4 Tigers players the Dodgers could trade for at the deadline
By Jason Reed
2. Gregory Soto
One of the most valuable players that the Tigers can trade (and will actually consider trading) is closer Gregory Soto, who was Detroit’s lone All-Star at Dodger Stadium this season. He has always been a solid left-handed pitcher for the team out of the bullpen, though not exactly “spectacular.”
This has definitely been Soto’s best season as he’s currently sporting a 2.56 ERA in 34 appearances. It was not his first All-Star appearance, either — Soto was also named to the American League club last season too.
It’s safe to say that Craig Kimbrel has not been as good as anticipated and, quite frankly, the Dodgers might be better off simply having a closer by committee in the playoffs. Instead of tying themselves down to one guy, the Dodgers could utilize several options depending on the matchups, which is what manager Dave Roberts likes to do anyway.
The Dodgers don’t really have that wipeout left-handed reliever that can come in and dominate lefty hitters. Alex Vesia has taken a step back and Victor Gonzalez will not pitch again this season.
Ironically enough, Soto actually has reverse splits as right-handed hitters have fared worse against him this year. That proves his value in any spot, and adding him would lengthen the Dodgers’ bullpen by a fair amount.
It might not be Juan Soto, but it would be an impactful Soto nonetheless.