First, the Los Angeles Dodgers missed out on Justin Verlander when he was traded to the Houston Astros. Then, they couldn't seal the deal with Eduardo Rodríguez as talks with the Detroit Tigers neared the finish line.
Per Jeff Passan, Rodríguez, who quickly emerged as a top target for LA after the Verlander buzz started heavily tilting in Houston's direction, nixed a trade to the Dodgers by exercising his 10-team no-trade clause (the Dodgers were obviously one of the 10 teams).
It's unclear why at this moment, but it really seems as if that might've screwed up Andrew Friedman's deadline plans after his weekend acqusitions -- especially since the Tigers dealt starter Michael Lorenzen to the Philadelphia Phillies earlier in the day.
That's three Dodgers trade targets down the tubes, with a couple of shots in the dark in Brady Singer of the Royals and Mitch Keller of the Pirates remaining. There's still about an hour left, but it's not looking great if the Dodgers truly want to upgrade their rotation.
Rodríguez and his 2.95 ERA and 1.03 WHIP through 15 starts will remain in Detroit, with the Tigers likely wondering if he'll exercise his opt-out clause come the offseason.
Eduardo Rodriguez might've screwed Dodgers' entire trade deadline plan
Any theories as to why E-Rod didn't want to come to Los Angeles? Did he want to ensure he kept pitching in a weak AL Central to further prop himself up for another possible shot at free agency come November?
Did he prefer to remain in the American League, where he's played his entire eight-year career? One report suggested he wanted to remain on the east coast so he can be closer to his family. Michigan isn't on the east coast, though?
Oh wait ... we got it. He was hesitant to return to Dodger Stadium because he would've been triggered by his terrible Game 4 performance (a game the Red Sox won, anyway).
OK, we got our one jab in. Fun. But seriously, was this not more discussed in the negotiations with the Tigers? Shouldn't the Dodgers have known much earlier that they were among the team's on Rodríguez's no-trade list? How did it get to the one-yard line only for it to be called off by the player in question?
Back to the drawing board, we guess. And there's not much time left.