The Dodgers made the splash that all of Los Angeles was waiting for. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers have traded for ace starting pitcher Yu Darvish.
The Dodgers were searching for a starting pitcher to pair alongside Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood. Darvish was one of the three arms that the club was linked to as the deadline approached and the Dodgers were able to get a walk off win in the final minutes of the deadline.
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Darvish brings electric stuff and helps balance out the rotation that was lefty heavy. Since joining the league, Darvish has been a four-time All-Star and has been atop the MLB in strikeout rate with a career 11.04K/9.
Darvish is having a relatively down year with an ERA just over 4 and a 6-9 record, but there’s no doubt that his pitches were one of the most dominant from the pitchers available at the deadline. Darvish comes to LA viewed as a “rental” because his contract is up at the end of this season, but the Dodgers were willing to take a flyer on him if it meant keeping their top prospects. Reports indicated that the asking price for Sonny Gray was too high.
** Update 1:36 pm **
The Dodgers send Willie Calhoun (4), A.J Alexy (17) and Brendon Davis (27) to Texas for Yu Darvish according to Jeff Passan.
The fact that they were able to pull off this deal without trading either of their top two prospects is an absolute steal. Calhoun is a very good player and has the ceiling to be a future All-Star but Darvish is a pitcher that gives the Dodgers a very dominant 1-2 punch. Great deal for Friedman.
This deal was one of the last minute deals to reach the MLB desk. It was a nice walk off by the Dodger front office to get the guy they wanted and perhaps the final piece to get them to the World Series. The rotation is now expected to be Kershaw, Darvish, Wood, Hill, and Maeda McCarthy or Ryu to round out the rotation. The Dodgers now not only have a dominant 1-2 punch but have a deep rotation to feel confident in any seven game series. How was it possible that the Dodgers bettered their chances of getting to the World Series? Well, this trade did just that.