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Trading for Yu Darvish is crucial for Dodgers with or without Clayton Kershaw

Trading for Yu Darvish is crucial for Dodgers with or without Clayton Kershaw

The Dodgers warned their fans in recent weeks they might not make a major addition before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. The words and ideas shared by the front office pointed to the organization retaining its top prospects instead of trading them for reinforcements, as the team’s architects sounded as if they had their sights set on third and fourth championships when, in reality, they still hadn’t won their first.

If Andrew Friedman and his band of brainiacs had to be convinced to pay the premium to acquire a difference-making pitcher, the case to do so was presented to them Sunday when Clayton Kershaw retreated to the clubhouse in the middle of the second inning with...

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