Tom Koehler, the 30-year-old pitcher out of the Bronx, has had a tough 2017 with the Marlins. Holding a 7.04 ERA in 38.1 innings over eight starts, Koehler is currently on the 10-Day DL with shoulder bursitis. However, he might not be on the Marlins roster for long.
As Scott Gelman wrote last week, the Red Sox, Orioles, Tigers and Mariners are among the teams interested. However, the Dodgers are now in the mix as well. Despite entering the season with a bevy of pitching talent, LA’s front office strategy has continued to emphasize stacking starting pitchers. Last week, Alex Wood became the 21st Dodger to be moved to the DL in 2017. Let’s not forget that the Dodgers’ pitching staff (not currently on the DL) is being paid about $75 million this season.
While 2017 has not been kind to Koehler, he is a consistent innings eater and would work well within the Dodgers’ philosophy. Additionally, the Marlins have very limited pitching depth, so trading Koehler could be yet another sign that a fire sale could be on the horizon.