More trades are coming for the Los Angeles Dodgers, especially if we're to believe their widespread interest in names such as Justin Verlander, Mitch Keller and Brady Singer, per the latest coming out of the MLB rumor mill.
Though LA's been impressive this year, its roster is still far from complete, particularly in the pitching department. That's probably where most of the focus will be, especially after the acquisitions of Kiké Hernandez and Amed Rosario (because, let's face it, Joe Kelly and Lance Lynn aren't going to transform the staff overnight).
Many have wondered who the Dodgers might be willing to part with, and anyone's guess is as good as ours. Friedman's yet to part with anything of note, surrendering two Triple-A pitchers for Hernandez, Noah Syndergaard for Rosario, and Trayce Thompson, Jordan Leasure and Nick Nastrini (OK, he's probably the only one we'll miss) for Kelly and Lynn.
All we're saying is that plenty of assets remain. Also ... so does some dead weight that the front office might be more inclined to get rid of if the right opportunity presents itself. Before Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, all four of these guys on the 40-man roster could be gone.
4 Dodgers most likely to be dealt at the 2023 trade deadline
The Dodgers elevated Gavin Stone, arguably their most promising pitching prospect at the time, to the MLB level earlier this year. Unfortunately for the right-hander, he struggled tremendously in his four games (three starts) and was sent back down to Triple-A with a 12.75 ERA and 3.00 WHIP. Yuck.
Unfortunately, it hasn't gotten better for the 24-year-old, either. He has a 5.79 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 16 Triple-A starts. His 85 strikeouts in 74.2 innings aren't bad, but that's considered "down" for what he's done the last couple years.
Now, we're not saying the Dodgers are going to sell low on him. They'd never do that. But they might consider finding the right suitor that would see the proper value in Stone, who is still LA's No. 4 prospect. If the Dodgers were able to sell high on Josiah Gray, who pitched in just six games in 2021 before being traded to the Nationals, why couldn't they do the same with Stone, who's arguably had a more impressive run in the minor leagues?
At this point, it feels like the Dodgers value Bobby Miller and Emmet Sheehan more than Stone, and they still have Ryan Pepiot, Nick Frasso, River Ryan and others waiting in the wings. If the Dodgers have to pay up in any trade involving a valuable everyday major leaguer, Stone could very well be on the move.