From this Monday’s Blue Heaven Live Stream, the Dodgers officially got linked to star pitcher Luis Castillo in trade rumors. MLB insider J.P. Morosi dropped the tweet earlier in the week but days before, LA president of baseball ops, Andrew Friedman, painted a very different picture when it comes to the team making a big splash at the deadline.
Sources: #Dodgers and #Reds have had preliminary trade conversations about RHP Luis Castillo. Many clubs are showing interest in Castillo, of course. Long way to go before Aug. 2 trade deadline, but Dodgers are definitely involved. @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 11, 2022
As he does often, it feels a lot like Andrew is “playing it close to the vest” with his words to The Athletic last week…
We have confidence in the group we have here … hopefully it’s something that we can continue to fill internally. – Friedman said.
…But, in essence, it sounds like the play for the Dodgers is to wait for several key injured players to return and make as big or even bigger of an impact than a trade would. At the moment, LA’s injured list roster is as impressive as the active roster of most teams.
- Walker Buehler
- Blake Treinen
- Dustin May
- Tommy Kahnle
- Andrew Heaney
- Brusdar Graterol
- Victor Gonzalez
- Chris Taylor
- Edwin Rios
These players are all amongst those expected to return sometime this season. And those players may be the reason Andrew Friedman and the Dodgers would most likely pass on a blockbuster move for someone like Luis Castillo.
Dodgers Rumored to be in on Luis Castillo but Does Andrew Friedman Think LA is Just Fine?
Of course, if the Dodgers don’t get Castillo, someone else will. And that’s a scary thought, particularly if someone with World Series aspirations — like the New York Yankees — gets their hands on the right-hander.
The trade deadline is on August 2nd this year.
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