The Dodgers announced that they acquired Luke Harrell from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash. Farrell was designated for assignment this week when the team acquired three players from the San Diego Padres with Trevor Cahill leading the trade. Harrell is a 31-year-old pitcher that has spent time with the Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, and Toronto Blue Jays, and Royals.

Harrell gives Dodgers an option

Harrell is not going to make the Dodgers a guaranteed pick for the World Series. Harrell has spent time each of the last two seasons in Triple-A and has a 3.92 Earned Run Average.

In four games this season, Harrell has pitched 6.2 innings and has a 7.11 earned run average. Harrell sports a career 21-35 record with a 4.81 earned run average.

Harrell once pitched an 11-11 record with a 3.77 earned run average in 193 innings pitched in 2013. However, he has not seen that type of success since. The Dodgers have a possible pitcher that can make a spot start or long relief appearances.

Royals are out for Lance Lynn

The Royals were once reported to be a possible suitor for Lynn. The St. Louis Cardinals have not technically announced that they are selling at the deadline, but they are running out of time. However, the Royals are not likely to make a run at the Cardinals pitcher anymore.

The move for Cahill might have shut the door on the Royals making a run at Lynn, as he is to be a rental this season. Lynn has a 3.21 earned run average this season. He is set to be a free agent this season.

The Cardinals are just 4.5 games out of the division but are 50-52 on the season. The Chicago Cubs have been on a roll since the All Star game, and are not showing signs of slowing down.

The Cardinals are 5-5 in their last ten games, so Lynn's destination is still up in the air.

Dan Straily on Royals radar

Straily was reported to be put back on the trade block. The Marlins pitcher had a 7-6 record this season and was traded to the Marlins by the Reds this past offseason. The Marlins are in hopes they can flip Straily for prospects given their disappointing season.

The Royals are interested in Straily according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Straily is not the Royals first choice, but he could more of an attractive option given that he is not set to be a free agent until 2020. The Royals are potentially going to lose Jason Vargas to free agency, so the team would like to have a controllable starting pitcher moving forward.