LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — While Aroldis Chapman is now off the market, the Dodgers still have plenty of options to acquire talent before the trade deadline.
The team has a clear need for a power bat and a back-end reliever, both of which are available in this year’s trade deadline market.READ MORE: Three Takeaways From Dodgers 2021 Season, NLCS
The most-coveted offensive asset is Reds outfielder Jay Bruce, the National League’s leader in RBI’s.
Bruce is a free agent at the end of this season, but if the Dodgers could work out an extension with him, he would be an invaluable piece for this year and going forward.
The Reds have made it clear they intend to trade Bruce — it’s just a matter of to who and for what.
If the team strikes out on Bruce, Oakland outfielder Josh Reddick is another name that the Dodgers have been inquiring about.
The Milwaukee Brewers have a pair of relievers in Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith that would make a solid addition to any contender’s bullpen.
Jeffress has posted a 2.13 ERA in 42.1 innings pitched, tallying 33 strikeouts and 10 walks.
Smith, a left-hander, has a 3.60 ERA in 20 innings pitched.
The crosstown Angels are also said to be listening to all offers for starting pitchers Hector Santiago (9-4, 4.28 ERA) and Matt Shoemaker (5-11 4.17 ERA) — both of whom are under team control for several years (via arbitration).
Both Angels’ starters would help the Dodgers’ injury-riddled rotation, and give the team a secondary starter to pair with Clayton Kershaw.
The White Sox have made it clear that it would take a king’s ransom to acquire Chris Sale, and the Dodgers are unlikely to part ways with a package including both Julio Urias and Jose De Leon.
Reports recently surfaced that the Dodgers would be willing to include Urias in a package for Sale, but it is unclear if they would be willing to part ways with an additional top prospect.
White Sox starter Jose Quintana could be a solid plan B for the Dodgers if they fail to come to an agreement for a Sale trade.
Tampa Bay Rays starter Chris Archer is another name that’s been thrown around, and would be an ideal fit to join the boys in blue.
Archer is a strikeout king, who has struggled in spurts this year, but has proven in the past that he has All-Star talent.READ MORE: 3 Shot In Downtown LA, 1 Dead
He is signed through 2019 for under $10 million each year (which in these times, is extremely cheap for a top-tier starting pitcher). and seems more attainable than Sale.
The Dodgers are going to have to part ways with at least one of their top pitching prospects in order to acquire a player of Sale or Archer’s caliber, whether that be Urias, De Leon, Jharel Cotton or Grant Holmes.
The Diamondbacks are also said to be shopping reliever Daniel Hudson, who would be interesting pickup for the Dodgers, as he would help Joe Blanton and Adam Liberatore sure up the 7th and 8th innings.
The Braves were said to be listening to offers for starter Julio Teheran, who like Santiago/Shoemaker, is under team control at a cheap price for several years and would be an excellent mid-tier starter to pair with Kershaw.
Finally, the Royals and Dodgers were discussing a trade involving Wade Davis, but the caveat of that deal would be the Dodgers taking on the ugly contract of starter Ian Kennedy.
Kennedy signed a 5-year, $70 million deal this past offseason, and is scheduled to make an average of $14 million a year through 2020.
He has given up a major league leading 26 home runs this season while posting a 4.41 ERA and a record of 6-9.
Davis, one of the league’s best closers, has another year on his contract and would make an extraordinary addition to any bullpen.
If the Dodgers are going to try for Davis, it looks like they will have to be saddled with Ian Kennedy also.
Sources: Royals trying to package Ian Kennedy in a potential Wade Davis deal. Dodgers a strong match. Covet Davis and can take on Kennedy $.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 28, 2016
With the deadline just a few days away, the Dodgers are in an awkward position.
They have almost an entire team on the disabled list, but also have seen their everyday players struggle.
The team is playing well, especially given their jam-packed infirmary, but it’s clear the team is missing something.
After missing out on Cole Hamels last trade deadline, we should see the Dodgers front office being more aggressive this time around.
However, only Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi know if the Dodgers are going to be buyers this time around — or if they are content gunning for a World Series with the roster they have assembled thus far.MORE NEWS: Man Accidentally Discharges Gun, Wounds Neighbor
The non-waiver trade deadline is on August 1st at 4 p.m. ET.