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The Los Angeles Dodgers made quite possibly the biggest move at baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline Monday, acquiring starting pitcher Yu Darvish from the Texas Rangers for three prospects – none among their group of untouchables.
The 30-year-old righty is 6-9 with a 4.01 ERA in 2017 after giving up 10 runs in 3 ⅔ innings in his most recent start on July 26.
His acquisition gives the Dodgers – already baseball’s best team with a 74-31 record and franchise-record .705 winning percentage – a potentially punishing postseason pitching corps.
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Assuming Clayton Kershaw can rebound from another back injury, Darvish would give them a devastating left-right 1-2 punch, with lefty Alex Wood (12-1, 2.38 ERA) lurking behind them.
Fox Sports was first to report the Darvish trade, which happened as the deadline expired.
Texas signed Darvish to a six-year, $60 million deal after spending a record $51.7 million on his posting fee prior to the 2012 season.
Darvish was an All-Star in each of his first three seasons, his best year coming in 2013 when he struck out 277 batters and finished second in AL Cy Young voting.
Darvish missed the 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but returned in 2016 to make 17 starts and was the Rangers’ opening day starter this season – and also earned his fourth All-Star bid.
The move marks a departure for the Dodgers, who held their top prospects at the trade deadline in recent years rather than deal for pitchers like Cole Hamels or David Price. This time, however, waiting until the final seconds paid off: The Dodgers kept their top prospects, second baseman Alex Verdugo and right-hander Walker Buehler.
And they added a dominant right-hander who could play a huge role in their first World Series trip since 1988.
As for the Rangers? Most notably, they obtain a solid bat with an uncertain position in Calhoun.
Willie Calhoun had 23 home runs in 99 games for Class AAA Oklahoma…