Dodgers: 3 Chicago Cubs that LA needs to acquire at the deadline
By Mike Luciano
2. Kyle Hendricks, SP
Hendricks has been one of the most consistent starting pitchers in the game over the last decade, as he has never had an era higher than 3.95 in a season in his career. Hendricks is once again putting up more of the same numbers, as evidenced by a 3.61 ERA buoyed by a recent hot streak.
With Trevor Bauer’s status still just as uncertain as it was a few weeks ago, the Dodgers could stand to add a more permanent long-term replacement. Hendricks, who won’t be a free agent again until the 2024 season, could be a tremendous back-end starter behind Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and Julio Urias.
Kyle Hendricks would make for a solid starter with the Dodgers.
Hendricks would require a handful of prospects, included several that either close to the MLB level from either Oklahoma City or Tulsa, but the Dodgers have to meet that asking price. Hendricks might not be available next year if the Cubs reboot quickly, so Los Angeles might not get a second chance to make this happen.
Hendricks will bring his high-80s sinker to LA, and while he has had some trouble keeping the ball in the ballpark this year, he’s turned it around of late, and that performance could convince the Dodgers to part with a few pieces of their incredibly deep farm system in order rope in Hendricks.