Los Angeles Dodgers: Should the Dodgers Trade a Bat to Boost Their Pitching?

The Los Angeles Dodgers have a deep lineup and bring a ton of pop to the plate. However, it might be wise to think about dealing a bat for an arm.

LA has a solid rotation, but the pen could be worked on.

Yimi Garcia and Joe Kelly each have high ERAs and have given up the long ball for a combined nine times.


The Dodgers might be better off trading Cody Bellinger for relief/rotation package since the versatile athlete is due a big contract in the next few years.

Bellinger has 19 homers and 49 RBIs — both team highs, but with LA giving money to Clayton Kershaw and infielder Justin Turner in recent memory, the Dodgers may want to avoid being put in a situation where they have to hand Bellinger a huge deal.

It’s hard to think about shipping a productive slugger like Bellinger out of town. Nevertheless, he should net a big return from a team looking to get on the map.

Another possible name that could end up in trade winds is Max Muncy.

The lefty bat and Home Run Derby participant is also slated to join the arbitration circle. If the Los Angeles Dodgers decides to deal, then Bellinger could move to first base.

It’s common sense for LA to spend time tweaking the pen. Since they didn’t really work on it over the offseason.

Signing Kelly was nice, but it’s clearly not enough and more moves need to be made.

A.J. Ramos, Craig Kimbrel, and Ryan Madson are available in free agency, but it doesn’t appear LA wants to fork over much money so signing these guys will have to be a bargain.

LA is playing better than expected and the rotation can hold its own, but the pen clearly needs some upgrades.

However, with the Los Angeles Dodgers playing so well and running away with the NL West, they might wait a while before bringing in another arm for the bullpen.

What do you think the Los Angeles Dodgers should do to help out their pitching staff? Leave a comment below.

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