2. Let’s not forget about the in-house additions for the Dodgers
The only big-league talent that the Los Angeles Dodgers added at the deadline is Joey Gallo, but there are more reinforcements on the way. While it is always fun to root for a new player in LA, the players that the Dodgers are getting back from the IL in the coming days/weeks are big. These are not small additions.
Los Angeles currently has two open spots on the 40-man roster after trading Jake Lamb and Mitch White for non-40-man assets, and it is clear that the team is prepared to activate some guys. One of those activations is likely going to be flamethrower Dustin May, who has made rehab starts at the Triple-A level this season.
May is likely going to come out of the bullpen when he gets back to the big-league club as the team builds him up to a bigger role for the playoffs. He might not even start in October, but if May can be this year’s Julio Urías (circa 2020), that would be huge for the team.
More pitching reinforcements are also on the way in Blake Treinen, who is going to be the best arm in that bullpen once he gets back, and potentially even Danny Duffy, who has the potential to be a wipeout lefty specialist who can throw a few innings out of the bullpen.
Let’s not forget about Walker Buehler. People are forgetting about Buehler because he was pitching poorly before getting hurt. While his return is not a guarantee, getting a Cy Young-caliber pitcher back is no small addition.
Chris Taylor is coming off the IL soon (albeit he is still on the 40-man), and the Dodgers even have the Miguel Vargas card up their sleeve.
Oh, look! It happened immediately!
The current version of the team is not even close to the best version and they are still the best team in baseball.