The Los Angeles Dodgers are certifiably awesome, let’s get that straight. The best team in baseball is absolutely rolling right now and has extended their lead over the NL West and rest of MLB considerably with their domination out of the All-Star break.
Unlike the last few years, though, LA didn’t make a splash at this year’s MLB trade deadline. Did they have to? Absolutely not. The star power and depth on this roster is considerable and is clearly enough to handle the best of the best.
That said, a little extra help in a few key areas would’ve gone a long way in further separating the Dodgers from the pack. And now that Clayton Kershaw’s injured … yeah. It was only matter of time before another big-time obstacle threw things off course.
Even before Kershaw went down, though, the Dodgers’ rotation needed help. The bullpen got a reinforcement in Chris Martin, with some other injured Dodgers perhaps coming back within the next month or so to hopefully get things back to normal.
And though the lineup is absolutely rocking pitching across the league, the team could’ve used one more right-handed platoon bat who crushes left-handed pitching. We’re just still not sure about that Joey Gallo trade, either.
All we’re hoping is that the Dodgers don’t regret not pulling the trigger on a few trades that were very much attainable, had the team perhaps been a bit more aggressive.
3 trades the Dodgers didn’t make that the front office might regret
3. Brandon Drury/Robbie Grossman
Speaking of righty bats that destroy left-handed pitching, the Dodgers watched two immediate rivals in the San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves swipe two of the best off the market.
The Padres, on top of acquiring Juan Soto, Josh Bell and Josh Hader, were also able to land Reds utility man Brandon Drury (that defensive versatility would’ve helped, too!). In his first at-bat as a Padre, he cranked a grand slam.
But aside from that, his numbers against left-handed pitching this year are out of this world. He’s slashing .300/.336/.650 with nine homers and 18 RBI in 100 at-bats across 49 games in which he’s encountered southpaws. Now he’s in the division, and the Dodgers’ two best starters at the moment are lefties.
Then there’s the Braves, who once again largely went bargain hunting at the deadline to prepare for the stretch run. Everyone will be looking over their shoulder anyway, though, after the low-key moves GM Alex Anthopoulos made last year that resulted in a World Series win.
Robbie Grossman is a Brave after Anthopoulos pulled off a trade with the Tigers. The veteran outfielder isn’t having a great year, but he’s on an expiring deal (so is Drury, by the way) and has even more success against lefty pitchers.
In 46 games (77 at-bats), Grossman is slashing .364/.479/.520 with one home run, 10 RBI and 17 (!) walks. This is what switch-hitter specializes in. Unreal. Gallo might be the bigger name, but Grossman might’ve been far more effective.
Neither cost much of anything, either. Where was Friedman here?