By Nick Silverman @NickySilv on June 4, 2014
With the addition of the second wild-card spot in baseball, it's getting more difficult to acquire legitimate talent at the trade deadline. If a team is five, six games back of that second WC in mid-July, odds are they're not going to be very motivated to be "sellers." So not only do we have to project potential trading targets for the Los Angeles Dodgers, we have to project them from teams that are most likely going to be out of the running.
It's no secret the Dodgers bullpen is a problem area, although they've pitched much better the last week or so. But they could use an arm in there who has swing-and-miss stuff and doesn't give out free lunches every inning. Wade Davis, the Kansas City Royals 6-foot-5 right-handed arm has a 44/10 K/BB and a 1.37 ERA in 26 innings. He's making .8 million this season and has a team option for the next two years.
While most of the league focuses on the Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija, there's another guy in that rotation that people should be keeping their eye on. Jason Hammel is 6-3 with a 2.78 ERA. He's only walked 15 men in 11 starts and has a WHIP under .900. He is in a contract year making million, so it would be a relatively cheap rental for the Dodgers should Dan Haren continue to struggle.
A name linked to the Dodgers for much of the offseason, David Price has struggled with giving up the long ball in 2014. Even though he is tops in the AL in strikeouts, Price's 4.27 ERA is his highest since 2009. He's given up 13 home runs this year, after only allowing 16 in both 2013 and 2012. But he's still a stud. The Rays are in last place, and with Price under contract for 2015, they're going to want a hefty package in return.
Carlos Torres has impressed so far in 2014. The hard-throwing righty has a 2.38 ERA, which is even more impressive given his .340 BABIP (batting average of balls in play). So he's been unlucky and still putting up good numbers. He's got a mid 90s fastball with movement, averaging almost 10 k's per 9ip.
Ben Zobrist would give the Dodgers a great, versatile bat off the bench. He's a major upgrade over Justin Turner, and he could plug in at almost any position in the infield. He's had a bit of a down year, hitting only .250 while battling injuries, but has power, speed, and the ability to get on base. He would be just a half-year rental, but would add serious depth to the Dodgers lineup.
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