We’re just over 50 hours away from the MLB trade deadline, and teams all over the league are making moves. No one has locked in a deal for Cole Hamels yet, but the Dodgers might be on their way to doing so. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Dodgers have acquired Mat Latos, Michael Morse, and the Marlins #34 compensatory pick in next year’s draft. You don’t hear about picks changing hands very often in baseball, but there is a purpose for this one. Nightengale reports that the Dodgers will likely use that pick in package to try to land Hamels or David Price.
Additionally (and suspiciously), lil’ Ken Rosie reports that Clayton Kershaw – who’s a widdle bit sore – may be scratched from his next start and might pitch next on Friday. It’d be shocking to see Kershaw traded, so it’ll likely set up a Kershaw/Hamels (or Price) back-to-back that is, frankly, terrifying to imagine.
UPDATE: Nightengale’s report that the pick could be traded looks to be incorrect, as compensatory picks (the only ones who can be traded) can only be dealt once. The report is still that the Dodgers are looking to add another pitcher to their rotation.