Even in Dodgers’ clubhouse, players are monitoring the trade winds

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “Our goal was to get him through this weekend just to have coverage on the defensive side and potential baserunning if we needed it,” Roberts said.After the game, the Dodgers traded minor-league infielder Daniel Castro to the Seattle Mariners for utilityman Kristopher Negron who will likely fill a backup role when Hernandez does go to the IL.Negron, 33, has played 139 games in the majors over parts of six seasons with the Reds, Diamondbacks and Mariners. He has played every position except pitcher and catcher at the big-league level. He has a .216 career average and was 5 for 22 (.227) in nine games with the Mariners this season.ALSORight-hander Dylan Floro will not make a second rehab appearance. He will meet the Dodgers in Colorado on Monday and come off the IL during the series with the Rockies. Floro has been out since July 19 with neck inflammation. …Tuesday’s starter (replacing injured Ross Stripling) has not been determined, Roberts said, pending the bullpen usage before then. It is likely to be a “bullpen day and that’s obviously contingent on … seeing how these next two days go,” he said.UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Kenta Maeda, 7-7, 3.81 ERA) at Rockies (RHP Jon Gray, 9-7, 4.05 ERA), Monday, 5:40 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season WASHINGTON — Two years ago, the Dodgers were in mid-flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta to begin a three-city trip when the trade deadline arrived. News spread around the team charter that the Dodgers had acquired three pitchers – right-hander Yu Darvish and lefties Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani.Last year, Justin Turner and Alex Wood were on a boat, vacationing during the All-Star break when news hit the internet – the Dodgers had acquired Manny Machado. A video (perhaps staged) of their reaction – “We got Manny!” – made the social media rounds.’Tis the season again. With this year’s trade deadline three days away, rumors and speculation even filter into clubhouses.“This is a group of guys that has been through it for many years, in this same position. So we’re used to going forward and focusing on the day at hand. But there’s a lot of talk about it, obviously,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img “I think there’s certain players on every club – and our club is no different – who are more in tune with it than they probably should be. I try to guard against that (personally). But guys are going to do what they’re going to do. It’s just not very beneficial. … Some of it is in fun. They’re very curious. But it’s out of their control.”The anticipation is very different for a team like the Dodgers that is winning and looking to add to an already strong roster. There is more “anxiety” for a team that could be trading away players from its big-league roster, Roberts acknowledged.The Dodgers have been active “buyers” at the trade deadline in each of Andrew Friedman’s years running the front office – Wood in 2015, Rich Hill and Josh Reddick in 2016, Darvish, Watson and Cingrani in 2017 and Machado last year. That creates some expectation that the Dodgers will pull off another major trade before Wednesday’s deadline.But Roberts said he doesn’t see those expectations affecting his team.“No. I don’t,” he said. “I think if nothing happens, that right there should be something that shows the confidence the organization has in this group that’s in that clubhouse. And there should be trust and belief that this organization has done whatever it can to put us in the best position to win a championship. Then it’s up to us to perform. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “For me, I feel really a lot of peace and solace knowing that whatever we do or don’t do will be the best for our ballclub in 2019.”The Dodgers are well aware that “winning the deadline” with a headline-grabbing trade does not guarantee October success.“Absolutely. It doesn’t,” Roberts said. “There’s deadline trades made every year for teams that are in contention. And there’s only one champion. That in itself says there’s no guarantee. All you can do as an organization is put yourself in the best position and be smart about it – and our guys are very in tune with that. … Then you go out there and play.”UTILITYMAN ADDEDFor the third consecutive game Sunday, Kiké Hernandez was available to play defense but not hit. Roberts reiterated that a move to the Injured List was “inevitable” due to an unspecified injury to Hernandez’s left hand or wrist, and would likely come Monday.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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