LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — With the MLB trade deadline approaching, let's take a look at six of the possible players the Dodgers could trade for as they continue to try to make a run for the playoffs.
Before they played on Sunday, the Dodgers were just 3.5 games back of the division-leading San Francisco Giants.
The Dodgers also (sadly) lead the MLB in total games missed to the disabled list, with 1142. (Oakland Athletics are 2nd with 966 disabled list games missed)
Dodgers players currently on the DL:
Brett Anderson (SP), Andre Ethier (OF), Casey Fien (RP), Yimi Garcia (RP), Chris Hatcher (RP), Enrique Hernandez (OF), Clayton Kershaw (SP), Hyun-Jin Ryu (SP), Alex Wood (SP), Trayce Thompson (OF), Chin-Hui Tsao (RP)
Aroldis Chapman, RP, New York Yankees
The Dodgers reached an agreement with the Reds in December of 2015 to acquire the hard-throwing lefty, but after a domestic violence incident surfaced, the Dodgers backed out of the deal.
Chapman ended up going to the Yankees, and served a 30-game suspension to start the year as a result of the incident.
Nonetheless, the Yankees seem to be leaning towards selling some their assets, and Chapman could ultimately join the team he was originally headed for back in 2015.
This season, Chapman has collected 20 saves in 31.1 innings pitched, with a 2.01 ERA.
The Dodgers bullpen has performed admirably so far, but could certainly use some help as the postseason race heats up.
Pairing Chapman with Kenley Jansen would be a lethal combination at the back end of the Dodgers bullpen.
Jose Quintana, SP, Chicago White Sox
Quintana quietly made the 2016 All-Star team this season after an impressive first half.
While his record is a modest 8-8, Quintana has a 3.13 ERA in 123.2 innings pitched, while also tallying 112 strikeouts.
The Dodgers have been plagued by injuries, particularly to their starting pitching, and Quintana would be an excellent addition to the team moving forward.
Quintana is signed through 2018, with two options for 2019 and 2020.
Chris Sale, SP, Chicago White Sox
Trade rumors are swirling around the 5-time All-Star, after Sale was sent home for allegedly cutting up his team's throwback jersey's they were slated to wear during his last outing.
The team suspended him for five games as a result of the bizarre incident, and are reportedly taking all calls regarding possible trades for the left-hander.
The White Sox are asking for a slew of prospects, and at the right price, would be an incredible addition to the Dodgers.
As long as the team holds on to Corey Seager, Julio Urias, and Jose De Leon, I would consider any trade in which the team acquires Sale a beneficial one.
Jay Bruce, OF, Cincinnati Reds
The Dodgers also have several outfielders on the disabled list and are looking to add some power to their lineup.
The Reds outfielder has been the center of many trade rumors, but is an unrestricted free agent after the 2016 season.
Bruce is hitting .267 with 20 home runs and 69 RBI's this season, and was selected to his third career All-Star team.
The 29-year old has hit over 20 home runs in all but one of his nine seasons in the MLB.
Jeremy Jeffress + Will Smith, RP's, Milwaukee Brewers
The Brewers are looking to sell each of their top relievers, and both would be a great fit for the Dodgers.
In 42 games this season, Jeffress has posted a 2.23 ERA with 23 saves and 30 strikeouts in 40.1 innings pitched.
Smith, a left-hander, has a 1.93 ERA, 17 strikeouts, 18.2 innings pitched in 22 games this season.
Both have been reliable pieces of an otherwise-shaky Milwaukee team, and could bolster any contender's bullpen heading into the postseason.
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