Manny Machado – There is no doubt that Manny Machado is one of the premier third basemen in the game but now that he is back to being a shortstop, Machado is no longer a defensive asset. Not only would the Dodgers have to part ways with multiple top prospects, they would be doing so to get a rental player who is all but assured of not coming back next season with Corey Seager back. Starting Machado at short would also rule out second base as a spot where Max Muncy can play as that would be one of the worst defensive middle infields in baseball. Machado can hit with the best of them, but the Dodgers need relief and second base help more which makes an expensive shortstop rental low on the list of needs.
Brian Dozier – The Dodgers have had discussions about Brian Dozier, and despite his emergence over the past few seasons, this would now be a bad move. Not only is Dozier a pending free agent, but he is also having a down season. His slugging percentage is down over ninety points compared to last season, and his on-base percentage is down fifty points. If the Dodgers want offense out of second base, they might as well play Muncy there and not give up prospects for a few months of Dozier in a down season.