Los Angeles Dodgers: They Should Look at Trading for Kyle Hendricks
The Los Angeles Dodgers, like many MLB teams, have been quiet this offseason. But, to ring in the New Year, they should look into a trade with the Chicago Cubs that includes starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks.
After winning the World Series and still having plenty of assets to work with, the Dodgers could execute a few trades this winter in order to boost their chances for a repeat in 2021.
The Cubs already dealt Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini to San Diego. They also don’t appear as though they will re-sign Jon Lester or Jose Quintana.
Chicago also non-tendered Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora in early December.
Many are thinking about Kris Bryant potentially getting traded, but Hendricks might be more realistic at this point.
Let’s hop into why this makes sense for the Dodgers.
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The Dodgers have Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler, but LA needs to keep adding to its rotation.
The San Diego Padres just picked up Darvish and Blake Snell, which helps Chris Paddack and Dinelson Lamet.
If the Padres can slow down the LA bats come playoff time, then it’s vital for the Dodgers’ arms to shut San Diego’s offense down.
Plus, it’s important to give Kershaw a hand and take some of the load off of him.
LA can afford to eat some of the money that is still owed to Hendricks. Or if they can come to an agreement, maybe Chicago will pay Hendricks and in return, the Dodgers will fork over some prospects to the Cubbies.
Lack of Starters
The starting pitching market is slim and it might be cheaper to acquire Hendricks than it would to sign Trevor Bauer.
The Dodgers could send Tony Gonsolin or Dustin May elsewhere in exchange for a bat or group of bullpen arms.
LA might think about it considering it would be nice to have another veteran accompany Kershaw as his career winds down.
Yes, lefty David Price is coming back after skipping 2020, but he’s not the starter he used to be. And he’s not a long-term fix.
Hendricks would not be a free agent until potentially 2024.
The Dodgers would have another arm to rely on for years to come and it only increases their World Series hopes for 2021.
LA should put their feet on the gas pedal and keep searching for new advantages over their opponents in the NL.
Kyle Hendricks posted a 2.88 ERA in 81.1 innings pitched during the 2020 campaign.
The 31-year-old also walked eight batters, which seems unheard of.
Hendricks has developed into a stable arm the last six seasons and was relied on consistently during the playoffs.
I’m not saying he will be this excellent starter because he could fade quickly. But, LA should take the good with the bad because Hendricks is pitching effectively despite not having the hardest stuff in the game.
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