Los Angeles Dodgers Reportedly Made Blockbuster Trade Offer For Top Pitcher

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The MLB trade deadline is approaching with Los Angeles Dodgers rumors swirling regarding potential targets and scouting trips being made this summer. Amid significant interest from sellers in the Dodgers top prospects, Los Angeles reportedly made one of its first big trade offers of the summer.

Some of the latest MLB trade rumors have highlighted Luis Robert, Garrett Crochet and Bo Bichette among the Dodgers trade targets in July. Los Angeles has the depth and talent in its farm system to acquire an All-Star talent, but there are very few of them available this summer.

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As of now, only the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels and Miami Marlins have made it clear they will be sellers at the MLB trade deadline. It’s a small collection of teams, with other clubs like the Toronto Blue Jays and Chicago Cubs waiting to see how the next few weeks play out.

Whole Los Angeles only has a few teams it can negotiate with right now, the Dodgers farm system is being scouted heavily by one selling club. Evidently, that was enough for the Dodgers to make a trade offer recently.

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According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Dodgers have already made an offer to the White Sox for Crochet. While specifics on the proposal weren’t revealed, the White Sox rejected the offer and informed clubs they want prospects with “enormous upside” in exchange for Crochet.

The Dodgers’ trade offer for Crochet might’ve been weaker than Chicago wanted for a key reason. Crochet is already way past his previous career-high (54.1) in innings pitched at the major-league level. It’s already been reported that any MLB team acquiring Crochet would likely need to reduce his innings and potentially use him out of the bullpen in October.

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  • Garrett Crochet stats (ESPN): 3.02 ERA< 0.93 WHIP, 141 strikeouts, 7.1 K/BB ratio, 74 hits allowed in 101.1 innings pitcher

Chicago is setting a high asking price with the valuation of Crochet as a front-line starter on the verge of earning his first All-Star selection. However, the team that acquires him likely knows Crochet either can’t be a starting pitcher through October or his innings will need to be limited another way.

Fortunately, Chicago is still committed to trading Crochet after the two sides couldn’t agree to terms on a long-term deal. Los Angeles has the farm system to meet the White Sox demands, but whether or not the two sides can find a middle ground and make a deal will depend on the Dodgers’ comfort level with a plan to limit Crochet’s workload.