The Los Angeles Dodgers are always going to be buyers at the trade deadline with a deep farm system and a payroll that knows no limitations. That’s no different this season as the Boys in Blue could make bring in any level of reinforcements for October.
Whether it be a massive trade for a young superstar like Juan Soto or a lesser trade for a niche role player, the Dodgers have the means to improve the team in any way they deem fit. As good as LA has been this season, Andrew Friedman isn’t going to pass up the opportunity to improve his squad.
One team the Dodgers might want to get in touch with is the Tigers. Detroit is nowhere close to being a playoff team and, according to Ken Rosenthal (subscription required), is willing to trade just about anyone.
Here are 4 Tigers players the Dodgers could trade for at the deadline
4. Tarik Skubal
Rosenthal’s report specifically mentions Tarik Skubal, who is not the kind of player that a team like the Tigers typically moves on from this early. Skubal is only in his third season in the league and just 25 years old. It wasn’t that long ago that Skubal was a top-50 prospect in the sport.
The southpaw hasn’t necessarily lived up to expectations thus far, but he has bounced back with a better season in 2022. Skubal is currently sporting a 3.88 ERA and 1.17 WHIP, which is much better than the 4.57 ERA and 1.25 WHIP he sported his first two years.
While Skubal is not an elite arm, he still wouldn’t be cheap because of his status as a young pitcher who’s also a former top prospect. He wouldn’t break the bank for the Dodgers but the team would likely have to trade one of its promising prospects in the farm, most likely Gavin Stone or Landon Knack, as well as another backend top-30 guy.
This could be a cheaper alternative for Luis Castillo that would help them this year and beyond.