The Los Angeles Dodgers needed to make a trade by the deadline and they were able to acquire Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers with just minutes to spare making it Andrew Friedman’s most impressive trade of his tenure.
The Dodgers are the best team in baseball, but with ace Clayton Kershaw on the DL they needed to sure up their pitching rotation with another starter. They had been rumored to be looking into Sonny Gray, Justin Verlander and Yu Darvish.
As the deadline approached it seemed L.A. wouldn’t make any major moves. But just minutes before the deadline passed, news spread that the Dodgers had traded for Darvish. Ken Rosenthal broke the news.
Source: Darvish to #Dodgers
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2017
What made this such a great move outside of landing Darvish was that Friedman did it without trading away the Dodgers’ best prospects, that many fans thought they would have. L.A. kept Yadier Alvarez, Walker Buehler and Alex Verdugo.
Darvish has an ERA of 4.01 this season but now he’ll be pitching with a better defense behind him. In Texas he was on the mound with a defense that is No. 11 in errors committed, five places worse than the Dodgers.
But what will matter most for L.A. during this World Series or bust season, is that they finally have a fourth starting pitcher in their rotation come postseason time. In the past the Dodgers had to put Kershaw on the mound with just three days rest due to a lack of starters. Now, not only can the Dodgers ease Kershaw back from injury with the insurance of Darvish, they can also give him the proper rest when it matters most.
L.A. is on pace to win 113 games this season but whether they reach that feat isn’t what’s important. The Dodgers will undoubtedly win the National League for the sixth straight year, but now they have the depth they need in their pitching to finish this season with a World Series run.