Dodgers three best trade chips to use this off-season

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Tony Gonsolin #46 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the San Francisco Giants during their MLB game at Oracle Park on September 27, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Tony Gonsolin #46 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the San Francisco Giants during their MLB game at Oracle Park on September 27, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images) /
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2. Jeter Downs

The Dodgers landed Jeter Downs in last winter’s big trade that sent Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood, Kyle Farmer, and Matt Kemp to Cincinnati.  In 2019, Downs had a stellar season for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and Tulsa Drillers.  In 119 games, Jeter Downs 24 home runs and added 24 steals.  He plays shortstop but could end up at second base or in the outfield.  Downs currently ranks as the Dodgers’ number five prospect and is at 87 on MLB’s top 100 prospect list.

So why would the Dodgers consider trading the talented Jeter Downs?  They already have Gavin Lux at second base although the Indians have an interest in acquiring him for Francisco Lindor.  In 2019 the Dodgers also drafted two more infielders in Kody Hoese and Michael Busch with their first two picks.

With Corey Seager and Max Muncy possibly in the picture for years to come (if they are extended) the Dodgers could part with Downs in order to keep Gavin Lux.  Downs could be added as a headliner for a big acquisition like aforementioned Francisco Lindor or another big name.

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