Are Kenley Jansen’s ninth-inning days numbered?
With the rumor mill reaching a fever pitch before the August 1 trade deadline, it appears that the Dodgers are interested in making a major market splash. The team has apparent sights set on Royals closer Wade Davis, while other names like Jonathan Lucroy and Jay Bruce are also on the dais.
In any capacity, all three players would be big additions to a Dodgers team that currently owns the first Wild Card spot in the National League. The bullpen has been surprisingly lockdown this year, boasting the best bullpen ERA in the majors at 2.97, but if the team wants to establish itself above the rest, a proven arm like Davis’ would be an integral piece to the puzzle come October.
While a trade for Lucroy and/or Bruce would likely involve the parting with former sensation Yasiel Puig, their presence in Dodger blue would likely garner more fan interest in the club through the remaining months of the season. Los Angeles Dodgers tickets are known to be some of the most affordable in baseball, and the addition of several big names to the team could give fans an even greater bang for their buck through the dog days of summer.
The Dodgers will play five home series in August against the Red Sox, Phillies, Pirates, Giants and MLB-best Cubs. According to Razorgator, Dodgers vs Red Sox tickets start from just $7 during the series. The opening game of the series will be the most expensive game of the series. Even still, tickets can be found for as low as $14 each. Dodger Stadium parking is also available for the best rates on ParkWhiz.com.
The Phillies will be in town for a three-game series between August 8-10. Fans with interest in attending an upcoming Dodgers game in August will find the cheapest tickets of the month during the Phillies series, with tickets on Razorgator starting from just $2 at select games. The Pirates head to Los Angeles for three games against the Dodgers immediately following the Phillies. $5 tickets can be found for all three games of the series.
A battle for bragging rights will take place between the Dodgers and Giants from August 26-28 at Dodger Stadium. The Giants currently own a two-game lead over the Dodgers in the N.L. West, and the teams’ late-month showdown will be a memorable one in terms of playoff positioning. Interestingly enough, however, there will be no premium for tickets across the three-game series. San Francisco Giants tickets for the southbound trip to Los Angeles start from just $6.
As for the Cubs series, the league’s best club won’t be enough to coax a premium for tickets when they land in Dodger Stadium between August 26 and 28. Dodgers tickets against the Cubs start from $11 each in the upper-level sections of the stadium.
Whether Davis finds his way out of Kansas City relies on his proposed packaging with pitcher Ian Kennedy, who the Royals signed to a five-year, $70 million contract last winter. Still, even with the uncertainty surrounding Clayton Kershaw’s return, it’s not likely that the Dodgers would be willing to take on such a salary.
They’ve never been shy of absorbing big-time contracts, however, and if the deal is sweet enough, perhaps Davis will be taking his patented toe tap to the mound in Chavez Ravine as the calendar flips to August.