In a shock move, the Dodgers acquired Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish as Monday’s MLB trade deadline reached its final moments.
The Rangers received prospects Willie Calhoun, A.J. Alexy and Brendon Davis in return.
Darvish, who is set to become a free agent after this season, was one of the most sought after pitchers this summer among contending teams.
Joe Klecko Youth Jersey The Dodgers already have the best record in baseball, but Clayton Kershaw is on the disabled list, and Darvish will give them an elite arm while Kershaw heals.
Alex Smith Youth Jersey Darvish was rocked for 10 earned runs in his last start, but he had a 3.44 ERA before that outing, and he has 148 strikeouts in 137 innings pitched this season.
The Dodgers reportedly also added relievers Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani before the trade deadline. Both Los Angeles’ rotation and bullpen appear deep and dangerous, which sets them up nicely for a potential World Series run.
A quick, but significant complication: Verlander has complete veto power over any trade, as a player with 10 years of MLB service, including five with his current team. He’d have to approve any deal, which seems likely to happen because it’s doubtful the highly competitive Verlander wants to pitch through the rebuild that is coming soon to Detroit. To agree to wave that veto power, though, he could make demands 鈥?such as forcing the other team to guarantee that 2020 option, for example 鈥?to allow the trade to go through.
And then there’s this issue: Verlander hasn’t been nearly as good this year as he was in 2016, when he finished a very close second in the AL Cy Young race. It’s not just his ERA that has jumped in the wrong way 鈥?from 3.04 to 4.50 鈥?but the peripherals, too: K/9 (from 10.0 to 8.7), BB/9 (from 2.3 to 4.1), H/9 (6.8 to 8.9), WHIP (1.00 to 1.44) and FIP (3.48 to 4.21).