Dodgers get Darvish, two lefty relievers at deadline

Dodgers get Darvish, two lefty relievers at deadline

However, scouts are divided on how he can contribute at the major league level. Straily is under (cheap) team control through the 2020 season, so the Marlins had a high asking price.

The loaded Los Angeles Dodgers made a late trade for Texas ace Yu Darvish on Monday, their boldest move in pursuit of a World Series crown that's eluded them for almost 30 years. One deal solidified the Los Angeles Dodgers as undisputed World Series favorites, while the other established the New York Yankees as serious title contenders. The rotation is now expected to be Kershaw, Darvish, Wood, Hill, and Maeda McCarthy or Ryu to round out the rotation.

But the Dodgers made moves for relievers Tony Cingrani and Tony Watson before completing the blockbuster everyone was waiting for. The rich keep getting richer.

The Dodgers arguably made the biggest splash of every team in Major League Baseball on trade deadline day. In just two days, Texas Rangers fans have gone through a rollercoaster of emotions.

In exchange for Darvish, the Dodgers sent second baseman Willie Calhoun, right-hander A.J. Alexy and shortstop Brandon Davis to Texas.

It's not that Texas got nothing back for Darvish. Instead, they dealt Darvish (and struggling reliever Jeremy Jeffress) but held on to everyone under contract long-term, setting themselves up to compete in 2018 and beyond. They're playing at a 115-win pace and are as close to a lock to win the division as it gets on July 31. Neshek gives them a much-needed reliable arm in the bullpen to help setup closer Greg Holland.

To the naked eye, he was an overrated, fragile-minded talent who did not want to be great; the team needed to move him, even if the haul in return was nothing more than a bucket of batting practice baseballs.

Darvish missed portions of the 2014 and '16 seasons and all of the 2015 season because of an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. This is the Royals' last chance, and they showed this month they don't plan to waste it.

Robinson Cano had the tiebreaking two-run single in the ninth, lining a ball over the head of right fielder Shin-Soo Choo.



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