There is a case both ways for Verdugo’s status on the trade market. Many people regard him as the next great player that will join the Dodgers permanently at some point either this season or next season. His ability to make contact to all fields paired with his strong defense in every outfield position makes the 21-year old prospect a hot commodity and it comes as no surprise that his name has been used in trade talks early in the 2018 trade season.
But, the question still remains, is he tradable?
The answer, quite frankly, is yes. Verdugo is undeniably a good player. We have seen his unsuppressed talent in Triple-A and flashes of that same talent during his short spurts with the big league club.
But, talented or not, Verdugo, who is certainly major league ready, has not stuck in the majors for very long and the reason for that is there is just no room for him. The Dodgers have Puig, Pederson, Taylor (when Seager is healthy), Kemp, and Toles to play the outfield and that is a pretty long list when you are trying to find playing time for a top prospect. Anything less than an everyday starting role is a waste of Verdugo’s skills so perhaps the best usage the team can get out of him is on the market.
Trade status for Alex Verdugo: Tradable