Dodgers are About to Unleash the Full Measure of their Might

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 19: Cody Bellinger
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 19: Cody Bellinger /

The Dodgers are on a roll, to say the least, and things are only looking up.

IT’S GOIN DOWN FOLKS! It’s going down. Batten down the hatches, hold onto your butts and insert your respective overly excitable metaphors here. The non-waiver trade deadline on July 31st will prove game-changing for the Dodgers in a major way.

Never before in their history, have the Dodgers had the opportunity they currently have. The team’s cash reserve, current talent, and hunger have arguably never been greater. They have ample talented prospects to trade. It’s the perfect storm.

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While the team has been tepid in yielding high-end talent in trades in the past, this year will be different. As the team looks primed to win well over 100 games for the 1st time since 1974, it’s never been more clear that the time to go all out is now. This year’s most talented team with the greatest number of resources will unleash its full power at the deadline to end their World Series drought.

This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an impenetrable bank account. Ryan Madson? Not good enough. Sean Doolittle? Nope. 110+ win pace? Eh. Any other year, the Dodgers would’ve swooped up those two arms  from their old friends up in Oakland faster than you can say “mid-tier.” Friedman, Zaidi, and Co. will be searching, at the very least for a dominant lefty setup man and probably another quality starting pitcher. Zach Britton? That’s more like it. Sonny Gray? Could very well be.

What do the 2015 Royals and the 2016 Cubs have in common? Well besides World Series rings, they both made significant trade deadline acquisitions to bolster their clubs for the real season. The Dodgers this year will do the same. Verdugo and Buehler will probably be off limits. Apart from those two, any major prospects (Alvarez, Calhoun, etc.) will be up for grabs.

Expect even more reinforcements after the deadline too. It’s believed the Dodgers could call up at least one of their prized rookies. Without a reliable fourth outfielder, I’d expect the team to call up top offensive prospect Alex Verdugo, in addition, top pitching prospect Walker Buehler to complete what figures to be a juggernaut of a bullpen. I’d be surprised if at least one of those two don’t make an appearance on the postseason roster.

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The Dodgers rank 1st in baseball in overall staff ERA (3.09), strikeouts (907), and W.H.I.P. (1.12). They also rank near the top in many offensive and defensive rankings. They possess the best record in baseball, they’ve won 30 of 34, and are now a paltry .023 win percentage points behind the ’27 Yanks with plenty of games to be played vs. sub .500 competition. And they will still find a way to pile on even more talent. Imagine that.