The Los Angeles Dodgers beefed up their bullpen for the stretch run. Los Angeles acquired veteran right-hander Chris Martin from the Chicago Cubs for service man Zach McKinstry in trade, the team announced Saturday.
Injuries have decimated the Dodgers bullpen this year. Daniel Hudson (torn ACL), Tommy Kahnle (inflamed forearm) and Blake Treinen (shoulder discomfort) are all out long term, although Treinen faced batters on Friday and is on his way back . Brusdar Graterol (shoulder inflammation) also came out. The Dodgers bullpen currently looks like this:
Martin, 36, has a 4.31 ERA with a stellar 40-4 strikeout ratio in 31 1/3 innings this season. He’s played in every role in his career (middle reliever, preparer, even closer at times) and gives Dodgers manager Dave Roberts another versatile relief option. Martin is making $2.5 million this year and will be a free agent after the season.
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McKinstry, 27, has struggled to crack a stacked Los Angeles lineup in recent years. He is a career .210/.266/.403 hitter at the MLB level and a career .323/.401/.550 hitter in Triple-A. McKinstry has played in every position except center field, first base, and receiver during his career. He’s the kind of versatile bench player you’ll find on the bench of many suitors.
At 67-32, the Dodgers have the best record in baseball and a comfortable 12-game lead in Western Newfoundland. The Cubs are 41-58 and are expected to continue selling ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline. Receiver Willson Contreras, outfielder Ian Happ and relievers Mychal Givens and David Robertson are their best trade chips.