Dodgers: 5 Under the Radar Trade Targets

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 20: Tony Cingrani
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 20: Tony Cingrani /
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PHOENIX, AZ – JUNE 25: Relief pitcher Pat Neshek /

Pat Neshek – Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies signed Pat Neshek to have a trade piece to deal away at the trade deadline, and that is exactly what they’re looking to do. At age 36, Neshek is not an ideal player to keep on a team that is in the middle of rebuilding so the Dodgers could get the Phillies to deal him away. Dave Roberts does not seem to trust his eighth inning options as he has routinely called on Kenley Jansen to get more than three outs.

Once October rolls around, the Dodgers need to be able to trust their setup options. Using Jansen for more than three outs could make him unable to pitch the next day which, in back to back playoff games, could serve detrimental to Los Angeles.

Neshek would give the Dodgers a trusted setup man as he has a stellar 1.24 ERA and can get left-handed hitters out. Despite being a righty, Neshek could fill the role of a lefty specialist since he holds lefties to a .180 batting average.

Although it’s a bit outside the box, Neshek has playoff experience and can be effective. Friedman should get Dave Roberts his trusted eighth inning man, so Jansen only has to go one inning.