Not Much Expected Action at the Trading Deadline

Sunday, August 30, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

When the Major-League trading deadline is Monday, many baseball fans are buzzing with excitement.

I do not expect much movement by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Although it would be nice if the Dodgers could acquire a starting pitcher and right-handed batter, the year 2020 is not a season when teams want to bring in new players. The Dodgers have been following COVID-19 protocols seriously, and they do not know about the new player.

Yes, the Dodgers should remove Ross Stripling from the starting rotation, but the team has Tony Gonsolin waiting for a regular starting spot in the rotation. Though he is filling in Walker Buehler, whose blister put him on the 1510-day Injured List, he can replace Stripling in the rotation. So far, Gonsolin has not allowed an earned run.

Kiké Hernandez has disappointed offensively. The Dodgers have struggled a little against left-handed pitching. However, Chris Taylor can platoon with Gavin Lux at second base. Taylor has had a good season.

Since Rob Manfred has expanded the playoffs in hopes of creating excitement for baseball in October, many teams believe they have a shot going to the postseason. This narrowed the sellers at the trading deadline. While poor teams typically want to acquire talented Minor Leaguers for their expensive talent, there are no Minor League games in 2020. This makes it difficult for everyone to evaluate a player.

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