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Dodgers Rumors: Insider Proposes Trade to Shore Up LA’s Pitching, Outfield Depth

As the trade deadline quickly approaches, the Los Angeles Dodgers have some decisions to make. They need some help in the pitching department and could use another bat for the bench or outfield platoon. The team has been hit with a ton of injuries so far this season so bringing in some help could go a long way as the season goes on. The deadline could be slower than in years past due to more teams trying to win but as always, there will be sellers.

One of those sellers could be the St. Louis Cardinals as they have seen their season get away from them. St. Louis sits at the bottom of the NL Central and there really isn’t a great way for them to get out anytime soon. Many around the game see the Cardinals are one of the biggest potential sellers this trade deadline.



Baseball writer Zachary Rymer of Bleacher Report proposed a trade between the Cardinals and Dodgers that could help solve some of the Dodgers issues.

Dodgers get LHP Jordan Montgomery and OF Dylan Carlson, Cardinals get RHP Gavin Stone, RHP Nick Frasso and LHP Maddux Bruns: The Cardinals are another basement dweller that badly needs controllable pitching. In this trade, they’d get the Dodgers’ No. 5, No. 9 and No. 15 prospects. Stone has already seen major league action, while Frasso has a 75-grade fastball and has been using it to dominate with a 2.21 ERA for Double-A Tulsa.

Per Bleacher Report

This trade looks intriguing for multiple reasons. The Dodgers would be hitting two issues in one deal and the return wouldn’t be the worst. Losing Gavin Stone would sting but Montgomery has been solid for St. Louis and he is under club control until 2026. This is most definitely something that President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman values, especially with the team looking into possibly getting Shohei Ohtani this winter.

On the year, Montgomery holds an ERA of 3.52 in 16 games pitched. He has thrown 92 innings and struck out 85 in that time. He would provide the Dodgers with some extra depth along their starting rotation and would give them another strong left-handed pitcher to use. Montgomery also understands how to play in a big market as he spent years with the New York Yankees prior to being traded to the Cardinals last trade deadline.

Now for Carlson, he is a switch hitting outfield that would give the Dodgers more depth on their bench. On the season, he is hitting .248 with five home runs and 19 runs batted in across 46 games played. Montgomery would be the main piece of this deal but they could do a lot worse than Carlson as a throw in for the bench.

It remains to be seen what the Dodgers will do but this trade has some interesting characteristics to it. Look for LA to be aggressive at the deadline and possibly end up with a trade like this proposed one.

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Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.

5 Comments

  1. Gibberish. Get Shane Bieber and Tyler Glasnow. The cost is whatever it takes. No to Ohtani, the franchise killing acquire and Yes to Urias if he wants to stay. Pay him what he’s worth for a guy that gives up 5 runs in the first inning to a bad team.

  2. This is not a good idea. The Dodgers don’t need another outfielder hitting .248 without power. They should not give up Frasso [75-rated fastball, under 2.50 ERA, potential star one-day]. They do need relief pitching, and maybe a starting pitcher who would be able to start in the playoffs (but they have injured starters coming back) and if they could get a really good hitter to fit in the line-up to replace one of the weakest links in the line-up, OK. 1 – 6 in the line-up is fine. Betts (SS) Freeman (1B) Smith (C) Muncy (3b) JD Martinez (DH) Peralta (LF). Maybe Jason Heyward is OK. Vargas, Outman, are weak links in producing runs. Muncy could move to 2B for Arenado at 3B. Peralta could move to CF if the Dodgers could acquire a LF with high productivity. Why can’t JD Martinez play in LF once in a great while? But the offense is not really the problem. The relief pitching has cost the team too many games. If 2 of Gonsolin/Urias/May can be good enough for the playoffs, and Kershaw, and Bobby Miller, with Sheehan in the bullpen, well, then Buehler should not risk coming back in October. Trade for a relief pitcher and maybe for someone who can start in the playoffs.

  3. Might be more doable if Brendon Donovan replaces Carlson. If the Dodgers are trading away 3 pitchers, they need to get a better pitcher in return than Montgomery.

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