With essentially every starter hitting the D.L. this season, it’s no question the Dodgers are desperate for starting pitching. With Walker Buehler heading to Rancho Cucamonga, LA is down yet another starter, with an unknown timetable. The trade deadline is weeks away, and it looks as if the Dodgers are targeting a starting pitcher from the American League.
The #Dodgers are doubling down: They not only are aggressively pursuing #Orioles SS Manny Machado, but also #Tigers starter Michael Fulmer. The #Orioles, heavily scouting the Dodgers' minor-league system, want Class A pitcher Dustin May included in any package of prospects.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 3, 2018
Fulmer, 25, is in his third season with the Detroit Tigers. He was the 2016 Rookie of the Year in the A.L, after going 11-7 while posting a 3.06 ERA. His follow-up campaign was a let-down, going 10-12 with an ERA just under four. This season has been even more of a struggle for the right-hander. As of July 3, Fulmer is 3-7 with a 4.20 ERA. He’s averaging the most strikeouts per nine innings of his career (7.6). Though, he’s also averaging the most walks (2.9) and hits (8.4) per nine innings.
It’s unclear what the Tigers would ask for in a trade. Seeing how he’s played the last two seasons, it couldn’t be too high of an asking price. In Fulmer’s young career, he’s shown flashes of great potential. More notably, he still is only 25-years old. With injuries plaguing the Dodgers all season, this might be a smart move, as Fulmer has made 67 starts since his debut in 2016. Whether it’s making a move for Fulmer or other pitching arms, expect the Dodgers to be very active at this years trade deadline.
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