With the Los Angeles Dodgers going all-in on the 2020 season, the team could make some surprising trades to shore up the club down the stretch.
When the Los Angeles Dodgers swung a trade to acquire outfielder Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox this winter, they declared to the baseball world that they were gunning for just one result at the end of the 2020 season; a World Series title. With only two more seasons of control over Clayton Kershaw guaranteed, potential free agent departures and rising arbitration numbers for some of the team’s young stars, the championship window may be open for just a few more seasons with the current core of players.
Of course, that declaration came before the world fell victim to Coronavirus and everything, including the 2020 Major League Baseball season, was put on hold. Still, the league hopes to get the 2020 season underway, even in a truncated manner, and the Dodgers will still pursue the same goals regardless of the number of games they have to do so.
The Betts trade may have been the first call to arms for the Dodgers, but it will be far from the last salvo the team will fire this season. As the year gets underway, needs will present themselves. Whether it be due to injury or performance, the Dodgers will inevitably need to make a mid-season acquisition to put the club over the top.
Of course, the Dodgers can’t make any additions to the team without making subtractions, as there is always a cost of doing business on the trade market. The trick is finding the right balance between moving pieces that are worthwhile to potential trade partners and not handicapping the team in the future.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at a few players that the Dodgers could make available in potential trade talks this winter.