After what the Los Angeles Dodgers have endured through late June, it's almost a foregone conclusion changes are coming at the trade deadline. Fans already saw one minor domino fall this week when Tayler Scott was traded to the Red Sox for cash, which cleared up a roster spot for another reliever.
Speaking of the Dodgers bullpen, it's a major problem. Most might argue the team's positional depth is as well. The starting rotation is far from perfect. A lot of work needs to be done if the organization is serious about making a run in 2023.
Some problems can be solved internally, though. Someone like David Peralta rebounding after an awful first month to the season has been huge for the Dodgers on both sides of the ball. The team would perhaps like to see some situations fix themselves like this rather than watching Andrew Friedman have to do extensive dirty work to clean things up.
There's probably a month left before momentous changes are made, and these four Dodgers need to step up before it's too late. They could be on the chopping block in some manner if not.
4 Dodgers players who need to step up and resurrect their 2023 campaigns
If the Dodgers didn't have to conduct a makeover of the entire bullpen, that would sure be great. But players like Yency Almonte (even despite his recent run of form) have exacerbated that conversation. Almonte has a 6.03 ERA, 5.19 FIP and 1.44 WHIP in 32 games through Thursday's action. Not good at all.
His ERA is down nearly 2.5 runs since the beginning of May, but the Dodgers need Almonte to meet them somewhere in the middle with this year's performance and last year's performance (1.02 ERA, 3.17 FIP and 0.79 WHIP in 33 games). The Dodgers are seemingly on board with giving him as many chances as possible since they've allowed this (mostly) poor play to persist, and Almonte needs to turn it around before late July to ensure his spot on the roster.