Dodgers: Five ways to instantly improve the team

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May 1, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (30) shake hands before the game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
May 1, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (30) shake hands before the game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 24, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Trayce Thompson (21) enters the dugout prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Trade a Prospect

Now, this doesn’t have to be done in the next week. Not even the next month. But before the trade deadline in June, don’t be surprised if the Dodgers’ make a move to either solidify the rotation or bolster the lineup with a right-handed bat.

The Dodgers’ Triple-A club in Oklahoma City is a minor league all-star team. That is great, but no one cares too much about minor league championships. As I mentioned at the top, there is only one Kershaw in his prime, and the Dodgers must do something to at least get him into a World Series. If that means trading the youth, sign me up.

Even in Double and Single-A, there are prospects galore. There is nothing wrong with preparing for the future and many teams have been in the Dodgers position before making a big move and unloading major young talent on the way to a title run. This has not always gone well, but Los Angeles can avoid that.

Their depth throughout the minor league system should give them confidence in a trade that will help them now while protecting the future. Top prospects like Willie Calhoun and Alex Verdugo or possibly Trayce Thompson are nearly major league ready and would certainly have high market value as part of a package somewhere.

There will be teams that become sellers within the next month, that is certain, and then it may be a little easier to envision a trade at that point. Regardless of when I think the Dodgers need to make a move to give them the best chance at winning a title this year.

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