LOS ANGELES– When choosing, the Dodgers have actually frequently claimed they aren’t worried in making bank on gamers and also their record.
Prior to a 6-5 loss to the Reds on Friday at Dodger Arena, the Dodgers made a decision to make substantial wagers by getting starter Lance Lynn and also reducer Joe Kelly from the White Sox, 2 bottles that have actually achieved success in the past, however have actually had serious battles in 2023.
Kelly has a $9.5 million club choice for the 2024 period and also Lynn has a $18 million club choice. Probably, those will not be worked out, making this a two-month leasing for both bottles.
“Lance’s history of logging innings and a lot of the under-the-hood stuff is really strong — high strikeouts, low walks, the batted-ball stuff is, as we know, noisy,” claimed Dodgers basic supervisor Brandon Gomes. “As for Joe, we know Joe really well. The stuff has been arguably the best it’s ever been. So that and continuing to build out the talent on the pitching staff was important to us.”
After making 2 relocate to strengthen their bench in Kiké Hernández and also Amed Rosario, it was just an issue of time prior to the Dodgers made a sprinkle on the pitching side. Their turning, particularly given that Clayton Kershaw went down with a left shoulder injury last month, has actually been unpredictable.
Julio Urías and also Tony Gonsolin have not carried out like last period. Rookies Bobby Miller– that permitted 3 runs over 5 innings on Friday– Emmet Sheehan and also Michael Grove have actually revealed looks, however their understanding contour was quickened as a result of a variety of injuries to the beginning turning early in the period.
Due to those battles, the Dodgers made a decision to take a flier on Lynn, that has a capacity to at the very least log innings in beginnings. Yet Lynn’s performance this period has actually been no place near to where it’s been throughout a strong occupation. Lynn pertains to the Dodgers with a 6.47 AGE, which is practically still an upgrade over the 7.16 Age that Noah Syndergaard– that is currently with the Guardians– had more than the initial 3 months of the period.
“I’ve heard nothing but good things about him as far as the compete, the preparedness,” claimed Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts. “He’s a guy that takes the baseball. He goes deep into games and, you know, victim of sort of the circumstance. I just feel that getting in this environment, playing meaningful games will bring out the best in him.”
For Lynn, the most significant issue this period has actually been maintaining the sphere in the park. He has actually permitted an MLB-leading 28 homers, and also his 130 hits permitted were one of the most in the American Organization. The Dodgers, nevertheless, are relying on “under-the-hood” numbers and also a high strikeout price to obtain the expert right-hander back on course.
If absolutely nothing else, Lynn offers the Dodgers one more Big league starter that can at the very least log a lot more innings than they have actually been obtaining from their present team.
“That’s why you play the game. To have that opportunity,” Lynn claimed, when inquired about betting a challenger. “I’m happy to have the time I had [in Chicago]. But it is a business and sometimes, things happen. I’m just looking forward to making a playoff push.”
When It Comes To Kelly, he will certainly currently enter his 2nd job with the Dodgers. Kelly does provide one more top quality choice in a bullpen that has actually been far better since late. Anticipate Kelly to be utilized in the exact same function, as a high-leverage reducer in the center innings.
“I also think that he’s a guy that, when they’re in a winning environment, they thrive,” Roberts claimed. “And so I know Joe’s happy to be back in Los Angeles.”
With 4 days left prior to Tuesday’s Profession Target date, the assumption is the Dodgers will certainly stay hostile in profession talks. Whether an offer pertains to fulfillment stays to be seen. Yet Friedman and also his affiliates have actually made it clear that they will not hesitate to shoot on a swap if it makes good sense ultimately.
“I think we feel really good about our team and the moves we’ve made,” Gomes claimed. “We’re always looking to improve. That won’t stop. We’ll take the coming days to assess what’s out there.”