Reports coming out on Sunday indicate that the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers have been discussing possible trades for relief pitching options.
The discussions are said to be preliminary, according to MLB.com. They may center around such Marlins relievers as Kyle Barraclough, Adam Conley and Drew Steckenrider. All three are power arms that the Marlins possess.
The need for bullpen help has been increased recently for the Dodgers as relievers Tony Cingrani, Pedro Baez and Josh Fields have all gone on the disabled list.
The Dodgers, who were the heavy favorites to win the National League West going into the season, find themselves 3.5 games back of the Arizona Diamondbacks entering play on Sunday.
Dodgerblue.com notes that Barraclough would be an intriguing option for the team, as he has been "one of the best relievers in all of baseball this season, posting a 0.99 ERA, 3.24 FIP and 0.74 WHIP with eight saves in 37 games. The right-hander has struck out 39 hitters while walking 17 in 36.1 innings."
We will continue to monitor the market in the lead-up to the non-waiver trade deadline at the end of the month.