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Report: Dodgers open to trading Morrow, Romo to free spot for LHP


The Los Angeles Dodgers may have the best record in baseball, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're satisfied with the status quo.

In their quest to add a left-handed option to their bullpen behind Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers would reportedly be open to trading veteran right-handed relievers Brandon Morrow and Sergio Romo as part of moves to create a more balanced bullpen, sources told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

With a trio of dominant late-inning right-handers leading the bullpen in Josh Fields, Pedro Baez, and the nearly untouchable Jansen, both Morrow and Romo have become surplus in the Dodgers' bullpen. A trade involving either of them would likely come as part of a tandem move to open a spot for a lefty, per Rosenthal.

At the moment, Luis Avilan is the Dodgers' lone full-time southpaw reliever - and though he's been particularly effective against left-handed hitters, his struggles with righties have resulted in an inflated ERA (4.07) and WHIP (1.60) over his 39 appearances. Another left-hander, Grant Dayton, has been effective but is currently injured.

Los Angeles has been connected to multiple left-handed relievers in the last few weeks, including San Diego's Brad Hand and Detroit's Justin Wilson. The team also reportedly inquired about the availability of Baltimore Orioles All-Star closer Zach Britton.

Related: Idea of Dodgers acquiring Britton gave Jansen 'goose bumps'

The 32-year-old Morrow - who spent most of his 11-year big-league career as a starter prior to 2016 - has turned into an important weapon for manager Dave Roberts since being summoned from Triple-A in May. Over just 15 2/3 innings with the club, Morrow owns a 2.30 ERA and 1.16 FIP, with 20 strikeouts to just two walks.

Romo, meanwhile, has not come as advertised since inking a one-year, $3-million deal in the winter. The former World Series hero has fallen somewhat out of favor thanks to a 1.40 WHIP and 6.12 ERA in 30 appearances.

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