With just a few hours remaining before the official trade deadline, not a lot has happened today.
However, rumors and speculation are flying around.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are rumored to be one of the many teams interested in acquiring Justin Verlander before the end of the day.
However, they appear to have a backup plan if they are unable to land the reigning American League Cy Young winner.
Detroit Tigers left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez appears to be a name that the Dodgers have interest in.
On Twitter, Jon Heyman confirmed a report from Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times, revealing that the Dodgers are indeed in on Rodriguez.
Dodgers are in hot pursuit of Eduardo Rodriguez now (and have been discussing Verlander). @ByJackHarris reported E-Rod and JV are their top targets.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 1, 2023
Rodriguez would be a huge addition to the Dodgers rotation if they are unable to acquire Verlander from the New York Mets.
He owns a 2.95 ERA in his 15 starts with the Tigers this year and has a record of 6-5.
He also has struck out 91 batters in 88.1 innings pitched.
Rodriguez would likely slot in next to Julio Urias in the Dodgers rotation.
Los Angeles recently traded Noah Syndergaard to the Cleveland Guardians in exchange for Amed Rosario.
They also have Dustin May on the shelf for the rest of the season.
Rodriguez could provide some much-needed innings coverage for Los Angeles.
But it will ultimately be interesting to see how things play out, as the market appears to be largely dependent on what happens with Verlander and who ultimately acquires him, that is, if he waives his no-trade clause.
Rodriguez is expected to opt out of the remaining three years on his contract and hit free agency this winter.NEXT: Tom Verducci Speculates On Recent Dodgers Rumors