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Should The Dodgers Take a Flier on LHP Amir Garrett?

The Dodgers’ need for consistent pitching has been apparent all season long. It has caused them to lose games that they should have won and has been the team’s biggest issue all year. Their pitching staff has seen a revolving door of players come in and out, giving the team a lot to manage. As the team enters the All-Star break, the extra rest should allow the pitchers to get ready for the stretch run. They are also hoping to get some of their injured players back at some point this season as well. 

With the All-Star break here, it also means that the trade deadline is only a few short weeks away. The Dodgers will be looking at different options to help them get ready for another potential World Series run. But there are multiple ways to improve and one could be checking players that were recently designated for assignments and see if it makes sense to take a flier on them. One of the more interesting names out there is left-handed pitcher Amir Garrett.

Before he was let go by the Kansas City Royals, Garrett posted an ERA of 3.33, a 1.73 WHIP and 28 strikeouts over 24.1 innings of work. The veteran left-hander saw his ERA drop nicely this season but he likely got designated for assignment due to his walk rate. It reached a high of 17.9 percent and Garrett showed an inability to not allow the free pass.

While he wasn’t incredible for the Royals, he still could provide something to this Dodgers team. They can use all the help they can get out of the bullpen and he is at least a little intriguing as an option for the team because they have been known to take someone else’s thrown away players and then turn them into productive players. Maybe pitching coach Mark Prior could work his magic once again.

If anything, the Dodgers could always try Garrett out and see what he can do. The team just lost Daniel Hudson and Shelby Miller to longer term injuries and Garrett could give them another lefty arm out of the pen. There really is no major risk to getting him and seeing if they can squeeze anything from him.

It remains to be seen what the team will do to improve their bullpen but one thing is for certain, something needs to be done. The Dodgers must address their pitching issues if they want any hope of making a long playoff run this season.

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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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