Dodgers: Questions Heading Into the Winter Meetings

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Brandon Morrow (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Will the Dodgers trade Yasmani Grandal?

The Dodgers have some of the best organizational catching depth in the major leagues.  They have three major league catchers in Yasmani Grandal, Austin Barnes, and Kyle Farmer.  They also have two stud catching prospects in Will Smith and Keibert Ruiz.  With Grandal entering the final year of his deal will the Dodgers trade him?

Grandal became an afterthought in the post-season after Austin Barnes became the primary catcher down the stretch and had a strong end of the season.  Barnes did seem to wear down as he started more games so that is something the Dodgers will need to factor in when deciding whether to trade Grandal or not. Afterall, Grandal is still an excellent pitch framer and has some elite power for a catcher.

Due to the positional flexibility of Austin Barnes and Kyle Farmer, the Dodgers could carry three catchers for all of 2018 if they choose to.  Still, Grandal is approaching thirty-years-old and always seems to wear down in the second half of the season due to injuries.  The Dodgers may want to get something for him while they can if they don’t view him as their starting catcher for the next few years.

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