The Dodgers Reliever Wish List Shrinks With Herrera Off the Board

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KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 15: Kelvin Herrera #40 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 15: Kelvin Herrera #40 of the Kansas City Royals pitches in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OH – MAY 24: David Hernandez #37 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches in the seventh inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park on May 24, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Reds won 5-4. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Under the Radar Trade Targets

David Hernandez – (2.01 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, .175 AVG allowed)

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The Dodgers should be very familiar with David Hernandez since he was a reliable setup man for the Arizona Diamondbacks for several years.  This season Hernandez has had a stellar bounce-back season posting very good numbers.  One impressive stat for Hernandez is that in his twenty-two innings of work this season, he has not yet allowed a home run.

That is even more impressive when you remember that he pitches in one of the biggest hitters parks in baseball.  David Hernandez is also signed for the 2019 season for only two million dollars so he would be a very budget friendly upgrade for the Dodgers.  Although he does not throw as hard as he once did, Hernandez still averages 92.7 MPH on his fastball with nice movement.

Jared Hughes (1.21 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, .223 AVG allowed)

Hughes has flown under the radar for several seasons now.  Since 2014, Jared Hughes has been a very solid reliever for the Pirates, Brewers, and now the Reds.  Like Hernandez, Jared Hughes is signed for next season on an affordable contract of 2.1 million.  Hughes is another sinker ball pitcher and as a result, he has allowed only one home run this season pitching in an extreme hitter’s park.

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The Reds are trying to fully rebuild while hanging on to Joey Votto so trading away some veteran relievers like Hughes and Hernandez is one of their goals for the trade deadline.  The Dodgers are looking for anothe reliable setup reliever to pair with Josh Fields and if they want a low cost reliever then they would be smart to target Hughes or Hernandez.

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