Scouts from the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals were at the Chicago White Sox-Seattle Mariners game on Sunday, league sources tell FanRag Sports.
It is believed the Dodgers had two scouts in attendance Sunday, with the Nationals having one higher-ranking official at the game.
Even after acquiring Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the Oakland Athletics, the Nationals plan to continue to search for bullpen help, one source says.
One name that makes sense for both teams is White Sox reliever David Robertston, who continues to pitch at a high level. On the season, Robertson has 13 saves and a 2.70 ERA over 31 appearances and 33.1 innings.
Even with Madson and Doolittle, Washington is in need of a proven closer come playoff time and Robertson fits the bill. Washington has had interest in Robertson for almost a year and considering he has big-game experience from his time with the New York Yankees, he seems like a perfect fit for their bullpen.
Los Angeles is on the lookout for another strong bullpen presence, having already checked in on San Diego Padres’ Brad Hand. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman recently reported the team is looking to build a super-pen and adding a Robertson/Hand type would go a long ways into doing that.
The interest in Robertson appears to be strong, with the Boston Red Sox and Yankees reportedly interested in his services. In fact, Heyman reports both teams were also in attendance scouting Robertson and teammate Todd Frazier.
The non-waiver trade deadline is July 31.