Cubs Rumors: Is this the Dodgers’ last push with this group?
Coming off three-straight NLCS appearances and back-to-back pennants, the Los Angeles Dodgers undoubtedly have a pretty strong sense of urgency at this point. As mentioned, Kershaw is far from the guy who dominated opponents and averaged 32 starts and 222 innings of 2.24 ERA ball from 2010 to 2015.
The club cleared space in their crowded outfield picture via trade this offseason, unloading both Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp. That leaves Los Angeles with a projected starting outfield of Joc Pederson, A.J. Pollock and Cody Bellinger. Now, that’s a solid group – but you could easily unload Pederson for pitching to clear space for someone like Harper.
Behind an aging Kershaw, the Dodgers are relying heavily upon soon-to-be 39-year-old Rich Hill. Granted they boast 2018 Rookie of the Year finalist Walker Buehler – but Hyun-Jin Ryu, one of their other starters was limited to just 15 starts last year, as well. Adding another young, controllable arm wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world and a trade could be the way to do it.
Adding Harper would immediately boost the Dodgers’ chance of winning a third consecutive pennant and maybe, just maybe, be what they need to get over the hump and win the club’s first World Series title since 1988.