Los Angeles Dodgers set to add Danny Duffy to pitching staff

Jul 16, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy (30) laughs with umpire Ben May (97) and umpire Bill Welke (3) after they inspected his hat and glove in between the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 16, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy (30) laughs with umpire Ben May (97) and umpire Bill Welke (3) after they inspected his hat and glove in between the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Los Angeles Dodgers starting rotation had been considered a strength heading into the season. With the duo of Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Bauer, and a rotation deep enough to send David Price to the bullpen, the Dodgers were in amazing shape.

But that was then. Bauer is on administrative leave due to a sexual assault investigation. Kershaw is injured. Dustin May was lost for the year due to Tommy John surgery. That rotation is now filled with holes.

Los Angeles Dodgers address pitching staff with Danny Duffy

On Thursday, the Dodgers made a move to address those issues on their pitching staff. Danny Duffy has been acquired from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for a player to be named later. Additionally, the Royals are sending cash to the Dodgers to cover his salary.

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It makes sense for both sides to want to wait to see how Duffy performs before figuring out the return. He is currently on the Injured List himself due to a flexor strain in his forearm, although Royals’ general manager Dayton Moore expected Duffy back by the end of August.

When healthy, Duffy had been magnificent this season. He has posted a 2.51 ERA and a 1.213 WHiP in his 61 innings, striking out 65 batters with 22 walks. With his experience in both the rotation and in the bullpen, Duffy would be the perfect fit for a Dodgers’ team looking for help in both areas.

That versatility gives the Dodgers plenty of options on their side. They may well look to slot Duffy into their rotation, but could also use him as a multi-inning weapon out of the bullpen. It is possible that they look at him as a potential fireman, coming in to shut down a threat and pitching multiple innings at a time.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have made their first move to shore up the pitching staff by adding Danny Duffy. He could help either the rotation or bullpen.