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With July now among us and the all star game less than a week away, it is officially trade deadline season. After a rough start to the year, the Dodgers have turned it around and now sit in 2nd place in the NL West as of today. The turnaround has now put the Dodgers in a position to be buyers during the trade deadline throughout the month. With that said let's take a look at the latest rumors and buzz surrounding the Dodgers with the trade deadline approaching.
Latest on Machado Rumors
Bob Nightengale of USA Today had reported that the Dodgers were “aggressively pursuing” Manny Machado, shortstop of the Baltimore Orioles, but noted that the Orioles wanted pitcher and no.10 prospect Dustin May included in any sort of deal for Machado.
It later came out Monday that the Dodgers offered their no.1 prospect Alex Verdugo and no.8 prospect Yadier Alvarez in a potential deal for Machado, in which they declined. Sources later revealed that Baltimore wanted catcher and no.2 prospect Keibert Ruiz, no.10 prospect Dustin May, or even infielder and no.12 prospect Gavin Lux in any trade, which may have come as a surprise to some. At this point though, the Dodgers may have shifted their focus past Machado as they are now looking into other infield options as well.
An addition of Machado would no doubt improve a Dodgers offense which hit 55 home runs in June, a franchise record. The biggest question surrounding a potential deal will be whether Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi are willing to give up top prospects in the deal, something Friedman has never really done in his time in Tampa Bay and Los Angeles.
With even more recent rumors of the Yankees and Brewers among other teams being involved in talks for Machado, if the Dodgers are seriously in contention to get him, it would be essential to go all in now instead of waiting, before it’s too late.
Dodgers Looking at Other Infield Options Other Than Machado
Jeff Passan reported Monday amidst recent trade talks for Manny Machado, the Dodgers are exploring other infield options, looking beyond Machado.
The notable names LA has been talking to teams about are most notably Scooter Gennett from the Reds, Brian Dozier from the Twins, and Asdrubal Cabrera from the Mets.
Gennett, who is having a breakout year hitting .322 with 14 home runs, 58 RBI’s, and a 2.7 WAR with the Reds would be a valuable option at 2nd base, giving more firepower and quality at-bats down the stretch of the year to an already solid lineup. Dozier meanwhile, who has been in trade rumors surrounding the Dodgers over the past few seasons, would seemingly give another viable power bat to a lineup that already has 8 players with 10 plus home runs. Then, Cabrera, unlike the other two players, provides even more depth to a team already loaded with it, as he could play multiple positions in the infield while providing solid production offensively as he already has 16 home runs on the year with a .280 average.
A move for either of the 3 could be huge as they could potentially bring huge impacts down the stretch and it allows the Dodgers to have more leeway with who they want to move in a deal, therefore potentially being just enough to make Friedman, Zaidi, and crew strike a deal.
Dodgers Acquire Dylan Floro, Zach Neal, and International Signing Bonus Pool Space from Reds.
With a recently struggling bullpen, the Dodgers made a move last week with the Cincinnati Reds to acquire relievers Floro and Neal on July 4th. Floro will be more of the bigger impact bullpen arm that the Dodgers are looking for as with the Reds so far this season he’s posted a solid 2.72 ERA with opponents hitting only .275 average off of him. As for Neal, he may not be expected to pitch, as in only one appearance this season he posted a 9.00 ERA and opponents have hit .400 against him. The move gives the team more options now to attempt to improve their bullpen down the stretch.