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Dodgers Rumors: LA Competing With AL Team For Lance Lynn, Still Among Top Landing Spots

We are now under a week until the MLB trade deadline and the Dodgers still have a need for pitching help. It has been their biggest weakness all season long and continues to plague them. But even with their poor staff, the team is still finding ways to win games.

However, come playoff time, it’s unlikely that they will be able to win games with their starting rotation giving up multiple runs each time out. So, they need to address the pitching issues at the deadline, and the team reportedly plans to be aggressive in improving the roster.

LA has been linked with multiple pitchers from the Chicago White Sox and some of the latest odds once again do so. According to, LA has the fourth-best odds of landing White Sox pitcher Lance Lynn at the deadline.

The Dodgers are at +600, right behind the Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks.

However, on Wednesday morning, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported that the Tampa Bay Rays are deep in talks to acquire Lynn, with the Dodgers still making a push, too.

Lynn is an interesting candidate for the Dodgers to consider because he likely could be had for cheap. But at the same time, Lynn hasn’t been very good this season. He holds an ERA of 6.18 and consistently gets roughed up when he takes the mound.

His strikeout rate is up this season at about 28 percent, but he seems like he would be more of a problem than anything.

LA put four runs on Lynn over five innings when they played Chicago back in June. They saw him up close and personal, so that could affect the decision to acquire him.

Now if Lynn is one of multiple pitchers that the Dodgers were to get, things wouldn’t be as dramatic. He could serve as a solid depth piece but as a standalone, I’d pass.

The Dodgers could likely do much better than Lynn when upgrading their rotation. They need someone who can make a big impact on this club, not someone who will give up a ton of runs when they pitch.

President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman owes it to this team to invest in them. Despite all the odds against them, they still find themselves as one of the more competitive teams in baseball.

This next week will tell us a ton about the Dodgers ceiling for this season. And watching how all this plays out is going to be a fun ride.

Photo Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

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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.

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