
The Tigers are a game under .500, and still figuring out if they want to sell or not at the deadline. However, the Detroit Free Press is reporting that Price won’t be back with the club next season either way (Price is a free agent at season’s end). Assuming the report is true, the Dodgers should make an offer on Price that the Tigers simply can’t refuse.
Price is off to a 9-3 start this season with a 2.31 ERA and 134 strike outs. Could you imagine adding that to THIS:
Clayton Kershaw/Zack Greinke in July: 68 K, 3 BB, 1 ER! First teammates in modern era w/ scoreless streaks of 25+ IP. pic.twitter.com/0oOfK0oZdE— ESPN (@espn) July 24, 2015
Kershaw and Greinke can set the record for lowest ERA by a pair of teammates in a month (currently 0.16 in July): pic.twitter.com/Espo3BjohG — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 24, 2015
Teammates w/ scoreless inning streaks of 29+ in same season (since 1961) 2015 Greinke & Kershaw 2002 Pedro Martinez & Derek Lowe — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 24, 2015
Clayton Kershaw: 1st pitcher since 1900 w/ 3 straight starts allowing 0 runs, striking out 10+, walking none. (Elias) pic.twitter.com/xFSbLpOoXc— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 24, 2015
Most consecutive starts with 10 K, 0 R, 0 BB since 1900: 2015 Clayton Kershaw 3 1905 Cy Young 2 (via @EliasSports) — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 24, 2015
All of these stats are ridiculous, but that last one for Kershaw was jaw dropping to me.
If the door is open even a sliver for the Dodgers to land Price (and the cost would be a steep combo of prospects and ML players), they have take advantage of the potential of a third guy with that level of talent. No matter the price, you do it.
Come playoff time, the Dodgers might be able to even get away with only starting those three guys once you consider all the off days and shorten rotations … that would be not only legendary, but leap them over teams like the Cardinals and Pirates as World Series favorites.
Make it happen, Magic.
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