Dodgers: Predicting potential upcoming trade targets near deadline
By Brook Smith
Some Lesser Names Los Angeles Could Land:
Mike Pelfrey, Chicago White Sox
Pelfrey is one of those guys that was picked up as a fill-in starter after the trade of Chris Sale and has done a pretty decent job. He has started 12 games for Chicago and has pitched to a 3.73 ERA.
While he may not be an elite starter, Pelfrey could certainly anchor down the back-end of the rotation in the playoffs. Chicago is currently 7.5 game out of first place, and seven out of the wild card.
With a relatively strong central division, it’s not difficult to imagine the White Sox as sellers at the deadline. Pelfrey is owed $7.46M for the 2017 season so he could produce a decent prospect return for the Sox.
Sonny Gray, Oakland A’s
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There has been talk for quite some time now that Sonny Gray would be available for any team that could pay the price. Gray has a career 3.52 ERA, though injuries have limited him since 2015. While he’s struggled mightily this year (4.45 ERA), he still has plenty of upside.
Perhaps one of the best parts about a trade for Gray is that he’s under team control through the 2019 season.
He has tremendous potential, as he demonstrated in his 2015 All-Star season where he pitched in 31 games and finished with a superb 2.73 earned run average.
Dan Straily, Miami Marlins
Dan Straily has had a decent bounce-back season in Miami this year, posting a 3.43 ERA through 15 starts. With a career earned run average of 4.12, Straily is not the elite starter Los Angeles would ideally like to land. But Straily has his upsides, especially since he cannot become a free agent until 2021.
An arm like his would come with minimal costs to the organization regarding both prospects and cash. It’s possible the Dodgers’ front office could swing a trade that includes a top 15 prospect and some money to go along with him.