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July 24, 2017

Let’s start here:

That point about Los Angeles having the best record in baseball is the most relevant one. With a 10 ½-game lead in the NL West, the Dodgers don’t need to make any kind of panic trade now that ace Clayton Kershaw is on the 10-day DL with a bad back. They could go after someone like Rangers righty Yu Darvish as another weapon in the postseason and as a hedge against either Kershaw being slower to heal than expected or against Alex Wood’s magical season turning less magical.

You can bet L.A. will do something about its bullpen, though. We’ve seen too many meltdowns by Dodgers relievers over the years for management not to have learned its lesson by now; even the miraculous performance by Kenley Jansen and Kershaw to close out the Nationals in NLDS Game 5 last fall underscored how much easier life would be with a lights-out setup man (or two). The Orioles' Zach Britton or the Mets' Addison Reed looks likely to be a Dodger by this time next week, and adding multiple relievers can’t be ruled out.

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