Dodgers: MLB Insider Predicts an LA Trade for Craig Kimbrel, Max Scherzer Prefers West Coast Team

With a robust market of suiters interested in trading for elite reliever Craig Kimbrel before Friday’s MLB trade deadline, MLB insider Buster Olney boldly predicts that the Dodgers will end up with the 8x all-star. We discuss the possibility of LA landing Kimbrel and if the team really needs an elite closer to win back-to-back World Series titles. Plus, if the Dodgers strike out on Kimbrel, who are some other options they could consider to assist Kenley Jansen in closing games.

Next, we dive into all the latest trade rumors regarding Washington Nationals’ ace, Max Scherzer. Mad Max reportedly would prefer a trade to one of the winning teams on the west coast. We discuss if the recent rumors signal an imminent trade for Max Scherzer and if he’ll end up on either the Dodgers, Padres, or Giants. Plus, would LA consider including top prospect, Keibert Ruiz, in a potential deal for Scherzer?


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Doug McKain

Doug McKain is a lifelong Dodger fan and hosts Dodgers Nation’s “DNpostgame” show online. He also hosts Dodgers DougOut and the LA Sports Report on YouTube. DMAC is also a rabid Lakers fan, and lover of all Los Angeles sports.


  1. Sloppy defense, wasted chances to score (runners on 2nd and 3rd, 1 out., fail to score). A throwing error after 2 walks given to the Giants and that leads to their winning run because Dodgers were not going to do a thing against a reliever they let walk in the off season. End of the story, albeit a predictable outcome. This is just a sample among many as to why Giants lead in the division now by 3 games.

    1. 8th inning, Raley gets a hit, w/ Z Mck. struggling to hit, why not bunt Raley over w/ game tied and top of order coming up! Your hottest hitter in CT3 gets a double to score go- ahead, w/ Muncy, JT, and Smith coming up. Game might have been won right there. This game was lost by the vets. for not coming through. Muncy needed to @ least get a sac. fly, JT needed a contact hit instead of a full swing fly out, Treinen had a off night, Nelson 2 HBP, and mngr. not calling for the sac. bunt, but everything is put on Cody because it was the eventual go- ahead run. Total team lost….. but on the positive McKinney had a critical RBI, and Raley finally had a hit to start the 8th. The expected didn’t happen and the unexpected happened.

    2. 5 games two days from now. This team is falling apart offensively and defensively!

  2. The Dodgers with many players on IL. that makes them weak on offenses. Cody Bellinger is struggling. Dodgers will be lucky even have one game WC this year. The Padres are much better offenses team than Dodgers now

  3. This is the least enjoyable team I’ve seen in 8 years. They are so bland looking and have no identity at all and play the worst brand of baseball of any of the winning teams. The fact the Padres are doing even worse is mindblowing as they’re a much better team and actually play like they want to win. I expect Friedman to get one bargain bin pitcher if he’s lucky and maybe some more Jed Gyrko type deals like Mckinny

  4. Pathetic. You know the team is in deep trouble when they continually lose to the Giants and the Padres. It hurts to watch these Giant games, especially when our starting pictures are lights out. But as evidenced by our 1-11 in extra inning games, WE HAVE NO BULLPEN. As someone whom watched all the Dodger games, this season has been difficult to watch. Wish the season was over as I am tired of this team looking like garbage.

    1. It hurts because the losses have all been by 1 or 2 runs, where just the little details done would have converted into wins. Like turning the routine DP, getting the small hit to bring in the run, situational hitting to advance runners ( like last night to sac bunt by a weak ph w/ top of order looming), pitchers locating their targets, and etc. Atl least half of those losses could have been wins…..where last yr. a lot of these type of games were wins.

    2. oh yeah? how many earned runs did the bullpen give up yesterday? deep trouble? Dodgers are #2 team in NL despite missing several all stars and starters throughout the season!! get everyone back healthy and they start winning consistently again.

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