The Los Angeles Dodgers did not make any big moves at the trade deadline, as the biggest acquisition was struggling left-hander power bat Joey Gallo. Fans should not fret, though, as the Dodgers still have the best record in the league and have been playing fantastic baseball over the last six weeks.
As they have been doing for the last three years, the San Diego Padres made splashes at the deadline to try to catch up to their big brothers in the NL West. Headlined by Juan Soto, the Padres have welcomed in several new impact players that will look to help the team make a deep playoff run.
Too bad they are 11.5 games back in the division and will most likely have to play in the three-game Wild Card series, where anything can happen.
Among the players the Padres traded away was Dinelson Lamet, who was shipped to the Milwaukee Brewers in the Josh Hader deal. Milwaukee did not have room for Lamet on the 40-man roster, though, as they quickly designated the right-hander for assignment.
With the Dodgers being the kings of reclamation projects, especially of the pitching variety, it becomes a serious conversation about whether or not Andrew Friedman and the front office should take a shot on Lamet. The team would have to make room on the 40-man roster to bring him in, which can complicate the process.
However, the answer is relatively clear.
Yes, the Dodgers should claim Dinelson Lamet from the Milwaukee Brewers.
As it currently stands, the Los Angeles Dodgers have 39 players on the 40-man roster. Dustin May’s return is right around the corner and he will be the 40th man. Blake Treinen will quickly be behind him, and when he is activated off the 60-day IL, the team will likely DFA Jake Reed.
Edwin Rios is another player who could be returning soon, and when he does, the team would likely DFA someone like Eddy Alvarez. Outside of that, while several others could return from the 60-day IL this year (like Walker Buehler), nothing is guaranteed.
Lamet is someone with legitimate Cy Young finalist potential. It was only two years ago that he finished fourth in Cy Young voting. The San Diego Padres, as they often do, simply mishandled his arm issues, and his career has flamed out as a result.
If there is any team that can maximize Lamet, it is the Dodgers, and the team would get more out of using a 40-man spot on him rather than using it on someone like Reyes Moronta, who has struggled and becomes less and less essential as more arms return.
The Dodgers could try and tweak Lamet and find some of that magic and, who knows, he could blossom into a bullpen arm for the Dodgers in October. And if it does not pan out, the team can simply DFA him for a returning Buehler if he does indeed come back.
Top prospect Miguel Vargas made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday and it's clear there's now pressure on Justin Turner.
Lamet is not a free agent after this season so this is the only chance for the Dodgers to get their hands on him and see what they do with his potential. It is worth the risk and certainly worth the 40-man spot.