by Diego Marquez
The MLB trade deadline came and went on Wednesday, July 31, but did the team with the best record in the big leagues make any significant additions to increase their chances of going to a third straight trip?
The Achilles heel of the Dodgers this season, and quite frankly for the past couple seasons, has been the ineffectiveness of their bullpen as a whole. The Dodgers picked up Joe Kelly and signed him to a three-year $25 million deal from the Boston Red Sox over the offseason. Adding Kelly to a bullpen that already has Kenley Jansen and Pedro Baez, who have both had their shares of woes over the past couple campaigns, still left Los Angeles needing work.
Before the deadline, the Dodgers added five players: Jedd Gyorko, Kristopher Negron, Tyler White and picked up Tampa Bay’s reliever Adam Kolarek. Kolarek was the only addition to the adequate bullpen rotation, but will figure to shoulder some of the load in the later innings
Since Kolarek’s debut in 2017, he has compiled an ERA of 4.17 while striking out 56 batters in 86.1 innings. This year Kolarek has an ERA of 3.92 through 43.2 innings of work and struck out 36 batters in 56 appearances.
With Jansen, Kelly, Baez, Julio Urias and now Kolarek, the Dodgers’ front office will have to wait and see if the moves that they made before the trade deadline were fruitful or just another whiff.