Insider: Dodgers Looking at Blockbuster Trade With White Sox

The Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves in a three-way battle for the NL West crown this season, with the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants just two games back. 

But as is usually the case, expect the Dodgers to go out at the trade deadline and make a splash. 

They've been in need of starting pitching, relief, and a starting shortstop all season long. MLB Insider Jim Bowden of The Athletic is hearing chatter of LA being able to address all of those needs in some one-stop shopping with the Chicago White Sox. 

The Dodgers have a pressing need to improve their pitching staff, both the rotation and the bullpen. Their starters rank ninth in the NL in collective ERA and their bullpen ranks 10th. The Dodgers also could use an upgrade at shortstop. They are an obvious trade match with the White Sox, who have players to fit all three needs.

Bowden's rumored deal: 

Dodgers Receive:

  • Lucas Giolito, SP
  • Kendall Graveman, RP
  • Tim Anderson, SS
White Sox Receive:
  • No. 1 Dodgers prospect, catcher Diego Cartaya OR No. 3 prospect, catcher Dalton Rushing
  • Starting pitching prospect — either Gavin Stone or Michael Grove
  • Infield prospect — No. 12 Jorbit Vivas or No. 13 Rayne Doncon
Giolito has been a top-shelf pitcher in the past and is having a decent season. Graveman has been a closer, and Tim Anderson has been a multi-time All-Star, though he's in the midst of a down season (very down, in fact, with zero home runs and an anemic OPS+ of 50).

This trade wouldn't exactly equal the Dodgers' deadline acquisitions of Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals in 2021, but it might be enough to keep them atop their NL West perch.

As for the White Sox, they've got to be at the end of their rope with their current iteration, suffering through their second straight massively disappointing season. They will be sellers, and it's time for a rebuild, or at least a big retooling. 

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