Dodgers: Adding Adam Conley Would Give LA the Best of Both Worlds
The Dodgers are just a few days away from MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline. While you can never guess what the Dodgers front office is going to pull off, it is widely assumed the Dodgers will add a reliever if they make another move.
The rumors continue to come out that the Dodgers are being scouted by the Miami Marlins. The latest rumor is that the Marlins were scouting Yadier Alvarez who lives in Miami and is one of the Dodgers hardest throwers. The Marlins are known to be shopping their trio of very good relievers in Adam Conley, Drew Steckenrider, and Kyle Barraclough.
Not only would any of the three provide a tremendous boost to the Dodger bullpen, but all three are under team control for at least three more seasons. Of course, that means the price will be 2-3 solid prospects but with the Dodgers championship window wide open there has never been a better time for the Dodgers to shore up their weaknesses and make another run at the fall classic.
The Dodgers are not going to trade away the farm for a reliever as they already dealt away Yusniel Diaz, their number four prospect, along with four other prospects in return for Manny Machado. Adam Conley is one of the premier relievers on the market so he is going to take 2-3 prospects to acquire. The Dodgers won’t need to deal away Keibert Ruiz or Alex Verdugo to acquire Conley, a package like Yadier Alvarez and Errol Robinson should be enough to seal the deal.
Besides being under team control for three more seasons of arbitration, the thing that makes Adam Conley the ideal target for the Dodger bullpen is that he is capable of getting left-handed and right-handed hitters out at an elite rate. Here is a comparison of Conley to some of the other relievers on the trade market:
Adam Conley- AVG allowed to righties: .140 AVG allowed to lefties: .190
Drew Steckenrider: AVG allowed to righties: .215 AVG allowed to lefties: .236
Ryan Pressly: AVG allowed to righties: .266 AVG allowed to lefties: .217
Conley’s average allowed to batters from both sides of the plate are far better than two of the other relievers who have been linked to the Dodgers. Only his teammate Kyle Barraclough can beat this kind of averages allowed of relievers on the market but Barraclough would take the most to acquire and it’s unlikely the Dodgers part with an elite prospect this summer.
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Given that Adam Conley is a left-handed reliever he would give the Dodgers a second lefty in the bullpen to use in clutch situations since the Dodgers are not going to use Caleb Ferguson as a high leverage reliever. With Tony Cingrani still out with shoulder problems, Conley would provide insurance in case Cingrani suffers another setback.
Josh Fields is another reliever the Dodgers were counting on to get right-handed hitters out late in games and like Cingrani, Fields is still recovering from his own injury issues and there is no timetable for his return. Conley can get righties out so he and Alexander would give Dave Roberts two southpaw relievers who can be used in any situation.
Adam Conley is the reliever who makes the most sense for the Dodgers this season since he can provide injury insurance in case Josh Fields or Tony Cingrani can’t make it back. Even if both make it back the Dodger bullpen would elevate to another level with a core of Jansen, Conley, Alexander, Fields, Cingrani, Floro, and Caleb Ferguson.
The Dodgers may add a starting pitcher into their bullpen later on this season but given how frequent the rotation has endured injuries, it’s not a wise decision to count on that scenario. The Dodgers bullpen is in need of one more reliable setup reliever and Adam Conley is the guy the front office should trade for and take the bullpen back to an elite level.