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Dodgers News: Analyst Expects LA to Add Bullpen Help This Trade Deadline

A baseball expert expects the Los Angeles Dodgers to add a reliever at this year’s trade deadline.

While the Dodger bullpen performed well last week, it is still among the worst bullpens in the Major Leagues. Earlier in June, the Dodger bullpen caused many heartbreaking losses.

The Dodgers designed their bullpen to have much versatility, and don’t have a defined closer. This upcoming weekend, Daniel Hudson will finally return from a torn ACL, and the Dodgers hope he’ll greatly improve the bullpen.

Jose Mota, a Dodger broadcaster, told Dodgers Nation’s own Doug McKain that he still thinks this team needs to add an arm this trade deadline.

“I think they’ll be looking for another arm,” Mota told McKain. “It doesn’t hurt to have more options.”

However, he also thinks that this bullpen has seen the worst of their struggles this season.

“As a unit, I do believe that we’ve seen the worst of this bullpen,” Mota said. “Because remember, guys want to keep jobs, too. And guys want to stay in the big leagues. And they know there’s a date coming up in which they don’t want to be the odd man out.”

Brusdar Graterol, Caleb Ferguson, and Yency Almonte have performed better of late than they did earlier in the year. Evan Phillips has continued to prove himself to be the most dependable reliever on the team.

The Dodgers also added Ryan Brasier, a veteran Boston Red Sox reliever, and he has a 2.08 ERA in 4.1 innings in Los Angeles.

Recently, the Dodgers sent Alex Vesia to Oklahoma City to improve. While the Dodger bullpen has performed better of late, they, like all postseason contenders, will benefit from adding another reliever — and knowing Andrew Friedman’s track record, he will find one at the deadline.

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