MLB Rumors: Dodgers To Trade For An SP After Walker Buehler's Injury

Walker Buehler
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Ernesto Cova

Before the season started, manager Dave Roberts said the only way the Los Angeles Dodgers don't win the World Series is if their starting rotation wasn't healthy.

Fast-forward to today and it seems like he was right. The Dodgers have been one of the most consistent teams in all Major League Baseball, but injury woes continue to hurt their ace-studded rotation.

The Dodgers Will Be Active In Trade Talks

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Clayton Kershaw has struggled with his health as of late and now, Walker Buehler is expected to be out for the next three months or so. That's why Bob Nightengale of USA Today affirms the Dodgers will be in the market for an SP:

"The #Dodgers are expected to be in the market for a starting pitcher with Walker Buehler going on the IL and undergoing an MRI today with his elbow discomfort. They certainly have the trade chips with a loaded minor league system," Nightengale tweeted.

With that in mind, let's take a look at three potential trade candidates for the Dodgers to revamp their rotation.

Luis Castillo

Luis Castillo
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Luis Castillo struggled last season and then turned into a legit Cy Young candidate following the All-Star break. The Cincinnati Reds are bottom-feeders and don't want to compete right now, so it makes no sense for them to hold on to him.

Castillo's velocity has gone down a tad but he's still a dominant pitcher with an elite location. He's got a filthy repertoire and has been quite good this season after a stint on the Injured List. He's one of the prime trade candidates.

Frankie Montas

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Frankie Montas will be on every single team's wishlist before the trade deadline. The Oakland Athletics traded most of their core last season including Sean Manaea but held on to Montas as no team met their asking price for him.

Montas has been quite solid this season but his record is underwhelming. However, it all has to do with how poorly the team has performed. All he needs is a change of scenery to bring in the heat.

Paul Blackburn

Paul Blackburn
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While most of the attention has gone towards Frankie Montas, The Athletics actually have another interesting piece on their hands.

Paul Blackburn has been quite solid this season, posting a 2.31 ERA. in 12 starts this season. The former Chicago Cubs draft pick has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career, but he's already thrown career-highs in innings this season and has shown no signs of slowing back.