The Los Angeles Dodgers closed the non-waiver trade deadline with a bang on Monday, agreeing to a deal for Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish just before time was up. While Darvish isn’t having a great season, he’s an outstanding starter and only solidifies Los Angeles’ place as the best team in baseball right now.
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— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2017
The 30-year-old Darvish is currently having his worst season in the big leagues, but it’s not as if he has been horrific. He’s posted a 6-9 record with a 4.01 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 148 strikeouts in 137 innings. Darvish gave up 10 earned runs in his last start against the Miami Marlins on July 26, which added to an already disappointing July. He posted a 7.20 ERA during the month and went 0-3. The Rangers had also lost 10 of Darvish’s last 12 starts, but he should benefit from pitching at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers also managed to add two bullpen arms on Monday, as they acquired Tony Watson from the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Tony Cingrani from the Cincinnati Reds.
The Dodgers currently have baseball’s best record at 74-31 and sit 5.5 games ahead of the Houston Astros (68-36) who have the second-best mark in the bigs. Los Angeles is on pace to win 114 games this year, which would tie the team with the 1998 New York Yankees for the second-most wins in history (the 1906 Chicago Cubs and 2001 Seattle Mariners each finished with 116). So adding Darvish was just a boost to an already fantastic team heading to the World Series.