Today is the day, the trade deadline. The sole deadline for the 2019 season meaning it’s now or never for the Dodgers to shore up their bullpen.
Do or do not, there is no try. That is the situation the Dodgers are facing today on trade deadline day. Due to the new rule, today is the last day that there will be trades for the 2019 season. Here are questions that will be answered by 1 PM PST today.
Can the Dodgers pry Felipe Vazquez away from the Pirates?
The Pirates remain stubborn in that they are not going to deal Felipe Vazquez unless they get an offer they cannot refuse. The latest reports this morning said the Pirates were listening more actively and that the chances of Vazquez getting moved were a coin flip.
Of course, things tend to be very fluid around the trade deadline. There were also reports yesterday that the Indians were unlikely to trade Trevor Bauer and then by the end of the evening Bauer was a Cincinnati Red. Can the Dodgers get the Pirates to have a change of heart with an offer they cannot refuse?
The Dodgers need another reliable left-hander in their bullpen which would allow them to use Julio Urias more freely. As far the reliever market goes, Vazquez is the top southpaw and there is a big drop off after him especially if the Giants hang on to Will Smith. The Pirates want Gavin Lux but the Dodgers have not given in to those demands. Today they have a chance to hash it out before 1 PM.