Trade Rumors: Dodgers Interested In Royals LHP Jake Diekman

Looks like we can officially add another reliever to the list of that the Dodgers are reportedly interested in and that reliever is Royals left-hander Jake Diekman.

According to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com, the Dodgers had a scout in Kansas City last night and if I had to guess I would say that scout will probably be in Kansas City for the next few days to not only scout Diekman but other relievers on the Royals as well as relievers on the White Sox.

Diekman, 32, is 0-6 with a 4.97 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and a 55/23 K/BB ratio in 38.0 innings this season. Diekman’s overall numbers might not look all that great but if you dive deeper into the numbers, there are signs that his overall numbers might not be strictly self-inflicted. This season Diekman has struck out just over 13 hitters per nine and posted a career-high swinging-strike rate of 16.4%. He has also logged a 3.71 FIP, induced grounders at a 46.5% clip and generated infield pop-ups at a 20.0% rate. Diekman has been useful against both left-handed and right-handed hitters by holding left-handed hitters to a .289 wOBA (weighted on-base average) and right-handed hitters to a .313 wOBA. He also possesses a power fastball that averages between 96 to 98 mph and a wipeout slider that averages between 84 to 85 mph.

Diekman may not be Will Smith or Felipe Vázquez or Brad Hand but he could still be a nice addition to a Dodgers’ bullpen in dire need of a left-handed reliever.