Bullpen-needy teams are in contact with the Dodgers about reliever Brusdar Graterol, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN (Twitter link). Passan suggests Los Angeles could move Graterol in order to address deficiencies elsewhere on the roster.
It has been a difficult season for Graterol, who spent most of the first two months on the injured list and has been optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on two occasions. The right-hander has only thrown seven innings across eight MLB appearances this year, allowing six runs (five earned) with five strikeouts and a pair of walks.
Graterol’s a bit of an outside-the-box trade candidate who could hold appeal across a broad range of teams. He tossed 23 1/3 innings of 3.09 ERA ball as part of the Dodgers’ World Series run last season. He doesn’t miss many bats, but Graterol’s hellacious power sinker has allowed him to rack up ground balls at a 58.5% clip in parts of three big league campaigns.
Contenders could see buying low on Graterol as a way to upgrade their bullpen immediately, even if that involves parting with a big leaguer at some other position in the process. That said, the 22-year-old is also controllable through 2025, so it’s possible a deadline “seller” explores a Graterol acquisition with an eye towards future seasons.