Dodgers Need Yu Darvish for Stretch Run

The Los Angeles Dodgers have told their fans lately they might not participate in any big acquisitions prior to the non-waiver trade deadline of July 31.

The front office appears to want to keep its top prospects rather than trade them for a player who may or may not be with them after the season is over.

Those thoughts may or may not have changed since their ace Clayton Kershaw went down with another back injury that landed him on the disabled list.

Whether Kershaw will be out just 10 days or four weeks does not matter when it comes to trading for Darvish. The Dodgers need a strong right-hander and Darvish would be a good fit.

The Dodgers continue to stretch their lead in the National League West, but the NL appears much weaker than the American League and Los Angeles appears to need a pitcher with the talent of Darvish to offset its load of left-handed starters.

If Kershaw does not have a serious injury and it appears it is a strain and not a disk problem, then Darvish would give Kershaw the help he has lacked during the most recent postseasons. Kershaw has had to pitch on rest of just three days in each of the past four postseasons.

The only time Kershaw should pitch on that type of schedule is when the Dodgers reach the World Series and that should not be the case unless the team does not have other starters worthy of starting in a World Series game.

Kershaw would be able to have at least one more days rest if Darvish is added to a rotation of Kershaw, Rich Hill and Alex Wood.

Darvish is scheduled to become a free agent at season’s end and as a player who will only be with the Dodgers for two to three months, he will cost the team much less than if they traded for a player with multiple years left on their contract.

The Dodgers are not willing to trade Walker Buehler their top pitching prospect but may have to trade another top prospect if they want to land someone like Darvish or another pitcher of equal talent.

The Dodgers have stretched their lead to 12 ½ games over the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks which means their acquisition would likely mean more during the postseason than during final 60 games of the regular season.

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