Dodgers Way Quick Hits: Trades, Hill, Puig, Prospects
By Jacob Rudner
The Dodgers put together an all-around great performance in their first game against the Atlanta Braves where they won 8-2. The trade deadline is also drawing near and the combination of all of this is making for some big Dodger news.
The trade market is heating up and, predictably, the Dodgers are heavily involved in the reliever market. The team has made contact with the Marlins, Rays, Twins, Mets, and Tigers about possible trades and expect to make additions to the bullpen. The most recent reliever added to the list of potential new-comers is 29-year old, Shane Greene. Greene has been the Tigers closer in 2018 posting numbers that do not scream “trade for me”. But, with help necessary, Greene’s 4.19 ERA, 1.279 WHIP, 105 ERA+, and 20 saves could actually end up helping the team. In addition to Greene, the Dodgers have inquired on the status of Kyle Barraclough, Adam Conley, Ryan Pressly, and Seth Lugo. Updates will be provided as soon as possible.
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- Rich Hill was electric in his start against the Braves. The 38-year old lefty dazzled over seven innings where he surrendered just three hits, a walk, and struck out eight batters. If Hill can continue on this path he could very easily become one of the Dodgers most reliable starter as well as propel himself into a definitive playoff role. Hill has a 2.87 ERA in his last seven starts including this one and has lowered his season ERA to 3.82.
- Yasiel Puig is set to return to the Dodgers lineup on Saturday at which point he will be reinstated as a starter. Puig has had his fair share of bouts with the DL this year and due to his absences, he has not had a chance to really showcase himself and become the everyday right fielder. In addition to Puig’s injury history this season, his name has been mentioned in trade rumors as a part of an offer for a player that may cost more financially. Puig’s attitude is somewhat in question amongst the front office and it could be fueling the team’s willingness to part ways with the outfielder that has brought energy and passion to the fan base.
- MLB Pipeline has released its midseason Top-100 prospect list and according to their new rankings, the Dodgers have four guys in the top-100. Alex Verdugo headlines that list at number 29 but fellow Dodger prospects, Keibert Ruiz, Dustin May, and Will Smith fall behind him. Also worth noting is the Dodgers’ newest catcher, Diego Cartaya, a 17-year old from Venezuela, is 12th on the new list.