The Dodgers need some pitching help as the MLB trade deadline approaches. It has weirdly plagued them this season and caused them to slip down the standings as the year has gone on. While the team has played better recently, they still should look to shore up some holes before the trading period expires. The team is hopeful that many of their injured guys will return for the stretch run but you can never really have too many quality pitchers that can be relied upon.
ESPN senior writer, David Schoenfield recently proposed that the Dodgers go out and acquire an old friend of theirs.
How invested are the Dodgers in 2023? It was always going to be a step-back season as they’re seemingly saving money to go after Ohtani, but in no way did they envision falling from first in fewest runs allowed in the NL – which they’ve done the past six seasons — to the bottom half. Clayton Kershaw has been the only starter to not miss a start, but at least they’ll get Julio Urias back soon. A rotation of Kershaw, Urias, Tony Gonsolin and rookies Bobby Miller and Emmet Sheehan could be good enough to make a second-half run. Still, an additional depth player makes sense given Kershaw’s health history and potential inning limits on the rookies. How about old friend Hill, still effective for the Pirates at 43 years old?
Now Hill could provide the Dodgers and their fans with some level of stability. He was a fan favorite during his time here but he is 43-years-old and has had an up and down season thus far. On the year, Hill holds a record of 7-7 and has an ERA of 4.45.
If the team did trade for Hill, it would strictly be as an end of the rotation piece. There are worse options than Hill at this stage of the season but I also think that the Dodgers could find a better solution to their pitching issues.
Now, if this was just one of a few moves then sure, sign me up. But getting Hill and hoping that he is the Dick Mountain of old is silly. President of Baseball Operation Andrew Friedman knows this and Hill would provide them an innings eater as long as he could stay consistent out on the mound.
All in all, this could be a nice move to boost the edges but isn’t the end all, be all trade for LA. There is more pitching help available and the Dodgers have some good resources to use at their disposal.
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