The trade deadline is hours away, and nobody truly knows what the Dodgers plan on doing. However, there is something we do know for sure. What we know is that they’ll need to be blown away with a trade proposal in order to part ways with their No. 1 prospect, Gavin Lux.
The Pirates-Dodgers talks about Felipe Vazquez currently bogged down in part because Pirates want No.1 prospect Gavin Lux and the Dodgers want to keep him.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 29, 2019
Over the last month, no other team has shown more interest in Felipe Vazquez, the closer for the Pirates. He’s without a doubt the best relief pitcher on the market, and the Dodgers are in need of a bullpen upgrade. On the season, he’s 2-1 with a 1.87 ERA and 1.062 WHIP. He has 21 saves, and is averaging 14.1 strikeouts per nine innings.
I’ve already written an article on why the Dodgers should acquire him. You can check that out here. But needless to say, he’s a player the Dodgers could desperately use.
The price for him, though? It’s definitely too steep in the eyes of the Dodgers. Last week, it was reported that the Pirates were asking for a package of at least Dustin May and Keibert Ruiz, LA’s No. 2 and No. 3 prospects, respectively. Now, it appears Pittsburgh is trying to swing a deal that involves LA’s top guy.
It’s unclear whether or not the Dodgers will be willing to part with top talent in the farm system to acquire a player of Vazquez’s caliber. With less than four hours remaining until the deadline, we’re just going to have to wait and see.
Dodgers recall Dylan Floro
In actual Dodgers news, the team announced they have recalled Dylan Floro from the injured list and optioned Tony Gonsolin back to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Floro missed the last 10 games with neck inflammation. On the season he is 4-3 with a 4.11 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 37 games this season. He made one rehab appearance with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, throwing one inning with two hits and one strikeout on Friday night.
Gonsolin will be sent down after appearing in only one game with the Dodgers during his second stint. He recorded his first career save last night after tossing four innings of one-run ball with three strikeouts against the Colorado Rockies. He has accumulated eight innings with LA, allowing five runs with six strikeouts.