The Los Angeles Dodgers disabled list continues to only get longer, meaning the Dodgers must make a move before the non-waiver trade deadline. August 1st is quickly approaching and rumors are circulating that the Dodgers are expected to trade for Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer.
ESPN’s Jayson Stark tweeting out that the Dodgers are the favorites and claims a source says there is a “70 percent” chance he lands in L.A.
Exec from team that's been talking with the Rays says he sees such a good fit with Dodgers, places odds at "70 pct" Chris Archer lands in LA
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 21, 2016
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So far this season Archer has a 5-13 record with a 4.60 ERA in 21 starts. During the 2015 season, he posted a 3.23 ERA and 1.14 WHIP while striking out 252 batters in 212 innings.
On July 14th Archer was asked about the drop in productivity.
“I’ve had a pretty good career. You can break it down in six-month intervals if you want. My total body of work pretty speaks to who I am. The honest answer is I don’t know. I have so much upside, so much potential,” Archer told Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Bay Times.
It is unclear if the Dodgers will pull the trigger on this trade or who they will be willing to give up in order for it to happen. With Kershaw out for a longer period of time, the Dodgers need all the help they can get.
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Recently, the Dodgers sent Hyun-Jin Ryu, Casey Fien and Chris Hatcher to DL while announcing Alex Wood would undergo elbow surgery. The Dodgers then recalled Julio Urias on Thursday. Urias made his comeback vs. the Washington Nationals in the series finale.
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