Dodgers: Potential 2018 Non-Waiver Trade Deadline Targets
RHSP Jordan Sheffield/OF DJ Peters to the Baltimore Orioles for LHRP Zach Britton
Britton has been on the Dodgers wish list for some time. First, as a shutdown closer who put up Kenley Jansen like strikeout numbers pre-pitching forearm injury. Second, post forearm injury last summer as he returned from his injury, where his strikeout numbers were down, yet he was an effective set-up man and would have handled the 8th inning nicely for the Dodgers.
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Britton subsequently injured his Achilles while running this offseason. Britton is making a good recovery and is expected to be back on the field around June. The Dodgers will have had enough time by the deadline to know if Britton is healthy.
Britton signed a one year contract for $12 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility. If the Dodgers acquire him at the deadline, they will only be responsible for roughly $6 million.
The Orioles are able to acquire two prospects to further their rebuild. Sheffield is a hard-throwing righty who projects as a reliever if he reaches the show. Peters has big power potential, but again the OF is an organizational strength at the moment.
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So these two deals land the Dodgers a potential ace, a shutdown reliever, and another solid set-up man. The Dodgers lose some organizational depth, but in areas that can absorb the hit. Lastly, the Dodgers only add a little over $6 mil to their 2018 payroll. These two trades would definitely solidify the Dodgers as the favorite to take the NL pennant, and line them up for another shot at a World Series title.