Dan Straily – Miami Marlins
The Dodgers just faced off against Straily on Saturday, and he limited them to two earned runs in five innings. Straily is under team control through the 2020 season, but since he is due for a raise in arbitration and will be 29 later this year, the Marlins could choose to deal him for younger pitching prospects.
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Straily won 14 games in 2016 pitching in the bandbox known as Great American Ballpark. He has also been solid this season with his 7-4 record and 3.32 ERA.
While he is not an ace like Yu Darvish or Chris Archer, he is a very solid pitcher and would provide the Dodgers with some rotation depth that they lost due to Julio Urias’s shoulder surgery.
Hyun-Jin Ryu has also been unable to stay healthy, so the LA depth is slowly eroding. With Alex Wood and Rich Hill being injury prone the Dodgers would be wise to add one more rotation arm for insurance purposes. That also isn’t accounting for the chance that Brandon McCarthy develops the YIPS again.
Due to the Rays and Rangers being in the Wild Card hunt, the Dodgers likely won’t have a shot at dealing for Archer or Darvish. Besides them, there is not a big difference maker on the market.
Sonny Gray is available, but he has been unable to stay healthy and would cost multiple top prospects to acquire. Not to mention there are numerous teams interested in him, so the team that acquires him will likely have to overpay in prospects.
With Farhan Zaidi and Andrew Friedman smart enough to keep the farm system strong, they could choose to land rotation depth like Dan Straily for a very low price.