For a while it didn’t look like it would happen, but just after the 4pm EST deadline passed, it was announced the Dodgers have traded for Texas’ Yu Darvish.
The Dodgers were the most likely landing spot for Darvish entering the day, with Kershaw currently on the DL and the rotation looking relatively thin. Darvish will most likely replace Brock Stewart in the rotation, and fill out a rotation that includes resurgent Alex Wood, Rich Hill, Hyun-jin Ryu, and Kenta Maeda. Come October, having Kershaw-Darvish-Wood-Hill 1-2-3-4 is by far the best in baseball. That means more depth in the rotation for the team with the best record in baseball, and even more depth in the bullpen when they can move Ryu and Maeda for the postseason.
While Darvish isn’t having his best season (4.01 ERA), he’s still better than most pitchers in the National League. His ERA is slightly inflated by his above career average HR/FB ratio (15.0% 2017 vs. 11.8% career), but also from his slightly lower strikeout rate (9.72 K/9 2017 vs. 11.04 K/9 career). Of course, it wouldn’t be ridiculous to expect those numbers to regress to his career numbers for the stretch run, and that just makes the Dodgers a more dangerous team.
Jeff Passen from Yahoo Sports was first to report the return to Texas:
Calhoun (2B/OF) is ranked 69th in MLB’s top 100 prospect list, and fourth on the Dodgers top 30. Alexy (RHP) was 17th on the Dodgers list, and Davis (SS) was 27th. The Dodgers were able to pull off this trade without having to move any of their top three (Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Yadier Alvarez).