Dodgers: The Dodgers’ top three trade pieces for the 2019 trade deadline
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For the Dodgers’ third-best trade piece of the 2019 trade deadline, it comes in the form of the big slugging outfielder DJ Peters. If you recall, Peters got some national attention in 2017 by taking Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner deep twice in a single inning. The reason he faced Bum was because of rehab starts after the infamous dirt bike incident.
The twenty-three-year-old outfielder hit his ninth home run at AAA in his 24th game in OKC last night. The big knock on Peters is that he is very strikeout prone and struck out a whopping 192 times in Double-A a season ago. Since moving up to AAA, Peters has cut down his strikeout rate and had struck out 22 times in 23 games entering last night’s start.
In the big leagues, DJ profiles as a corner outfielder with massive power potential. He is expendable for the Dodgers since their current outfield alignment figures to be in LA for years to come. A.J. Pollock is signed for another three more seasons at least, barring an opt-out, while Alex Verdugo and Cody Bellinger figure to be with the Dodgers for many more seasons to come.
The Dodgers do not have as much minor league depth in the outfield as they do at catcher and starting pitcher, but that isn’t a problem with Verdugo and Bellinger taking up two-thirds of the outfield for the next decade at least if all goes well. LA does have outfield talent on the rise though like Niko Hulsizer. DJ Peters is the Dodgers’ third-best trade piece this summer.