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4 Players The Dodgers Could Target At The Trade Deadline

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 18: Brad Hand #33 of the Cleveland Indians comes in to pitch against the Baltimore Orioles in the eighth inning at Progressive Field on May 18, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Orioles 4-1.  (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
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As the MLB trade deadline draws closer, many teams are assessing their respective situations, and deciding whether they should buy or sell. The National League's top dogs, the Los Angeles Dodgers, will more than likely be buyers at the deadline, so let's check out some players they could target.

4. Brad Hand

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 08: Brad Hand #33 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the New York Yankees in the ninth inning at Progressive Field on June 8, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Yankees 8-4.(Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
New York Yankees v Cleveland Indians | David Maxwell

The Dodgers need some veteran experience in the bullpen, and Cleveland Indians' star reliever Brad Hand could become available if the Tribe can't rally in the season's second half. Hand, who has pitched in the bigs since 2011, could immediately step in and take over closing duties in LA, or be enrolled as a setup man. He's logged an incredible 0.91 ERA this season, to accompany a 0.74 WHIP and 19 saves. He's also recorded 44 strikeouts in just 29.2 innings pitched, good for a 13.3 K/9. Arguably the best reliever in the game, Hand could help lift the Dodgers over the top.

3. Corey Dickerson

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 28: Corey Dickerson #12 of the Pittsburgh Pirates doubles to drive in a run in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 28, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Pittsburgh Pirates v Cincinnati Reds | Joe Robbins

With A.J. Pollock out for the foreseeable future, the Dodgers could use some outfield depth. And Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson could be an enticing fit, as he seems to have lost his job to Bryan Reynolds. Perhaps the Pirates will look to offload him, and LA could be a destination as Dickerson could start in place of Joc Pederson whenever a southpaw is on the mound. Dickerson hasn't played most of the season due to a shoulder strain, but in 2018 he hit .300 with 13 homers and 55 runs batted in.

2. Edwin Encarnación

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 5: Edwin Encarnacion #10 of the Seattle Mariners flips his bat after hitting a three-run home run off of relief pitcher Brady Rodgers #52 of the Houston Astros that also scored Mallex Smith #0 of the Seattle Mariners and Dylan Moore #25 during the sixth inning of a game at T-Mobile Park on June 5, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
Houston Astros v Seattle Mariners | Stephen Brashear

Why not add some power to the Dodgers lineup? As of right now, Max Muncy is playing first base, with Enrique Hernandez playing second base. Muncy has experience at second in the past, which could bump Kike to a bench role and open up a path to playing time for Seattle Mariners first baseman Edwin Encarnación. The slugger has hit a whopping 21 homers in just 64 games for the Mariners, which puts him on a pace for over 50 home runs on the year. He's also proven to be a more patient hitter, as he has a 40:54 BB:K ratio.

1. Will Smith

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Colorado Rockies during the ninth inning at AT&T Park on September 15, 2018 in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Colorado Rockies 3-0. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
Colorado Rockies v San Francisco Giants | Jason O. Watson

San Francisco Giants closer Will Smith has been phenomenal this year, compiling a 2.10 ERA with 15 saves through 25.2 innings pitched. He also has a sparkling 37:5 K:BB ratio and just 13 hits allowed. The 29-year-old will be a free agent at the end of the season, so the Giants will likely be very inclined to move him. He would be a great option for the Dodgers as a bridge to closer Kenley Jansen if they can work out a deal, though it's hard to envision the Giants being too thrilled over the thought of trading with their NL West rivals.