Dodgers Trade Deadline: LA Could Have Advantage in Acquiring Royals’ Danny Duffy

The Dodgers entered the season with one of the deepest rotations in Major League Baseball, but due to a combination of injuries and Trevor Bauer being placed on leave, LA finds itself in a position where they’re going to need to add starting pitching depth. We discuss the possibility of the Dodgers pursuing a trade for Kansas City Royals lefty, Danny Duffy.

Next, we break down Duffy’s season so far, his injury concerns and where he’d slot into LA’s rotation.

Plus, MLB Insider Joel Sherman reported that with his no trade protection, Duffy would prefer to be traded to a team on the west coast if the Royals wanted to move him. We tell you why the Dodgers would easily be the most attractive west coast destination for Duffy.


The left-hander has a 2.53 ERA over 57 innings in 12 games (11 starts) this season. Over his 11 year career with Kansas City, he’s recorded a 3.95 ERA in more than 1,100 innings. Importantly, the 2015 World Series champion is eligible to be a free agent for the first time after the season, so the Dodgers wouldn’t be tied to any long term contract.

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Doug McKain

Doug McKain is a lifelong Dodger fan and hosts Dodgers Nation’s “DNpostgame” show online. He also hosts Dodgers DougOut and the LA Sports Report on YouTube. DMAC is also a rabid Lakers fan, and lover of all Los Angeles sports.


  1. Unlike some of the other suggestions out there, Duffy actually makes sense and would be a potential upgrade.

  2. Missed a month with forearm soreness (RED FLAG) and is currently pitching on restricted pitch count (RED FLAG). Health is only issue, Duffy can flat-out pitch.

  3. hmmm…. very interesting. Not sure we need another starting pitcher with red flags though

    1. Duffy is listed as one possibility but I wouldn’t be surprised if a starting pitcher comes from elsewhere. What it will cost Dodgers will have a great deal to do with it and simply means Dodgers will have to part with a good something in order to get a decent return.

  4. whoever we get needs to eat innings; not sure he’s healthy enough to do that but skill-wise and cost to us he would fit.

    1. I would be willing to trade Belli for Bundy. He can eat innings and the Dodger coaches could probably get him right. Plus he’d be pitching for a reason instead of for a loser ( ask Uncle Albert).We really only need a #5 starter anyway. For the playoffs we should have Kershaw, Buehler, Urias and Gonsolin (Bauer, Gray?)

  5. Career 3.95 ERA and now lowered to 2.53 ERA this season.Check for spin rate changes and sticky stuff!

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