Dodgers: Three Dodgers Who Could be Gone by October
This one might cause me to take a little heat, but the Dodgers are stacked with starting pitching both at the Majors and in the minor leagues, so at some point, they will need to clear out some of that stockpile. Stripling has been good in spurts but as a starting pitcher, he has yet to put together a solid full season given his limited opportunities.
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Chicken Strip will be thirty years old in November and he is a back end of the rotation starter with the ability to eat innings. The Dodgers have many good young pitchers coming up like Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin, plus they will have Julio Urias and Caleb Ferguson in their bullpen soon. Both Ferguson and Urias have a higher ceiling than Stripling.
Rather than sending him to the bullpen where his results have been mixed, the Dodgers can cash in Stripling in a trade piece for a midsummer upgrade. Ross has three years left before free agency so he would be a solid piece for another team in a trade. For the Dodgers, Stripling is a luxury but one that they won’t have room for in the near future.
By trading him away, the Dodgers would also be doing a good deed for Stripling who can no doubt crack just about any other starting rotation in baseball. He could be a solid three or four starter on mid-tier teams, but in Los Angeles, he will never be anything more than a fifth starter or long reliever. Depending what the Dodgers need in July, if they need anything, Stripling is a depth piece that could get a nice return from another club.