The obvious need for the Dodgers right now is starting pitching. Every other team in the league knows that and will be using that as leverage against them as the trade deadline approaches this week.
But as Andrew Friedman has said multiple times leading up to this Friday, the Dodgers will consider diving into relievers as well. Adding to the bullpen could take some stress off of the rotation and allow for guys like David Price and Josiah Gray to remain as starters.
That’s what makes this latest rumor so intriguing. According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Dodgers have had conversations with the Chicago Cubs about multiple available players on their roster. That includes closer Craig Kimbrel.
Los Angeles obviously has their closer in Kenley Jansen, but adding Kimberl in could dramatically change the makeup of their bullpen. It would also ease up a lot of the pressure on younger guys brought in to fill the gaps for the Dodgers this year.
The most interesting part of that rumor though is the fact that the Dodgers have talked about several players. The Cubs have a few guys they are likely to let go of by Friday, including Kris Bryant and possibly some of their arms.
The Dodgers could look to add one of their starters like Zach Davies. They could also check in on Kyle Hendricks, though his years under contract may appeal to Chicago. But if they were able to swing a deal that included Kris Bryant, that would drastically change the Los Angeles lineup.
Bryant is not one of the guys that was specifically mentioned in the rumor, but he’s definitely available in his final year before free agency.