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Dodgers Rumors: Writer Proposes 1-For-1 Trade to Get Marcus Stroman in LA

As the MLB trade deadline gets closer and closer, it remains uncertain what the Chicago Cubs will do. They could decide to be buyers and make a push for the postseason. Or they could go the selling route and get some future assets for their free agents coming up.

Their biggest prize, if they choose to become sellers, will be starting pitcher Marcus Stroman. Stroman is in the midst of a great season and he could likely net the Cubs some strong pieces moving forward. He is likely the top starting pitcher that would be available unless the Angels put Shohei Ohtani on the table.

He holds an ERA of 3.09 and ranks third in the National League in WAR. Stroman could be on his way to a potential CY Young season if all goes well and this level of production continues. So it would make sense for the Cubs to move him now, while his value is at its highest. 

One team that could have their eye on Stroman is the Los Angeles Dodgers, who desperately need help with their pitching staff. LA has the resources to trade for Stroman and he would instantly boost their rotation.

Zachary Rymer of Bleacher Report ranked potential destinations for Stroman and LA came in at the top. LA has been linked to Lucas Giolito from the South Side but Rymer argues that Stroman could make more sense for the Dodgers.

“But Stroman is presently playing the part of a top-of-the-rotation starter better than Giolito, and goodness knows the Dodgers have a need for one of those help them stay afloat amid a flood of injuries”

Per Bleacher Report

In this proposed deal, LA would be parting with pitching prospect Nick Frasso. He has had a good season in Double-A this year, and this could be the optimal time to move him.

If the Dodgers were to trade for Stroman, they would be getting a very solid pitcher but one that could cost them. He is still owed about $10 million for the rest of this season and then has the choice to exercise a $21 million player option for 2024. 

Stroman may elect to opt out if he keeps pitching the way he has but if things go sideways, LA could be on the hook for a pretty hefty price for next season.

Stroman isn’t my first choice as the deadline approaches but if he can help the Dodgers win another World Series then I’m all for it. It’s going to be fun to watch this all play out over the next bit of time.

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Matt Levine

Matt is a passionate sports fan who loves writing about and covering the NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL and NCAA. After growing up watching sports, Matt set out to work in the field, earning a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area.


  1. This is a great move for the team. Let’s be real. Besides Kershaw assuming he’s healthy… who on earth do we have at all to shut down anyone come playoff time? When’s the last shutout or how many one or two run 7inning outing has anyone thrown much of late>? We have to go after an ace and a third game elite starter or will be out in the first round again. We need at least a Sherzer/Bumgardner type pitcher. Urias is sketchy and so is Gonsolin. Who can we pitch in the playoffs? Is Miller gonna be a possibility? That’s a 50/50 shot. I love the offense but seriously.

  2. I was at Dodger Stadium for that World Baseball Classic final against Puerto Rico. Stroman pitched that game for us and at the time Inhad never heard of him. He pitched great, got us the win and I’ve been a big fan of his ever since. I would love to see him pitching again in Dodger Stadium wearing our uniform!

  3. I don’t get the whole “desperately need pitching” thing. The kids have been fine and the BP has found themselves again. The team needs Julio to be Julio and Clayton to return. I mean is anyone looking at the standings?

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