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Blue Jays: NL teams most likely to call about trade talks

TORONTO, ON - JUNE 15: Trea Turner #7 of the Washington Nationals reacts after striking out for the final out of the game in the ninth inning during MLB game action as Russell Martin #55 of the Toronto Blue Jays records the final putout at Rogers Centre on June 15, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 15: Trea Turner #7 of the Washington Nationals reacts after striking out for the final out of the game in the ninth inning during MLB game action as Russell Martin #55 of the Toronto Blue Jays records the final putout at Rogers Centre on June 15, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Cody Bellinger #35 and Joc Pederson #31 celebrate with Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as they defeated the Texas Rangers in the eleventh inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 13: Cody Bellinger #35 and Joc Pederson #31 celebrate with Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as they defeated the Texas Rangers in the eleventh inning at Dodger Stadium on June 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

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It doesn’t seem to matter how many pitchers the Dodgers front office brings into the fold, they seem to always need a few more.

It doesn’t help when Clayton Kershaw has missed most of the season on the disabled list, but they’ve had issues from Rich Hill, Julio Urias, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and more, which is a big reason why they had a slow start to the season.

They’re playing a lot better baseball these days, and even with the injury issues and losing Corey Seager for the season to  injury, you can bet they want to compete again this year. Clayton Kershaw has the option to hit the free agent market this winter, and despite having many division winners and great teams during his time as a Dodger, a ring has alluded the franchise throughout his career, and a lot longer for the franchise.

The Dodgers could be interested in J.A. Happ to upgrade their rotation, and it wouldn’t shock me if they came asking about guys like Marcus Stroman or Aaron Sanchez either. The Blue Jays could certainly offer some viable arms for their bullpen picture, or maybe even a depth piece in the outfield. That said, I don’t think the Dodgers are going to bring in Curtis Granderson for a second straight stretch run, as it was pretty disastrous last time.

My guess is their interest is squarely on bringing Happ into the fold and solidifying their rotation before the playoffs begin. It makes sense on paper, depending on what they’re willing to send back in return of course.

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