It’s unarguable that the Los Angeles Dodgers are looking significantly better than they were at this time last month. They’re now right on the Arizona Diamondbacks’ heels only half a game back in the NL West, the offense is producing, and the once-maligned bullpen has performed better as of late.
But that doesn’t mean that the Dodgers can’t upgrade.
The August 1 trade deadline is about three weeks away, and manager Dave Roberts talked about where his team may look to add some pieces.
Starting pitching is an obvious need for the #Dodgers before the trade deadline. Dave Roberts said they also have another one.
"I think with the uncertainty of Chris Taylor, where he's at, I think a right-handed bat makes sense."— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) July 6, 2023
Roberts told Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times that the team could need a consistent right-handed hitter and that certainly rings true given Chris Taylor’s season-long struggles.
The normally versatile and reliable Taylor is slashing .206/.275/.455 this year in what is his worst campaign as a Dodger thus far.
Taylor’s lost his previously guaranteed spot in LA’s lineup, and with him being stuck on the injured list, it would be worth it for LA to look at what options are out there to improve offensive depth.
As far as who could be an option, Cleveland Guardians shortstop Amed Rosario could be a name to keep in mind.
He’s hitting .263/.308/.360 in 2023 — numbers that are slightly below his career averages — but he would both be a significant upgrade offensively and provide clarity at short while Taylor figures things out.
As far as the starting rotation goes, that’s definitely a pressing need given the rash of injuries the team has dealt with.
Just this season, Julio Urias, Clayton Kershaw, and Dustin May have each gone down with varying degrees of injuries, and that doesn’t include Walker Buehler, who’s currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.
LA has some holes on the roster to patch up despite their recent success, and it’ll be interesting to see just what moves Andrew Friedman and the rest of the team’s brass makes as the trade deadline approaches.
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